PIANIST and COMPOSER
Faranak’s passion for music started at the tender age of 5 when she started playing the piano. She studied music and theory privately in Iran until she emigrated to America, eventually-earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Music and Piano Performance. The inspiration for her music is drawn from her life experiences and is evident in her compositions.
Faranak’s distinctive style has been compared to masters like George Winston and earned her the label of “the female Yanni”. Her poetic performances touch people’s hearts and have won international acclaim. Experiencing a Faranak performance leaves audiences with an appreciation for her signature style..
Faranak has performed in many venues including several for industry and celebrity events in California’s beautiful Napa Valley. She completed a Wine Themed Album which was endorsed by the industry legend, Robert Mondavi.
She’s had major stars singing her songs, including Lenny Williams of Tower of Power, Syreeta Wright (Stevie Wonder’s ex-wife), and she also has a piece on the original motion picture soundtrack for Down and Dirty starring Gary Busey.
PERFORMER, MUSICIAN and DJ
Moein Viva is a musician who has been an accomplished pianist for over 18 years, including accompanying famous Iranian singers on keyboard in concert. He is familiar with both Western and Middle Eastern artistic influences. He also enjoys playing other instruments such as the guitar and has shares his passion for music through tutoring.
Moein also hosts and directs public and private events.
When not furthering his artistic pursuits he is focused on psychology and law.
As an ordained Minister, Nilou produces and officiates wedding ceremonies all over the North America. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology & Anthropology, a Master’s degree in International Affairs, and has spent over a decade in the non-profit field. She’s been in leadership positions as a fundraiser, founder, and director of several organizations. Nilou is happily married, with two children.
Andy Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in San Jose. Currently, he is enrolled at San Jose State University as a BFA student majoring in Art and Photography and Minor in Art of Education. Nguyen creates photograph, which reflect and communicate the landscapes, nature and lifestyle of people living in America from different communities. Nguyen is passionate about this subject because he captured the beauty of cultural dance in our community. He wish to capture the essence of the subject’s personality and the unique lifestyle that forms the individual beauty of the person being photographed. A multicultural society would encompass people from different ethnic backgrounds and cultures living and working together. Nguyen have been exploring the ideas of cultural leveling; beliefs of one culture are spread around to others for our next generation. Visitors can experience lifestyles on different ethnicities in our community. They can sample traditional dance in each season from different countries such as India, Iran, Mexico and Vietnam. Photography is Nguyen passion and his eyes are viewing the uniqueness from many countries and all of its diverse people.
Sabiba has spent her life performing various genres of dance from Jazz to Flamenco to Middle Eastern belly dance, as well as teaching dance interpretation.
When not performing or teaching, she loves her work improving patient health as a Registered Dietitian specializing in Diabetes with a Bachelors of Science from San Jose State University. On March 24, she shares the joy of Persian dance in celebration of Persian New Year – “Nowruz.”
SPECIAL DESIGNER FOR WEDDING AND VARIOUS EVENTS WITH IN MANY CULTURES!
Afsaneh Shakoori Naderi has been putting her creative genius to use in the beautiful arrangements of sofreh aghd (traditional symbolic spread at Persian wedding ceremonies) and haft-seen (traditional table-top arrangement for Persian New Year) for over twenty years. She first started following her passion of assembling traditional spreads by assisting family and friends, and then with so many witnessing her elaborate and unique spreads and requesting her services, she began to expand this creativity into a business. When Afsaneh is not using her talents for sofreh aghd or haft-seen, she is an independent beauty consultant with Mary Kay. Beauty surrounds Afsaneh in everything she does and she truly has an eye for it.
This event will feature exquisite Persian cuisine specially prepared by uncle Rays,
Husband and wife team Ray and Sarah Fard started Uncle Ray’s Catering Company in 1992 to meet the growing needs of international communities and companies in the Bay Area. Over the past 15 years, Uncle Ray’s has been a leading provider of catering services to the San Francisco Bay Area, and continues to expand its services and offerings. Serving a wide variety of international cuisines for all occasions, Uncle Ray’s is your key to a delectable and memorable event! http://www.unclerays.net/
Since 2007, La Patisserie Bakery has been owned by two successful women, Fariba Mirpour and Mojgan Damaghani. Their passion and creativity in the art of pastries has led them into running a business that has been a favorite go to bakery for many people in the Silicon Valley.Mojgan and Fariba’s mission is to provide the finest desserts and pastries at reasonable prices. They take pride in what they do and their products are baked fresh daily; they use the finest ingredients with no preservatives or artificial flavors.
They also believe in giving back to the community each month by donating baked goods to non-profit organizations.