Performing LIVE In NYC!
3/10: New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge, 10pm
Debut Album Golden Age Out Now via OKeh
“virtuoso young jazz guitarist with a deep, developed tone and a silvery technical command.” – The New York Times
” …off-center chords and steady beat of opener “Lights” could make you think of Sonic Youth in a quieter moment.” – The Boston Globe
“…tangled corners that recall the jazzier tributaries of ‘90s post-rock.” – The Los Angeles Times
“…the next big jazz guitarist.” – NPR
Photo Credit: Phil Knott
Guitarist Nir Felder’s debut album Golden Age was released January 21st via OKeh. Golden Age puts Nir’s skills as a composer and songwriter at the forefront of his creative design, supported by virtuosic technique. To experience Nir Felder’s live performance is at once both technically fascinating and charming. With rave reviews across the board for the record, today we share a live video of album track “Lover” which premiered with NPR’s WNYC. Watch the “Lover” live video below.
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 are sweeping, cinematic impressions of history brought into the present moment.
Stay tuned for more news from Nir Felder coming soon!