AN AXIS OF JOY: Monika Jalili and Noorsaaz


AN AXIS OF JOY: Monika Jalili and Noorsaaz
by Darius Kadivar

I had the priviledge of meeting Soprano Monika Jalili and her Noorsaaz Band in Paris a few years ago during a European Tour. She performed at the Alliance Francaise and her pure voice brought tears of Joy to the mixed crowd composed of Iranians and French fans and newcomers. It brought joy and tears to many of us to hear her pure and beautiful voice bring back some of the greatest Persian Folk Songs and compositions of Pre Revolution Iran.

Interestingly none of the members of this cosmopolitan band is Iranian.

Monika Jalili Voice,  Megan Weeder Violin, Timothy Quigley Percussion, Mavrothis Kontanis Oud, Nathan Dillon Guitar


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Bebin TV Coverage:

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Maryam Hojjat

I love Monika too!

by Maryam Hojjat on

I saw her performance in St. Loius, MO.  She is very talented and very personable.  She certainly brought joy & so much memory to audiences. 

Payandeh Iran


I love Monika!

by IRANdokht on

I went to see her perform in UCI after seeing her on the net. She's very talented and brought joy to all of us with the folk songs we have loved all our lives.

Great blog. I think everyone should go see her.