Review - Niyaz

Artist: Niyaz

Label: Six Degrees
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Niyaz

Although the work of 13th-century mystical poet Rumi has grown increasingly well-known over the last half-century, it's also been subject to numerous "modernizations" that have been calamitously hokey in their execution. However, Niyaz – a trio of Persian-American musicians with roots in both traditional and electronic music – have little in common with the new-age fruitcakes that continue to debase Rumi's legacy. Though this self-titled album takes lyrical inspiration from Rumi, it also dips into the work of other Urdu poets; this gives Niyaz a linguistic and thematic consistency that bolsters the legitimacy of its ethno-electronica sounds. For the most part, the tracks hold up pretty well, with subtle, engaging atmospherics punctuated by a plethora of traditional Iranian instrumentation; only on a track like "Dilruba" – when a straight-ahead, four-on-the-floor rhythm eclipses the sound of an actual dilruba – does the album disappoint.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.