ROBAYAT, formed in 1989 by Iranian native Maryam Yusefzadeh, performs the indigenous music of Persia, Turkey and Central Asia. Popular not only within the local Persian community, Robayat has performed at numerous venues throughout the Upper Midwest, including Orchestra Hall, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Renaissance Festival, Northrup Auditorium, MacNider Museum (Iowa), University of Minnesota-Northrup Auditorium, Winona State University, the Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota Public Radio's "The Morning Show", and many galleries, churches, schools, educational organizations, and private celebrations as well. As educators, Robayat treats music as the introduction to culture, history, geography and further understanding of the people. Robayat, winner of the 1992 Minnesota Music Awards as the best Middle Eastern Band, released a compact disc called "Music of the Heart" in 1998. Joining Yusefzadeh are percussionist Tim O'Keefe, violinist David Stenshoel, and David Burk on oud, choombush, saz, and guitar. A founding member who is currently not with the group is Tim Sparks - you can visit his web site at