Smart Bets: Nimbus

True to its cloud-inspired name, Nimbus freely explores the globe in search of new musical inspirations. The project allows Asheville-based musician Patrick Fitzsimons to blend his interests in electronic and world music as well as his dual backgrounds as a guitarist and percussionist. A member of local African fusion groups Zansa and Mande Foly, Fitzsimons employs a MIDI guitar and drum pad for much of Nimbus’ debut four-track EP Ascension, which he recorded, mixed and mastered using Ableton Live and a mobile laptop setup. Among many the EP’s influences, the songs incorporate Cuban rhythms and traditional Zimbabwean melodies along with frequent dub delays. Fitzsimons presents his eclectic creations in a live setting Saturday, March 31, 7-10 p.m., at Pillar. Free. pillaravl.com. Photo courtesy of Fitzsimons

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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for ashevillemovies.com and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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