RELEASED 15 AUG 2019
Masterful fusion guitarist Okan Ersan takes listeners on a musical journey through outer space on Nibiru. Ersan’s quartet with keyboardist Serkan Özyilmaz, bassist Eylem Pelit and drummer Volkan Öktem performs an original seven-part suite full of electronic excitement, colourful ensembles, and individual heroics.
Okan Ersan, a powerful guitarist and an imaginative composer, debuts a seven-piece work on Nibiru inspired by a signal received in 1977 that is believed to be the first ever transmission from outer space.
The most suitable music to depict a journey through the galaxies and the vastness of space is futuristic jazz fusion, an area that the guitarist explores with keyboardist Serkan Özyilmaz, bassist Eylem Pelit and drummer Volkan Öktem during the ambitious project. Named after the mythical planet Nibiru, the program gives listeners an uncharted perspective of the universe along with some dazzling music. Each of its seven chapters tells a different outer space story.
The opening “6EQUJ5 (Wow Signal)” starts with Morse code which seeks to translate the legendary outer space transmission from 1977. The rhythm is soon emulated by Ersan on guitar and the tight quartet which engages in intense interplay. Here, as on several of the pieces, the music is blended with recordings of space captured by NASA.
“As Far Away As Possible” tells the story of light in space (which is used to calculate light years) on a piece that is both brooding and beautiful while conveying the endless nature of space.
“Deep Field,” which begins with some furious drumming from Öktem, has a mysterious feel and some raging guitar.
“Gravitational Waves” features a catchy rhythmic pattern and wild guitar playing.
In contrast, “Transcending” is a quiet piece with a lyrical statement from Ersan.
“Nibiru” is an imagined greeting from the fictional outer planet to Earth. Its music, which is topped off by an attractive closing groove, is celebratory and welcoming.
The suite concludes with "Space Jungle – Anunnaki” which uses some otherworldly sounds to depict the natives of Nibiru on a desperate journey to save their planet.
Artworks & Poem by Ümit İnatçı
On a faraway space fugitive planet
On an unknown arch curve
A long-large sound extends
To the eardrum of earth
An arid sound is drown
The last breath of a lost civilization
Universe will gather life from there
Rising from within spiral scream
Okan Ersan : Guitar, Rhodes, Synth
Serkan Özyılmaz : Piano, Rhodes, Synth
Eylem Pelit : Bass
Volkan Öktem : Drums
ERKAN ADLİN RECORDING ENGINEER
SELİM SAYARI MASTERING ENGINEER
ÜMİT İNATÇI ARTWORKS & POEM
EREN YAĞMUROĞLU CREATIVE DIRECTOR
WRITTEN, COMPOSED & PRODUCED BY OKAN ERSAN