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New Voice in Persian Music: A Conversation with Galeet Dardashti and Jessika Kenney

As the granddaughter of Yona Dardashti, the most renowned singer of Persian classical music in Iran in his day, and daughter of highly esteemed cantor Farid Dardashti, Middle Eastern vocalist and composer Galeet Dardashti is the first woman in her family to continue her family tradition of distinguished Persian and Jewish musicianship. Galeet also pursues her passion for Jewish music and culture as an anthropologist. She recently completed her Ph.D. in anthropology on the performance of contemporary Mizrahi and Arab music in Israel.


Jessika Kenney

On February 10 at UW, Galeet will discuss the roots of her work with local scholar and music artist Jessika Kenney.

Jessika Kenney is a vocalist, composer, and faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts. She has performed and recorded internationally for the last 15 years, and studied many areas of vocal music, particularly classical Persian vocal music and Central Javanese vocal music.
Visit the New Voices in World Jewish Music page to learn more about Galeet Dardashti and other artists in this series.

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