Label: ECM
Format: CD
Barcode: 0602527538914
Catalog number: ECM 2753891
Releasedate: 04-03-11
Second ECM album from the Berlin-based band led by charismatic German-Iranian singer Cymin Samawatie takes further the modus operandi outlined on the critically-acclaimed “As Ney”, and shows a real growth of confidence on all fronts.
  • Album is issue on eve of German tour, with release concert in Berlin’s A-Trane club on January 19, 2011
  • In the wake of “As Ney”, the group toured the world from Rangoon to Washington, bringing the music to the next level
  • Cyminology is a unique band, taking its melodic direction from the inherent musicality of Farsi, the Persian language. The sound of the language and the sound of the music are closely linked.
  • Where, last time around, Cymin drew on classic Persian poetry for her texts, this time the lyrics are all hers
  • On the tune “Norma”, Cymin, using her voice instrumentally, offers wordless tribute to singer Norma Winstone whose natural unaffected vocals are an inspiration
  • Compositions are all by Cymin with the exception of “Hedije” and “Hawaa”, with music by pianist Benedikt Jahnel and “As maa” written by drummer Ketan Bhatti
  • Album produced by Manfred Eicher at Oslo’s Rainbow Studio

The second ECM album from Berlin-based band Cyminology, recorded like its predecessor in Oslo, with Manfred Eicher producing, takes further the modus operandi outlined on the critically-acclaimed “As Ney”, and shows a growth of musical confidence on all fronts. Interaction inside the band is increasingly dynamic. Cymin Samawatie continues to write most of the band’s material, and on the present showing, pianist Benedikt Jahnel, drummer Ketan Bhatti and bassist Ralf Schwarz are finding new freedoms inside the structures. Bhatti and Jahnel also bring their own compositions into the band; for the drummer this is a new development. “Ketan’s writing is very open”, says Cymin, “and that allows for a lot of improvisational input from everybody. Benedikt’s pieces are often more detailed in their arrangement. For me their contribution as composers is a real enrichment for the band as a whole. Offering different colours, but working within the special character of the group.”

Where, last time around, singer Cymin Samawatie drew on classic Persian poetry (Rumi, Hafez), for some of her texts, this time the lyrics are all hers.
Singer Cymin Samawatie was born in Braunschweig in 1976, and during childhood spent part of each year in Iran. She studied singing, piano and drums in Hannover, and jazz vocalization in Berlin where her teachers included David Friedman and Jerry Granelli. Early recognition of her talents came in 2003 when Bobby McFerrin called her on stage to sing with him at the Braunschweig Festival.

Pianist Benedikt Jahnel, born 1980, grew up near Munich, moved to Berlin in 2000. His teachers have included John Taylor, Richie Beirach and Kenny Werner. He has toured with leading international musicians including Charlie Mariano and Phil Woods, and is active also with his own trio.

Bassist Ralf Schwarz, born in 1971, grew up in Braunschweig, and played organ and guitar before switching to double-bass and electric bass a decade ago. Through lessons and workshops with jazz masters like Ron Carter, Steve Coleman, Mark Dresser, Mark Helias, Richie Beirach and Billy Hart he has had the opportunity to refine and develop his skills.

Percussionist Ketan Bhatti, born in New Delhi, India in 1981, grew up in Bielefeld. Touring as a drummer since he was 14, he has been active in projects from reggae and hip-hop to jazz as both musician and producer. He has produced music for Nuran Callis’ play „Home Stories“ at the Schauspiel Essen and for Schillers „Die Räuber“ at the Volkstheater in Vienna.