Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & ZÖJ


A remarkable fusion of Neo-Classical Persian music and daring experimentalism.

Experience the captivating fusion of neo-classical Persian music and experimental rhythms as musical duo ZÖJ launch their highly anticipated debut album FIL O FENJOON. Comprised of Gelareh Pour and Brian O’Dwyer, witness what Nick Cave has praised as ‘the consistently exquisite genius of Pour’, as she showcases her mastery of the Persian kamancheh and her evocative interpretations of Persian poetry sung in Farsi. Harmoniously paired with O’Dwyer’s innovative and hypnotic drumming, the duo’s connection is nothing short of magical, radiating with raw emotion and a shared sense of purpose. Guided by emotion, environment and energy, ZÖJ’s structured improvisations take on a life of their own, ensuring that no two performances are the same.

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About the concert

Drawing from their diverse musical backgrounds, Pour and O’Dwyer have crafted a shared language where each musician freely incorporates their own influences, resulting in a remarkable fusion of neo-classical Persian music and daring experimentalism. Set in the acoustically rich Primrose Potter Salon, ZÖJ’s works shimmer through each instrument’s delicate nuance, inviting listeners to embark on a profound exploration of musical depths.

Praise for ZÖJ

‘Gelareh’s voice can at one moment be soothing and dreamlike and then rise to artfully crafted keens – acute intensities that retain a knife-like edge of control and abandon.’ – Hear & Now

‘The consistently exquisite genius of Gelareh Pour – we are simply not worthy.’ – Nick Cave

‘O’Dwyer is like no other percussionist I have ever seen, creating a subtle, shifting and unobtrusive audio-scape of extraordinary colour. He is hypnotic to watch.’ – Broadway World

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Gelareh Pour voice, kamancheh
Brian O’Dwyer drum kit


Brian O’Dwyer
I Take Pictures of Fire
Hearts of Stone
My Empty Boat, Part 3
Winter for Ghazal
Hymn for Apollo
The God of Rainbows