Mix of Acoustic and Electronic World Music Up Next for IUP Lively Arts Ovations Series

Posted on 10/15/2019 11:26:22 AM

NiyazThe IUP Lively Arts Ovations series will present the best-selling world musical artists Niyaz for one night only on Tuesday, October 22, at 8:00 p.m. The performance will take place on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Gorell Recital Hall on the second floor of Sutton Hall.

Founded in 2004 by Iranian-born, Indian-raised vocalist/composer Azam Ali, and Iranian multi-instrumentalist/composer Loga R. Torkian, Niyaz has created a 21st-century global trance tradition by blending medieval Sufi poetry and ancient folk songs from their native Iran and its surrounding countries, with rich acoustic instrumentation and state-of-the-art modern electronics.

Today, with four best-selling and critically acclaimed albums released on Six Degrees Records—all of which have debuted at number one on iTunes and garnered the band an incredible amount of media attention, including features on NPR, BBC World, Huffington Post, MTV Iggy, and PRI—Niyaz continues to tour internationally and build on its impressive and loyal fan base worldwide. Since 2005 Niyaz has performed in the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, India, Russia, Poland, Dubai, Mexico, Finland, Slovenia, Italy, Portugal, Croatia, Indonesia, Tunisia, Kazakhstan, and Austria. Their music has also been featured in several major film and television scores, which include True Blood, Bones, Nip Tuck, and Crossing Over.

At the center of Niyaz’s music is the voice of Azam Ali, a two-time nominee of the prestigious Canadian JUNO Award whose otherworldly singing has been featured in many major Hollywood film and television soundtracks such as The Matrix: Revolutions, Prince of Persia, Thor: The Dark World, True Blood, Alias, and Prison Break. Azam has also released three critically acclaimed solo albums since 2002 and has collaborated with a wide range of artists.

Niyaz co-founding member, Iranian multi-instrumentalist/ composer and JUNO Award nominee Loga Ramin Torkian, is internationally recognized as a visionary in his field for his unique ability to adapt the Persian classical repertoire to modern composition. He is credited for creating the first ever quarter-tone guitar with movable frets which allowed him to apply many of the traditional Iranian techniques, melodies, and ornamentation to his unique musical expression and compositions. His talents have been featured on major film scores which include Body of Lies, Iron Man, and Prince of Persia.

On stage, Niyaz is comprised of three additional world-class musicians as well as a female Whirling Dervish. Together, the musicians of Niyaz harmoniously bring together traditional and modern instruments to create a musical experience aimed at uniting people from different backgrounds through our shared humanity.

Tickets for this event are available for purchase online through the Lively Arts website or by calling the ticket hotline at 724-357-1313. They can also be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office in Fisher Auditorium. Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $22 for regular admission, $18 for seniors/I-Card/military, and $11 for students and children. Online tickets are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The ticket hotline and ticket office in Fisher Auditorium are open from noon to 5:00 p.m. weekdays.  The ticket office is closed for university holidays. For more information on this and other events as well as group tickets within the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or email lively-arts@iup.edu.

The Ovations series is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.