music

Mana

Bio: 
An Iranian American rapper currently studying Government and Politics. Her goals are to spread knowledge while keeping high integrity in the creativity of her music.
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
spoken word
vocalist
journalism
poetry
Area(s) of Interest: 
music
Hip Hop
Rap
philosophy and politics
computers
Mentors and Inspiration: 
Maya Angelou
Nas
Tupac
Rumi
Marjane Satrapi
Location
City or Town: 
Washington D.C.
Country: 
United States

reza mellat

Bio: 
Born in Tehran, Iran. Started painting as a child and discovered a great passion. Left home at the age of 16 in search of life and freedom. Now residing in Los Angeles, California, still learning, seeking, and continuing to pursue passions of the art of living.
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
visual arts
painting
Area(s) of Interest: 
music
traveling
reading
art photography
camping
Film
Education: 
university of toronto
art
Mentors and Inspiration: 
Salvador Dali
Roger Waters
Bob Dylan
Rumi
and many more...
pablo picasso
jackson pollack
syd barret
eckhart tolle
Location
City or Town: 
Los Angeles California
Country: 
United States

Michela Ghorban

Bio: 
Born in Iran, Tehran currently live in LA pianist actor theater and film
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
acting
directing
producing
screenwriting
instrumentalist
painting
Area(s) of Interest: 
Acting
Theater
Film
music
Education: 
Theater Stella Adler Academy
Mentors and Inspiration: 
Tennessee Williams
Sam Shepard
Stella Adler
Chrles waxberg
Location
City or Town: 
Los Angeles
State or Province: 
CA
Country: 
United States

Hediyeh Nikbakht

Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
graphic design
Area(s) of Interest: 
music
art
nature
Mentors and Inspiration: 
love
Location
City or Town: 
Topanga

T. Cook II

Bio: 
A recent graduate from USC with a Masters in Fine Arts! 3rd year out in L.A. Busy auditioning and trying to carve my path. for more info: www.TheronCook.com i
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
acting
Area(s) of Interest: 
Film
Acting
music
Education: 
MFA 09 USC
Ba Boston College
Mentors and Inspiration: 
Angela Basset
Courtney B. Vance
Hamish Linklater
Location
City or Town: 
Los Angeles California
Country: 
United States

Alexander Billet

Bio: 
Alexander Billet, a music journalist, writer and activist living in Chicago, runs Rebel Frequencies. A columnist for SleptOn.com and the Society of Cinema and Arts, his articles have also appeared in Z Magazine, New Politics, CounterPunch, Socialist Worker, PopMatters.com, Dissident Voice, the International Socialist Review, the Washington Peace Letter, MR Zine and Razorcake.org among others. His article “Is Russell Simmons Playing Politics with Hip-Hop?” appears in the academic collection At Issue: Should Music Lyrics Be Censored For Violence and Exploitation? released in 2008 by Greenhaven Press. Billet has also been interviewed on Radio Free Adelaide in Australia and W.E.A.L.L.B.E. radio show. His All-Time Top Five artists are the Clash, Public Enemy, Nina Simone, Massive Attack and Rage Against the Machine (with a close sixth being a tie between Lauryn Hill and Manic Street Preachers). Contact him at rebelfrequencies@gmail.com
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
music
journalism
Area(s) of Interest: 
music
literature
journalism
Film
travel
Social Change
Education: 
Syracuse University
class of 2006
Location
City or Town: 
Chicago
State or Province: 
Illinois
Country: 
United States

Kouroush Mousavi

Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
clothing
photography
calligraphy
ceramics
graphic design
sculpture
Area(s) of Interest: 
Fashion
music
photography
Sculpting
Education: 
BA in Civil Engineering
Mentors and Inspiration: 
Ali Akbar Sadeghi
Location
City or Town: 
Los Angeles / Tehran
State or Province: 
california
Country: 
United States

Rowan Storm

Bio: 
Rowan Storm is recognized internationally for her drum workshops and performances of traditional Middle Eastern singing and percussion instruments. From 2000 to 2006 Rowan studied and performed dayereh and daff in concert tours with the great Master of Classical Persian music, Mohammad Reza Lotfi. Recently Rowan began studying Persian vocal technique with Maryam Hooshvar, a student of Afsaneh Rasaei. Rowan has been living in Greece since 1993, where she is a leader in the contemporary movement to embrace shared Oriental heritage. Her performance venues include New York City's Lincoln Center, concert halls and conservatories throughout Europe, ancient amphitheaters of Greece and Cyprus, Istanbul's Reshid Rey Concert Hall, as well as countless Carpet Concerts throughout the world. Recently Rowan spent three months traveling throughout Iran, deepening her understanding of Persian classical music, the role of women in ancient, sacred percussion traditions, as well as the evolution of Western culture based on countless elements from the East.............................................................................................................................................. Rowan has designed an updated version of the dayereh frame drum, now featured in the Artist Innovation Series by Cooperman Drum Company, http://www.cooperman.com/coopermanaiseries.php..................................................................... Rowan teaches at the week-long Middle East Music and Dance Camp in August, in the magnificent redwood forest of Mendocino California: www.middleeastcamp.com. For some of Rowan's Iran travels, please see www.iran-rowanstorm.blogspot.com; www.rowanstorm.com.
Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
architectural design
contracting
improviser
instrumentalist
vocalist
Area(s) of Interest: 
music
poetry
architecture
textiles
of the Middle East
Education: 
Bachelor of Fine Arts
private studies with Masters of Middle Eastern music particularly Ostad MR Lotfi
private seminars with builder/architects
Mentors and Inspiration: 
Ostad Mohammad Reza Lotfi
Souren Baronian
Mohammad El-Akad and countless more ...
Location
City or Town: 
Los Angeles/Athens Greece
State or Province: 
california
Country: 
United States

Cristobal VIla

Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
animation
Area(s) of Interest: 
design
3D animation
music
Films
Travels
Education: 
Graphical and Industrial Design
Fine Arts School of Sant Jordi (Barcelona
Spain) 1990
Mentors and Inspiration: 
Leonardo Da Vinci
Escher
Pixar
nature
Velazquez
Durero
Location
City or Town: 
Zaragoza
State or Province: 
Zaragoza
Country: 
Spain

Gobi M. Rahimi

Course of Life
Area(s) of Expertise: 
directing
Area(s) of Interest: 
Fimmaking
music
travel
food
Education: 
BA Int'l Marketing
Mentors and Inspiration: 
Akira Kurosawa
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