Program Books/Malik Williams

Malik Williams

lyrics and vocals

MAHSA VAHDAT is a prominent performer of Persian vocal music and a strong advocate of freedom of expression in music, a dedicated singer and musician in her musical path and artistic cause. Her career has communicated deeper knowledge about Iranian poetry and music to large audiences in Europe, America, Asia, Oceania, and Africa.

Mahsa has developed her personal style based on the Persian vocal tradition of classical and regional folk music, but conveyed with a contemporary expression. She has always searched for ways to make her music relevant to the present world. Even if the origin of her styles is Iranian, she believes in her music’s ability to express a universal message of humanism and freedom. Her collaborations with musicians from Iran and many other parts of the world have contributed to the development of her personal expression.

Since 2007, Mahsa has been one of the ambassadors of Freemuse Organization, an independent international organization that advocates freedom of expression for musicians and composers worldwide. A recipient of the 2010 Freemuse Award, she has  developed a long and intense pedagogical experience in teaching classical Persian singing to Iranian and non-Iranian students  and led many projects with her students as a mentor.