Hear Azam Ali & Loga R. Torkian interviewed tonight on Echoes.
Azam Ali and Loga R. Torkian used to be in two different bands. Torkian played guitar in the Persian fusion band, Axiom of Choice and Ali was half of the world fusion duo, Vas. They got together romantically and musically and formed the Persian electronica band, Niyaz. Now they’re a married couple with a five year old child and they’ve released their first album as a duo. It’s called Lamentation of Swans, a Journey into Silence. Tonight on Echoes I go quietly with Azam Ali and Loga R. Torkian.
Azam Ali on her Iranian roots: Wherever you’re born, that’s where your roots are. And you can live your whole life in foreign countries, but that connection to where you are will always remain.
Loga R. Torkian on discovering the guitarviol: As soon as I played the first note I knew this is a magical instrument. And I told him in 10 minutes, Jonathon [Wilson], can you build one for me?
Azam Ali on her imaginary language: There is a certain value to making it sound like a language because just the human mouth is capable of so many different kinds of sounds. And when you add the syllables it changes the texture of a melody. It breaks the note in a particular way, it affects the kind of ornaments you can use, and in so doing, there are so many emotions that can be experienced.
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