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Seperate Worlds by Nima & Merge

Nima & Merge are a fusion outfit incorporating many styles, which include jazz, rock and world sounds from all over the globe, blending into their own signature sound. Nima & Merge have played at many music festivals around Europe and North America, earning glowing praise and recommendations from festival organizers and attendees. The band’ s newest release Separate Worlds showcases them in typical form.

First impressions of the music is that of an exotic dish never been tasted before. The music is diverse sounding and full of many different flavors: folk, jazz, pop, heavy rock, far eastern, middle eastern and other world elements. The music borrows influences from the major pioneers of fusion, like Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return To Forever, Eleventh House, Jean-Luc Ponty and Weather Report.

The band’ s essence and identity is traced to the Chapman Stick and it’ s virtuoso Nima Rezai. The Chapman Stick is the core of their sound. It is what separates them from their many influences and allows them to retain an original sound and own voice. The Australian Aboriginal instrument didjeridu makes some strong spots as well. The didjeridu, a drone instrument, is used to this affect in favor of synth chords that are common in fusion. The didjeridu comps melodic lines and solo spots by Chapman Stick, sax, flute, guitar or fiddle. What a sound!

The band easily navigates through their complex and original brand of music. They have the dynamic range to easily shift between the powerful and the delicate places of music. Their excellent chemistry dates back to their school days, when they started playing together.

Nima & Merge are onto something unique and original. With the Chapman Stick playing a prominent role and the didjeridu also making a strong impact, Nima & Merge represents new music from other worlds. Just take a look at their cover art and album title. Nima & Merge can potentially push the Chapman Stick instrument, and quite possibly the didjeridu also, into the mainstream. Separate Worlds is a very impressive and unique set of music, highly recommended if not essential for fans of and Chapman Stick players. Fusionados and prog-rockers will want to give this disc a whirl as well. All of Nima & Merge’ s music is available at iTunes.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Nima & Merge
  • CD Title: Seperate Worlds
  • Genre: Fusion
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: Music Unifier Records
  • Tracks: Fire Eyes, Road to Hana, Moon Struck, Separate Worlds Suite: Driven, Once Loved, Never More, Kurdish Dance, Masaek, Reng, 1ttf, To Be Free: Movement 2, 3, 4
  • Musicians: Nima Rezai (Chapman Stick, Chapman Stick synths, ashbury bass), Dan Heflin (tenor & soprano saxophones), Brad Ranola (drums, percussion), Randy Graves (didjeridu, guitar, clapsticks), Masaru Koga (flute), Ali Shayesteh (saz & bouzouki), Jesus Florido (violin), Alex Postelnek (tabla)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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