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 and currently residing in Montreal, Canada, 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 for his ability to adapt the Persian classical repertoire to his own unique and modern compositions. In 2014 Loga was nominated for a Canadian JUNO Award in the Category of “Best World Music Album” for the album he recorded with musical partner Azam Ali titled “Lamentation of Swans.” He continues to produce albums and tour worldwide with NIYAZ.
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. Loga was credited for creating the first ever quarter-tone Guitar with movable frets. In 2004, he felt the urge to push and since then Loga has worked closely with Jonathan (lutherian) 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, Kamaan and the Guitar Viol.
Aside from his personal artistic accomplishments, Loga’s talents as an instrumentalist and composer have become sought after by many renowned film composers in Hollywood such as Harry Gregson Williams, Hans Zimmer, Mychael Danna, Jeff Danna, Trevor Morris and Ramin Djawdi. His unique talents have been featured on many major film and Television scores which include “Body of Lies,” “Iron Man,” “Prince of Persia,” “Trespass,” “Tyrant,” “True Blood,” “Nip Tuck,” “Missing,” and “Vikings.”
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