Taking a self-reflective approach, Azam Ali examines how music serves different aspirations for a second-generation Iranian, often playing a central role in political movements: strengthening and unifying the voice of the people seeking social justice against a common adversary. She believes an artist’s greatest act of resistance is to extract every drop of truth from their lived experience and express it to its fullest.
Azam Ali is a Los Angeles-based Iranian singer and musician. As of 2013, Ali has released eight full-length albums with the bands VAS and Niyaz, as well as four full-length solo albums. In 2002, Ali released her first solo album, Portals of Grace. 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. In 2019, Ali announced her next album, the self-produced Phantoms, along with its first single and music video, “Hope.”
The Iranian Music Conference Series is made possible thanks to generous support from the Farhang Foundation, The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Department of Ethnomusicology, and the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, with additional support from the Dean of The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.