Tara Tiba: Vocals
Iván "Melon" Lewis: Arrangements, piano and keyboards
Iván Ruiz Machado: Bass, Arrangement ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’
Ariel Brínguez: Soprano and Tenor Saxophone
Miron Rafajlovic :Trumpet
Tony Carmona: Guitars
Marta Pereira da Costa: Portuguese guitar
Claudio Constantini: Bandoneon
Shayan Fathi: Drums, percussion
Pedro Pablo Rodríguez: Batás
Fernando Favier: Percussion
Yadam González: Voice (‘Omíd’)
Recorded, mixed and mastered at Cezanne Studios, Madrid, Spain by Javier Monteverde.
Stef King - Photos
Hendra Widjaja - Hair and Make up
Farid Yahaghi - Graphic design
It is said that gypsies from India passed through Iran and the Middle East en-route to Spain on a long and circuitous journey centuries ago, thus shaping the rich culture of flamenco. This album is a playful exploration of the musical traditions shared by Iran and Cuba after the Spanish took Middle Eastern soul to Latin America.
OMID in Persian means HOPE. And that’s what we all need in any journey, as we never know what comes next.
I dedicate this album to all the people who are dealing with mental illness; I know how hard that battle is. You are not alone. I am one of you.
I wish you all a life full of OMÍD, because life is more exciting, meaningful and way more joyful with hope. That’s all we have, after all!
I would like to thank:
The one and only Ivan Melon Lewis, a true friend, genuine artist and the core of my music family. Thanks for believing in me and walking with me through this journey. I feel strong when you are beside me. I love you to the end of the world!
My soul brother Ivan Ruiz Machado, a man with a beautiful smile. Thanks for your deep artistry and fresh approach to music. Thanks for becoming a very important person in my life. No need to say how much I love you!
Javier Monteverde, a key member of the family. You make me sing my true self at the studio, that’s your magic. Thanks for the unconditional friendship. I love you; you already know that!
Mayhar Tahmasbi, my old friend.You write the words as if they have just come out of my mouth.
Marta Pereira da Costa, my sister, a strong woman who is unstoppable in her music journey. Thanks for sharing your music tradition of Fado with me.
All my musicians and visual team: It’s an honour to have each one of you, putting your heart and fantastic art in this work.
My first singing teacher Hengameh Akhavan. I feel so lucky to have had the chance to learn Persian classical music, the Radif and the Tahrir techniques and cultural heritage, so deeply from this legend. I spent all my teenage time going to her place every week. Ms. Akhavan, thanks for passing on this treasure to me. I am doing my best to share it with the rest of the world. I hope I have made you proud.
Ileana Otto-Johansen. Thank you for being such an amazing teacher. I owe you so much!
Arvis Mena. In our home we used to cook Iranian-Cuban food, listen to Iranian and Cuban music, and speak half Persian, half Spanish. Immigrants from far away parts of the world sharing very similar experiences of growing up in post-revolution countries. We were one, and that’s the reason for this musical journey. You are so far, yet so close.You never left my heart!
My biological family, my parents, sister, nephew. Thanks for believing in me and standing by me through the hardest times of my life.
My friends, Farid Yahaghi, Iain Grandage, Patrick de Bana, Wendy Martin, Stephen Bevis, Jay Emanuel, Pouya Mahmoodi, Tony Hillier, Pete Guezelli, Mohammad Reza Darvishi, Alfredo Chacon, Roman Filiu, Arman Zarei, Tina Afshar, Maryam Ajdari, Randa Khamis, Payman Fiuzat, Yoga Om, Hoveida Nobakht, Nariman Farvardin, and all my other friends.
Thank you Iran, for giving me this rich music culture.
Thank you Australia, for accepting me as an Australian artist.