Women in World Music: Mehrnam Rastegari presenting Chogan and La Manga

Thursday, May 30 2024 at 6:30 PM

Doors at 6:30 PM; Show Starts at 7:00 PM

Women in World Music presents Mehrnam Rastegari and La Manga for a night of cross-cultural exploration and celebration.

Mehrnam Rastegari is a versatile Persian musician, an acclaimed Kamancheh performer, with an illustrious career in crafting evocative compositions for cinema.

La Manga, a vibrant collective of artists hailing from the heart of Brooklyn, invites you to immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Colombian culture through their exuberant music.

Join us on May 30th for an unforgettable evening of unity, diversity, and the celebration of our shared human experience.

20 dollar table minimum per person is required.
Tickets are non-refundable.

$25 in advance
$30 at door


Mehrnam Rastegari

Mehrnam Rastegari is a prominent Persian musician, film score composer, singer, violinist, and master Kamancheh player. She has been featured in some of the most prestigious music festivals worldwide, including GlobalFest in NYC, USA, and more!. Furthermore she’s been featured in numerous concerts across The United States, Germany, Switzerland, France, Iran, and more.

Rastegari is an extraordinary Kamancheh performer, acclaimed by some of the finest Kamancheh artists and instructors globally, who have certified her as a Master Kamancheh player. She is a GMW alumna and a recording artist for the “World Music Institute,” contributing to their multiple projects, including music performances, WMI Plus interviews, and podcasts. She was a featured guest speaker at the TEDx event “Oasis: Existence in Nothingness.”

Furthermore, she has composed for over 10 feature films, theaters, and award-winning short films. Notably, “Dispirited” earned her the “Best Original Score” award from the Melbourne City Independent Film Awards (MCIFA), and she received a nomination for the original score in the Japan Kadoma Festival for the film “Rotten.” She also contributed as a violin player to the recording of the music track “Mirage” for “Assassin’s Creed.”

Rastegari is the founder of “Mehrnam Rastegari Traditional Persian Band” in New York City, where she continues to perform. She has also invited a trio to collaborate, creating and performing rock/fusion/Middle Eastern music, which has garnered success.

La Manga

Come and be part of the celebration of Colombian culture with La Manga. We’re honoring the legacy of Afro-Colombian women songwriters in the cultural manifestations of Cumbia, Bullerengue, and Tambora. Join us on a journey across Colombia’s Caribbean Coast, guided by the powerful sounds of Gaitas and Tambores, where storytelling, joy, and resistance blend into this unique cultural experience.

This Brooklyn-based collective of artists (Daniela Serna, Andrea Chavarro, Katherine Ocampo, and Lina Fernanda Silva) is led by Daniela Serna, a songwriter, educator, and investigator who has traveled over the past 18 years to small villages and festivals to learn from the elders in the communities of Puerto Escondido, Necoclí, San Juan de Urabá, Montería, and Barranquilla.