Galeet Dardashti

As performer, composer, and anthropologist, Galeet Dardashti has earned a reputation as a trail-blazing performer, educator, and advocate for Middle Eastern and North African Jewish culture.  As a performer, Dardashti is the first woman to continue her family’s tradition of distinguished Persian and Jewish musicianship.  She is widely known as leader/founder of the renowned all-woman powerhouse Sephardi/Mizrahi Jewish ensemble Divahn, which released its newest album, Shalhevet, in 2020.  She received a Six Points Fellowship for her first solo album—her multi-disciplinary commission, The Naming.  Time Out New York described Dardashti’s music in The Naming as “urgent, heartfelt and hypnotic;” The Huffington Post called it “heart-stopping.”  She completed an Artist-in-Virtual-Residence at Indiana University last year and recorded Monajat in Bloomington, IN.   As a scholar, Dardashti examines Mizrahi music/media/cultural politics. She is currently Visiting Professor at NYU and will be a Fellow at University of Pennsylvania’s Katz Center this coming year.