Farzane Zamen is an Iranian musician, producer, songwriter and singer. She has released more than 15 songs in Farsi and several records in English. Under Islamic law, as it is applied in Iran, women are not allowed to sing in public, resulting in Farzane having no opportunities to perform or publish her music legitimately in her home country, consequently, she works as an underground musician.
Giving a voice to the women of the Middle East
Z Bent, Farzane Zamen’s new EP, incorporates elements of electronic music and Middle Eastern sounds – including Arabic strings, oud and darbuka. Farzane sings in English, while Habiba Makhlouf provides the Arabic and French lyrics. Farzane chose not to pen the songs in her native language of Farsi, explaining: “The concept is that women are suffering from the same problems in many Muslim communities, so I thought it’s better to be multilingual and understandable for more people”. With Z Bent, Farzane hopes to give voice to Middle Eastern women from diverse backgrounds and reveal paradoxes about perception and reality. Farzane composes and arranges all of her songs—most of which are available through the online music service, RadioJavan.com, with a total of 710,000 plays to date.
Z Bent is created by Farzane in collaboration with Glasgow-based musician Gavin Thompson, sound engineer Sam Smith, and Egyptian performer and singer Habiba Makhlouf.
Cooperations all over Europe
In November‐December 2015, Farzane successfully completed a one‐month residency in Norway and Sweden (arranged by the Oslo‐based SafeMUSE). Farzane performed her first public live performances with fellow musicians in Bergen and Kongsberg, Norway and Malmö, Sweden. During this residency, she also recorded the song "Pedar" (Father) in a one‐day session in Oslo, Norway.
In 2016, Farzane Zamen was awarded a prestigious Artist Protection Fund (AFP) Fellowship and is currently on her six‐month APF Fellowship residency in the UK at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA‐Glasgow). Farzane’s APF Fellowship at CCA‐Glasgow, also includes participating cooperation with Glasgow‐based organizations – The Glad Café, The Green Door Studio and Paragon Music; and SafeMUSE, Norway.