The Triple Door in Seattle is a live music dinner theater. Louise and I went to hear an Iranian singer named Mamak Khadem as part of the Town Hall arts and lecture series. I know nothing about Iranian music, which was reason enough to go. There are two other musicians as part of her band — a drummer/percussionist and a Kurd playing a traditional instrument whose name I didn’t get. But the photo showing all four didn’t turn out well. I picked this one instead.
Khadem sang pieces from Iran, Syria, Kurdistan, and Azerbaijan — and it was clear from the response of the audience that there were many who knew the music and were likely from those areas. The joy on their faces as the clapped and sang along and ultimately line danced to the music of their homeland was as special as the performance itself.