Haale Gafori is an Iranian-American singer, composer, and poet living in New York City. She was born in the Bronx, to Persian parents.
Haale - Photo by Matt Kilmer
Her music has been described as "Psychedelic Sufi Trance Rock" and features Haale singing original lyrics in English as well as excerpts of Persian poetry by poets like Rumi and Sohrab Sepehri in the Persian language.
Haale (as in halle-lujah or jalepeno) in Persian means the 'halo around the moon.' Haale's songs are trance-inducing, rhythmically propulsive, and lyrically engaging tapestries that draws on both Persian mystical and American psychedelic musical traditions.
Lula Lounge, Toronto, 2007
Photo by Nader Davoodi
She released two mesmerizing EPs in January 2007: 'Morning' and 'Paratrooper' -- and spent the year touring across the country and in Europe, at venues such as the Bonnaroo Festival, SXSW, and the Mimi Festival in France. She performed at David Byrne's Nonesuch-sponsored series at Carnegie Hall, recorded with Sean Lennon (on 'Before the Skies'), and shared the stage with such diverse artists as the legendary Hugh Masakela and Odetta.
While back at home from touring, Haale and producer/percussionist Matt Kilmer went to work on their first full-length debut, 'No Ceiling,' to be released on March 18, 2008. The album features players Shahzad Ismaily, Mike Gamble, Doug Wieselman, Chris Hoffman, and Johnny Gandlesman and co-writing by Dougie Bowne.
On the breathtaking full-length debut, "No Ceiling" Haale explores themes of transformation and evolution, singing in English and Persian through a riveting soundscape of percussion, psychedelic guitars, and soaring strings.
Photo by Matt Kilmer, No Ceiling cover shot
Related Article: Haale's sound stretches from New York to Iran - Boston Globe
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