Evolutionary Contemporary Middle Eastern Music Comes to NYC

Evolutionary Contemporary Middle Eastern Music Comes to NYC


This weekend, check out the musical fusion of Persian, Middle Eastern, Indian electroacoustic supergroup Niyaz—comprised of vocalist and composer Azam Ali and multi-instrumentalist and composer Loga Ramin Torkian—in collaboration with interactive designer and visual artist Jerome Delapierre. They are all featured in “The Fourth Light Project” on Saturday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Schimmel Center. The multimedia experience combines live music and sacred whirling dance with advanced projection and body-mapping techniques that respond to sound and movement in real time. Through a synthesis of sound, space, image and light, NIYAZ creates a new kind of digital scenography and live musical experience.

Through its performances, Niyaz offers audiences a bridge between the East and the West, with a synergistic combination of elements from ancient times to present day including ancient Sufi poetry and folk songs from the Middle East to India, rich acoustic instrumentation, and state of the art electronics. The production features songs from the group’s latest album, The Fourth Light, which is inspired by the first female Sufi mystic and poet Rabia Al Basri, who was born in the eighth century in Iraq.

Niyaz’s music has garnered rave reviews from NPR, Huffington Post and MTV and has been featured in several major film and television scores, including “True Blood,” “Nip/Tuck” and “Crossing Over.”

Schimmel Center tickets are available here, or by calling 212.346.1715 or by visiting the box office located at 3 Spruce St. Through February 16, the Schimmel Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 pm. Beginning February 20, the Schimmel Center box office is open on Tuesday through Saturday from Noon to 5:00 p.m. and three hours prior to performances.


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