KSQD Talks Music
Marjan Vahdat shares the music of Iran and the heartbreak of exile


Marjan Vahdat is an Iranian award-winning singer and musician. Her career has given a deeper knowledge of Iranian poetry and music to large audiences in Europe, America, Asia, Oceania, and Africa.

Marjan has developed her personal style based on the Persian vocal tradition of classical and regional folk music, with a contemporary expression. She always searched for ways to make her music relevant to the present world. Even if the origin of her style is Iranian, she believes in her music’s ability to express a universal message of humanism and freedom.

She has developed a unique style of performance, rooted in Persian classical and regional vocal music traditions, and infused with contemporary and innovative expressions and influences. Her many performances and recording projects include collaborations with many of the world’s most acclaimed musicians.

In addition to a number of performances in Europe and other parts of the U.S. this year, Marjan performs in Santa Cruz in July 2023 (sold out) and in Berkeley at the Freight & Salvage in November 2023.