“Esthema is composed of virtuoso musicians that defy musical boundaries,” writes Angel Romero in Progressive Rock Central (Sept 2014). A progressive music ensemble, Esthema has been creating their unique sound since 2006 by fusing progressive rock and jazz-fusion with the sounds of the traditional music of the Balkan region and the Near & Middle East. The musicians that shape the sound of Esthema bring together both western and eastern influences, instruments, and concepts creating a musical tapestry that transcends musical genres and cultures.
On June 3, 2014 Esthema released, Long Goodbye, an introspective concept album, which has received critical acclaim. Grant Moon of PROG Magazine says that Esthema’s “beautifully produced third album Long Goodbye is a relentlessly classy and high-minded affair but with a knowing rock vibe.”
Esthema’s beginnings date back to 2006. They released their first CD, Apart From The Rest in July 2007. Apart From The Rest was voted in the Top 25 independent recordings of 2008 at Indie-Music.com and in 2009, alongside artists like the Gipsy Kings and Arvo Pärt compositions from the CD were chosen and featured at the critically acclaimed Waterfire Providence in Providence, Rhode Island. In 2009, Esthema released the Hereness and Nowness of Things, which once again blurred the boundaries between Eastern and Western musical ideas and motifs. Since the release of the Hereness and Nowness of Things, Esthema has been in the weekly Top 20 at Latch Fusion Radio alongside Fusion greats like Herbie Hancock, Return to Forever, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, they have been nominated and won the Top 25 of 2011 Award at Indie-Music.com and their composition “Eastern Dance” went to number 4 on the Instrumental Charts at Indie-Music.com and on September 20, 2010 the International Association of Independent Recording Artists (“IAIRA”) certified Esthema’s “Eastern Dance” as an International Top 10. Compositions from all three releases can be heard on radio programs and stations throughout the United States, Europe, and Turkey.