Music is monophonic in the Eastern world, especially if we’re talking about Indian music, Persian music. What we have in classical and Western world is harmony. So I think it’s a great idea to be able to bring the best of two together and create something new.
There is an ocean of endless opportunities, and there are so many things that one can do. I’m so fortunate that I’ve grown up with this sort of a philosophy and mentality.
I grew up in a family that my father was a very, very, a person with so many ideas, so many new visions and dreams. For me to grow up in that family, that also helped me to have a vision to create and open boundaries and things. So I think it’s like, it just comes from the family.
I’m Iranian and no matter what I do, I’m dealing with politics because especially my music, that it’s a music that talks about peace, love, unity.
My father was an innovator. He’s the first person who sang and set Rumi’s poetry into music 35 years, 40 years ago.
Since I’ve grown up I really wanted to be able to create something different. In Persian music, opposite, again, to classical music, that the instrument developed and evolved over, like, hundreds of years, our instrument all remained the same.