Ziba Shirazi is an Iranian‐American poet, singer, songwriter and storyteller. As a poet and music artist, she is best known for her poignant songs and storytelling through poetry. Ziba’s compositions blend together flavors of Persian melodies with world music and jazz. In 1985, Ziba left Iran for the United States, where despite many difficulties, she single‐handedly produced and promoted seven albums. Referred to as the ‘Voice of Women’ in the Iranian community, Ziba’s lyrics are colored by passionate feminist tones, love, compassion and universal human stories.
In 2009, Ziba created “Story & Song,” a lyrical storytelling performance, set to live music with video projections featuring stories of Iranian immigrants and their struggles since the Islamic Revolution. This project, which was the subject of Ziba’s Master’s thesis in Performance and Communication at California State University in Los Angeles, has been performed across the US and Canada. Another one of Ziba’s lifetime dreams was achieved in spring of 2014, when she staged her first musical production, “Spring Love,” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts. Through her new ongoing projects, “Story & Song,” featuring stories of Iranian immigrants, and “Spring Love,” a musical love story, Ziba continues to touch audiences’ hearts, crossing cultural gaps with her unique art of storytelling.