Musical Performance: CYMINOLOGY launch their new album Per Se

Sat, May 12, 2007 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Invites you Saturday, May 12, 2007, 9:00 PM $15 ($10 for students with valid ID)

CYMINOLOGY launch their new album "Per Se" Persian Lyrics Put to Modern Jazz Straight From Berlin With Cymin Samawatie (vocals) Benedikt Jahnel (piano) Ralf Schwarz (bass) Ketan Bhatti (drums)

Cyminology presents not only a unique musical genre, but also brings to the stage an intercultural view of life. Always presented with great virtuosity in a strictly acoustic setting, this is a flavour of vocal jazz somewhere between “new” jazz and the “old” classical style; an intense musical colour is created to support the mystical Persian Lyrics. Bobby McFerrin invited Cymin in 2003 on stage in Braunschweig (Germany) to sing a vocal remix of Persian poems from the 11th century. This reference from the father of modern Jazz singing shows clearly how talented the German-Iranian singer Cymin Samawatie is. This year the daughter of Iranian emigrants is going to publish her second album “bemun” with her quartet. It succeeds in connecting the fairytale-like language of Persian poetry with first class World Jazz of American and European influence.

In the year 2005 the band released it’s first studio album “per se”. Featured and promoted by Germany’s biggest jazz magazine “JazzThing” the album quickly gained a lot of attention and acclaim from the press and listeners. The fusion of modern vocal jazz and influences from poems and songs from the ancient Persia are the main topic of Cyminology’s music. Strong and rhythmic but at the same time fragile and sensitive – the band can hardly be put into any one category. There’s always a strong groove in the band’s music, even in the quietest moments, and all pieces have a warm, organic, earthy, very special feel which makes the music truly unmistakeable. One critic states: “Cyminology proves that it is possible to glow without exploding”.

The Musicians

Cymin Samawatie (vocals) Cymin Samawatie, the voice of „Cyminology“, was born on January 14th 1976 in Braunschweig / Germany. In 1988 she starts taking piano-lessons. At the age of 13 she already gains her first experience as choirmaster and soon is leading her first children’s choir. At the same time she starts taking singing lessons and performing regularly in choirs herself. After a one-year stay in the United States (1992/93) she founds the duo “RACY” together with guitarist Ralf Schwarz who will later become the bass-player in “Cyminology”. Successful performances in several German cities with own compositions which originated in close creative collaboration of the duo follow. In 1995 Cymin Samawatie starts studying at the “Hochschule für Musik und Theater” in Hannover. During the next four years she studies classical piano, vocals and drums. Furthermore she is strongly involved in the jazz-, rock-, and pop- department of the University. Since her music studies mainly contained education in classical music, Cymin starts to really pursue her passion for jazz after graduating from the Hannover University. Between 2000 and 2005 she studies (vocal) jazz at the “Hochschule der Künste” in Berlin and during that period takes lessons with David Friedman, Jerry Granelli, Peter Weniger, Michael Schiefel, Daniel Mattar, Anette Goeres and others. Bobby McFerrin invited her 2003 on stage in Braunschweig (Germany) to sing a vocal remix of Persian poems from the 11th century. This reference from the undisputed “father” of modern Jazz singing shows clearly how talented the young German singer Cymin Samawatie is. Cymin continues to refines her skills attending workshops and master classes with Bobby Mc Ferrin, Steve Coleman, Mark Dresser, Dianne Reeves and many more.

Benedikt Jahnel (piano) “A yet young but already outstanding story of success: At the age of 26, Benedikt Jahnel already belongs to the most innovative and fresh among the new up-coming pianists in the German Jazz scene. He delights his audience not only with his virtuoso improvisations, but above all with his melodious and harmonic compositions. He is a scholarship holder of the Kulturstiftung Rhein-Neckar-Kreis and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). Benedikt studies and teaches in the Masters program of City College New York with John Patitucci, Kenny Werner, Samir Chatterjee (indian tablamaster), Garry Dial, and Adam Cruz. Benedikt has written compositions and arrangements for the Metropol Orchestra (Holland), Pophorn Bigband (Finland) and many others.... He has taken private lessons with John Taylor and Richie Beirach and has performed and recorded with many internationally acclaimed musicians such as Charlie Mariano, Phil Woods, Bill Elgart, Dan Weiss and Clarence Penn. He has also toured many countries including Russia, Rumania ...

