Formed in 2013 by bassist Amina Michele Scott and trumpeter Cyrus Nabipoor, NORUZ is an instrumental band based out of New Orleans, LA. Influence and inspiration are drawn from heavyweights The Headhunters and Miles Davis’ Electric Band as well as modern giants Snarky Puppy and the Robert Glasper Experiment. NORUZ released their debut full-length record, The Witching Hour, in May 2018 at the culmination of a 5-month residency held at Three Keys inside Ace Hotel, New Orleans. The monthly event, entitled Elephant in the Room: A Night with NORUZ, provided space for the band to dive into their deep catalogue of originals while also a chance to collaborate with special guests each month. Featured artists included drummer Jamison Ross (Snarky Puppy), trumpeter Eric "Benny" Bloom (Lettuce), vocalist Mykia Jovan, and guitarist Dominic Minix (Yung vul) among others. In December 2018 NORUZ will relaunch the EITR Series with special guests People Museum at Artspace 3116.