Doors at 6 p.m., Show at 6:30 p.m.
Golnar Shahyar is a Viennese based vocalist/composer/performer/lyricist, who has already made a name for herself as the lead singer of her bands Sormeh, Choub, Gabbeh and Golnar & Mahan. She has been performing internationally for years in many renowned venues and festivals and has done also many collaborations in the field of dance and theatre. I do not play to please, but to be honest, "says Golnar Shahyar aka GolNar. In her performances she creates an atmosphere in which authenticity, vulnerability and compassion are celebrated as strength. She sings in many languages; Farsi, English, Turkish, Arabic, Kurdish, Sefardian, etc., and sometimes, to be more authentic, she compromises actual language in favour of her fantasy language. As a real improviser, she constantly breaks out of her comfort zone and seeks new musical dialogues.The core of her work is communication, personal expression, and storytelling. In her solo act, GolNar, she writes and sings about human essence, emotions and social struggles. Her lyrics are simple yet deliberate and direct. They pass through personal experience, culture and gender identities and speak to the audience in an empathetic and unifying way."The controlled dynamic, the unflinching, unwavering precision of her vocal improvisations actually feels like a completely intuitive force. For me Golnar is a millennium voice! The only voice that ever moved me to tears when I saw her live. Every single note she sings contains incredible magic." - Mira Lukovacs (Schmieds Puls)