Live at Rancho Sabor just won the LIT best instrumental concept award for 2022. This video and live performance was a crazy concept and a true labor of love. Thanks to everyone who supported the video.
A little snippet of a single I'm working on with Malek on vocals. Using Izotope's Nectar for the main vocals, along with Arturia's FET-76. Secondary vocal effects and octave FXs using a lot of stock logic plugins, along with Native Instruments' Raum reverb and Albedo by Sinevibes. Maschine plugin running programmed drums inside Logic with the clips timeline matching that of Logic.
Having played the Chapman Stick for 28 years now, one aspect I never take for granted is how thoughtful, kind and supportive Emmett Chapman (the inventor of the stick) has been throughout the journey. To be able to interact with the inventor and genius of this instrument and be rewarded with such words. This is Emmett Chapman's response to the live performance video I just released. I poured my heart and soul into this project and these words mean a lot:
"Just beautiful Nima, and all in my neck of the woods (no woods, no brook falling, just huge weathered rocks and chaparral). It’s an album in its consistency. You lay it all bare, your electronic orchestra, your Stick technique, your rig, and especially your harmonic concept, adventurously modal with those “backwards” chordal progressions - fresh, still new and rewarding. The drone shows up at the end, another revelation.
You lay yourself bare as well, a passionate man with a mission, electronic gear encroaching head and body. Still, it seems you want to cry out, adding your shouted phrases over the entirety. Through ever growing layers of sound, that’s when it gets primal.
Thanks for the lit up prism Stick, kept getting brighter with nightfall, lighting your face as well.
With admiration, Emmett. (What those harmonies must do to your Persian bones!)"
This is the new CINIMA live performance film and it is very special to me as it is the result of a musical concept I’ve been working on for years. At the beginning of the pandemic, I diverted all my creative attention to this project and happy to finally see it come to life. The melding of electronic music with instrumentation and improvisation.
I had a very small and special crew of very creative individuals, including my dear friend Amir Motlagh (director), that helped me bring this vision to life while we were on the mountainside of Fallbrook, California.