7th edition of the Festival des musiciens du monde


Saturday may 18th

Reza Abaee, Fatieh Honari & Hamin Honari


Roaming the ancient paths of the Silk Road, discover rare and lesser-known musical traditions of Iran. Balochi music, with its deep roots and rich traditions, evokes unique sensory and spiritual experiences. With Reza Abaee on the gheychak (Iranian fiddle), each note awakens the spirit to trance. Then, accompanied by the rhythms of Hamin Honari on percussion, let yourself be transported to the vast desert expanses of Iranian Balochistan by the songs and poetry of Fatieh Honari. A musical journey where melodies intertwine the magic of Balochi tradition, creating a sonic tapestry both mystical and mysterious.

Fatieh Honari | Baloutchistan) | voice

Fathieh Honari is a leading Persian vocalist in Canada and possibly the sole North American singer of the rare Balochi folk repertoire. Originally from Iran, she began her singing career in childhood and continued her studies of the Radif after immigrating to Canada. Fathieh has performed with renowned ensembles like the Vashaan Ensemble and has a deep understanding of Persian classical poetry, enabling her to convey Persian aesthetics and beauty. Despite bans on female vocalists and recordings in her native Baluchistan, her Canadian recordings, including Vasheen and Shadmaneh, have gained widespread acclaim.

Reza Abaee | Iran | gheychak

Reza Abaee, originally from Iran, was introduced to music at a young age by his father, learning the tombak and kamancheh. Later, he specialized in the gheychak at Azad University (Iran), earning his degree in Iranian music in 1997. He also taught Western music history at the Tehran Conservatory for 16 years. As both a teacher and musician, he collaborated with various institutions and ensembles, recorded multiple albums, and founded several musical groups in Iran. Since 2014, he has continued his career in Montreal, where he continues to share his passion for music and serves as the artistic director for several music ensembles (DIBA, Constellation de cordes).

Hamin Honari | Baloutchistan | percussion

Hamin Honari is an Iranian-Canadian percussionist specializing in Iranian hand percussion such as tombak, daf, and dayereh. With over 10 years of experience, he is also an accomplished educator, having worked at institutions such as the Vancouver Symphony School of Music and the Persian Cultural and Art Institute of British Columbia. Hamin has toured with the renowned Dastan Ensemble and collaborated with prominent figures in classical Persian music, including Salar Aghili, Parissa, Hossein Omoumi, and Saeed Farajpouri. Based in Montreal, Hamin is an active musician in the city’s music scene and collaborates with various ensembles specializing in early, Persian, and Middle Eastern music, such as Constantinople, Infusion Baroque, and Les Arrivants.

Thursday May 16, 8:00 p.m.

Friday May 17, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday May 18, 7:30 p.m.