Stories about arresting music

Farzane Zamen

Farzane Zamen is an Iranian musician, producer, songwriter and singer. She has released more than 15 songs in Farsi and several tracks and an EP in English. Under Islamic law, as it is applied in Iran, women are not allowed to sing in public, resulting in Farzane having no opportunities to perform or publish her music legitimately in her home country, consequently, she works as an underground musician.


Farzane composes and arranges all of her songs—most of which are available through the online music service,, with a total of 710,000 plays to date.

In November-December 2015, Farzane successfully completed a one-month residency in Norway and Sweden (arranged by the Oslo-based Safemuse). Farzane performed her first public live performances with fellow musicians in Bergen and Kongsberg, Norway and Malmö, Sweden. During this residency, she also recorded the song "Pedar" (Father) in a one- day session in Oslo, Norway.

In 2016, Farzane Zamen was awarded a prestigious Artist Protection Fund (AFP) Fellowship for a six-month APF Fellowship residency in the UK at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA-Glasgow). Farzane’s APF Fellowship at CCA-Glasgow, also includes participating cooperation with Glasgow-based organizations—Glad Café, The Green Door Studio and Paragon Music; and Safemuse, Norway. After the residency she is staying on in Glasgow, performing and recording.

Åse Kleveland 

Åse Kleveland is a Norwegian singer, guitarist, politician and activist. A well-known folk singer and traditional guitarist in Norway, she was appointed Minister of Culture in Norway in 1990, and held the position until 1996, representing the Labour Party under the Gro Harlem Brundtland administration. She was also president of the Swedish Film Institute from 1999 to 2006. In June 2007 she became Chairman of the Board of Human-Etisk Forbund, the Norwegian humanist organization, a position she held until 2013. 

As a singer she is famous for her very dark, soulful voice. She also plays the guitar and has composed songs in the singer-songwriter tradition. She was also part of the folk- pop group Ballade!.

At 10 she debuted in a radio show and her first bout as a singer was on an TV show when she was 13. She released her first album in 1965. With her second album in 1966 she was one of the pioneers ushering in the new folk-pop genre, a blend of traditional folk song and pop. This led to a series of engagements in Paris. At age 17 she conducted a major tour of Japan which included several TV shows and the release of four singles in Japanese. 

In 1966 she represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest with the entry "Intet er nytt under solen" (There's Nothing New Under The Sun), finishing in third place. She broke a tradition expected of female performers at the time in that she was the first woman to not wear a dress, choosing a pantsuit instead. 

She had a long association with the Norwegian Musicians’ Union, first holding the office of Secretary from 1979 to 1983, then serving as their Leader from 1983 to 1987. In 1986 she hosted the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Norway in Bergen.

In the heart Åse has never left the stage. Four years ago, she embarked on a new chapter as an artist. With concerts and TV programs she has renewed contact with the audience. Her repertoire has never been wider, and she leads the audience through the most diverse musical landscape, from -60’s and -70’s iconic songs, until today.