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TORKIAN

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Iranian born composer and multi-instrumentalist Loga Ramin Torkian is internationally recognized for his ground- breaking work with electronic/acoustic World Music groups Niyaz and previously Axiom Of Choice, both of which he co-founded. In 2014 Loga was nominated for a Canadian JUNO Award in the Category of “Best World Music Album” for the album he recorded with musical partner Azam Ali titled “Lamentation of Swans.” He continues to produce albums and tour worldwide with NIYAZ.

Born in Tehran, Iran and currently based in Los Angeles, Loga moved to the United States as a teenager after the Iranian Revolution. This major transition would fuel much of his musical and artistic expression in the years to come as he struggled to reconcile the bonds of tradition and culture with his own personal experiences. A highly gifted composer, Loga is greatly respected for his ability to adapt the Persian classical repertoire to his own unique and modern compositions. As a multi-instrumentalist Loga has always pushed to expand the sonic capabilities and range of Iranian music, believing that this could further widen the possibilities of his rich musical heritage and bring it into a modern platform. Loga is credited for creating the first ever quarter-tone Guitar with movable frets. In 2004, he worked closely with Jonathan Wilson a lutherian, to develop the Kamaan - a bowed acoustic instrument, which Jonathan specifically designed for him. Though Loga is skilled on a wide array of instruments such as the Lafta, Guitar, Djura etc., his main instruments are the Turkish Lafta, Kamaan and the Guitar Viol.

In 1992 Loga formed the music group Axiom of Choice, a project that garnered universal appeal due to the unique compositional structures and progressive sound. Loga produced three successful albums for Axiom of Choice on the Narada label & his pioneering sound has gone on to influence a enitre generation of Iranian Artists inside & outside Iran.

In 2005, along with vocalist Azam Ali, Loga founded the best-selling world music group Niyaz. Blending medieval Sufi poetry and folk songs from Iran, the Indian sub-continent and Turkey, rich acoustic instrumentation, with modern electronics, Niyaz created a 21st century global trance tradition.  Since 2005 Loga continues to tour worldwide with Niyaz as part of the prestigious Performing Arts Series. Along with Azam they offer residencies at top universities in the country on various social/political topics as well as conducting master course classes in performing & composition of Iranian music. He has also conducted workshops at APAP and WAA for Performing Art presenters and educators.

In 2018 Loga and Azam were commissioned by Face Book to write your original compositions for Face Book Studio Sound Collection. They have written and produced over sixty tracks since then.

Aside from his personal artistic accomplishments, Loga’s talents as an instrumentalist and composer have become sought after by many renowned film composers in Hollywood such as Harry Gregson Williams, Hans Zimmer, Mychael Danna, Jeff Danna, Trevor Morris and Ramin Djawdi. His unique talents have been featured on many major film and Television scores which include “Body of Lies,” “Iron Man,” “Prince of Persia,” “Trespass,” “Tyrant,” “True Blood,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Missing,” and “Vikings.”

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