"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." Carl Corcoran, presenter of ‘The Blue of the Night’, RTE Lyric FM.
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. Together these diverse musicians weave a beguiling tapestry of sound, ranging from Irish jigs and reels and Persian 'dastgáh' to original compositions and explosive improvisations.
Since forming in early 2016 they have performed at The Silk Road Film Festival, Bray Jazz Festival, Electric Picnic, as part of the 'Listen At' and ‘Kaleidoscope’ concert series, Improvised Music Company's 'Hotter Than July' festival, and have received national airplay on RTE1's 'Arena Arts Show' and RTE Lyric FM's 'The Blue of the Night' radio show. They are also recent recipients of the Arts Council's 'Deis Recording Grant', which will support the recording of their debut album in April 2017.