World Music Institute presents NIYAZ with Azam Ali


Middle Eastern folk electronic masters NIYAZ join WMI to perform on the last day of the 13-day Iranian New Year celebration. NIYAZ is a husband and wife duo Azam Ali (singer and composer) and Loga R. Torkian (multi-instrumentalist and composer). NIYAZ creates a 21st century global trance tradition, seamlessly blending poetry and folk songs from the duo’s native Iran and surrounding countries, with rich acoustic instrumentation and cutting-edge modern electronics.

NIYAZ takes its name from the word “desire” in Farsi and Urdu; a constant presence in the devotional poetry of both languages. Led by charismatic singer Azam Ali, whose Turkish-Iranian heritage and Indian upbringing have created a singer of spellbinding proportions and richly textured. NIYAZ creates uplifting and transformative music that breaks down cultural boundaries and offers listeners a bridge between East and West – a sanctuary in our modern world of polarized ideologies. With a sound that is both modern and steeped in tradition, NIYAZ bridges the gap of understanding and tolerance through their music.

Bridging the gap between East and West

Doors: 7 p.m. | Show: 8:00 p.m.

(the) goldfish – 158 Bleecker St., Manhattan

Tickets: First 100 GA tickets $25 | Advance GA $30 | Day of show $35 | VIP with reserved seat $45 – member benefits apply

Standing room – reserved seating for VIP ticket holders


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