ZÖJ is an experimental cross-cultural music duo based in Australia, comprising Gelareh Pour on Kamancheh Qeychak Alto and vocals and Brian O’Dwyer on drums. The duo has been creating music as ZÖJ since 2016 but have worked together in other projects since 2012. The ideals of ZÖJ are firmly rooted in true expression of inter-culturalism, specifically what it means to be from more than one place.

Gelareh Pour, a musician originally from Iran, has been studying and performing music since the age of seven. She is a master of the Kamancheh, a Persian string instrument, and has won several awards for her work. Brian O’Dwyer is an Australian born drummer who explores sound as connection. Working with the moment in which musician and listener impact equally through reaction and response, Brian’s approach to percussion and drumming involves incredible dynamic shift, ebbing and flowing with the various influences of the room.

Listen back to Global Village to hear ZÖJ join Roger for an exclusive Studio 5 Live session. 

Check out a clip of ZÖJ performing 'Hangman' in PBS Studio 5.

ZÖJ - 'Hangman' in PBS Studio 5 Live November 5, 2023


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