Navá is a group of young musicians exploring the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia. It is comprised of folk/bluegrass musicians Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes, and Iranian-born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe.
Their debut album, ‘Tapestry’, was recorded at Hellfire Studios, an intimate studio in the Dublin Mountains, and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. It was launched at the National Concert of Ireland, Dublin, in October 2017.
When: Saturday 18th May
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Where: Farmleigh Ballroom
Tickets: €15 each or €50 for a family of 4. Tickets available be from www.eventbrite.ie
Shahab Coohe: Born into a family of music lovers, Shahab started his music education aged eight, under the direction of Majid Kiani, one of the contemporary masters of the santoor (a trapezoid-shaped stringed instrument that pre-dates the duclimer and piano). He also plays violin and is currently studying performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Niall Hughes: Originally from County Mayo, Niall now lives in Dublin where is widely known as one of the most versatile and creative bass players in Ireland. He currently plays with a whole host of bands across the musical spectrum including Afro-Soul band Fehdah, modern string band Pine Marten, Irish singer Eleanor Shanley, The Lisa Canny Band and The Blue Light Smugglers.
Paddy Kiernan: Paddy is one of Ireland’s most in-demand banjo players and teachers. He currently plays with Roots/Bluegrass band Lands End, the Niall Toner Band and modern string band Pine Marten. Constantly pushing boundaries on his instrument, Paddy was the first 5 string banjo player to graduate from the University of Limerick’s MA in Traditional Music Programme.
Shayan Coohe: Shayan started playing the Tombak under the direction of Master Arjang Kamkar at the age of seven and went on to study Tar (a plucked string instrument which pre-dates the lute and guitar). Shayan continued his studies at the Conservatoire of Music in Tehran aged 11. He also plays Daf, Setar and Tanbour and is currently studying Clarinet at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.