Random Notes

Random notes -- or not so random. Some people can let down their defenses and preconceptions and just start spinning out musical notes with abandon. Stream of consciousness, first thought best thought, let it all out. I have tried all…

Mitra Sumara Coming to Washington, D.C.

(Photo by Leila Ostovar-Kermani)

Mitra Sumara, the 16-legged band that plays psychedelic, funky Persian pop music of the 1960s and ‘70s, is psyched to announce that we will perform two shows in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Early in…

Opus No. 3 Is Under Way

If there's one thing I do more slowly than updating blog posts, it's making records. i work so slowly, so slowly, that I surprise myself by how slowly I work.

These days, you hear a lot about how easy it…

Random Notes and Updates

Hi, long time no see. Here are some random notes and updates:

Mitra Sumara, the 16-legged band that plays pre-revolutionary Iranian pop music, has been rocking and swinging in 6/4 time. Our leader and singer, Yvette Perez, took us into…

Non-Expression in Music



What I have always liked about playing musical instruments is that you don’t need to have anything to say. You can just pick up an instrument and start making sounds. “Sounds are sounds and nothing more,” as John Cage said…

Mitra Sumara, Sunday, June 10, Brooklyn Bowl

Mark your calendar and save the date: On Sunday evening, June 10, at 8 p.m., Mitra Sumara, that eighteen-legged psychedelic funk band that plays tunes from pre-revolutionary Iran -- yes, that's right, Persian pop music of the 1960s…

Last Call at the Lakeside Lounge

If you're in the New York area, and if you need thumping, rocking roots, blues, rockabilly, country, boogie-woogie, R&B, soul and proto-punk music, then you already know about the Lakeside Lounge. And you have probably spent hours marveling over its…

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Mitra Sumara, Friday, March 30 -- and Video!

You've heard me talk about Mitra Sumara, the eight-piece, psychedelic funk Farsi supergroup I've been playing with. We play Persian pop music from the 1960s and '70s, music from pre-revolutionary Iran.

This is some wild stuff. Unlike Western pop-psych music…

Mitra Sumara, Thursday, Feb. 9, at Fontana's NYC

Thanks to all of you who came out a couple of weeks ago at Clemente Velez to see and shake to Mitra Sumara, that rhythmic, psychedelic Persian band. We will be playing again on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 11 p.m…

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Mitra Sumara, Wednesday, Jan. 18, in NYC

Mitra Sumara, that rhythmic, psychedelic Persian band, will be playing on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 9 p.m. at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk St., in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

We play Persian pop music of…