Navá is a group of young musicians exploring the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia. It is comprised of folk/bluegrass musicians Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes, and Iranian-born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe. Their debut album, ‘Tapestry’, was recorded at Hellfire Studios, an intimate studio in the Dublin Mountains, and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. It was launched at the National Concert of Ireland, Dublin, in October 2017.
Since forming in early 2016, the group have also performed at Doolin Folk Festival, Electric Picnic, WOMEX, Celtic Connections and Masters of The Tradition among others. “Listening to the cross-cultural blend of Navá one would think the two musical cultures of Persia and Ireland had been historically connected. They haven’t…until now. A pioneering musical collaboration.”, observed Carl Corcoran, presenter of ‘The Blue of the Night’, RTE Lyric FM.
Niall Hughes (guitar/bass) is originally from County Mayo, and now lives in Dublin where is widely known as one of the most versatile and creative bass players in Ireland. He currently plays with a whole host of bands across the musical spectrum including Afro-Soul band Fehdah, modern string band Pine Marten, Irish group The Dixie Micks, Lisa Canny and The Blue Light Smugglers.
Paddy Kiernan (banjo) is one of Ireland’s most in-demand banjo players and teachers. He currently plays with Roots/ Bluegrass band Lands End, the Niall Toner Band and modern string band Pine Marten. Constantly pushing boundaries on his instrument, Paddy was the first 5-string banjo player to graduate from the University of Limerick’s MA in Traditional Music programme.
Shayan Coohe (tombak/tar) started playing the Tombak under the direction of Master Arjang Kamkar at the age of seven and went on to study Tar (a plucked string instrument which pre-dates the lute and guitar). Shayan continued his studies at the Coservatoire of Music in Tehran aged 11. He also plays Daf, Setar and Tanbour, and is currently studying clarinet at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin.
Shahab Coohe (santoor) was born into a family of music lovers. He started his music education aged 8, under the direction of Majid Kiani, one of the contemporary masters of the santoor (a trapezoid-shaped stringed instrument that pre-dates the dulcimer and piano). He also plays violin and is currently studying performance at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Sunday 28th July 2019 | 7.30pm | The Entrance Hall | €15; family ticket €50 (4)