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To the grand lovers of music who have journeyed with us through the years, we are so excited to share with you our fourth studio album “The Fourth Light,” which we’ve spent more than a year writing and recording in Canada and Turkey. We’ve funded the recording of this entire album on our own, while incredible musicians and friends have contributed their immense talents to help shape it. The album will be distributed worldwide through our longtime record company Six Degrees Records. However, if you pre-order the album here on PledgeMusic, you will not only receive the album and digital download 2 weeks prior to the official release date, you can also get a range of exciting pre-order options with exclusives and goodies that are only available here. You will also receive one complete track download from the new album 1 month prior to the official release.
There are two reasons we’re opening up this album to our fans on PledgeMusic:
1. So you can hear the album first, pre-order some awesome exclusives, and help us cover our production costs, which includes paying the amazing musicians who have wholeheartedly contributed their talents to the project.
2. So you can join us in a second project as we create a brand new live multi-media show, which we hope to launch in the fall of 2015.
About the album:
“The Fourth Light” is a tribute to the first female Sufi mystic and poet Rabia Al Basri (Rabia Al Adawiyya) who was born in the 8th century in Iraq. The album features original songs we have composed inspired by her great spirit and universal message of love. In today’s modern world where women are still striving in every aspect of life, to rise above the status of inferiority placed on them by patriarchal societies and laws, Rabia represents a true feminine icon that embodies every aspect of feminine and spiritual liberation. The Fourth Light will also feature several old folk songs from Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey with new and modern arrangements. One of the cornerstones of our music has always been the underlying social message aimed at raising awareness about the plight of ethnic and religious minority groups in the Middle East.
Lastly, we are incredibly delighted and humbled to have had Grammy nominated electronic music producers and mix engineers Damian Taylor, mix our album. Damian has produced and mixed albums for bands such as ‘The Killers’, ‘Arcade Fire’, ‘Prodigy’ and most notably Björk, with whom he wrote and designed the Grammy nominated masterpiece ‘Biophilia.’
The Live Multi-media project:
The second aspect of our PledgeMusic campaign is raising funds to help create a state-of-the-art live multi-media show, which we hope to launch in the fall of 2015. We will be collaborating with Jérôme Delapierre, one of the leading visual artists in Interactive design and technology, based in Montreal. The live show experience will feature a visual set and environment using cutting edge non-linear visual techniques as well as wearable technology that will be directly linked to and triggered by the performers. We hope to create something that has never been experienced before outside the realm of large arena shows. We are now long past the age of projecting images on a flat screen behind performers. With your help and support, we can create something that reflects the tremendous possibilities and harmony of humans and technology.
For more information about Jérôme Delapierre please visit:
We hope you will support us in bringing our latest vision to life and we thank you for your tremendous support all these years, which has allowed us to make and perform the music we believe in, the kind of music that has the capability to tear down cultural boundaries and let us travel to places beyond our imagination.
A download of the new album before its actual release.
The new album available on CD. PLUS the album download and access to the exclusive updates.
For those of you would would like to just simply make a contribution to this project. Digital download of the album will be included as part of your contribution.
The new CD signed by Azam Ali and Loga R.Torkian
Soft 100% cotton, slim fitted black t-shirt, with the new Niyaz logo. All sizes available!
Submit 10 questions for us to answer via email.
A great deal if you would like to have the T-Shirt and CD.
Your choice of ANY Niyaz or Azam Ali lyrics written in English or Farsi and signed by Azam Ali or Loga R.Torkian. Please specify.
This bundle will include all four Niyaz albums.
We are delighted to introduce two special pure essential oil perfumes made exclusively for our campaign by the San Francisco based company, Nocturn Alchemy, whose oils are a part of our everyday life. They come in a beautiful 3.5" tall bottle with a crystal top cap and are filled with 5ml of the highest quality 100% natural pure oils and elixirs. What is great about them is that they are not gender specific. There are two blends so please indicate your preference.
The first called ‘Divine Love’ is Rose-Amber which blends Persian, Egyptian Black and Moroccan Black Rose with Amber Resin, Indian Sandalwood, Egyptian Rosewood, Hungarian Patchouli, Rock Rose from Arabia, Indian White Jasmine, Egyptian Lotus, Persian Geranium and Ylang Ylang.