“At his age of only 21 years, Benedikt Jahnel´s playing is already so unbelievable – thinking about where he will be in a few years almost makes you dizzy” (Münchner Merkur) "This guy is swinging..." - "....great flow" says Richie Beirach and John Taylor completes: "Benedikt is an energetic young musician with excellent time and interesting ideas" - "...I was pleased to hear his new compositions.”

Ralf Schwarz (bass) Ralf Schwarz (born in 1971) grew up in Braunschweig, Germany. At the age of 10 he began to take organ lessons. At that point he already developed a deep passion for music. At the age of 17 he started playing guitar. 1999 he began playing double bass and electric bass. From 2000 to 2005 Ralf Schwarz studied jazz music at the “Hochschule für Künste” in Bremen, Germany with the emphasis on double bass. His teacher was the energetic and well known European bass player Detlev Beier. Through lessons and workshops with jazz legends like Ron Carter, Steve Coleman, Mark Dresser, Mark Helias, Steve LaSpina, Dieter Ilg, Richie Beirach, Billy Hart he has had the opportunity to refine and develop his skills. Ralf Schwarz has received acknowledgement for his work through a number of awards. (New Generation, Jazz- und Blues-Award, Winning Jazz etc.). Ralf Schwarz writes for the biggest german bass magazine named “Bass-Professor”. “The bassist Ralf Schwarz has a powerful leading part. He paints the background with powerful tones and sounds.” Jazz-Corner/

Ketan Bhatti (drums) Ketan Bhatti, drummer of Cyminology has been an active musician since his earliest youth. Born in New Delhi, India in 1981, he grew up in Bielefeld, Germany and began to play the piano at the age of 7 years. At the age of 14 he toured Germany as a drummer for the Jazz Quartet “Jazzprints”. Around this time he helped the Hip-Hop Formation „Lotti Nation“ to achieve a local cult status. In 1998 Ketan began to work as a producer and in 1999 he was a prize winner as a pianist in the youth competition “Jugend Musiziert”. In the same year he joined the African Reggae band „True Khoisan“ and the Soul/Hip-Hop- Band „Star Eye“. With Star Eye he played as support-band for greats like „Black Eyed Peace“ and„Gentleman“, and as support-band of „Seeed“ during the „Cool&Deadly“ - Tour in 2001. In the same year Star Eye was the Live band of Sekoú („Freundeskreis“) during his CD-Release-Tour in 2001. In 2002 the Star Eye – Album „Soulmelodics“ produced by Ketan was published. The German Rapper „Curse“ can be heard on this. (“Among those albums which seldom appear ‘Soulmelodics’ can safely be called brilliant in its totality.” -- MKZWO 31) Since 2002 Ketan Bhatti has been studying Jazz drums at the Universität der Künste in Berlin with teachers like David Friedman, Peter Weniger , Joe Baron und John Hollenbeck. Since this period Ketan has been active as drummer and producer in various Jazz, Reggae/Hip Hop projects and as studio drummer for Jasper van’t Hofs „Pili Pili“. In 2004 his own album “Masala” was published in which he played most of the instruments and displayed his love for Trip Hop. („Those who listen to good Trip Hop should not fail any longer to include this CD in their selection…” Lex Today, 13.8. 2005). Together with his brother Vivan Bhatti, Ketan produced music in 2006 for Nuran Callis’ play „Home Stories“ at the Schauspiel Essen and for his production of Schillers „Die Räuber“ at the Volkstheater in Vienna.

Last updated: 2007-09-11 14:08:46


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