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Cyminology combines Persian poetry and chamber-esque contemporary music: East and West, old and new in beautiful synthesis. The subtle yet dynamic, softly-pulsating music takes its cue from the sound of the Persian language presenting poets such as Rumi, Hafis and Khayyam.
“Phoenix” (Spring 2015) is the third production for ECM and features guest musician Martin Stegner (Berlin Philharmonic) on viola. The album is dedicated to 20th century female poet Forough Farrokhzaad.
Cymin Samawatie’s compositions combine elements from different kinds of music, including chamber jazz, open improvisation, modern composition, impressionism and minimalism.
Cyminology creates a space, in which post-migrant European culture is expressed in music and poetry. It is an adventurous experience to listen and to watch the sensitive interaction within the Berlin based quartet (founded 2002).
Cymin Samawatie: vocals
Benedikt Jahnel: piano
Ralf Schwarz: double bass
Ketan Bhatti: drums and percussion
Special guest
Martin Stegner: viola (Berlin Philharmonic orchestra)