Farzane Zamen, folk songs from Iran and Azarbaijan

farzane zamen

5 September, 2019 6.30 p.m.

The Ha’penny Bridge House, River Kelvin

An intimate gig by the banks of the beautiful River Kelvin. We’re hosting Farzane Zamen – singing folk songs from Iran and Azarbaijan. Profits from this event will go towards the refurbishment of Ha’Penny Bridge House, Friends of the River Kelvin’s HQ.

Iranian singer-songwriter Farzane Zamen is joined by Riko Matsuoka, harp player from Japan and Ankna Arockiam, Indian singer, in a multi-cultural celebration of music.
Farzane will be accompanied by Erick Mauricia (percussion) and Mark Percival (bass) and will present her own written music, as well as Persian and Azerbaijani folk songs.

Tickets £8 at Eventbrite


An Iranian musician, producer, singer and songwriter based in Glasgow. She has written and recorded in varied styles that include the Farsi songs of her homeland as well as progressive electronic music, shown off in her EP “Z Bent” (On soundcloud farzanezamen, On You Tube farzanezamen)

Before moving to Scotland for her APF residency with the CCA Glasgow she was based in her home town, Tehran-Iran, somewhere she never could perform in public and publish music officially because of the discriminations against women forced by the Islamic regime in Iran. After the revolution in 1979 Islamic groups occupied Iran and since then woman solo singing has been banned. Farzane and many other female singers in Iran had to continue their artistic practice as underground musicians by streaming their music through online music services.

You can BYOB and there will be a corkage charge – which shall be donated to Friends of the River Kelvin. (Wine £3/bottle , Beer and Ciders £1 for up to 2) Have the right to refuse entry and also to limit alcohol consumption.
Tea and coffee bar also available on the evening of the event.


Born and raised in Japan, Riko immersed herself in Celtic harp from a young age.
She recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with an MMus in Scottish Music.
Riko is the winner of the 2018 Princess Margaret of the Isles Memorial Prize for Senior Clarsach, and she was awarded the Clan Currie Award for Clarsach in 2017. She plays Scottish traditional and modern tunes arranged in a contemporary style as well as her own original composition influenced by Japanese folk music.


Originally from India, mezzo-soprano Ankna Arockiam moved to Glasgow in 2011. Since then has graduated from RCS and continues her studies with Margaret Izatt. Ankna is now completing her PhD, studying the musical, cultural and social identities of young Western classical musicians in Indian cities. Her singing career continues and as a soloist she has performed across Scotland in works including the Mozart ‘Coronation Mass’, Haydn’s ‘Nelson Mass’ and Bach’s B Minor Mass and Magnificat. In India, she sang as a soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Indian National Youth Orchestra in Bengaluru and with the Symphony Orchestra of India at NCPA Mumbai, accompanied by the Living Voices Choir, conducted by composer Karl Jenkins. Ankna founded Glasgow Sitare, a singing group of South Asian women from Glasgow and has performed with them at the Glasgow Mela. A panel member for Conservatoires UK Student Network and the ABO conferences, Ankna is also Chair of the Association of European Conservatoires Student Working Group.

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