Creator & Director & Storyteller
Ziba Shirazi is an Iranian‐American writer, singer, songwriter and storyteller who left Iran for the United States in 1985. Ziba is the first Iranian female singer-songwriter, that not only wrote all her songs, but also despite all the obstacles she single-handedly produced and promoted her seven albums since 1990. As a writer and music artist, she is best known for her poignant songs and storytelling through poetry. Ziba’s compositions blend together flavors of Persian melodies with world music and jazz. Referred to as the ‘Voice of Women’ in the Iranian community, Ziba’s lyrics are colored by passionate feminist tones, love, compassion and universal human stories.
In 2009, Ziba created Story & Song, a lyrical storytelling performance, set to live music with video projections featuring stories of Iranian immigrants and their struggles since the Islamic Revolution. This project, which was also the subject of Ziba’s Master’s thesis in Performance and Communication at California State University in Los Angeles, has been performed across the US and Canada.
Another one of Ziba’s lifetime dreams was achieved in spring of 2014, when she staged her first musical production, Spring Love, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Through her new ongoing projects, Story & Song featuring stories of Iranian immigrants, and Spring Love, a musical love story, Ziba continues to touch audience’s heart, crossing cultural gaps with her unique art of storytelling.
|2014 Los Angeles County Museum of Art||2015 Soka Performing Arts Center||2018 Irvine Barclay Theater|
|Matt Austin||Matt Austin||Matt Austin|
|Danny Akhavan||Danny Akhavan||Danny Akhavan|
|Ali Farahani||Ali Farahani||Emma Borgerding|
|Arezoo Khoochakan||Arezoo Khoochakan||Sara Bard Parvaneh|
|Vandad Massahzadeh||Robert Kyle||Ali Farahani|
|Tanya Mekhtikhanyan||Vandad Massahzadeh||Melieka Fathi|
|Darya Mina||Tanya Mekhtikhanyan||Nima Jafari|
|Sheyda Mina||Darya Mina||Arezoo Khoochakan|
|Melody Mofidi||Sheyda Mina||Mehrnoosh Kiani|
|Baran Rod||Melody Mofidi||Robert Kyle|
|Shahaub Roudbari||Baran Rod||Vandad Massahzadeh|
|Cloe Tishbi||Darya Rod||Darya Mina|
|Farid Vaghefi||Shahaub Roudbari||Sheyda Mina|
|Shayan Safar||Melody Mofidi|
|Farid Vaghefi||Narges Noroozi|
|Melody & Melisa|
|Donya & Kimiya|