Aside from the title, this track is fantastic. Mostly because of the way Tara Tiba manages to put distance into her voice. While the production and the orchestration help on this count, it’s really Tiba’s voice that create the space and reach in this track. And what a classic beauty she is too, just like the 60s and 70s stars in vintage posters from Iran.
Born in 1984 Iran, Tiba moved to Western Australia in 2012 where she began studying jazz, but had previously been trained in the Persian classical radif since the age of 16. She now
performs improvisations in Persian classical that are surely informed by free jazz improv to varying degrees. Tiba’s actual schooling is in architecture but she released her first album Mooness made with pianist Hooshyar Khayam in 2010, however at that time being based in Iran, she couldn’t release the CD because female solo vocalists were not and still are not acceptable in public. Since being in Oz however she’s been touring festivals with her group (a mix of backgrounds and one Iranian) and released her first album A Persian Dream in May 2014.
Tiba is not the first Iranian to make a name for herself in Australia, Gelarah Pour is out there doing great things, see her new video below to Tanin-e Melbourne (Resonance of Melbourne) the title track from Gelareh Pour’s debut album, released May 18th 2013. Pour is studying Ethnomusicology in Melbourne, and began learning music (kamanchech -spiked fiddle) aged 10 and later vocals at the Art University of Tehran. She’s performed at the slow music festival in Australia and is making a name for herself. However Australia is such an immense country however, and their styles are so different – one is hearty and earthy with weight in the lyrics, the other flighty and dreamy with abstraction in her wordless vocals; there’s surely room for more still.
A Persian Dream (below) Original by Tara Tiba (Voice)
Laura Corney (Sax)
Kate Pass (Double bass)
Words: Ba Ba Taher