Monika Jalili, vocalist

Iran…1950s-1970s…poetic songs of love and hope popularized on radio and in films…then completely banned in 1979 at the time of the Iranian Revolution.

” ..the soprano Monika Jalili is mining to impressive effect the pop music of pre-revolution Iran…”

New York Times

Genre: Lyrical songs from 1950s-1970s Iran
Hometown: Montpellier, France
Sounds like: Loreena McKennitt, Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries)
Ensemble: voice, violin, guitar, cello, bass and percussion

Monika Jalili and Ensemble, Salt Lake City, USA
Monika Jalili with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Kent Nagano Conducting

Monika Jalili and ensemble Salt Lake City, Utah

Iran…1950s-1970s…poetic songs popularized on radio and in films…then completely banned in 1979 at the time of the Iranian Revolution…branded as western and heretical.

Infused with new blood, new instrumentations, new arrangements, these are the songs that Monika Jalili has awakened and brought back to life with love.

With lyrics in Persian, and various other dialects from Iran, along with translations in English and French, the music is almost completely western in style, with hints of traditional Persian music. It is lyrical, with both romantic ballads as well as high energy pieces.

Past performances include the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, United States Naval Academy, The Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington D.C., Yoshi’s (SF), Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City, and sold-out concerts at the Place des Arts in Montreal with The Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Long form bio here

“Jalili was an ethereal presence; effortlessly, she captured our attention with warm vocals whose caress spared no syllable.”

Salt Lake Magazine

More videos on Monika Jalili YouTube channel

Music player with songs to listen to

Ghoghaye Setaregan
Gol-e Goldoon-e Man
Evlari Vaar To Bemaan
Peyk-e Sahari
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Monika Jalili photo red leaves
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“… we had the remarkable voice of soprano Monika Jalili, whose subtle Persian inflections were perfectly suited to the symphonic arrangement of Jaan-e Maryam …” – (translated from French)

La Presse
Contact Information:
+1 914 426 2874 (USA)
+33 (0)7 61 14 85 13 (France)