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!)"