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Monajat & The Nightingale of Iran

Public Programs | Performance

An old home photoe of sisters Galeet and Danielle at a young age sitting on a bed each wearing large headphones and listening to music. The Monajat album cover and The Nighingale of Iran podcast thumbnail sit in the bottom right corner.

Experience Galeet Dardashti’s multi-sensory Monajat, which reinvents religious poetry through a soundscape of original music performed by an acclaimed ensemble of Middle Eastern and jazz musicians. Following the performance, Galeet and her sister Danielle will discuss the making of their acclaimed podcast, The Nightingale of Iran, which tells the story of their famed grandfather, Younes Dardashti. 

Date and Time

Tuesday, September 17, 7:30 pm

Doors at 6:30 pm

Details and Pricing


  • $20 General Admission
  • $15 Members/Seniors/Students/Teens/Kids

Ahmanson Hall

About the Program

Monajat is Galeet Dardashti’s powerful album of original compositions featuring her singing with remixed samples of her grandfather, Younes Dardashti—one of Iran’s most famous singers in the 1950s and 60s and a devout Jew. In this live concert, Galeet reinvents the ritual of Selihot, with a soundscape of original music performed with an acclaimed ensemble of Middle Eastern and jazz musicians, and vivid video art enveloping the audience.

The Nightingale of Iran is a hit audio documentary created by sisters Danielle Dardashti and Galeet Dardashti, telling the story of their famous Persian Jewish family. Danielle is the host, writer, and director. Galeet is the musical director, producer, and subject matter expert. In this live multi-media presentation, Danielle and Galeet share behind-the-scenes stories, songs, and clips from their critically acclaimed series.

About the Participants

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Dr. Galeet Dardashti is a musician/composer, anthropologist, and culture creator. She has earned a reputation as a trailblazing performer, educator, and advocate for Middle Eastern and North African Jewish culture. Galeet is widely known as the leader/founder of the renowned all-woman powerhouse Sephardi/Mizrahi Jewish ensemble, Divahn, and for her nationally acclaimed solo release, The Naming. In her new, award-winning release, Monajat, Galeet remixes samples of her famed Iranian grandfather’s recordings to create an original soundscape. Time Out New York has described her music as “urgent, heartfelt, and hypnotic.” The Huffington Post called it “heart-stopping.” As a scholar, Galeet specializes in Mizrahi music, media, and cultural politics. She has held Assistant Professor positions at NYU and JTS and is currently a Fellow at University of Pennsylvania. She offers scholar/artist-in-residencies, lectures, and workshops on her academic and artistic work throughout North America and beyond.

Headshot of Danielle Dardashti smiling at the camera.

Danielle Dardashti is a storyteller, documentarian, and author. She leads corporate storytelling workshops all over the world, and helps companies tell their stories through impactful films and podcasts. Danielle's clients include companies like Pfizer, Marriott, and Intel. She is an Emmy Award-winning documentarian who has written and produced six TV documentaries for Discovery and other networks. Danielle spent the first decade of her career as an on-air news reporter at TV stations in Ohio, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia. She is a Moth StorySLAM champion who has been featured on NPR’s Moth Radio Hour. Danielle and her husband are co-authors of The Jewish Family Fun Book (Jewish Lights publishing) and she is the co-founder and creative director of the live storytelling show StoryBOOM. Danielle was a fellow in the Maimonides Fund’s 2022-2023 cohort of The Digital Storytellers Lab (part of the Jewish Writers’ Initiative), where she developed the pilot and trailer for The Nightingale of Iran.

Danielle and Galeet are co-creators and co-executive producers of The Nightingale of Iran. The six-episode series was released in March 2024 and has already been recognized as Best Podcast of 2024 by The Quill Podcast Awards, as well as Best Society and Culture Podcast of 2024. It was an official selection of the June 2024 Tribeca Festival Creators Market. Danielle & Galeet were also included by the New York Jewish Week as 2024 “36 to Watch” honorees.

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