Ambient / World Beat
St. Louis. Missouri, USA
Ishur Ninku is a side project by Rick Mester. According to Rick: “Ishur Ninku began as a side project… an outlet. My band, Sombrance, was recording the Dark Days and Afternoon Sleep album and we had been experimenting with a little electronic vibe on a few songs. I suppose I got a crush on the synths and software as I began spending more and more time after the sessions tinkering around and learning.
Many of the songs on the first Ishur Ninku CD actually came about quickly. By the time Dark Days… was in the can, I had about half of the Ishur disk completed. Sombrance was signed to a record label at the time called Indie Dream Records. The label released a sampler to tease audiences with new music from Sombrance, Deliverance, Spy Glass Blue, and others. Two Ishur songs were also featured on this sampler as well. They were “Shroud” and “The Mystic”.
I have long been a HUGE Tangerine Dream fan and frequently listen to experimental ambient/electronic ‘music’. So when the inspiration hit me to record a second Ishur CD, I wanted to drop some of the structure occasionally and just make controlled noise. So it was that the second CD called Shiva was a blend of beats and experimental songs. Shiva was released about a year after the first disc.
Eventually, I decided to combine the albums into one. The honest reason is that it costs a lot less to manufacture one disc! So I recorded a couple of new tracks, “Mourning” and “Hollow Skies,” to add to the collection as bonus tracks.
Throughout my Ishur career I have been blessed to have my music used for various web pages and organizations such as the Paranormal Task Force Group.
In 2014, I released Beyond The Red Door as a digital album. It contained eleven songs and was originally intended to be the final Ishur record. But recording Ishur music is therapeutic and I imagine I’ll need more therapy in the future.”
|2006||Contemplation: A Collection|
|2014||Beyond The Red Door|
Rick Mester - All programming, instruments, music, and words
Produced and mastered by Rick Mester
Rick Mester - Guitars, vocals, bass, synths, programing, and other noises
Angel Poe - Additional vocals on “Asian Rain”
Produced, engineered, and mixed by Rick Mester
All words and music written by Rick Mester
Rick Mester - Guitars, synth, programming, bass, vocals, and random sounds
All songs written, recorded, and composed by Rick Mester
Mixed and Mastered by Rick Mester