Join us for a virtual book launch conversation with Rahill about the book on Wednesday, April 14th! More info here.
A new book of illustrations by Rahill Jamlifard, lead singer of the incredible band Habibi. "During quarantine I started a series called primitive portraits, drawings done in crayon and pencil of artists who’ve had influence in my life. Just as covid began its pillage in the States I was coming off a west coast tour and had plans of spending time upstate to relax and decompress. Then boom- covid went full throttle and I found myself up here, no reception, no internet, no books, no records, no instruments. So I picked up a pack of crayons at the supermarket as a saving grace to connect me back into avenues of remedial creation. Crazy how a thirty minute daily routine can bring you solace and healing as powerful as meditation. Not only was that inspiring but also reconnecting to my deepest roots in art- drawing. The place where creating began for me- and using the same medium (crayons), was kinda wild. Anyway, that’s a long enough description for sharing these crude drawings, but ya know what, who cares."
Rahill Jamalifard is a New York based musician, visual artist and DJ. As a first generation Iranian American, Jamalifard’s roots in the arts blossomed early, growing up in the midwest, in a community enlivened with a strong multicultural arts and music center. Since emerging in New York's downtown scene in 2010, Rahill has participated in various projects, spanning music, art and film, most notably as the front woman of the cult classic outfit Habibi whose sound NPR's Michel Martin coined a "signature mix of psychedelic rock and Iranian music," then starting Roya in 2016, a post punk project with Hamish Kilgour of the legendary New Zealand band The Clean. In 2019, Rahill was invited to Duke University's weeklong 'Building Bridges: Muslims in America' residency, where she and her bandmates participated in wide-ranging discussions exploring the band’s influences and embrace of Persian culture. A long time employee at New York's esteemed Academy Records, Rahill has spent the past decade building out her international, genre-spanning record collection, working at record stores by day and djing various venues by night. Currently working on a solo debut album and revisiting her first medium, the crayon, Rahill continues to find new ways of expression through her multifaceted relationship with music and art.