An evolutionary force in contemporary Middle Eastern music return to London’s Rich Mix this November 23rd ….
A journey to the heart of the unmistakable voice of Azam Ali, the refined acoustic/electronic instrumentation of Loga Ramin Torkian, and the cutting-edge electronic artistry of two-time Grammy nominee producer-remixer Carmen Rizzo.
NIYAZ defines the best in contemporary world music by effortlessly marrying rich Sufi mystical poetry and folk songs from the Middle East, masterful acoustic instrumentation, with modern electronics. Based in Montreal, NIYAZ is considered by critics to be one of the most groundbreaking groups of its time. Since the release of their debut successful album in 2005, Niyaz have performed in many prominent festivals and concerts around the world. As individual artists as well as collectively they have also contributed to some of the biggest soundtracks of major Hollywood films. Their latest album entitled Sumud which was released in May 2012, further defines their sound. Sumud, an Arabic word which means “steadfastness”, offers a philosophical quest into the human depths, a message of hope against the injustice and oppression of ethnic and religious minority groups, a universal tribute to beauty, cultural and spiritual diversity, freedom and dignity for all.