Link to KGNU interview with David Taylor, Shahrzad Khorsandi, Meg York, Sarah Shirazi, and George Figgs



Link to Ahmad Soufiani's March 29th Archive KGNU Radio show.  


Farabi Ensemble

Lilting ornamented modal melodies, mesmerizing rhythms and gracefully articulated dance that flow from ancient Persian traditions.


Our repertoire reflects several regions of Persia with six eight and three four rhythms,

Eastern modes dastgah, and asymmetrical phrases. 

Persian classical music and dance has breath-taking

improvisational interaction and intricate arrangements.

The dance includes facial expressions and hand gestures that denote symbols from ancient texts.

Lyrics contain poetry from playful to poignant emotions, often from Rumi.  

These elements add up to an embroidered tapestry for a performance experience. 


Farabi Ensemble has flexible personnel depending on each project.


Ahmad Soufiani, tar, setar and vocals, Music Director

Meg York, woodwinds, Organizer

Mojgan Taherniya, vocals, Frankie Peyman, tonbek, 

Sina Goharjou and Zara  Sadeghi, Daf

Delsie Khadem-Ghaeini  Dance

  Shahrzad Khorsandi, Dance Ethnographer, Guest Artist

Richmond, California 

Ahmad Soufiani, Mojgan Taherniya, Frankie Peyman, Meg York,

accompanying Persian Dance January 2017 


 Shahrzad Khorsandi, Persian Dance Ethnographer, Farabi Guest Artist

L-R Meg York, Ahmad Soufiani, Guest:  Hamid Saeidi,

El Yesfi Samir (sound),

Guest:  Mehrdad Arabi Af, Guest:  Kaivon Tooloee,

Mojgan Taherniya,

Althea Spiritual Center, Denver, CO