The Iranian trio Niyaz are coming to the States this month. Their sound is very Mediterranean and cultural, with influences from all over the world. The band’s goal is to showcase the struggle to maintain identity in religious atmospheres throughout Middle Eastern territories. Niyaz means “yearning” in Persian and Urdu. The group, which formed in 2005, consists of Carmen Rizzo, Loga Ramin Torkian, and Azam Ali. As their popularity continues to grow, so does their need to tell a story. They will be playing at Drom in New York on July 22 and at Kennedy Plaza in Atlantic City on July 25.

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