“Hypnotic” New Niyaz Album The Fourth Light Premieres Today Via The Wall Street Journal, Out Next Week
Stream The Album And Read More About It Here, U.S. Tour Coming In May
March 16, 2015 – Ahead of its release next week on Six Degrees Records, Niyaz’s new album The Fourth Light is premiering today via the Wall Street Journal. At the center of the bold new album is Rabia Al Basri, the first female Sufi mystic and poet. Born in the 8th century in what is now Iraq, she served as the main source of inspiration for the music on the album. As lead singer, co-composer and co-producer Azam Ali told the Wall Street Journal, “it was a revelation, discovering her. On the one hand, I was very upset that as an Eastern woman we had never learned about this very important character in our history, and on the other hand, it was so wonderful to find a woman from the 8th century who struggled with the same things we are struggling with now.”
In addition to the influence and inspiration of Rabia Al Basri, Ali and co-writer/instrumentalist Loga R. Torkian found new collaborators and new roles on The Fourth Light. The duo worked with GRAMMY-nominated mixer Damian Taylor (Bjork, The Killers, Arcade Fire), who aided in achieving a more dynamic, expansive sound for the album. And in a distinct change for Niyaz, Ali programmed all the beats on the album, a role she took on for the first time. All of this has resulted in an album full of exotic rhythms, outstanding acoustic performances and the bewitching melancholy of Ali's voice, all seamlessly blended into a production of richly textured arrangements, sweeping choruses and electronic beats.
Niyaz will tour the U.S. this May, with shows on both coasts. Watch a stunning teaser for The Fourth Light featuring the track “Tam E Eshq (The Taste of Love)” here. The video also serves as a sneak peek for the ambitious live show Niyaz are working on, which will use non-linear visual projections and motion tracking of the all the performers synced with the music.
Niyaz – May 2015 U.S. Tour Dates:
May 8 - New York, NY - Winter Garden Theatre
May 26 - Phoenix, AZ - MIM Musical Instrument Museum
May 28 - Los Angeles, CA - Skirball Cultural Center
May 29 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's
May 30 - San Diego, CA - Price Center Theater
For more information on the Niyaz, please contact Rob Krauser at REK Room Media, 917.703.8361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.