Aida Shahghasemi is a Minneapolis based vocalist and musician. She studied Psychology and Anthropology at University of Minnesota with a focus on the restrictions of the voices of female vocalists in Iran, where she was born and raised until the age of thirteen. She received her Masters degree from New York University in Art and Public Policy, exploring her interests in the intersection of art and socio-political movements. She has worked with different New York and Minnesota based social justice art organizations and has served as an assistant director at Hamline University's Making Waves Social Justice Theatre Troupe. She is a recipient of 2017 McKnight music fellowship. 

Select Performances of Note

  • Plains Museum, Fargo, “The Other Four” group exhibit- Currently on Display

    Link Music Lab, second album presentation, Toronto, May 2019

  • Diaspora Arts Connection, second album presentation, San Francisco, May 2019

  • Diaspora Arts Connection, “Let Her Sing” program, San Francisco, September 2018

  • Tabestoon Festival, Toronto, August 2018

  • Mayo Clinic Diversity Program, Rochester, MN, March 2018

  • Carnegie Melon University, Winter Solstice Celebration, Pittsburgh, December 2017

  • MacPhail Center for Music 2017 Music Fellowship finalist performance, May 2017

  • MacPhail Center for Music 2016 Music Fellowship finalist performance, May 2016

  • National Sawdust, Persian New Year Celebration, March 18, 2016

  • Instinct Art Gallery-“Empathy” exhibit-Lullabies for Syrian Refugees, Minneapolis, December, 2015

  • La Mama Theater, “11 Reflections on September”, New York, April, 2015

  • Apollo Theater, “WOW” Women of the World Festival, New York, April, 2015

  • US and Europe tour with Marketa Irglova, October and November, 2014

  • University of South Florida, “This Bridge” series, Tampa, September, 2014

  • Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies Organization, Brooklyn, January, 2012

  • US and Europe tour, Iron and Wine, 2011

  • Intermedia Arts-Women in the Veil-Minneapolis, March, 2004