Described by the Huffington Post as, “an evolutionary force in contemporary Middle Eastern music”, NIYAZ has created a 21st century global trance tradition, seamlessly blending poetry and folk songs from their native Iran and surrounding countries, with rich, acoustic instrumentation and state-of-the-art, modern electronics. A sublime, ever-evolving message is delivered through music that is uplifting and me...
Described by the Huffington Post as, “an evolutionary force in contemporary Middle Eastern music”, NIYAZ has created a 21st century global trance tradition, seamlessly blending poetry and folk songs from their native Iran and surrounding countries, with rich, acoustic instrumentation and state-of-the-art, modern electronics. A sublime, ever-evolving message is delivered through music that is uplifting and metamorphic. Niyaz is led by front woman, AZAM ALI , whose Iranian heritage and Indian upbringing have formed a bewitching singer of richly textured proportions. Still, with all the mysticism and allure of their native lands, Niyaz is not limited by tradition. Their far-reaching repertoire defies most standards of “world music”, making a bold statement, tearing down cultural boundaries, and offering listeners a bridge between the East and the West- a sanctuary in our modern world of polarized ideologies. It restores a severed bond between the past and the present.
By masterfully blending acoustic and electronic music, Niyaz appeals to fans of fantasy, global electronica, Middle Eastern music, sacred music and alternative world music. The artists’ four best selling, critically-acclaimed albums (released on Six Degrees Records), all debuted at #1 on iTunes and garnered the band media attention, including features on NPR, PRI, BBC World and The Huffington Post. Their music has been featured in several major Hollywood film and television scores, which include, “The Matrix,” “Prince of Persia,”“Thor-The Dark World,” Body of Lies,”True Blood, ”Nip Tuck,” “Bones” , “Alias,” “Prison Break,” and “Crossing Over”. Niyaz reaches an impressive and loyal fan base worldwide.
A ground-breaking new show, THE FOURTH LIGHT PROJECT, evolves from their latest release of the same name into a cutting-edge, immersive & multi-sensory experience. In collaboration with interactive designer/visual artist Jerome Delapierre, Niyaz present a live musical and sacred dance performance with interactive technologies and advanced projection/body-mapping techniques that respond to sound and movement in real time. The end result creates a new kind of Digital Scenography and live musical experience, one in which virtual and real space merge to create an illusionistic three-dimensional environment that eliminates the distance between the audience and performers. This seamless synthesis of sound, space, image and light, actually invites the audience inside the art to share in a unique narrative and multi-sensory experience. Watch Preview
Electric/acoustic quintet featuring Azam Ali (vocals), Ramin Loga Torkian (multi-oud, kamaan), Didem Basar (kanun), Gabriel Ethier (keyboards, programming), and Vaneet Vyas (tabla). Classically trained whirling dervish dancer may be added.
> An Evening w/
> Festival Headliner
> “The Fourth Light Project”
(Immersive multi-media show features cutting-edge scenographic lighting
& projection package with standard quintet AND classically-trained
whirling dervish Tanya Evanson.
> Outreach activities available, read more.