Singer finds her voice

Fremantle Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Tanya MacNaughton

IRA­NIAN born Tara Tiba grew up in Tehran, where not even her neigh­bours had heard her sing.

Now, af­ter mov­ing to Perth in 2012, her en­tire adopted city is go­ing to hear her voice as one of the fe­male vo­cal­ists recorded for Perth Fes­ti­val’s open­ing event, Siren Song.

“The law has been like it since the Ira­nian Revo­lu­tion in 1979,” 33year-old Tiba, of Dianella, said.

“You can’t per­form in pub­lic or re­lease an al­bum. Any sort of per­for­mance needs per­mis­sion from the gov­ern­ment, so you can’t just go into a cafe and start to sing or play. It’s not just about women, it’s for ei­ther gen­der. The dif­fer­ence is that if you’re a woman, you’re never go­ing to get per­mis­sion.

“Every­one just grows up want­ing to leave, which is sad be­cause it’s such an amaz­ing coun­try, but most of my friends had al­ready left. I have my par­ents and other fam­ily still there but my sis­ter moved here af­ter­wards as well; she’s a me­chan­i­cal engi­neer.”

Tiba, an ar­chi­tec­tural grad­u­ate, found her love for mu­sic by study­ing western clas­si­cal piano as a child be­fore she started vo­cal train­ing in the clas­si­cal Per­sian Radif sys­tem when she was 16.

“I’d never even heard of Perth but I was lucky enough to get a WA state spon­sor­ship, ar­rived here at 3am with­out know­ing a sin­gle per­son, and I’ve just fallen in love with the place.”

Tiba en­rolled in a jazz vo­cals course at WAAPA to meet lo­cal like-minded mu­si­cians and is work­ing on her sec­ond al­bum (the first was re­leased in 2014) with Grammy award-win­ning Span­ish pro­ducer Javier Li­mon in Madrid. It is sched­uled for re­lease in May.

Tiba per­formed at Perth Fes­ti­val 2016 open­ing concert Home and was ap­proached again by artis­tic di­rec­tor Wendy Martin to be part of this year’s Siren Song, where hun­dreds of speak­ers will line the western end of St Ge­orges Ter­race, trans­mit­ting the sound of fe­male vo­cal­ists along “the canyon of com­merce” for the seven min­utes it takes for the sun to rise and set from the evening of Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 9, to Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 18.

Like other fe­male singers, in­volved in­clud­ing Carolyn Con­nors, Deb­o­rah Cheetham, Tanya Ta­gaq, Kristal Kick­ett and Karla Hart, Tiba has recorded her a cap­pella vo­cals with sound artist By­ron J Scullin, who will com­pose a piece us­ing sam­ples of her voice.

“The in­ter­est­ing thing is that ev­ery day is go­ing to be a dif­fer­ent com­po­si­tion,” she said.

“Siren Song is about an ex­pe­ri­ence, how you feel the vi­bra­tion in your body and if you film it, it won’t have the same ef­fect be­cause you re­ally need to be in the city, in that time, in that lo­ca­tion.”

The sun­rise Siren Song will sound for seven min­utes be­tween 6-6.15am and the sun­set ver­sion will sound be­tween 7.20-7.35pm.

The first dusk Siren Song on Fe­bru­ary 9 will be­gin with a Noon­gar Gnarnk-Ba Karla Waarnginy cleans­ing and clear­ing cer­e­mony at the western end of St George’s Ter­race, which will be closed to traf­fic be­tween Har­vest Ter­race and Mil­li­gan Street from 6-8pm.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d478810

Ira­nian singer Tara Tiba, of Dianella, is one of the vo­cal­ists of Siren Song.

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