Nine Heavens

Nine Heavens

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by Niyaz
     
 
On their second outing, Niyaz are even more specific about what they're doing in both acoustic and electronic music. Their sound draws on traditional Turkish music, as exemplified by "Beni Beni," and music inspired by Iranian folk songs. By using two discs, one consisting of acoustic and the other of electronic versions of the same material,

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On their second outing, Niyaz are even more specific about what they're doing in both acoustic and electronic music. Their sound draws on traditional Turkish music, as exemplified by "Beni Beni," and music inspired by Iranian folk songs. By using two discs, one consisting of acoustic and the other of electronic versions of the same material, they really illustrate their approach. But what's most interesting is how subtle their electronic process is. It's still powered by percussion, like the acoustic versions, and voice and instruments still take center stage, but the careful programming and mixing provide for a changed atmosphere. In many cases the electronic tracks are not any more contemporary than their acoustic counterparts, but just different, offering a new perspective on the sound. There's a lot of rootedness in the music, and they use drones effectively, as well as lots of percussion around the simple melodies, with the basic trio filled out by guest musicians who are used judiciously. Singer Azam Ali is stunning throughout, a gentle powerhouse who acts as the glue to hold it all together. In fact, this is more than just an interesting release; it's an important way forward for Middle Eastern music.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2008
Label:
Six Degrees
UPC:
0657036115026
catalogNumber:
361150
Rank:
53149

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Niyaz   Primary Artist
Carmen Rizzo   Synthesizer,Drums,Keyboards
Miles Jay   Upright Bass,Guest Appearance
Azam Ali   Vocals,Daff,Santouri,Riqq,Chinese Cymbals,Frame Drum
Andre Harutyunyan   Darbouka,Guest Appearance
Satnam Ramgotra   Tabla,Guest Appearance
Loga Ramin Torkian   Saz,Electric Guitar,Setar,Rabab,Cura
Ulas Özdemir   Vocals,Baglama,Cura,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Carmen Rizzo   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Additional Music
Azam Ali   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Contributor,Liner Notes,translation
Traditional   Composer
Sabahat Akkiraz   Arranger,Composer
Loga Ramin Torkian   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Ulas Özdemir   translation

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Nine Heavens 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Nefeli More than 1 year ago
If you liked Niyaz first album you are not going to be disappointed in Nine Heavens. Nine Heavens combines world music with Azam Ali's heavenly voice. I follow Azam Ali's musical career and her single releases, Elysium for the Brave, Portals of Grace and Green Memories.
Ghawazee More than 1 year ago
Niyaz is such a beautiful mixture of sounds. Undescribable and so intense. With Azam Ali as lead sionger and the others and their talents, Niyaz always puts me in a ambiance of good vibes and makes me want to dance...
amante_seattle More than 1 year ago
I still like their first the best. This is comparable & a definite buy. My other top two favorites I recommend are afro celt sound system 'release' and Gypsy soul "narada".
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