Iranian Legend Googoosh At The Hollywood Bowl

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March 26, 2018
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Breaking Cultural Bounds One Song at a Time
Farhang Foundation Presents:
Iranian Legend Googoosh At The Hollywood Bowl

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LOS ANGELES, CA, March 26, 2018

Boasting a career that spans six decades, Iranian music legend Googoosh is slated to be the first Iranian artist to headline at the Hollywood Bowl. Farhang Foundation is honored to aid in the curation of this extraordinary event on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 8pm. The evening will feature Googoosh's most well known and beloved songs, including "Gharibeh Ashena," "Do Panjereh" and most of the classic hits written and composed by the two legendary songwriters Ardalan Sarfraz and Hassan Shamaizadeh.

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Next to her most loyal and successful songwriters, Ardalan Sarfaraz and Hassan Shamaizadeh (1972-73) 

Playfully dubbed "Iran's Madonna," Googoosh has performed on the international stage and headlined numerous music festivals alongside such notable artists as Ray Charles, Tina Turner, and Charles Azanvour. Googoosh is considered the most successful Iranian artist in the world.

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Chales Aznavour & Googoosh in Tehran

After the current government of Iran imposed a 21-year performing ban following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Googoosh left the country in 2000 to undertake a world tour. Persevering and re-establishing her status as the most revered Iranian artist, she performed sold-out concerts in prestigious venues such Staples Center in Los Angeles, Madison Square Garden in New York City, and Wembley Arena in London, amongst many others. Her shows were witnessed by over half a million audience members in the space of a year. Despite over two decades of silence, Iranians continued their admiration, love and loyalty to an enduring star of a bygone era.

Googoosh has maintained her worldly global presence by breaking the glass ceiling of cultural barriers and foreign languages. By recording songs in English, French, Spanish and Italian, she consistently touched audiences across the globe with her sweet, authentic musings. Googoosh was awarded the Special Cultural Medal of Tunisia, making her the only Iranian recording artist to be signed with the European record companies Barclay of France and RCA of Italy.

"Googoosh is not only a symbol of strength and persistence in Iranian culture, but also an beloved icon for millions of people from all over the world," explains Alireza Ardekani, Executive Director of Farhang Foundation. We so admire her career and her achievements, as well as her promotion of Iranian music around the world. It is truly an honor and privilege for us to collaborate with such a legend, especially for this first historic concert at the prestigious Hollywood Bowl."

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 In the 70s Googooosh's short hair created a fashion craze in Iran. It was coined the term, "GOOGOOSHI cut."

Googoosh also has an well-established film career. Having performed in 25 motion pictures, she has received an unprecedented number of awards and praise for her inspired work. She received the "Sepas" (equivalent of the Oscar's in Iran) award for her role in "Bita". And one year prior to the revolution her starring title in "Dar Emtedadeh Shab" manifested itself as one of the most successful Iranian films of all time.

Join Farhang Foundation for an evening of magic celebrating Googoosh's much anticipated performance at
The Hollywood Bowl.
Ticket prices start at $59 and are available via Ticketmaster

ABOUT GOOGOOSH

Googoosh's prodigious talents were noted at a young age. Born in 1950s Tehran to a renowned actor and acrobat, Googoosh spent her childhood immersed in the performing arts. Charismatic by nature, she managed to assemble an awestruck crowd at every turn; mesmerizing audiences with her inspiring musical aptitude. By her teenage years, Googoosh was regularly singing publicly- embossing beloved melodies of established musicians such as Ghazal, Delkash, Elaheh and others with her own uniquely riveting twist.

In 1966 she released "Ghesseyeh Vafa" the first of many compositions written specifically for her, by the composer Parviz Maghsadi and lyricist Iraj Janatie Ataiei. This monumental opportunity was the catapult of Googoosh's musical career - propelling her into a blazing spotlight that would soon make her a household name and take her around the world, leading to headlined numerous music festivals alongside notable artists such as Ray Charles, Tina Turner, Charles Aznavour, Silvy Vartan, Sacha Distel, Romina Power, Julien Clerc, Patty Pravo, Emel Sayen and Ajda Pekan. She performed at music festivals in France, Italy and Tunisia and had a month-long sell out run in Paris in 1971. Googoosh was awarded the Special Cultural Medal of Tunisia in 1973 and was the only Iranian artist signed to European record companies Barclay of France and RCA of Italy. She recorded songs in English, French, Spanish and Italian, widening her reach and appeal to new audiences previously unfamiliar with her work in her native country.

In addition to the hundreds of songs she recorded as part of an established musical career, Googoosh also performed in 25 movies, with each new success eclipsing the previous and drawing unprecedented numbers of audiences to the cinema.

ORGANIZING INSTITUTION

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Farhang Foundation is a nonreligious, nonpolitical and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports a broad range of academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications, and conferences. The foundation also supports diverse cultural programs such as the celebrations of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, film screenings, and poetry readings in Southern California. And, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions, Farhang Foundation funds major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. However, the content, viewpoints, or biases expressed by individual artists, academics, institutions, or events supported by the foundation belong solely to each individual party and do not necessarily reflect the views of Farhang Foundation.