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SANAZ & the Shadow Caravan

With the voice of a poetess and the heart of a nomad, Sanaz transports her audience on a voyage that extends far beyond geographical boundaries. Born in Iran, she departed her homeland in search of freedom and a place where her dreams could take flight.


HR2 Kultur describes Sanaz as a passionate woman with a critical mind, gracefully dancing between melancholy and powerful energy, expressing in her songs what moves her.Her concerts are not mere presentations of songs but rather poetic narratives unveiling hidden stories between the lines.


Sanaz doesn't just sing; she weaves a web of melodies and words that trance the audience into a state where past and future magically intertwine.


The Shadow Caravan, accompanied by virtuoso musicians, is more than just a band—it's a symbol of life's journey, the quest for identity, and the pursuit of inner fulfillment. Through gentle sounds and powerful lyrics, Sanaz & The Shadow Caravan creates an atmosphere where the audience experiences both laughter and tears, where light and darkness unite in a harmonious dance.


Sanaz and the Shadow Caravan takes the audience on a journey full of emotions and experiences. Her voice captivates and holds the listeners tight, both in singing and in reading.

A musical journey between light and darkness, between word and sound.

The Music of  SANAZ & The Shadow Caravan

While Turkey is part of the Mediterranean region itself, it is the culture of modal music which links Azerbaijan and Iran to the majority of Mediterranean musical cultures.


While each of them has its very own taste and modal entities that developed and distinguished over time, one can not deny the connection and common features.


The Dastgah of Persian music, the muğam of Azerbaijani music and the makam of Turkish music are a whole world in themselves, but the link to such as Arabic maqam, Greek tropos and falseta of Spanish Flamenco can clearly be seen. 

While most modal musical traditions remained homophic, Azerbaijani and Greek composers and the Flamenco musicans very tastefully and successfully mastered the approach to combine the strong modal melodies with harmonies.


The music of Sanaz & the Shadow Caravan features all pure modal pieces, polyphonic pieces and modal-harmonic hybrids.

Sanaz: voice and lyrics

Benjamin Stein: oud, tar, santoor and guitar
Steffen Thormählen: Percussion

Uwe Böttcher: double bass, violin and viola
Mohamed Najem: clarinet, ney

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