It has been 10 years since the Iranian music group NIYAZ last captivated UK audiences. Fronted by acclaimed singer Azam Ali with composer and multi-instrumentalist Loga Ramin Torkian, we are very excited to welcome them back to London for an exclusive concert in Grand Junction’s atmospheric nave on 7 November.
A pioneering force in contemporary Middle Eastern music, NIYAZ has four best-selling albums that blend Sufi poetry and folk songs from their native Iran and its surrounding countries in the Persian Gulf, with modern electronic and acoustic instrumentation.
Lead singer Azam Ali is recognised as one of the most prolific and versatile singers on the international stage. Her spelling-binding vocals have been shortlisted for two prestigious Canadian JUNO Awards as well as featured in films including ‘Prince of Persia’ and ‘Thor – The Dark World’. We caught up with Azam to chat about NIYAZ’s highly anticipated return to London.
We are very excited to welcome NIYAZ to Grand Junction on the 7 November! Can you tell us more about the band and your music’s inspiration?
We are a global acoustic/electronic group. Our music is based on old folkloric songs and mystical poetry from Iran and its surrounding neighbours, with an emphasis on ethnic and religious minority groups who have been persecuted.
How would you describe your sound to a first-time listener?
It is otherworldly and cinematic.
Grand Junction will be your first UK concert in 10 years (!) – What are you most looking forward to about your return to the UK?
We are so excited to perform at this stunning venue. It is hard to believe it has been a decade since we were last in the UK. The world has changed so much and we have all endured so many difficulties during the pandemic. What I look most forward to is reuniting with friends and fans in the UK for a night of healing music.
So much can happen in ten years. What is new for NIYAZ since your last visit?
We have mainly been focusing on our large-stage production and University residencies, where we hold workshops and offer lectures on various subjects from music to socio-political issues. Our work has taken us primarily into the intersection of art and education.
After your concert with us on the 7 November, what’s next for Niyaz?
After the UK show we will have 2 more shows in Turkey and then return to the US to continue work on our new studio album and stage production.