Niya Yesh

Niya Yesh

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by Axiom of Choice
     
 

The first thing you notice about Persian fusion band Axiom of Choice is vocalist Mamak Khadem, whose deeply soulful tones arrest the listener outright. Next up are the dark, subtle atmospherics devised by Loga Ramin Torkian. Based in Persian classical melodies, the spare string lines -- often on Torkian's custom quarter-tone guitar, which renders intervals common to…  See more details below

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The first thing you notice about Persian fusion band Axiom of Choice is vocalist Mamak Khadem, whose deeply soulful tones arrest the listener outright. Next up are the dark, subtle atmospherics devised by Loga Ramin Torkian. Based in Persian classical melodies, the spare string lines -- often on Torkian's custom quarter-tone guitar, which renders intervals common to classical lutes -- are haunting, even when accented by spike fiddle, harmonium, and percussion. For the first 12 minutes of NIYA YESH, the Los Angeles-based group bides its time, drawing closer and closer to the scented realms of Eastern atmospherics, then deploying Mamak like a world-music stealth bomb, her ululating tones radiating wordlessly from the midst of "A Chaos of Paradise." While the roots of this music are clearly in Persian traditions, NIYA YESH incorporates various Indian accents, including discreet samples recorded by Torkian in the Indian city of Pushkar. "Greener Than God's Dream" begins with a droning tamboura, in the Hindustani style. The connections between the rigorous classical musics of Iran and India are storied (and told musically on the excellent Ghazal albums by Kayhan Kalhor and Shuujat Hussain Khan), which prevents NIYA YESH from degenerating into some global sonic soup. Instead, this deeply reflective, highly evocative music weaves its own kind of universalist magic, touching even the casual listener deeply, making sacred sounds -- and sounds sacred.

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All Music Guide - Jim Brenholts
Axiom of Choice is a 12-piece band of richly gifted musicians. Their debut CD, Niya Yesh, was inspired by the city of Pushkar, India. "Niya yesh" means "a direct communion with God." This is a wonderful set of deeply spiritual and religious offerings. In order to foster deeper synthesis with the collaborators, they recorded this set in India, the Middle East, and the U.S.A. Mamek Khadem, lead vocalist, and Loga Ramin Torkian, guitarist, wrote all of the original music and lyrics. They appear to be the "core" of Axiom of Choice. Some of the more notable guests are Greg Ellis (of Vas) on percussion, Cameron Stone (also of Vas) on cello, and Dave Stringer on harmonium, vocals, and tempura. The other performers are not as well known, but the music shows that the talent is deep and rich. It is easy to get lost in this soundscape.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2000
Label:
Narada
UPC:
0724384928926
catalogNumber:
49289
Rank:
97414

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Niya Yesh 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an extremely inspiring piece of work. Beautiful melodies, gorgeous instrumentation and vocals, Axiom of Choice gives a new definition to Persian music. I highly recommend it: it is cutting-edge, fresh-sounding cross-over music done with exquisite taste. The art work on the cover and interior is also very alluring. I would love to see the band perform live.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This recording is an absolute must for any world music lover. It is inspiring, innovative, and very beautiful. Gorgeous instrumentation, sublime vocals and more than anything else, full of soul. It brings a totally new approach to Persian music but remains very connected to its roots. Axiom of Choice is a group to watch. They hold a lot of promise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is original, absolutely unique, beautiful and powerful and offers the best of East and West. Some exquisite and deeply moving music.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very unique. A must have for those who love world music.