Iranian New Wave Songwriting, According to Shahyar Ghanbari

A lecture by:

Shahyar Ghanbari, Iranian artist and poet

In this talk, Shahyar Ghanbari will explore the significance of Iranian New Wave songwriting within the context of contemporary Iranian intellectual history. Following a trajectory from the emergence of the New Wave in Iranian songwriting in late 60’s to today, and by situating its position in relation to modern Persian literature, he discusses and re-defines the unique characteristics of this literary and musical movement and underlines its often overlooked influence on social and cultural life in Iran.

Event Information


Thursday, April 14th, 2016

5:00 – 7:00 pm


Richard Ettinghausen Library
Kevorkian Centre
50 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012


Shahyar Ghanbari, Iranian artist and poet

Shahyar Ghanbari, is an Iranian modernist poet, singer, songwriter, composer, and filmmaker. He is the founder of the Iranian New Wave songwriting. Shahyar has written hundreds of innovative lyrics for major Iranian singers and his original and unique lyrics are indeed the principal reason for the success of singers such as Farhad, Googoosh and Dariush. Singing in Persian, English, and French, Shahyar Ghabari has also released 11 solo albums by which he has earned not only critical praise but also massive popular attention that places him in a situation almost unique in the Iranian cultural scene.