Tribeca will be hosting a women-fronted lineup of Iranian musicians or musicians from the Iranian diaspora. All generations will be represented, from a teenage sister-brother LuNika duo whose latest protest single “Women Life Freedom” went viral on Instagram, to Brooklyn girl band HABIBI, to celebrated composer and musician Sussan Deyhim.
Iranian-German siblings Luca Nodjoumi (bass/piano/vox) and Nika Nodjoumi (drums/guitar/vox) are LuNika, a brother-sister band from Brooklyn. Cooped up at home during the pandemic, the siblings used the lockdown to experiment with music, and write their first original songs. In 2021, at age 11 and 13, they raised more than twenty-five thousand dollars on Kickstarter to record their debut album IMAGINING garnering national press coverage on NBC. Their album, which features 10 songs inspired by their experience as kids living through our times, was completed last fall and scheduled for a release party at iconic NYC club The Bitter End only to be canceled by the organizers after their protest song WOMEN LIFE FREEDOM went viral.
Sussan Deyhim with special guest Will Calhoun
Sussan Deyhim is an Iranian American composer, vocalist and performance artist. She is internationally known for creating a unique sonic and vocal language imbued with a sense of ritual and the unknown. She is currently scoring an HBO documentary on the life and the artistic journey of the brilliant Iranian visual artist Nicky Nodjoumi, directed and produced by Sara Nodjoumi and Till Schauder.
Will Calhoun, the widely acclaimed drummer from the Bronx, New York, graduated from the Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he received a Bachelors degree in Music Production and engineering and was the recipient of the prestigious Buddy Rich Jazz Masters Award for outstanding performance by a drummer. Will is also a two time Grammy winner with the genre bending iconic Rock band Living Colour.
Habibi is a rock band from Brooklyn, New York. They are a blend of psychedelic rock and sixties girl group harmonies. Their sounds are related and influenced by front woman Rahill Jamalifard’s ancestry, mentioning “Iran, gypsies, nomads, the inspiration of poets like Hafez… my travels within the country.”