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Dear Friends,
I am delighted to start the 2011-2012 season with my most favorite events, all that concerns the human rights.

The projects this fall are not only shedding light and awareness but they inspire and educate. These brilliant organizations and dedicated individuals with their astounding achievements need you to know about them and join forces with them in any way you can.

I am also extremely excited that two of my major projects, enter production phase this season. (More info below)

Thank you for your warm and insightful support and feed back. I do hope to see you in a city near you this season.

Sussan Deyhim performs at Beyond Conventions: A Ford Foundation Forum on Human Rights

In our final 75th anniversary Ford Forum, we gather activists, rights defenders, government and private sector leaders, artists and writers to challenge us all to think beyond conventions and to reimagine what human rights can and should be in an era of transformation.

Performers Persian singer Sussan Deyhim; Universes, the international, multidisciplinary ensemble; and Grammy Award-winning Beninoise singer Angelique Kidjo.

  • Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State
  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor, World Wide Web
  • Sewell Chan, Deputy Opinion Page Editor, The New York Times
  • Jeremy Heimans, Co-founder, Purpose
  • Harold Koh, Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State
  • Diego Luna, Mexican actor and producer
  • Rebecca MacKinnon, Co-founder, Global Voices Online
  • Geoffrey Robertson QC, human rights lawyer and author
  • Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu, South African activist
  • Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State
Venue: Ford Foundation, NYC
Date: Sept 20, 2011
Time: 9am-5pm (Sussan Deyhim performs at 12.00 noon)

Sussan Joins Tony Award winning Playwright and VDay Founder/Artistic Director Eve Ensler

V-Day Presents EVE AT GRACE - An Evening with Tony Award winning Playwright and VDay Founder/Artistic Director Eve Ensler, Tuesday September 27, 2011, hosted by Grace Cathedral.

For this special one night only engagement, Ensler has chosen San Francisco to deliver her first talk based on her upcoming book entitled CongoCancer, scheduled for release in late 2012. "The evening will be a gathering calling up the outrage, courage, tenderness and wisdom that lives in the body which is the body of the world," stated Eve. "It will look at how surviving cancer, violence or suffering is the pathway to connection, transformation and revolution. It will be a call to our second wind, to the woman spring."

Proceeds from the evening will benefit V-Day and Grace Cathedral.

Renowned Iranian composer, vocalist and performance artist Sussan Deyhim will be provide the musical opening and closing performances capping Eve Enlser’s major speech to be delivered at Grace Cathedral on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00PM. Sussan Deyhim is internationally known for creating a unique sonic and vocal language. Her music remains true to the spirit of her ancient heritage, while pointing to the future with a very personal and poetic dramatic sensibility. She has had a multifaceted career encompassing music, theatre, dance, media and film. Sussan’s wide-ranging collaborations with leading artists from across the spectrum of contemporary art.

Venue: Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco, CA
Date: Sept 27, 2011
Time: 7 PM (doors open at 6 PM)

Sussan Deyhim and Richard Horowitz Perform at National Geographic Washington DC

Featuring: composer Richard Horowitz on Keybords and Ney
And special guest Alan Kushan: Master Santour
Other very special guests speaker Roya Boroumand, the founder of Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation.

Date: Oct 27, 2011
Time: 8PM

In production this season:

We are delighted to announce, Sussan Deyhim's multi media project The House Is Black enters production this fall. This project is produced by the prominent Iranian cultural foundation "The Farhang Foundation" in collaboration with "The House Is Black LLC".

"The House is Black" is based on the life and works by the Iranian cultural heroin of the 50's Forough Farrokhzad. Forough is one of the most influential Iranian modern icons. A feminist, humanist, modernist, eroticist, filmmaker and a radical literary figure of contemporary Iranian literature.

Much more information on this very exciting project and the brilliant cast of collaborators on board will be available on

We are also delighted to have this project available on Kickstarter in the very soon future.

For more info on Farhang Foundation and their upcoming events, please visit

Sussan's upcoming album is a compilation of vintage Torch songs of Iran’s Golden Age of '40's - '70's".

These timeless and memorable songs were performed by the great Iranian torch singers of the era. This classic repertoire will introduce some of the most romantic popular songs of the pre revolution Iran to the international audiences.

Recording Releases:

Sussan sings Ellington’s Caravan on Joe Jackson's great upcoming album of reinterpretations of Duke Ellington’s songs.