Robert Browning Associates presents
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00pm
NIYAZ featuring AZAM ALI
21st Century Global Trance Music
Part of A World in Trance Festival – 3rd edition
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
Niyaz has created a 21st century global trance tradition by seamlessly blending Sufi poetry and folk songs from its native Iran and surrounding countries with rich acoustic instrumentation and modern electronics. Formed in California in 2004 and based in Montreal, Niyaz has a far-reaching repertoire that tears down cultural boundaries and bridges the gap between East and West. The group was founded by the spellbinding vocalist/composer Azam Ali, whose Iranian heritage and Indian upbringing have deeply influenced her music, and multi-instrumentalist/ composer Loga Ramin Torkian (oud & kamaan lutes). They are joined by Didem Basar (kanun-zither), Gabriel Ethier (keyboards, programming), Vaneet Vyas (tabla-drums) and whirling dervish dancer Miriam Peretz.
“a swirling, whirling palette of colors fronted by Ali’s rich and precise voice.”
“Ali’s velvet vocals convey both sensuality and devotional ecstasy.” – Songlines
Tickets: $30; seniors, students $26
Made possible in part with public funding provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State legislature.