A beguiling fusion of Irish and Persian traditional music
Now booking UK tour dates for Sep/Oct 2019
Navá is a group of extraordinarily talented young musicians exploring the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia. Made up of Irish folk/bluegrass musicians Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes, and Iranian born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe, Navá was formed in Dublin in early 2016. Since then they’ve gained multiple plaudits from critics and audiences alike, and have performed at prestigious festivals and venues including Bray Jazz Festival, Electric Picnic, IMBOLC Festival and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival. They’ve also received national airplay in the Republic of Ireland on RTE1’s Arena Arts Show and RTE Lyric FM’s The Blue of the Night. Navá’s debut release, Tapestry, was recorded at Hellfire Studios in the Dublin Mountains, overseen by Adrian Hart (I Draw Slow, Yurodny) and Tony Byrne (Julie Fowlis, Danù), and charts a unique sonic landscape. Weaving material from the Irish and Persian traditions into a beguiling tapestry of sound, the album treats listeners to a joyous exploration of the connection between two venerable musical cultures.
“Navá’s debut release is a wonderful and intriguing blending of traditional Irish and Persian music by four excellent musicians from very different parts of the world…once again, music brings us together as it always has.” – Folk Radio UK
Shahab Coohe started his music education aged eight on the santoor (a trapezoid-shaped stringed instrument similar to a dulcimer). Shahab also plays violin and is currently studying performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. Paddy Kiernan is one of Ireland’s most in-demand banjo players and teachers, and his projects include roots/bluegrass band Lands End, the Niall Toner Band and modern stringband Pine Marten. Constantly pushing boundaries on his instrument, Paddy was the first 5-string banjo player to graduate from the University of Limerick’s MA in Traditional Music programme. Shayan Coohe started playing the tombak (goblet drum) at the age of seven and went on to study tar (a plucked string instrument which pre-dates the lute and guitar). Shayan continued his studies at the Conservatoire of Music in Tehran aged 11, and is currently studying clarinet at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Niall Hughes is widely known as one of the most versatile and creative bass players in Ireland, as well as a talented guitarist. He performs with a host of bands including Afro-Soul band Fehdah, roots band Pine Marten, The Lisa Canny Band and The Blue Light Smugglers. Navá will be coming to the UK for their debut tour in September/October 2019, and are sure to charm audiences with their exquisitely beautiful music and outstanding musicianship.