Mahsa Vahdat & Mighty Sam McClain
Persian melodies and American blues traditions are celebrated as Mahsa Vahdat and Mighty Sam McClain join forces to kick off Asia Society Texas Center's new Crossroads Asia program series. The concert will feature music from the duo's world music chart-topping album A Deeper Tone of Longing: Love Duets Across Civilizations.
In songs like "My Heart Doesn't Know Borders" and "Coat of Dreams and Silk," English and Farsi lyrics intertwine with classical Persian strains and easy soul-blues rhythms for achingly beautiful harmonies that elicit a yearning for a world without cultural divides. Join us for this spirit-lifting musical journey.
About Mahsa Vahdat
Unable to sing publicly in her native Iran, Vahdat has toured extensively through Asia and the West. Long an advocate of freedom of expression for musicians and composers, she won the Freemuse Award in 2010. In addition to her solo outings, she is known for her work with her equally talented sister, Marjan Vahdat, as well as for her participation on the groundbreaking CD Lullabies from the Axis of Evil (Kirkelig Kulturverksted 2004).
About Mighty Sam McClain
Over the course of a musical career spanning 50 years, McClain has goen from gospel singer to homeless man to Grammy nominee sharing the stage of venues such as Lincoln Center and The Kennedy Center with the likes of Natalie Merchant and Mario Frangoulis.