Born in Baku, Azerbaijan Imamyar Hasanov a resident of Virginia started playing the kamancha at the age of seven and eventually became the youngest soloist in Azerbaijan's National Orchestra and National Dance Ensemble. He has a Master of Music Degree in Conducting from the Azerbaijan State Conservatory . During his conservatory studies, he worked with Professor Agha Jabrayil Abasaliyev and became interested in the art of mugham. Imamyar has performed in Canada, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Turkey and the US and has collaborated with artists such as Chingiz Sadykhovm, Aziz Herawi, Pejman Hadadi and Hossein Omoumi. On stage, Imamyar is a dynamic virtuoso who performs Azerbaijani and Middle Eastern traditional improvisations as well as European classics.
Born in Tehran, Iran Katayoun, a resident of New Jersey, started reading and writing poetry at age seven. In 2006 she published her first book, " Eshgh o Vahdat " an annotated selection of Rumi's ghazals and made her debut as a performer of classical Persian poetry in Rooz O Shab, Poetry of Rumi.