By Ahmad Rafat
Niyaz is an Iranian musical duo created by the singer Azam Ali — formerly part of the group VAS — and her husband Loga Ramin Torkian, from the Iranian crossover group Axiom of Choice. The word ‘niyaz’ means yearning in Persian.
Niyaz’s music, described as “mystical music with a modern edge,” is primarily a blend of Sufi mysticism and trance electronica.
The band fuses Persian, Indian and Mediterranean folk music and poetry, including the poetry of the Sufi mystic Rumi, with Western electronic sounds.
Kayhan Life’s Ahmad Rafat interviewed Azam Ali and Loga Ramin Torkian on the occasion of their recent concert in London.