Nir Felder to Release Debut Album, 1/21
For guitarist Nir Felder, the song's the thing. His debut album Golden Age, out January 21st via OKeh, is now streaming in full with The New York Times. Golden Age puts Nir's skills as a composer and songwriter at the forefront of his creative design, supported by virtuosic technique. Nir has performed with the likes of Meshell Ndegeocello, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding, José James, Jack DeJohnette and the New York City Opera, as well as being dubbed "the next big jazz guitarist" by NPR.
Nir previously unveiled atmospheric Golden Age album cuts "Lights" & "Sketch 2," and today reveals "Ernest / Protector," a captivating track that further showcases Nir & his band's undeniable talents. "Ernest / Protector" premiered with PopMatters, and is available to post & share HERE.
Though not a concept album, the title Golden Age provides a unifying sentiment- one of ambiguity & duality. As Nir explains, "it's more of a question than a statement. We've seen a lot of change in recent years- in the music industry, in music technology, in our world, our country, and our city, New York." The album deals with "nostalgia for the 1980s and early '90s, when times were rough and unsafe but art and culture were flourishing. Was that a 'golden age'? Is this one? Has there really ever been one?The question is always, according to whom? So, there is a lack of clarity about whether things are going great or they're really bad, and the music reflects that."
Nir recruited pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Penman & drummer Nate Smith to help bring his unique musical vision to life. To augment the band's instrumental take on those questions, he studied dozens of legendary speeches by politicians, civil rights leaders & cultural heroes, and mixed spoken-word samples from Barbara Jordan, Jesse Jackson,Hilary Clinton, Malcolm X, Richard Nixon & others into the new tracks. The results aresweeping, cinematic impressions of history brought into the present moment.
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