"Iranian diva Tara Tiba, exuded class and charm as she sailed through the songs on her eclectic and elegant new album Omid with a gun crew of Cuban expats — most notably the piano whiz Ivan “Melon” Lewis."
"somehow the play off between Persia and Cuba was out of this world class jazz"
"Rousing renditions of classical Iranian songs"
Mohammad Reza Darvishi, Ethnomusicologist
"a unique new voice from Iran"
"TARA Tiba is a potential expatriate trailblazer...While a mixture of Persian classical musicians and local jazz players provide simpatico settings, it’s Tiba’s singing that commands attention...Her exquisite use of gushehs (short melodies with individual modal identities) creates intriguing fluctuations in pitch. The quivering vibrato effect is positively spine-tingling in a gusheh that intros a saz-driven traditional ensemble work from northeast Iran."
"...young Iranian singer Tara Tiba, whose traditional tunes and jazz with a Persian twist mesmerised audiences at Botanic Park..."
"Iranian directors have long wowed Aussie cinema buffs with their sensitive, insightful films. Now Iranian musicians are beginning to mesmerise music-lovers, via their mystical songs and ornamental vocals. Perth-based singer Tara Tiba is in the vanguard, with a band that combines several other expatriates – on the long-necked Middle Eastern lute (saz) and guitar and percussion (daf and tonbak) – and a gifted young local rhythm section and saxophonist. Their first album, A Persian Dream, is breaking new ground by deftly and delicately fusing Persian classical music and jazz. Tiba, who combines a naturally soulful voice and an astonishing vocal technique, is rightly front-of-mix. Her utilisation of fluctuations in pitch is exquisite. The quivering vibrato effect is positively goose-bump inducing in ‘Segodar’ and ‘Navale’, traditional pieces from northeast Iran that involve the whole ensemble. In the title song, Tiba (pronounced ‘Teeba’) impressively swaps lead lines with sax."
"...fittingly for this International Women’s Day, Sunday really belongs to the female performers – elegant Iranian-born Tara Tiba and her jazzy take on traditional Persian songs..."
"By mid afternoon the park was buzzing with excitement but the humble Tara Tiba provided a restful break. The Iranian singer is now based in Perth after moving from Tehran in 2012 where women are prohibited from performing in public. It was a special moment for her to be sharing her jazz influenced Persian music with us on International Women’s Day. Tara oozed grace and elegance, singing stories of immigration and traditional tunes and showed immense control over her warm, coffee coated voice."
Global Media Post
" Dressed in purple robes, the pure and unique voice of Iranian Tara Tiba mesmerised the audience at WOMAD on Sunday. Along with a very good backing band she conjured a masterful performance in a jazz-like take on Iranian music. Her stunning vocal qualities are all the more remarkable for someone born into a society in which female singers were prohibited from performing in public. She studied Western classical music aged nine before developing a much stronger interest in Persian music at the age of 16.A young woman on soprano sax and elsewhere on tenor sax accompanied by the lyrical sounds of an oud player, double bass and drums created a perfect blend to what was a most enjoyable session of Persian music. Let’s hope Tara Tiba returns to WOMADelaide soon!"
"Women musicians are a major part of the WOMAD program and this year the range is exceptional. Iranian singer Tara Tiba (now resident in Perth) blends Persian classical song with jazz stylings — her CD, A Persian Dream, is well worth checking out."
"The superb Persian singer was supported by some excellent players...her saxophone player was absolutely brilliant. Her approach to Persian music is very unusual in that it has a very jazzy flavour, which was emphasised by the tenor sax solos that wandered beautifully in and out of the traditional melodies."