"Innovative fusion With Seductive Sounds" Smithsonian Institution

A Seamless Blend of Persian, flamenco, Latin, and jazz!

Electronic Press Kit on Sonicbids

released November 5, 2010! Press Release

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(CD Cover design by: Sean B Bahrami)

From Left: Denis Malloy, Roya Bahrami, Ricardo Marlow, Steve Bloom (Photo by: Hasan Sarbakhshian)

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Past Events
Roya Ensemble

April 5-6, 2013 Hackbrett-Days in Linz, Austria - Performance, and workshops on Persian music and Fusion music on the santur

Recent events:

February 3, 2013 , Unitarian Universalist Church of Sterling, Roya performed inspirational music on the Santur.

R O Y A at Washington Folk Festival, Chautauqua Stage, Glen Echo Park, MD. Full Festival Schedule. Directions and Parking infomration:

June 2, 2012, 5:-00-5:45 p.m. Hammered Dulcimer Showcase with Anglo/Celtic, Persian, and Chinese presentations.

June 3, 2012, 5:15-6:00 p.m. Roya & Ricardo, The Oringial Persian-Flamenco Fusion Duet!

April 14, 2012, 4:15-5 p.m. Roya Ensemble at 22nd Annual Multicultural Fair, Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA Outdoor Map Full Program (PDF)

April 5, 2012, Harris Concert Hall Presentation and Rose Theatre, Roya Ensemble Performance, University of Memphis, Tennessee

April 1, 2012, Unitarian Universalist Church of Sterling, Roya performed inspirational music on her Santur.

March 28, 2012, Green Acres School, Rockville, MD, Persian New Year 'Nowruz' Presentation and Performance. Roya Ensemble Trio.

Recent Achievements:

Awarded 2012 Individual Artist Grant, DC Commission on Arts and Humantities, for creating "Cultural Dialogue Through Music"

Successfully completed the course on ' Music Production Using Cubase 6' at the Berklee College of Music, Jan-March 2012.

Best Group Finalist 2011 International Acoustic Music Awards: "Very creative & artistic... This music group has a lot of potential!"

Billboard Discoveries : “Dreamy, ethereal, capitalizing on Roya's novel Persian-Flamenco sound. World music beautifully executed, opulently delivered"





2009-2011 Select Events:


Cimbalom World Association Conference, October 2011, Budapest, Hungary

Roya Ensemble at the Washington Folk Festival, June 2011, Glen Echo, Maryland

Roya Ensemble at The Mansion at Stratmore, April 2011, Bethesda, Maryland

Live Performance on Voice of America Shabahang Cultural Program, March 21, 2011, Washington, DC

Cimbalom World Association New Year Concerts, January 2011, Budapest, Hungary

Live Interview on Voice of America (Persian), November 2010, Washington, DC

Persia Meets Flamenco: Sunday June 6, 2010, 5-5:45 PM at the Washington Folk Festival, Glen Echo, MD.

Persia Meets Flamenco at the Human Rights Art Festival April 24, 2010

In Celebration of Iranian Women in the Arts, University of Maryland, March 7, 2010, 4:00 PM Flier

Concert at VA Tech Iranian Society Yalda Event, Dec 5, 2009, Bowman Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Understanding Multicultural Identity Through Artistic Expression Nov 12, 2009 Bell Multicultural High school, Sponsor: DC Commission on Arts & Humantities

Persia Meets Flamenco, Sept 20, 2009, World Heritage Festival, Sponsor: Interfaith Center for Peace & Justice

Concert at WFI's IRAN: Film | Music | Vigil July 31, 2009, Carnegie Institute, Washington, D.C.

Conference & Concerts on The Persian Santur, May 27-31, 2009 World Cimbalom Congress, Querétaro, Mexico.

The Persians, A Musical Journey for Children, April 28, 2009 Key Elementary School, Washington, D.C.

Persia Meets Flamenco April 20, 2009, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV

Persia Meets Flamenco, Jan19, 2009, President Obama's Inauguration, Freer Gallery, Washington, D.C. Flier


2007 Release

1999 Release

ROYA on Top-10 music charts :

From the Album ROYA: "Message" full length video :