Far&Near (Sound Microsurgery Department, 2011)
One of the most interesting world fusion collaborations this year is the Nadishana Trio. The band brings together three renowned virtuoso musicians from different parts of the globe: Siberian multi-instrumentalist Nadishana (Vladiswar Nadishana), American percussionist Steve Shehan and German bass player Armin Metz. Their new album is titled Far&Near.
Although all the pieces are original global fusion works by Nadishana, Metz and Shehan, Far&Near is inspired by the ancient Kuzhebar civilization of southern Siberia, near the Sayan Mountains. Nadishana and Shehan illustrate the pieces with an impressive array of musical instruments, some of which are new creations.
The trio sounds organically cohesive, with beautifully composed pieces as well as segments of improvisation and solos. Nadishana crates fascinating exotic sounds with numerous musical instruments, some of which may not sound familiar because he created them himself or are modifications of traditional musical instruments. These include the dzuddahord, hybrid kaval, futujara, hu-lu-si, bansuri, duclar, khomus, utar, tambujira, 1 tone drum, mouthbow, and various percussion sounds.
Steve Shehan uses a self-constructed percussion kit, brushes, hang drum, spacedrum, sagattes, kendang, steel drums, hadgini, tuned udus, piano, likembe, conga, calabash, handsonic, knong wong, and various other percussion instruments.
Armin Metz supports the multi-instrumentalists on 6-string fretless and fretted basses.
Far&Near is a mesmerizing collection of new global fusion pieces performed by three accomplished musicians on traditional and marvelous new musical instruments. The CD version comes in digipak with an embossed cover and detailed liner notes.
CD available from nadishana.com/Rus/AlbumsEng.htm
Digital download: Far&Near
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.