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NOMO’s roots are firmly planted in the fertile soil of African polyrhythm and American free jazz, and bandleader Elliot Bergman’s tracks draw inspiration from cultures and generations wildly different than his home setting. In many ways (at least geographically and sonically) NOMO are a distant relative of the TRIBE collective. Undoubtedly they carry the spirit of the legendary Detroit-label’s creative output. NOMO were signed to Ubiquity through interest in their little-known self-titled debut album, and on the back of an onslaught of persuasive emails from their fans (including Sam Valenti IV of Ghostly International fame) that the band puts on a must-see live show


Article: Album Review

Quin Kirchner: The Other Side of Time

Read "The Other Side of Time" reviewed by Kevin Press

Albums that clock in at anything near 90 minutes are not automatically major works. On the other hand, this new effort from Quin Kirchner and Co. is hard to describe in any other terms. Kirchner's six-piece band has delivered a wide-ranging, powerful disc. Things get rolling with the appropriately titled “Ritual." From the start, ...


News: Radio

JazzWeek Radio Chart: July 19, 2010

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 4 12 Curtis Fuller I Will Tell Her (Capri) 181 173 +8 0 54 1 5 2 14 2 Stanley Clarke Stanley Clarke Band (Heads Up) 162 124 +38 0 45 2 5 3 8 27 Lee Ritenour’s 6 String Theory 6 String Theory (Concord) 161 ...


Ghost Rock

Label: Ubiquity Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: Brainwave; All the Stars; Round the Way; Rings; My Dear; Ghost Rock; Last Beat; Three Shades; Nova.


Invisible Cities

Label: Ubiquity Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: Invisible Cities; Bumbo; Waiting; Crescent; Patterns; Ma; Banners on High; Elijah; Nocturne.


News: Radio

JazzWeek Radio Chart: September 21, 2009

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 1 2 Roy Hargrove Big Band Emergence (Emarcy) 268 313 -45 4 58 1 5 2 2 1 Jackie Ryan Doozy (Open Art) 221 270 -49 0 57 1 9 3 3 4 Roberta Gambarini So In Love (Emarcy) 176 225 -49 6 54 3 ...


News: Performance / Tour

NOMO Live in Philadelphia @ M Room on August 12th

NOMO Live in Philadelphia @ M Room on August 12th

"This is the instrumental band to watch. Period." --All Music Guide Wednesday, August 12 2009 @ M Room 15 W. Girard Ave. Philadelphia, PA 21+ | $8 | 8:00PM OUT NOW: NOMO - INVISIBLE CITIES (UBIQUITY) Less than a year after the acclaimed Ghost Rock, NOMO have completed ...


Article: Album Review

NOMO: Invisible Cities

Read "Invisible Cities" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Having started out in clubs around the University of Michigan as an octet (sometimes larger), enchanted by the Afrobeat of Fela (seasoned with a bit of avant jazz), on Ghost Rock (Ubiquity, 2008), NOMO emerged as much more inspired by the clanging junkyard percussion of Congolese Konono No. 1 and German eccentrics such as Can and ...


Article: Album Review

NOMO: Invisible Cities

Read "Invisible Cities" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Invisible Cities is NOMO's companion piece to Ghost Rock, comprising music recorded during Ghost's recording sessions and subsequent, supporting live performances. Cities uses many of the same musicians, structures, and approaches, but Bergman and NOMO seem to focus more on pulling traditional jazz sounds into, and pushing the boundaries of electronic rock out of, its swirling ...


Article: Album Review

NOMO: Ghost Rock

Read "Ghost Rock" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The initial sound heard on the opening “Brainwave" offers a first insight into the music of NOMO--the sound of composer, multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Elliot Bergman “playing" an actual brainwave monitor. It's an important clue: NOMO finds music where other people find noise. Ghost Rock is not an easy listen. It is inventive, challenging, and ...


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