„Freedom is the least I want“, Meshkat says to me and starts singing one of her own original
english songs. We are at an illegal jamsession somewhere north of Tehran. But Meshkat is not
free to sing. In Iran women are not allowed to sing in public by law, because their voices
could „arouse sexual feeling in men“. Violations can be punished by fine, prison or even lashes.
Nevertheless there are women in Iran who are ambitious vocalists. I accompanied some of them to
concerts, illegal jamsessions, studiogigs, to music lessons and visited them at home. I am a
musician myself. It was hard for me to imagine my profession being forbidden by state law. But this
is about more than just music. These vocalists are a symbol of a slowly changing society in constant
conflict between tradition and modernism.