Atash Career Highlights, Fact Sheet


Date formed:  June 2001 in Austin, from members of the Gypsies (formed in 1996 in Austin)

Founding members:  Mohammad Firoozi (Iran, joined 1996), Roberto Paolo Riggio (México, joined 1996), Jason McKenzie (U.S., joined 1996), Dylan Jones (U.S., joined 1999), John Moon (U.S., joined 1999)

Additional collaborators, presently working with group (in bold) when possible:  Glenn Rexach (U.S., joined 2001), Alseny Sylla (Guinea, joined 2003), Christian Fernandez (France, joined 2004), Shango Dely (Colombia, joined 2004), Subrata Bhattacharya (India, joined 2004), Rob Hooper (U.S., joined 2004), Michael Longoria (U.S., joined 2004), Ganesh Kumar (India, joined 2004), Indrajit Banerjee (India, joined 2005), Gourisankar (India, joined 2005), Kinan Abou-afach (Syria, joined 2006), Abbos Kosimov (Uzbekistan, joined 2007), Pilar Andújar (Spain, joined 2009), Michael Ibrahim (U.S., joined 2009), Pezzham Akhavass (Iran, joined 2009), Fareed Haque (U.S., joined 2013), Naga Valli (India, joined 2013), Aboubacar Sylla (Guinea, joined 2013), José Manuel Tejeda (Cuba, joined 2013), Sandhya Sanjana (India, joined 2014)


  • Fear No Venue Tour (U.S. west coast), 2001

  • 9-11 Disaster Relief Benefit (with Counting Crows), Sunset Room, 2001 (Los Angeles)

  • Sun Moon Lake Festival (Taiwan) 2003

  • Southwest Tour (U.S. Southwest), 2003

  • How Berkeley Can You Be? Festival 2003 (Berkeley, California)

  • Sunset Concert Series, Skirball Center, Los Angeles, California, 2004

  • World Arts Collective Fest (WACFest) and Fringefest, Macao (China), 2004

  • Barcelona Tour (Spain) 2005

  • Criülla de Culturas Festival (with Youssou N’Dour, Ojos de Brujo, Diego El Cigala, Maceo Parker, Blind Boys of Alabama), Matarò, Barcelona (Spain) 2005

  • Houston International Festival, 2006, 2007, 2009

  • South by Southwest Festival (SXSW), Austin, 2006 – 2014  Review

  • Art Outside (Austin; Downtown, Texas) 2006, 2010

  • Taiwan Tour, including Spring Scream Festival (Taiwan) 2007  Review
  • Festival Cultural Cajastur, Asturias (Spain), 2008

  • Primera Feria Nacional de Durango (Mexico), 2008  Review

  • Cactus Concert Series (San Angelo, Texas), 2010

  • Worldbeat Online Festival (Wobeonfest), Austin, 2013 (with Angelique Kidjo, Fatoumata Diawara, Red Baraat)

  • Maui Tour (Hawaii), 2013

  • East Coast APAP Tour (NYC and NJ), January 2014  Review

  • Everything Is Music CD Release Theatrical Performance, with guests Fareed Haque, Abbos Kosimov, Gourisankar, Sandhya Sanjana, Pilar Andújar and Bramaya west African drum and dance troupe,  21 and 22 March 2014



republic of love, 2003

Global Harmony, 2007

Everything Is Music, release date March 25, 2014


Notable achievements:

  • Legendary weekly “scene” at Red Fez, Austin, 2002 -11

  • Global Harmony Concert Series: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, featuring guest artists such as Abbos Kosimov, Kinan Abou-afach, Michael Ibrahim, Pezzham Akhavass, Subrata Bhattacharya, Indrajit Banerjee, Gourisankar, Pilar Andújar

  • Austin Music Awards: Best Album Cover, 2003-4, Best World Music Band 2005 – 13

  • Brotherhood of members from different backgrounds, example of international collaboration and co-creation

  • Bringing a wide variety of people together who coomune through the music and dance, despite their highly varied races, creeds, political affiliations, backgrounds, etc.

  • Created our own musical language incorporating different disciplines and traditions

  • Growing out of the Austin music scene and being influential in that scene

  • Group is involved in various educational projects

  • Collaborate with renowned world musicians, including Fareed Haque, Abbos Kosimov (Zakir Hussain)

  • Being able to rock any crowd, anywhere