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”,
Niyaz featuring Azam Ali
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
"The Fourth Light Project" (live excerpts from new immersive show featuring digital scenography)
"Shir Ali Mardan (Song of a Warrior)" live from Montreal in "The Fourth Light Project", 2016
"Tam e Eshq (The Taste of Love)" New Album Teaser Music Video, 2015
Live at Bali Spirit Festival, 2014
"Sabza Ba Naz (The Triumph of Love)" Live on Holland National Television, 2015
"Sabza Ba Naz (The Triumph of Love)" Official Music Video, 2015
"The Hunt 2013" Official Music Video, 2013
"NAMI NAMI (Arabic Lullaby)" Live at Gesù Center for Creativity in Montreal, 2011
"Yek-Nazar" live from Montreal in "The Fourth Light Project", 2016
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.
Seminars and Workshops
- Feminism in the East: In this workshop Azam Ali and Niyaz will discuss gender inequality, the growing feminist movement in the East and how that relates to the global feminist movement. Since the role of women in society is mostly depicted through the lens of Western norms, women in the East are perceived as weak and oppressed victims. Therefore, this workshop is aimed at exploring the gulf between the Western and Eastern definition of female liberation when examined within the proper context of history, geography and cultural traditions. It will shine a light on some of the iconic women of the East in both history and today’s world, who have made huge strides in helping reshape the role of women in a modern Eastern society by challenging the patriarchal interpretation of religion that fosters gender inequality.
- Persian & Turkish Music Theory: This workshop will focus on Persian and Turkish music theory and rhythms. A musical composition can be taught as well for those who play any musical instrument and would like to learn how to apply these motifs on their own instruments. All levels would be welcome from the beginners to the advanced. For advanced musicians a more complex workshop can be set up which will also include a more advanced composition.
- Sufism & Music: This workshop will cover the basics of Sufi philosophy and mysticism. Since poetry and music are a big part of Sufi practice, the workshop will cover the poetry of some of the greatest Sufi poets such as Rumi and Attar. The musical and ecstatic aspect of Sufism is called “Sema” and this will be the main emphasis of the workshop. The workshop will also include a Whirling Dervish (Sufi dancer) who will discuss the practice and aim of whirling.
- World Music & Globalization: This workshop will discuss the impact globalization has had on World Music. The subject will cover both positive and negative aspects of the impact globalization has had on the cultures that the music originates from, on artists, the ever growing popularity of World Music and how fusion of cultures is giving rise to a new form of Global Music.
Please contact your SRO Artist Representative if you are interested in any of these workshop options offered by Niyaz.
THE FOURTH LIGHT PROJECT (immersive multi-media show only):
(415)626-6334 Ext: 112
PublicityREK Room Media
"Tam e Eshq" Named Among NPR Favorite Songs of 2015
"Inspired by the life and poetry of Rabia Al Basri, the first female Sufi mystic, the Montreal-based band [Niyaz] scores with a mesmerizing mix of rapturous vocals and electro-acoustic beats." (Tom Huizenga) Read Review
The Wall Street Journal
Niyaz Honors 8th-Century Mystic on 'Feminist' Album 'The Fourth Light' (Exclusive) Read Review
NPR Weekend Edition Sunday
“...an evolutionary force in contemporary Middle Eastern music.” Read Review