Mitra Sumara

میترا سومارا Farsi-Funk Big Band

Mitra Sumara is New York City’s only Farsi Funk group. This international party band gets down with the vibrant pop and funk music of 60s/70s Iran, an infectious pre-Revolutionary sound which combined the beats of Fela Kuti, salsa, and disco with Middle Eastern melodies and flowery poetry.

Interpreting hits by Iran’s beloved singers Googoosh, Pooran, Hayedeh, Aghassi, Leila Forouhar, Nooshafarin, and Zia Atabi’s intoxicating Bandari beat tunes, Mitra Sumara’s repertoire also includes American hits of the era translated into Farsi. East meets West meets East while delighted audiences sing along.

Mitra Sumara’s musicians are among New York City’s top players in the avant-garde, jazz, indie-rock, and Broadway scenes.

Mitra Sumara is the creation of Brooklyn-based half-Iranian lead singer Yvette Perez. Adopted and raised by American parents, Yvette founded the group after studying Farsi and re-uniting with her Iranian birth father just a few years ago. This cross-cultural music project is inspired by her family story. The group's mission is to promote the beauty of Iranian culture.

Mitra Sumara has played the Smithsonian Freer Sackler Asian Art Gallery and the John F. Kennedy Center Millenium Stage and Tropicalia Club in DC as well as New York City venues including National Sawdust, Le Poisson Rouge, Barbes, Alwan for the Arts, Brooklyn Bowl, Barbes, WestBeth, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, Bar Chord, and Café Nadery.

"One of New York's most fascinating bands." - New York Music Daily


Band Members:

Yvette Saatchi Perez- vocals     Bill Ruyle - hammer dulcimer    Julian Maile - guitar    Jim Duffy - keyboards  

Peter Zummo - trombone    NIkhil Yerawadekar - bass    

Michael Evans - drums/congas   Kaveh Haghtalab - drums/percussion