Niyaz, the Autobiography

Photo essay

by Nazy Kaviani
Azam Ali and her band, Niyaz, will be coming to the Bay Area next weekend.  Azam Ali, the band’s vocalist, and her multi-instrumentalist husband, Ramin Torkian live in Montreal with their family.  I was so lucky to get fellow’er Souri’s help to photograph them in their home.  I was then able to catch up with them in Bally on their family vacation to chat for a few minutes.  So, across countries and continents, here’s my interview with the dynamic couple about their music, their lives, and their future plans! Niyaz featuring Azam Ali will perform at Yoshi’s in Oakland on September 17, 2011; at the Rio Theater in Vancouver on September 22; and at the El Rey in Los Angeles on September 25, 2011. Photo credits:  Azam Ali and Ramin Torkian photos by Souri, 2009 concert photos by Shari Rezaei, and Azam Ali’s professional portrait photography by Austin Young.

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Thank you all

by Nazy Kaviani on

Thank you all for your kind comments on this feature. Niyaz was absolutely amazing live! And Azam Ali is one of the warmest and nicest entertainers I have ever met. If she comes to your parts, make sure you catch her onstage!


A great band

by Nabarz on

I have all their albums, great music. I did feel sorry for her after the hard time some Iranians gave her for her song in the film 300. She did a public apology on her website!


Great band! Great voice!

by Tabarzin on

When are they coming downunder? There's a massive fan community in the antipodes.


Dear Tiger Lily: Not sure what for...

by Bavafa on

but you are most welcome.

'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 




by Truthseeker9 on

Just googled them and listened to this. Truly amazing, thanks for introducing them to us. And they seem to be a lovely couple, and what a beautiful woman.



I really like them

by jamh on

I wish I were in SF to see them.


a very delightful experience!

by Souri on

It was great talking to  Azam and Ramin, such beautiful spirits!
This was a warm and nice experience i will never forget.
Azam is really a gem.....Her voice, her personality, her way of expression....everything she says is sweet and nice.
I wish Azam and Ramin more success and more power in their career.
A big thank to Nazy aziz for giving me this opportunity to know these wonderful artists.


Dear Vildemose: appreciate the info... I missed that

by Bavafa on

 I am in such awe with the music that I missed it all together.

 I will see if I can go Sat night, it will be tight as Reno race is going on :)

'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 



 Bavafa jan: She was

by vildemose on

 Bavafa jan: She was member of VAS band. It says in one fo the pictures.

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I LOVE the music and wish I could go to see them

by Bavafa on

Her singing and style reminds of VAS which I have not seen/heard much from lately.  They were one of my favorite group and would seek any opportunity to see them live.



'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 


Anahid Hojjati

Thanks Nazy jan and also Souri jan

by Anahid Hojjati on

I  enjoyed looking at the pictures and learning more about Azam Ali and her husband. I am looking forward to Saturday night performance. Hope to see some friends there too.

maziar 58


by maziar 58 on

nice pics and voice ;thanks for posting it wasn't her voice in that movie 300?



Azam Ali

by Cost-of-Progress on

Her music is a mix of Indian, Oriental, instrumental with some Persian influence. She sings one of Haayedeh's songs in Parsi in her latest solo album. She was born in Iran, but left when she was little and spent time in India before heading West.





Loved the music! Are they Afghan?


If yes, how come the song sounded Azari? Didn't understand a word, unfortunately. May be something wrong with my ears. However, I loved the music and her voice. The photos were great, but #1 had too much make up.


Very Interesting couple and music

by Monda on

I will make an effort to be there! 

Multiple Personality Disorder

Nice Photo Essay

by Multiple Personality Disorder on

I bought my ticket and I am ready to go,,,