Monika Jalili photo singing 12-4-14 Blue Haiku
photo credit: Lex B. Anderson

Since 2005, Monika Jalili has been delighting audiences around the world with her soulful renditions of songs of love from Iran.


In 2005, Monika embarked on a journey reviving songs from Iran from the 1940s-1970s; songs that come from a buried generation..a time of freedom, a time of strong western influence, and a time of great cultural change. In 1979, at the time of the Iranian Revolution, these songs were banned from public performance and only recently have they begun to resurface.

Around the World

Monika has performed with her ensemble in Paris, London, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dubai, and has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada. She has appeared at The Kennedy Center, Place des Arts with The Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Philip Glass (La Maison Symphonique), The Smithsonian (Freer and Sackler Galleries), Lincoln Center, Old Town School of Folk Music, Yoshi’s, The United States Naval Academy, Maison des Cultures du Monde, Place des Arts (Cinquième Salle), Libby Gardner Hall with the Salt Lake Symphony, Gallivan Center, and many others.

Heart and Talent

Monika brings to life the rich history of Persian culture through its music and poetry. She performs these works in their original languages of Persian, Azeri, and various dialects. Using traditional and non-traditional instruments, her ensemble of musicians combine their influences to present original interpretations of this music. In a spirit of exploration, Monika strives to create understanding through an appreciation of the beauty of Persian culture.


Monika is a graduate of The Manhattan School of Music and of Columbia University.