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Grand Performances presents a FREE concert in Los Angeles featuring STRUNZ & FARAH and NIYAZ

Source: Farhang Foundation

Grand Performances presents a FREE concert featuring Grammy nominees STRUNZ & FARAH and acclaimed contemporary Middle Eastern Musicians NIYAZ
Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 8pm

Los Angeles, CA - July 20, 2012 - Traditional Middle Eastern music gets a dose of Niyaz' trance-inducing electronic beats and a tip of the hat from Strunz & Farah's acoustic guitar virtuosity whenGrand Performances, Los Angeles' premiere free outdoor summer performing arts series, presents the two groups on their unique Downtown Los Angeles WaterCourt stage on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 8pm.

Niyaz, which means "yearning" in both Persian and Urdu, blends the folk traditions of India and Iran with trance-inducing electronic beats from L.A.'s own Carmen Rizzo - all fueled by the haunting and evocative voice of Azam Ali. Audiences are invited to dive into the hypnotic sounds of Sufi mysticism and electronica as this trio steps outside the recording studio and reunites for a rare live performance. (

Latin America meets the Middle East via the acoustic guitar when Costa Rican Jorge Strunz and Iranian Ardeshir Farah return to the WaterCourt stage for the first time since enthralling our audience in the early 1990s. As the Grammy-nominated, internationally touring Strunz & Farah, these two virtuosos deliver passages of Middle-Eastern influenced Flamenco over a foundation of Afro-Cuban percussion. (

"Though both Strunz & Farah and Niyaz have solid roots in the Iranian musical tradition, each group has a distinct musical style not to be missed," says Grand Performances' executive director, Michael Alexander, "Expect an evening of sheer musical virtuosity and infectious beats from these two acts who remind us that no culture produces artists who perform with a singular voice."

KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd hosts the event, which is also part of the station's 2012 Summer Nights Series. The evening is also supported in part by the James Irvine Foundation, CarbonLITE Industries, and Farhang Foundation. The event takes place on California Plaza'sWaterCourt stage in Downtown Los Angeles.

Aaron Byrd

"We are excited to support Grand Performances and applaud them for bringing the community together through art and music, an effort that is aligned with our mission," said Bita Milanian, executive director of Farhang Foundation, "We are especially thrilled to see the celebrated Iranian-American artists performing as part of their free concert series over the years and hope to see more artistic programs by Grand Performances that celebrate Iranian art and culture."

California Plaza, the home site of Grand Performances, is part of the Grand Avenue Cultural Corridor just blocks from Disney Hall and home to the Museum of Contemporary Art. The California Plaza parking garage is accessible on Olive Street, between 1st and 4th streets (351 S. Olive Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071; 213-687-2159; Parking for events is $7.50 after 5:00pm (cash only).

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About Grand Performances
Make your summer GRAND. Grand Performances (GP), Los Angeles' premiere free outdoor summer performing arts presenter, is known for providing Angelenos with an eclectic mix of high quality performing arts by world-renowned artists across genres. With programming reflective of the many cultural interests of people across the region, GP hosts America's most diverse audience. All are welcome to enjoy GP's unique, awe-inspiring venue nestled under the spectacular Downtown skyline. Grand Performances is a 501(c)(3) located on Bunker Hill. For more info visit:

About KCRW
KCRW 89.9FM is an NPR affiliate serving Southern California and licensed to Santa Monica College. The public radio station represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming. The terrestrial signal serves Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura counties, as well as parts of San Diego, San Bernardino, Kern, and Santa Barbara counties and the greater Palm Springs area. KCRW's programming is internationally renowned and available worldwide at KCRW offers an all-music channel, Eclectic24, an all news channel and on-air simulcast. Podcasts and archives of our locally-produced programs and live band performances are available on our website, as well as on our smartphone apps for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry. KCRW's acclaimed Music Mine app for iPad is dedicated to music discovery. For more info visit:

About Farhang Foundation

Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports a broad range of academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports diverse cultural programs such as the celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, film screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. And, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions, Farhang Foundation funds major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. However, the content, viewpoints or biases expressed by individual artists, academics, institutions or events supported by the foundation belong solely to each individual party and do not necessarily reflect the views of Farhang Foundation. For more info

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