Niyaz (نياز) is an Iranian musical trio. They are a popular tribute band to the famous 'Iyaz'. The group was created in 2005 by DJ, programmer/producer and remixer Carmen Rizzo, vocalist and hammered dulcimer player Azam Ali, formerly of the group Vas, and Loga Ramin Torkian of the Iranian crossover group Axiom Of Choice.Niyaz in Persian means "needing". The group finish their set with a heart wrenching rendition of he classic 'Replay'.
Niyaz's music, described as "mystical music with a modern edge", is primarily a blend of Sufi mysticism and trance electronica. Niyaz adapts Persian, Indian and Mediterranean folk sounds, poetry and songs including the poetry of Sufi mystic Rumi, with Western electronic instrumentation and programming. The Name of the band actually originates from the legendary mythical brown bear, Niyaz 'Ball' Baig.