Niya Yesh

Niya Yesh

1. Walk by the Lake 2. Chaos of Paradise 3. Greener Than Gods Dream 4. Ida 5. Prelude 6. Parvaz 7. Calling 8. Raindrops 9. Memories of PushkarAxiom of Choice are based in Los Angeles, but their music springs from the Persian classical music of Iran. Valeh, a haunting track from their first album, Beyond Denial, was a popular selection on many world music samplers a few years ago. Iranian born guitarist Ramin Torkian and singer Mamek Khadem were both trained as mathematicians, and that's where the group gets its name. The axiom of choice is a principle stating that the mathematician has the right to choose elements without explanation, and Torkian and Khadem have expanded this theory's freedom into their eclectic musical choices. Eschewing their more high energy, Middle Eastern grooves in favor of languid moods, Axiom follow up on the sound of Valeh on Niya Yesh, which is Farsi for gnosis. On a custom quarter tone guitar, Torkian weaves a flamenco Persian filigree while Khadem's voice creates a wraithlike wail of wordless vocalese on pieces such as Chaos of Paradise and Greener Than God's Dream. Rain Drops is a gentle lullaby while The Calling is the only track that really kicks into rhythmic gear. Tambouras, cellos, frame drums, kamancheh spike fiddle, Buddhist chants, and ney flutes create a global chamber music sound on Niya Yesh, all framing Khadem's voice, her dark timbres seeming to rise like heat off the floor of the Persian desert.

Artist: Axiom of Choice

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