Nava is a group of young musicians exploring the relationship between the ancient musical cultures of Ireland and Persia. It is comprised of folk/bluegrass musicians Paddy Kiernan and Niall Hughes, and Iranian born brothers Shahab and Shayan Coohe.
Their debut album, ‘Tapestry’ was recorded at Hellfire Studios, an intimate studio in the Dublin Mountains, overseen by Adrian Hart (I Draw Slow, Yurodny) and Tony Byrne (Julie Fowlis, Danù), and supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. It was launched at the National Concert of Ireland, Dublin in October 2017.
The album charts a unique sonic landscape, weaving material from the Irish and Persian traditions into a beguiling tapestry of sound, and treats listeners to a joyous exploration of the connection between two venerable musical cultures.
Since forming in early 2016 they have also performed at Celtic Connections, Electric Picnic, The Silk Road Film Festival and Bray Jazz Festival among others.
"Listening to the cross-cultural blend of Nava one would think the two musical cultures of Persia and Ireland had been historically connected. They haven’t...until now. A pioneering musical collaboration."
Carl Corcoran, presenter of ‘The Blue of the Night’, RTE Lyric FM