Niyaz (نياز) is an Iranian-American musical duo. The group was created in 2004 by DJ, programmer/producer and remixer Carmen Rizzo, vocalist and hammered dulcimer player Azam Ali, formerly of the group Vas, and Ali’s husband, Loga Ramin Torkian, of the Iranian crossover group Axiom Of Choice. In 2013, Carmen Rizzo announced via Facebook that he was retiring from Niyaz. «Niyaz» means «yearning» in Persian, Urdu and Turkish.
Niyaz’s music, described as «mystical music with a modern edge», is primarily a blend of Sufi mysticism and trance electronica. Niyaz adapts Persian, Indian and Mediterranean folk sounds, poetry and songs including the poetry of Sufi mystic Rumi, with Western electronic instrumentation and programming.
Their self-titled debut album, released in 2005, combined 13th century Sufi and Urdu poetry with «swirling, hypnotic beats». Their 2008 follow-up album, Nine Heavens, featured two discs; the second disc contained acoustic renditions of the tracks on the first disc.
Their third album, Sumud (صمود) released in spring 2012. A companion piece to the album, an acoustic EP with six songs, was released 19 March 2013.
Nine Heavens (2008)
Sumud Acoustic EP (2013)
The Fourth Light (2015)
«Allahi Allah» is based on a traditional Urdu religious song (2005).