Haale Gafori


Haale Performance Past Monday, July 21, 2008


Haale Gafori is an Iranian-American singer, composer, and poet living in New York City. She was born in the Bronx, to Persian parents.Her songs are trance-inducing, rhythmically propulsive, and lyrically engaging tapestries that draws on both Persian mystical and American psychedelic musical traditions.


Her music has been described as "Psychedelic Sufi Trance Rock" and features Haale singing original lyrics in English as well as excerpts of Persian poetry by poets like Rumi, Sohrab Sepehri and Forogh Farrokhzad in the Persian language.


Haale attended Stanford University in California and earned a BS in Biology. She graduated in the Honors Society of Phi Beta Kappa. She completed a semester at Oxford University during which she studied race relations in the UK.

Haale also attended the Jack Kerouac School for Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado where Anne Waldman was teaching. She earned her MFA in poetry at the City College of New York where worked closely with poet Marilyn Hacker. She received an Academy of American Poets Prize and a Goodman Grant for poetry. Her poems and translations have been published in various journals including Ratapallax.

No Ceiling


  • No Ceiling (Channel A Music -- March 18, 2008)


  • Paratrooper (Darya -- January 3, 2007)
  • Morning (Darya -- January 3, 2007)

Compilation Appearances

  • One Giant Leap (2008)
  • Caravan of Light (2007)
  • Sandinista! – The Clash Tribute album (2minutes59--2007)