Shaudi Bianca Vahdat is a Seattle-based musician and theatre artist who explores story-driven songwriting informed by a diverse training in jazz, musical theatre, classical, and both American and Iranian folk music (currently as a Contemporary Performance Masters student at Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain). Her experience as an actor (currently with local fringe favorite The Horse in Motion, of which she is a co-founding member) and her love of poetry and theatre also come through her lyrics and composition work.
Shaudi's 2012 debut EP, Some Songs, explores story-driven songwriting with sparse piano and guitar arrangements. In August of 2017, she produced and released a follow up EP, Left. This stylistically mixed studio album includes original work, Shakespeare, and a cover of 1970’s Iranian rock icon Koroush Yaghmaei, and was described by Pacific Northwest Music blog The Permanent Rain Press as “a tastefully delivered album of heartbreak and love...embracing the listener and offering strength and solidarity”.
Shaudi also composes for the theatre, most recently contributing to BrechtFest (with The Horse in Motion), and the world premiere of The Things Are Against Us (Washington Ensemble Theatre). Favorite acting roles include Garth in Wellesley Girl (The Horse in Motion), Natasha in The Brothers K (Book-It Repertory Theatre), and Shen-Teh in BrechtFest (The Horse in Motion).
A strong believer in the power of the arts to assist in the progress of humanity and unite people of all backgrounds, Shaudi seeks to use music to normalize multiculturalism and multilingualism for her audiences, often performing in both English and Farsi.
Shaudi holds a BA in Drama Performance with a minor in Music from the University of Washington. Find her work on iTunes, Spotify, and all of the other streaming services.