Side Jams, Episode 11: Azam Ali

Iranian singer and sound sculptor Azam Ali.

Throughout her nearly 25-year recording career, siren singer Azam Ali has crossed the boundaries between the old and the new, blending Persian melodies and folk sounds with other international influences, medieval music, and even modern electronic instrumentation. She spoke with me via Skype from her home in Los Angeles to discuss her fine art composites with photography, admiration for writers, and fascination with the world of dreams. Azam also opened up about her life’s odyssey, which began in Iran, continued through India, and then ultimately led to the United States.

It had been over 22 years since I last spoke with her, so it was great to catch up. Additionally, we did an interview for a Billboard feature about her latest solo album, Phantoms.


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