Maryama Hypnotizes With New Single “Where The Mermaids Are”
"Where The Mermaids Are" is a beautifully hypnotic track that seduces any of its listeners into a trance
Although some of our country’s leaders may be spouting a xenophobic rhetoric, America is still a country of opportunity and acceptance. The story of Iranian born singer/songwriter Maryama is exactly the type of inspiration that you need to remind you of the possibilities that this country still holds. While growing up in her native Iran, Maryama studied guitar with rock stars Ardavan Anzabipour and Homayoun Majdzadeh. This unique blend of cultures has allowed her to craft a unique sound that brilliantly distorts the line between jazz, soul and world music. She now calls Los Angeles home, but her Iranian roots still bleed through in her music in the most magical way. Case in point is her new single, “Where The Mermaids Are,” which will be sure to have you swaying back and forth as you imagine yourself weightless, floating in a sea of serenity.
Mirbagheri studied with Joe Gilman, one of her biggest inspirations, at American River College where she holds two Associates Degrees in Jazz Voice and Music Composition. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Music Composition and Film Music from the California Institute of the Arts where she studied with Ulrich Krieger, Pirayeh Pourafar, and Houman
Pourmehdi among many others. Maryam is presently working on her Master’s Degree from the California Institute of the Arts.
Not only a talented musician, she also possesses an impressive list of accolades. Maryam has performed in prestigious international music festivals such as the Fajr International Music Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. She has competed and placed in the Iranian International Youth Competition in the Music Composition category, where she places as
a semi-finalist, and in the Music Association of California Community Colleges’ Composition Competition where she placed 2nd in the state of California. She has won a Jazz Downbeat Award with ARC Advanced Vocal Jazz Ensemble. She has also composed pieces for prestigious groups such as Vox Musica Vocal Ensemble. She was even chosen as Girl Trip and MUZIC
and London’s Student Pocket magazine’s artist of the month.
“Where The Mermaids Are” is a beautifully hypnotic track that seduces any of its listeners into a trance. The video is equally
transformative with its impressive cinematic quality and show of artistic aptitude. Mirbagheri can be seen drifting through a sea of purples, blues and reds while the worldly strums of a Sehtar and the enthralling quality of Maryam’s voice pulls you into a reverie. This video takes on the quality of the Sirens from Greek Mythology, and is equally as magnetic as the tale tells. The calming waters and the care-free attitude of the video’s dwellers will have its viewers heading to the beach at dawn to get lost in a million different sensations.