The University of Iowa
Niyaz, The Fourth Light Project
Jerome Delapierre


The Fourth Light Project

Presented by
ADULT: $35 | $25
YOUTH: $17 | $10

This performance is a Group I event and eligible for a 20% discount when buying 5 or more Hancher season events in a single order. More about available discounts.

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 7:30 pm

Part of Embracing Complexity

Niyaz—known for its contemporary electroacoustic trance music that blends Sufi poetry with folk music from Iran and surrounding countries—embraces the collision of the old and new as a means to create the unique and affecting. The Huffington Post calls Niyaz “an evolutionary force in contemporary Middle Eastern music.” The band’s collaboration with visual artist Jérôme Delapierre is another step forward. The Fourth Light Project is a multimedia experience, combining live music and sacred dance (a dervish) with advanced projection techniques that respond to sound and music in real time. The Fourth Light Project focuses on the life and work of Rabia al-Basri, an eighth-century Muslim saint and the first female Sufi mystic.

Season Sponsor: WEST MUSIC

Event Sponsors:
Chuck and Mary Ann Peters

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Niyaz project illuminates Hancher series celebrating Islamic art, Muslim artists
The Gazette - Sunday, September 24, 2017
Singer Azam Ali said she is “as American as you can be,” yet recently had racial insults hurled at her while shopping at a popular global foods store in Los Angeles. Born in Iran and raised in India from ages 4 to 14, she and her family came to the United States 1985. She became a citizen in 1990, while still a teenager.

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