"Sophisticated and impressive"
"Unique is a greatly misused word in the lexicon of record reviewers, but the adjective most assuredly applies to Tara Tiba's music and, specifically, to an outstanding sophomore album that explores the musical traditions shared by Iran and Cuba."
"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."
"Rousing renditions of classical Iranian songs"
Mohammad Reza Darvishi, Ethnomusicologist
"a unique new voice from Iran"
There was lively jazz, Alanis Morissette hits, classical Persian song and aching fado. The surprise was that she was performing with a Cuban four-piece and they were a knock out. Ivan Melon Lewis on grand piano was an astonishing hot jazz accompanist. Don't miss him, nor Roman Filiu on sax. Somehow the play off between Persia and Cuba was out of this world classic jazz. And to hear Lewis riff to a traditional Persian improvised song was to see a rare shiver of pure excitement run through the audience.
"immense control over her warm, coffee coated voice."
Tara Tiba’s exotic, melismatic voice is paired with the passionate rhythm of her Cuban band, to create a fusion of Latino blues and Middle Eastern sounds that are haunting, resonant, tranquil and replete with spine-tingling crescendos. Tiba and her band have their audience ensconced, many in search of relief from the surrounding boom of other, less subtle artists that fill botanic park. Throughout her performance, Tiba unravels the powerful story of her childhood growing up in Iran. She is as relatable on stage as she is in interview. Tiba also offers a foray into the ancient Iranian classical music tradition of Radif, through an improvisation of sound set to Iranian poetry.