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by Nicolas Mortelmans

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Red Dragon 23:16
Molecules 04:28
Kashi 11:08
Sol 04:51


Nicolas Mortelmans is a passionate sitar player and multi-instrumentalist from Antwerp, Belgium. Nicolas is a fusion sitar player and student of Indian classical music. In 2010, he bought his first sitar and left for India. He fell in love with the mystical sounds of the sitar and immersed himself in it. For the next 7 years, he went to India every winter to study the traditional way with different sitar masters. Since 2017, he has been trained by the world-renowned Anoushka Shankar.

Nicolas sees music as a world language that can melt away the differences between cultures and transcend words, a universal force that transcends all limits of rational thought. With his music, he tries to create a unity that can connect us to the core of existence, an unending search for the deepest sounds of the soul that can expand our consciousness. Improvisation is an important part of his sitar playing that connects us to the present.

Live, Nicolas plays an electric sitar with which he tries to build a bridge between his recent love for Indian music and his roots in rock, jazz and electronica. Nicolas has an open mind and literally any musical style or tradition can inspire him. His concerts can be both meditative and explosive.

MĀYĀ is his debut album as a leader of his own band.


released April 12, 2024

Nicolas Mortelmans (electric & acoustic sitar, tanpura)
Tarang Poddar (tabla&vocals)
Ravichandra Kulur (flute)
Benny Bettane (handpan)
Joeri Wens (tombak)
Jonas Meersmans (guitar)
Roland van Campenhout (guitar)
Stef Kamil Carlens (bass)
Tim Vanhamel (guitar)
Simon Segers (drums)
Surya (vocals)

All music recorded, mixed & produced during 2021/2022 by Ralph Hermans at Studio Hermanes, Heist-Op-Den-Berg, Belgium.
Except 'In This Moment' recorded at nice recordings, Antwerp.
Mastered by Jeffrey De Gans at Da Goose Mastering, Netherlands.

(c) Nicolas Mortelmans 2024 (p) W.E.R.F. records 2024.
Artwork & Graphic Designy by Pieter Pan.
Contact: www.nicolasmortelmans.com


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