Posts tagged world music

Niyaz, a blend of Sufi poetry & folk songs from Mid-East


I had the opportunity to see the recent concert by Niyaz in the San Francisco Bay Area (at Yoshi’s Oakland in September), as part of their world tour. After performances in Oakland, LA and Vancouver, their tour went on to Tunisia, Turkey and Slovenia in October and they have concerts in NYC, Toronto and Philadelphia in November. For details on their upcoming performances see the event calendar.

I have seen Azam Ali perform since her pre-Niyaz days in late 1990s. Every time I’ve seen her, I have enjoyed her music more, and this last one was the best I’ve seen of her and of Niyaz. They More >

Hamed Nikpay and his new album


Hamed Nikpay‘s concert tour for his new album All is Calm is coming up in LA (Oct. 2009). I met Hamed a few years back in the San Francisco Bay Area shortly after he had arrived from Iran. Hamed is a talented multi-instrumentalist playing Iranian string instruments like setar, but he is also a vocalist with a pleasant voice.

Hamed Nikpay, Seattle, July 2009

Although Hamed is trained in the traditional Persian music, he’s a breath of fresh air with his own unique touch, his choice of wonderful modern Persian poetry that he adopts for his songs, and fusion of traditional Persian music with More >

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