AUGUST 3, 2012
Video Selecter: Niyaz
Check Out "Parishaan" From Our Favorite Persian Electronica Trioby Tom Pryor
Each week Nat Geo Music scours the far corners of the internet to bring you the coolest new music videos from around the globe.
This week we return to L.A. and Montreal-based Persian electronica ensemble, Niyaz, with a new track from their recently-released third album Sumud. (Six Degrees)
Niyaz, which means 'yearning' in Persian and Urdu, was formed in 2005 by Azam Ali, multi-instrumentalist Loga Ramin Torkian and two-time Grammy nominated producer and electronic musician Carmen Rizzo.
The trio borrows from an historic lineage of Middle Eastern poets setting verse to music, while exploring the music and identity of Iranians living in exile and struggling to maintain their cultural identity in the modern world.
The song "Parishaan" was composed by Ali, Torkian and Rizzo, and is based on traditional poetry by beloved 11th century Persian poet Baba Taher.
The video directed and edited by Johnny Ranger.