“An evolutionary force in contemporary Middle Eastern music” (Huffington Post), Niyaz—led by vocalist Azam Ali and Loga Ramin Torkian on oud and kamaan—seamlessly blend medieval Sufi poetry and folk songs from their native region with acoustic instrumentation and modern electronic rhythms for “an alluring combination of medieval Persian exoticism and beats that are state of the art” (Billboard)
Described by the Huffington Post as “an evolutionary force in contemporary Middle Eastern music,” Niyaz has created a 21st century global trance tradition by seamlessly blending medieval Sufi poetry and folk songs from their native Iran and its surrounding countries in the Persian Gulf, with rich acoustic instrumentation and state-of-the-art modern electronics. Niyaz is committed to creating music with a deep social message aimed at uniting people from different cultural and religious backgrounds through our shared humanity. Guided by the mystical poetry of legendary Sufi poets and the ancient wisdom of traditional folk songs that impart the beauty of ethnic and religious minority groups in Iran and its surrounding regions in Middle East, Niyaz steps into a future that is ancient, inviting listeners to embark upon a philosophical quest into the human depths with a message of hope against injustice and oppression, a universal tribute to beauty, cultural and spiritual diversity, freedom and dignity for all.
Based in Montreal, Niyaz was founded in 2004 by captivating vocalist/composer and two-time Juno Award nominee Azam Ali, and multi-instrumentalist/composer and Juno Award nominee Loga Ramin Torkian. Niyaz released best-selling and critically acclaimed albums, debuting their first three albums at #1 on iTunes. Niyaz’s fourth album, “The Fourth Light” has received rave reviews and features on The BBC World Service, Huffington Post, NPR, PRI’s The World and MTV Iggy.
Presenter / Producer: Soka Performing Arts Center
Music > International
Event Phone: 949-480-4278
Soka Performing Arts Center
Soka University of America
One University Drive
Aliso Viejo CA 92656
Performance Dates: 1/26/2018
Tickets: $30 ($26 student/senior/military)
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