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-Niyaz is a band that consists of Azam Ali, Loga Ramin Torkian and Carmen Rizzo. Each were and remain members of previous groups (Vas, Axiom of Choice, and Ekova, repectively), and came otgether to produce an album of world-dance music. Most of the songs on the self title album are recorded in either Urdu or Farsi, both of which Ali speaks fluently.+Niyaz is a band that consists of Azam Ali, Loga Ramin Torkian and Carmen Rizzo. Each were and remain members of previous groups (Vas, Axiom of Choice, and Ekova, repectively), and came together to produce an album of world-dance music. Most of the songs on the self title album are recorded in either Urdu or Farsi, both of which Ali speaks fluently.

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نیاز (Niyaz) is an Iranian musical trio based in Los Angeles, CA, USA. The group was created in 2005 by DJ, programmer/producer and remixer Carmen Rizzo, vocalist and hammered dulcimer player Azam Ali, formerly of the group Vas, and Loga Ramin Torkian of the Iranian crossover group Axiom Of Choice. Niyaz is a Persian and Urdu word meaning "yearning". Niyaz's music, described as "mystical music with a modern edge", is primarily a blend of mysticism and . Niyaz adapts Persian, Turkish, and songs and poetry, including the poetry of Sufi mystic Rumi, with electronic instrumentation and programming.