Nadjiwan

Nadjiwan

 As Marc Meriläinen, the Toronto-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and all-around visionary better known as Nadjiwan says, “Humans have always questioned and wondered about both our purpose and origins in the universe. There are numerous stories in Indigenous cultures of the ‘star people’ visiting us throughout history with the purpose of teaching us a greater understanding of not only the universe, but ourselves. In short, we ultimately come from the stars.”

Nadjiwan, of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, grew up hearing those stories of star people, instilling within him a lifelong fascination with science fiction that he’s frequently incorporated into his musical body of work that now numbers a dozen releases since 1994.

The latest Nadjiwan album, Star Nation -- out May 28 via Heading North Music -- may be his most ambitious project yet. Although its 10 songs can be simply described as comprising a “space-rock opera,” the album as a whole is a mind-blowing sonic journey into the outer limits, powered by Nadjiwan’s adventurous take on modern rock. Underpinning it are traditional musical elements, which adds up to a heady mix unlike (it’s fair to say) any other rock and roll being made at this moment. The title track encapsulates much of that, and is available today on all digital platforms. WATCH the video now exclusively at Amplify.

Transforming the sound and image of Indigenous music has been one of Nadjiwan’s goals from the very beginning, and his prodigious output has been recognized in many corners, including the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, the Native American Music Awards, the Indigenous Music Awards, and Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Awards for the Performing Arts.

In 2010, he was invited to perform at the Vancouver Winter Olympics and in 2015, at the Pan-Am Games in Toronto. The early 2020 Nadjiwan album The Dog Lake Sessions was described by Exclaim! in its 9/10 review as “a vibrant narrative told through the movement of intense feelings.” The most recent Nadjiwan release came later that year in the form of the “lockdown” EP Anomalous, featuring live versions of previously released tracks, along with a new song written specifically for the project.

Now with Star NationNadjiwan has created what may be his masterpiece. It’s an album that transcends any immediate categorization, while appealing directly to the sensibilities of even the most casual progressive rock fan. If you’re willing to take the trip, just press play and blast off.
 
 

Anomalous

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Over six self isolated recording sessions held between March and June 2020 Nadjiwan brings new treatments to 5 classic Nadjiwan songs plus the brand new single, "Time Heals All Wounds".

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The Dog Lake Sessions

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The latest release from multi-award nominated indigenous artist Nadjiwan. Recorded August 2019 in a cabin at Dog Lake, Ontario during a break from the Nadjiwan - 25th anniversary Generations Tour. The album is about loss but also how we can lift ourselves up from the feeling of hopelessness. Love finds a way.

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Generations

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Generations features the brand new title track and a modern version of the song that started it all, "Brother Run" alongside the best of Nadjiwan's 25 year career.

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Tomahawk Rock

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The 2018 release from multi-award nominated indigenous rock project NADJIWAN titled 'Tomahawk Rock' is a return to the band's early rock roots. 'Tomahawk Rock' was recorded live in an old school house over 2 days and showcases the classic NADJIWAN indigenous rock sound!

The record features some great guest performers including Juno nominee Kelly Fraser, Cheri Maracle and Dave Deleary.

Released by Heading North Music and distributed by the Independent Digital Licensing Agency the new release will be available at various online retailers August 2018.

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Superposition

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The 2017 full-length studio album titled Superposition from the multi-award nominated project NADJIWAN. The first new record since ‘Philosophy For The Masses’ (2008), Marc Meriläinen a.k.a. Nadjiwan has been busy creating his unique style of music. From an Ojibway and Finnish background Marc has tried to utilize the sounds from both cultures. In this 5th studio album by Nadjiwan, Marc once again explores the complex issues of humanity as well as delves into the depths of what really makes up our own individual realities. Released as a single earlier this year, ‘Reentry’ has reached the #1 spot on the National Indigenous Music Countdown.

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Philosophy For The Masses

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