Singer-songwriter Haale, a downtown New Yorker of Iranian descent, is launching her first headling tour tonight, March 19, in Chapel Hill, NC, with shows booked through July 27. She has dazzled audiences at SXSW, Bonnaroo, and the Mimi Festival in France, and she has shared the stage with Frank London of the Klezmatics as well as the legendary Hugh Masakela and Odetta on the Songs of Spirit tour.

On her full-length debut, “No Ceiling,” she draws on that heritage freely but filters it through a contemporary edge that includes the work of the mystical poet Rumi and the Sufi trance tradition, while weaving in her fondness for Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, and psychedelia . “No Ceiling,” synthesizes the diverse elements of Haale’s personality into a single, impressive approach.

“No Ceiling” is a group effort, made in partnership with percussionist/producer Matt Kilmer and a number of New York City musicians. Haale and company have earned a secure place in the downtown scene while also generating opportunities for more mainstream exposure. She released two mesmerizing EPs in 2007 – “Morning” and “Paratrooper.” Haale has recorded with Sean Lennon (on “Before the Skies”), has been presented by David Byrne and has worked with producer Dougie Bowne (Cibo Matto, Chris Whitley, Cassandra Wilson).

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Haale itinerary (more to be added):

March 19 Univ. of North Carolina ~ Memorial Hall Chapel Hill NC
March 20 IOTA Café Arlington VA
March 21 Tin Angel Philadelphia PA
March 22 Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Brooklyn NY
March 23 Drom New York NY
March 26 Messiah College ~ Brubaker Auditorium Grantham PA
March 27 Thunderbird Café Pittsburgh PA
March 28 Beachland Tavern Cleveland OH
March 29 Kinetic Playground Chicago IL
March 30 High Dive Champaign IL
April 1 Shank Hall Milwaukee WI
April 2 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis MN
April 3 The Crofoot – The Pike Room Pontiac MI
April 4 Lula Lounge Toronto ON
April 5 Bellows Falls Opera House Bellows Falls VT
April 6 The Paradise Boston MA
April 10 Narrows Center Falls River MA
April 11 The Tralf Buffalo NY
April 12 Cornell University ~ Risley Hall Ithaca NY
June 12 Flushing Town Hall Flushing NY
July 26-27 Hillside Festival Guelph ONT