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Aida Shahghasemi

Vocalist / Percussionist

Aida Shahghasemi is a Minneapolis based vocalist and musician. She studied Psychology and Anthropology at University of Minnesota with a focus on the restrictions of the voices of female vocalists in Iran, where she was born and raised until the age of thirteen. She received her Masters degree from New York University in Art and Public Policy, exploring her interests in the intersection of art and socio-political movements. She has worked with different New York and Minnesota based social justice art organizations and has served as an assistant director at Hamline University's Making Waves Social Justice Theatre Troupe. She has been a touring member of Iron and Wine and Marketa Irglova’s band while also being a recording artist on two of Glen Hansard’s albums. She is a recipient of the 2017 McKnight music fellowship.

Select Performances of Note:

Plains Museum, Fargo, “The Other Four” group exhibit- Fall 2019

Link Music Lab, second album presentation, Toronto, May 2019

Diaspora Arts Connection, second album presentation, San Francisco, May 2019

Diaspora Arts Connection, “Let Her Sing” program, San Francisco, September 2018

Tabestoon Festival, Toronto, August 2018

Mayo Clinic Diversity Program, Rochester, MN, March 2018

Carnegie Melon University, Winter Solstice Celebration, Pittsburgh, December 2017

MacPhail Center for Music 2017 Music Fellowship finalist performance, May 2017

MacPhail Center for Music 2016 Music Fellowship finalist performance, May 2016

National Sawdust, Persian New Year Celebration, March 18, 2016

Instinct Art Gallery-“Empathy” exhibit-Lullabies for Syrian Refugees, Minneapolis, December, 2015

La Mama Theater, “11 Reflections on September”, New York, April, 2015

Apollo Theater, “WOW” Women of the World Festival, New York, April, 2015

US and Europe tour with Marketa Irglova, October and November, 2014

University of South Florida, “This Bridge” series, Tampa, September, 2014

Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Organization, Brooklyn, January, 2012

US and Europe tour, Iron and Wine, 2011

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