Biography

Tara Mehrad was born in 1985 in Tehran into a music loving family, listening to blues and jazz from a very early age. Starting piano lessons at 6 years old was her idea and a necessity for her as she already dreams of becoming a musician.

After years of classical piano lessons she decides to switch to guitar, hoping to find a teacher to help her play other styles of music and not long after she realises her real passion for singing.

With singing being forbidden for women in Iran, she starts singing in underground concerts with rock and pop musicians.

At the age of 22, she quits her university of architecture and finds a way to leave Iran and pursue her dream of becoming a musician, in Paris.

She starts by studying jazz in the « American School of Modern Music » followed by Brazilian music in « Arpej » and « Bill Evans piano academy », all the while studying vocal technique with Jasmin Martorell, an international singing professor, with whom she creates a singing course in Paris called « Souffle Chanteur » that she continues to this day. 

Her interest for the mystical world is also a very important part of her teachings and performances. She practices Yoga, meditation, energy healing, different breathing techniques, etc,… which help her develop her own method of teaching singing and performance, along with energy healing and self development.

After years of performing with different groups and styles, she finally finds her voice and inspiration between her roots and her passion, between Persian poetry and Occidental harmony.

Her uncle Farhad Mehrad an Iranian protest singer and musician is one of her biggest inspirations as she decides to start a solo project called « A few Persian Songs », as a tribute to him, to her family and to her country.

After her union with Laurent de Oliveira, a French/Brazilian piano player, the project grows and leads to the creation of a musical world of her own.

She starts composing music and writing lyrics in Persian. Her songs that tell her story, the story of her ancestors and all humans through her mystical eyes. She performs with so much heart and authenticity and so easily juggles between the sound of passion and fire and pure water and clarity, as she takes her audience on a voyage in to her world.

Their first album Ba Ham Tanha ( alone, together ) will be coming out on 2021. The project is a bridge between their roots and their passion. The essence is somewhat mystical, revolutionary and yet romantic. Their music is in one way, looking to inspire freedom through telling stories, should it be freedom of expression or style, and in another way celebrating curiosity and love for tradition, gestures and the singularity of cultures and their crossing. We are all part of the same world, the same earth and the same spirit : Ba ham Tanha …. We are all alone but together.