Yvette Massoudi, (formerly Yvette Perez), is the singer, arranger, bandleader, and founder of New York City-based Farsi-funk big band Mitra Sumara, performing Iranian pop and funk songs from the 60s and 70s.
The band is an outgrowth of Yvette’s journey to reclaim her personal identity and a love letter to the beauty of Iranian culture and music. Adopted and raised by American parents near Los Angeles, CA, Yvette united with her Iranian birthfather in 2009. She began to study Farsi, and soon discovered and became enamored with the popular music of pre-Revolutionary Iran.
Yvette has performed and written music in a wide-variety of groups from rock to avant-garde to jazz. Her discography includes: Tahdig by Mitra Sumara (2018, Persian Cardinal Recordings), Peter Zummo's Dress Code (2017, Optimo Records), H*E*R Songs About the Mysteries of Housework and Nature (2007, Persian Cardinal), and I Fly by Birdbrain (2004, Persian Cardinal). She has performed at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and the Freer Sackler Smithsonian Asian Art Galleries in Washington, DC. She holds a BA in Music from Smith College.
Yvette is currently working on a bi-lingual English and Farsi multimedia project about her transracial adoption, quest for family roots, and personal identity.