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Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 12:00 PM, Pre sale for The Cedar and MPR Members
Friday, July 28, 2017, 12:00 PM, Public on sale
On October 23rd, The Current and The Cedar present a one night special engagement at The Fitzgerald Theater with Niyaz and their stage production of “The Fourth Light.” Tickets go on sale to members of MPR and The Cedar on July 25th at noon, with tickets going on sale to the general pubic on July 28th at noon.
Described by the Huffington Post as “an evolutionary force in contemporary Middle Eastern music,” Niyaz have created a 21st-century global trance tradition by seamlessly blending medieval Sufi poetry and folk songs from their native Iran and surrounding countries in the Persian Gulf, with rich acoustic instrumentation and state-of-the-art modern electronics.
Electro-acoustic outfit Niyaz breaks new ground with "The Fourth Light," a far-reaching album that defies most standards of “world music” and makes a bold statement to a global audience. On the heels of three successful albums which have topped the world music and radio charts and placed them in front of international audiences around the world for the past decade, Niyaz has created what is arguably their most mature work yet. Mixed by Grammy nominee producer/ electronic musician Damian Taylor (Bjork, The Killers, Arcade Fire), the album unveils nine compelling songs featuring exotic rhythms, outstanding acoustic performances and the bewitching melancholy of front woman Azam Ali's voice, all seamlessly blended together into a sleek production of richly textured arrangements, sweeping choruses and electronic beats that make their music both authentic as well as unimpeachably original. Yet with all the mysticism and allure of the East which is dominant in their musical heritage, these are musicians not limited by geographical and cultural boundaries. Niyaz offers listeners, with a convincing truth, a bridge between the East and the West- a sanctuary in the modern world of polarized ideologies.