A reader writes:

Iranian Sussan Deyhim has for many years now been one of my favourite singers. In fact I'd rate her one of the best singers in the world, period. She's lived in NYC for years and performed with a wide variety of American and European musicians, many from the avant garde/contemporary jazz world.

According to Wikipedia:

Deyhim's music combines extended vocal techniques, digital processing, and the ancient mysticism of Middle Eastern music to create a deeply moving fusion of East and West.
Born in Tehran, Sussan Deyhim began her career dancing with Iran's Pars National Ballet company (performing weekly on Iranian national television), and then with Maurice Béjart's Ballet of the 20th Century. She moved to New York City in 1980.... Deyhim has appeared on numerous film soundtracks including The Last Temptation of Christ, directed by Martin Scorsese, with music by Peter Gabriel), Any Given Sunday, (directed by Oliver Stone; soundtrack by Richard Horowitz) and Unfaithful (directed by Adrian Lyne, with music by Jan Kaczmarek.)

Check out her MySpace page for more.

-- CB