Iranian born composer and multi-instrumentalist Loga Ramin Torkian is internationally recognized for his ground- breaking work with world music groups Niyaz and Axiom Of Choice, both of which he co-founded. Born in Tehran, Iran, 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 and a visionary, Loga is greatly respected worldwide for his ability to adapt the Persian classical repertoire to his own unique and modern compositions.
Formed in 1992 along with singer Mamak Khadem, Axiom of Choice’s music though deeply rooted in the Radif (traditional Persian repertoire), gained universal appeal due to the unique compositional structures and progressive sounds created by Loga. Since 1992, Axiom of choice released three critically acclaimed albums on Narada, “Beyond Denial”1994, “Niyayesh” 2000, and “Unfolding” 2002.
In 2005, along with vocalist Azam Ali and programmer/producer Carmen Rizzo, 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 and quickly became a standout ensemble in a very crowded world music field. With two highly successful albums released to date on Six Degrees Records, Niyaz is considered by critics to be one of the most groundbreaking groups of its time. Since 2005 Loga continues to tour worldwide with Niyaz.
Currently based in Montreal, Canada, Loga is currently working on his first solo album, which will bring to the forefront his exceptional musicianship along with his highly innovative and complex sensibility for composition. The album will partly feature the astounding voice of Persian classical singer Khosrow Ansari and will draw a great amount of inspiration from traditional Iranian melodies and poetry.
As a multi-instrumentalist Loga experienced a profound need 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 to a modern platform. This need has contributed greatly to his unique approach to Iranian traditional music and has set him apart as a true visionary in his field. During his years with Axiom of Choice Loga was credited for creating the first ever quarter-tone Guitar with movable frets, to which he was able to adapt many of the traditional Iranian techniques, melodies and ornamentation which were a large part of his musical expression. In 2004, still unsatisfied with the limited expression of his instruments, he felt the urge to push further on these boundaries and sought out the help of renowned instrument maker Jonathan Wilson who introduced him to what would become one of Loga’s main forms of expression- the Guitar Viol, a bowed electric Guitar, to which Loga could finally adapt the entire range of eastern modality. Since then Loga has worked closely with Jonathan to develop the Kamaan – a bowed acoustic instrument which Jonathan specifically designed for him. Though Loga is highly accomplished on a wide array of instruments such as the Lafta, Guitar, Djura etc., his main instruments are the Turkish Saz, the Kamaan and the Guitar Viol. With its haunting sound that mesmerizes audiences, Loga is one of the few musicians in the world who performs the Guitar Viol live, and what makes his style so unmistakable is that he is able to apply traditional Persian bowing techniques and melodies to his playing.