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Cyminology: Phoenix

Cymin Samawatie, Benedikt Jahnel, Ralf Schwarz, Ketan Bhatti, Martin Stegner

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"Holding the foursome's unique tapestry of styles together is Samawatie's vocal and compositional work, built around classical Persian poetry, as well as her own writing."
- All About Jazz

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Aaftaab
Cyminology
6:40
2
Che Gune Ast
Cyminology
5:05
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Baraaye Ranj
Cyminology
4:00
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Gozaraan
Cyminology
7:57
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Harire Buse
Cyminology
4:38
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Talaash Makon
Cyminology
4:27
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Dishab
Cyminology
5:06
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Phoenix Part I
Cyminology
3:01
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Phoenix Part II
Cyminology
4:39
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Baraaye To
Cyminology
4:08
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    49:41
"... listening to Phoenix I may have been missing some of the subtler nuances of the lyrics, well, all of them actually, but treating the voice as an instrument proves quite rewarding when it’s as affecting as Samawatie’s ... she duets with Martin Stegner’s viola in especially striking manner ... throughout this set the combination of Samawatie’s vocals and the mixture of jazz shapings and unfamiliar rhythms is highly involving, helped by the way this recording makes the slightest touch of stick on cymbal crystal clear and reveals instruments in sharp relief."
- Hi-Fi News & Record Review

German-Iranian singer Cymin Samawatie and her Berlin-based band Cyminology continue on their unique course, allowing the subtle yet dynamic sounds and rhythms of Persian poetry to influence their compositions and improvisation. Like its predecessors, Phoenix was produced in Oslo, however the core quartet is joined for the first time on record by Martin Stegner, the Berlin Philharmonic violist who has been a frequent collaborator since 2011. The viola, the string instrument closest to the human voice, becomes a kind of second singer here, extending the sense of East/West dialogue alive in the music.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Records Studio Masters

Recorded March 2014 at Rainbow Studio, Oslo
Engineer: Jan Erik Kongshaug
Cover photo: Fotini Potamia
Liner photos: Heike Steinweg Design: Sascha Kleis
Produced by Manfred Eicher

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