Nim Dong Eishan Ensemble

Rebecca Varidel
13th Jun 2018

Nim Dong, single two and title track from upcoming Eishan Ensemble's debut album, was released today.

Soothing both jazz and world music fans, the fusion showcases Iranian tar maestro Hamed Sadeghi in full swing.

The self-titled debut album from Eishan Ensemble – a dreamy eastern and jazz fusion with layered soundscapes driven by tar, guitar, clarinet, double bass and more will see release on Art As Catharsis on June 28.

As brainchild of Iranian composer and world music specialist Hamed Sadeghi, Eishan’s debut offers a taste of music not often seen in the west, drawing influence from world musicians such as Anouar Brahem, Keyhan Kalhour, Le Trio Joubran and Ravi Sankhar.

"As a musician who is experiencing different ways of composition" begins Sadeghi, "I found many similarities between eastern music and jazz which made me want to try writing music in a way that I could fuse tar – as a very classical Iranian instrument – with western instruments. I tried to use plucked string instruments such as double bass doing pizzicato with a woodwind instrument to make a deliberate contrast. It also gives enough space for the tar to be heard (bearing in mind that tar is a quite unknown instrument for westerners)."

Backed by a handful of talented world musicians, the final product of Sadeghi’s composition talents is orchestral in nature, sculpting the same sense of magic and bewilderment of a film score. The level of attention to moods, rhythms and structure draws a natural intrigue while proving that music, no matter its influences or origin, can transcend the barriers of language and beyond.

Eishan’s second single 'Nim Dong' is available now via Bandcamp.