Rostam is no stranger to DC — he hails from here! His mother is a renowned chef who still lives in the area. And Rostam came to visit on the heels of his debut solo album to perform at U Street Music Hall on Thursday, Feb. 1. Isaiah Hattix captured the show.
Rostam Batmanglij, best known simply as Rostam, released his debut solo album, titled Half-Light, last year via Nonesuch Records. Rostam launches a North American Tour in Atlanta on Jan. 29, and he arrives in DC a few days later to perform at U Street Music Hall on Thursday, Feb. 1.
Rostam Batmanglij has a sometimes lengthy songwriting process. The former member of Vampire Weekend can sometimes work up a concept and then revisit it and revise it months and months later.
In the case of “Gwan,” his most recent single, Rostam drew it up as sheet music some time ago before sitting down to refine it. Now it’s one of his favorite songs to play live. And play it live he did to an attentive gathering at 9:30 Club on May 2.