Azam Ali

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Azam Ali
Ali in 2005
Ali in 2005
Background information
Birth nameAzam Aliafgerad
Born (1970-10-03) 3 October 1970 (age 53)
Tehran, Iran
  • Musician
  • songwriter

Azam Ali (Persian: اعظم علی) is an Iranian musician. As of 2013, she has released eight full-length albums with the bands VAS and Niyaz, as well as four solo albums.


Born in Tehran on 3 October 1970, Ali spent most of her childhood in Panchgani, India.[1] Ali and her mother moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1985. She studied the santoor under Persian master Manoochehr Sadeghi, which led to the rediscovery of her voice.[2]

In 1996, Ali formed "alternative world" group VAS with percussionist Greg Ellis after meeting the year prior at a concert at UCLA.[1] She and her husband, Loga Ramin Torkian, are part of another group, Niyaz, an Iranian acoustic electronic group.[3][4]

In 2005, Azam Ali was featured on Enter the Chicken, a 2005 Buckethead album, singing the song "Coma" with Serj Tankian.[5]

In 2006, Ali was featured on Nefes/Breath, an album by Turkish ney player and DJ Mercan Dede, singing the song "Dem."

Solo career[edit]

In 2002, Ali released her first solo album, Portals of Grace.[6] This was followed in 2006 by Elysium for the Brave, which reached No. 10 on Billboard's World Albums chart on 23 September 2006.[7] Ali's third album, From Night to the Edge of Day (2011), is a collection of lullabies inspired by her son.[8] Lamentation of Swans – A Journey Towards Silence (2013), Ali's fourth album, is a joint effort with her husband Loga Ramin Torkian that began in 2009 and explores the intimate spaces they had to carve out for themselves to escape the demands of touring.

In 2003 she sang "Inama Nushif" in the fictional Fremen language for the soundtrack to the 2003 Sci Fi Channel mini-series Frank Herbert's Children of Dune, written by Brian Tyler.[9] In 2006 she was featured vocals in the movie 300. In 2011, Ali's vocals were featured several times on the soundtrack of Uncharted 3. In 2012, she was the vocalist for Square Enix's Final Fantasy video game tech demo Agni's Philosophy.[10] She appeared as vocalist on the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for the track "Pakistan Run".

In September 2013, Ali announced that she would provide vocals for the soundtrack of the film Thor: The Dark World.[11]

On 31 May 2019, Ali announced her next album, the self-produced PHANTOMS, along with its first single and music video, "Hope."[12] The next single was the album's self-titled track, "Phantoms," which was released on 12 July.[13] The album was released on 13 September 2019.


Solo albums

With VAS

With Niyaz

With Roseland

With VGM

With Mercan Dede

  • Breath (song "Dem") (2006)

With Buckethead

With Shahrokh Yadegari & Keyavash Nourai

  • Green Memories (2008)

Greg Ellis

  • Kala Rupa Explorations in Rhythm (2001)



  1. ^ a b "Azam Ali". Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Azam Ali". 26 November 2002. Archived from the original on 26 November 2002.
  3. ^ "Niyaz: From Iran To India To Los Angeles". Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Programme 2017". Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  5. ^ "BUCKETHEAD/SERJ TANKIAN Collaboration Posted Online". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. 5 October 2005. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Azam Ali, Portals of Grace". 28 September 2002. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Billboard Online - Now". 27 December 1996. Archived from the original on 27 December 1996.
  8. ^ "AOL Radio Stations | Free Internet Radio | AOL Radio". Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Children of Dune". 11 May 2011. Archived from the original on 11 May 2011.
  10. ^ "Agni's Philosophy – FINAL FANTASY REALTIME TECH DEMO". YouTube. 5 June 2012. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Azam Ali – Now that it's all done, I can officially..." Facebook. 6 September 2013. Archived from the original on 26 February 2022. Retrieved 28 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Azam Ali – My dear community-it is with great joy..." Azam Ali. 31 May 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Azam Ali – PHANTOMS (Official Music Video)". YouTube. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Azam Ali – PHANTOMS". YouTube. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.

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