The second called ‘Divine Light’ is a Sandalwood-Amber which blends Amber perfume created from Black Patchouli, Canadian Cedarwood, Egyptian Cardamom, Indian White Sandalwood, Amber Resin, Rock Rose and a beautiful Amber Musk that is from the Egyptian White Musk Flower.
A personal 20 minute Skype call with Azam Ali and Loga R.Torkian
If you are a lover of Middle Eastern music, but could never get your head around it or if you are a musician and would like to increase your vocabulary, you would find these classes very useful. We can cover fundamental theories of Persian music and we can implement them on the instrument of your choice. If you happen to play an instruments that I also play then we can cover some techniques too. For those who have a guitar viol and would like to improve on your bowing and intonation, there is a lot to do here. I have been experimenting and learning from various master musicians to come up with the best way to hold the bow and how to make produce the best sound possible. (Choose from 30, 60 or 90 minute lessons.
This bundle will include the new CD + exclusive T-shirt + a bottle of our exclusive essential oil perfume. Please indicate the oil of your preference.
This special package includes a pair of tickets to one of our upcoming concerts in Los Angeles (The Skirball – 5/28 at 8pm) or San Francisco (Yoshi’s – 5/29 at 8pm & 10pm), along with a backstage pass for a post-show visit and photo. PLUS….
‘The Fourth Light’ on 25 × 25 high-quality matte paper. Designed specifically for Niyaz by award winning Polish surreal photo artist, Dariusz Klimczak, featuring Azam Ali as the central figure. Signed and numbered. (Please Note: During fulfillment, you may be contacted regarding additional shipping costs to ensure the litho reaches you safely.)
“The Light Bearer’ on 25 × 25 high-quality matte paper. Designed specifically for Niyaz by award winning Polish surreal photo artist, Dariusz Klimczak, featuring Azam Ali as the central figure. Signed and numbered. (Please Note: During fulfillment, you may be contacted regarding additional shipping costs to ensure the litho reaches you safely.)
The Daf is a traditional drum from Iran which is played in both folk and classical music. The Persian calligraphy on the drum, which translates as ‘One Truth’, was hand painted by Azam Ali using Acrylic paint.(Please Note: During fulfillment, you will be contacted regarding additional shipping costs to ensure the drum reaches you safely.)
From Loga’s personal collection, this is traditional fretted instrument from south Turkey. It is made of Spruce and sonically it is somewhere between a Guitar and an Oud. It is fretted with micro tonal intervals which is perfect for playing Eastern scales and melodies. It has nylon strings and there is a double K&K pickup inside the body of the instrument. There is also a semi hard case that is included. (Please Note: During fulfillment, you will be contacted regarding additional shipping costs to ensure the Lafta reaches you safely.)
An exquisite antique tribal necklace from Uzbekistan, handcrafted in high-grade silver with tiny turquoise stones, corals and one Green Quartz center stone. This necklace is part of Azam’s large personal collection of jewelry and it is a classic example of old intricate gold-gilded silverwork from Uzbekistan.
This six string instrument was custom made for Loga by renowned American instrument maker, Jonathan Wilson. It is made of Cypress wood and was designed to reflect a perfect blend of a traditional and modern instrument. The frets are tempered scale (standard European tuning), which allows for the instrument to play in most major and minor scales, and they are scalloped to achieve accurate intonation. It is currently strung with Cello strings and tuned like a Guitar except from B to B. It has also been installed with a K&K pickup, which is attached to the bridge. A high quality, light bow is included. This Acoustic Viol has been part of our signature sound and is featured in every Niyaz album as well as the last two solo albums of Azam Ali.
Optional: There is a flight case which is not included but if you are interested, there will be an additional cost of $595 USD. Also, please note: During fulfillment, you will be contacted regarding additional shipping costs to ensure the snare reaches you safely.)
A private Niyaz concert for you and your friends anywhere in the US or Canada. This includes travel but does not include cost of venue and sound system.