Caught between two cultures, born as the daughter of a Persian father and a German mother, Kaye-Ree’s artist soul finds her home mostly in music and its different forms of expression. The feeling of not belonging to one culture in particular becomes an instrument that gives her the ability to harness creativity from other cultures. Kaye-Ree’s first love was dance but – pushed by a few good mentors – she discovered her voice and a stage for it to combine her talents.
For her first main character role e.g., she sang Maria in “The West Side Story” and also delivered her own choreographies to the schools’ musicals. Her moving to Wiesbaden after High School to visit the University (Marketing), connected her to Americans, who were stationed there and therefore their music scene. This is where her career as a singer/songwriter began, influenced by HipHop, Jazz and R&B.
Her idols were Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Nina Simone, Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder – who she has sang for in a background choir – and India.Arie. Kaye-Ree has shared stages with many great artists, e.g. Busta Rhymes, Curtis Blow, Raemonn, Mic Donet, Dobet Gnahoré, Ryan Leslie and Musiq Soulchild. But her development is finding her own unique style. Getting into different languages, also e.g. American and Persian literature and also the cooperation with Felix Justen, a classical guitarist and song accompanist, formed those influences into a very unique style that an American journalist called “Global Soul”.
Kaye-Ree released her highly anticipated debut solo album in May 2009 on the independent Label „Reevolution Music“, produced by herself, DJ Opossum of the "WEGOTSOUL"-crew and „The Noizmakers“. Sharing her influences, experiences, and wisdom in her songs with us, she called it "Endless Melody" as an omen for her life and music career.
Their second album „New Air“ has been released on „Reelement Records“ as the first Soul-album that is recorded in a special frequency: 432Hz – our own natural body- frequency, our earth’s frequency, the tuning that classical musicians, like Mozart e.g. were using as well. This makes „New Air“ and the performance of the artists a very unique listening experience to our body and soul, since their music is being consciously produced and performed on an frequency that is usually only being used on meditational music. Together with Felix Justen, her tabla player Kiomars Nawab, Kaye-Ree has toured throughout Europe, from London’s Ronnie Scott to Brussels, Milan, Cannes and Paris, Mallorca ... all the way to South Africa and the USA, e. g. New York, Philadelphia and Atlanta in Live-Clubs or Concert Halls. In 2017 the trio added two more elements to the band: Kaye-Ree’s brother and drummer Amir Eftekhari, and the singer herself is playing the bass now, to add a different flavor to her music performance!
Kaye-Ree sees herself as an ambassador. Art, music in particular, are the vehicles of her heart’s messages. These are being expressed very much in her songs, also e. g. in the Persian poem of an ancient Persian poet, Saadi, who she quotes before her song “One”:
“We, the whole human race, are part of the global organism. Only awareness, tolerance and most importantly love will keep the organism alive and make the ascension of true human being possible.”
studied guitar at Dr. Hoch’s Konservatorium and later at the College of Music and Performing Arts Frankfurt.
A Masterclass with Julian Bream and a graduation at the Rhythmikon in Munich (Prof. Amelie Hoellering) completed his studies. His deep interest in chamber music lead him to perform with worldwide known soprano Elizabeth Parcells. With her he played his international debut concert in Boston-National-Radio. For more than 20 years, Elizabeth Parcells and Felix Justen performed on big stages, like e. g. The Rheingau Musik Festival, Gravendaal in Sweden, Rom – Paris –Boston – Detroit – New York (Carnegie Hall) and many more.
Elizabeth Parcells and Felix Justen performed many pieces of their repertoire as a world premiere.
2003 Felix Justen started composing and performing with the young soul/R’nB singer Kaye-Ree and once again toured throughout Europe and the USA. After releasing their first album “Endless Melody”, Mercedes-Benz hired them to write a song for the introduction of the new E-Class, in order to present it during the IAA in Frankfurt and at point of sale. The producer of their song “Space for ideas”, Marco Lehmann, also became the producer of their second independent album “New Air”.
By now they extended their band with Amir Eftekhari on the drums and Kio Nawab on tabla.
Besides being an amazing guitarist, Felix Justen also invented a tool for guitarist, called 'guitar lift', that enables them to play their instrument in a healthy posture.
Kio Nawab, born in Afghanistan, raised in Hamburg Germany, gets influenced by his father’s cultural and musical interests and starts playing the indian percussion instrument ‚Tabla’ at an early age. After loosing his interest for a while in his teenage years, he feels inspired to pick it back up after meeting the popular indian musician Ustad Raza Ali Khan in 1999.
He chooses to spend 6months in India to learn everything about the craft of playing this instrument. Only one year later, Kio Nawab is already playing concerts back in Europe and starts a band, called ‚Naurang’.
After performing at quite a few venues with that group, they finally decide to record their first album in 2004. The music is a mix of Jazz, Worldmusic and Chill-out music.
Since Kio is also a DJ, he soon combines his multible skills and gets to perform at „High-Class-Weddings“ as a DJ as well as a musician with a group of people he puts together. 2009 his path crosses the one of persian/german Soul singer Kaye-Ree, who is fascinated by the sound of this unique percussion instrument, that fits so well to her style of music.
Together with her and Felix Justen, Kio Nawab has his first live appearance at a huge Soul festival in north Germany, called „The Baltic Soul Festival in 2010.
Since that day, the trio have been performing together internationally and recorded their second album “New Air” together. A very unique sound, due to the combination of a classical guitar, the classical indian percussion, drums and the soul/jazz voice.
The uniqueness of their sound and different backgrounds is taking those musicians worldwide.
Lets start in the now: the 35 year old plays drums in a band called "dana.plan" and guitar in his own band LiLLiAN.
dana.plan: Amir started that band. they write their own music, instrumental music without any vocals. they've been playing together since 2008 and supported many well known bands in the independent rock scene.
Amir writes all the songs, records drums, guitar and bass at home and brings them to the stage with his band members. People call him "the new Dave Grohl".
Back in the days, when he first saw the german Punk Rock band "die ärzte”, all he wanted was being a drummer like the famous Bela B. He started to hit on anything he could find and destroyed every trashcan in his parents’ house because he had no drum kit at home.
When he was in 8th grade there was a band workshop at school. He applied for the seat at the drums. Felix Justen, the teacher, who lead the band, gave him the chance to play the drums. His dream came true, when he finally sat at a real drum kit. As he practiced the movements at home by watching Bela B. on videotape, he could adapt them to the bass drum, snare and the high hat. The door was finally opened for him to start his passion which he followed until now.
Felix Justen became one of his closest friends. He always supported him and gave him a room for his creativity and a place to practice drums.
After many years of development and starting several bands, Amir, Kio Nawab, Felix Justen and his sister Kaye Ree found their way to play music together. A wonderful soul music contrast to the punk, pop of, instrumental, pop rock music he plays in dana.plan and LiLLiAN.