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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Music Abroad #1


This is my first section of my 'Music Abroad' series.
Enjoy :)

~First on the list is a band called Niyaz.

Niyaz is a trio of Iranian musicians who blend Middle Age Persian poetry (among other things) to make the dynamic sound that is taking the world by storm. It has a very modern feel, yet its sounds are sometimes sung in Urdu (an almost 900 year old language).

Azam Ali is the singer, you may have heard her voice before. Unmistakeable it has been in many award winning cinema soundtracks (if any of you have seen the SciFi Series 'Children of the Dune' and know what I mean when I mention Inama Nushif. She also did the theme song for Prision Break as well as being the lead vocals in the soundtrack for 300). Loga Ramin Torkian is the second member of the group coming from the New Age of the 90's and 2000's band Axiom of Choice. The programmer and remixer and last member of the group is Carmen Rizzo.

Niyaz actually got off to a very quick start and has built themselves up quickly over the course of a few years, with a large collective fan base. Their fusion of World, Folk and Electronica makes you feel as if you are in a very modernized hookah lounge or cafe. Well worth buying the CD 'Nine Heavens' or their self titled earlier date 'Niyaz'.

~Long Live Music~
  Dekhthe Hai

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