31. August 2019 @ 19:00 – 20:30
Alter Zoll Bonn – Stadtgartenkonzerte
Jin Jim are belong to the “absolute high-flyer bands in the German jazz scene”.NDR
Rightly so, if you look at her still brief history, which now culminates in her ACT debut “White Shadows.”
In 2013 the Peruvian flutist Daniel Manrique-Smith, the bassist Ben Tai Trawinski, the guitarist Johann May and the drummer Nico Stallmann Jin Jim founded the quartet. In the same year they were elected as voting winners in the finals of the JazzTube-Festival Bonn, in the following year the quartet won – against almost 200 competitors – the “Future Sounds”-competition of the Leverkusener Jazztage and in 2015 they released their first album “Die Ankunft”. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator The stormy success was based on the innovation they succeed in with their music: Latin, jazz and rock merge here with previously unknown force. “Rhythmic highly complex, but harmoniously accessible, with influences from flamenco to Indian music to pop,” says bassist Trawinski, who composes most of the pieces, describing their general line.
This brought them into the focus of the “Young German Jazz” series at an early stage, the ACT squad forge that provides outstanding young German musical personalities with a playing field for further artistic development. But in 2016 Jin Jim first went on a big tour with the help of the Goethe Institute: first they travelled to Peru, the old home of Daniel Manrique-Smith, and in autumn they went to five African countries. But in 2017, the time had come: “We were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time,” Manrique-Smith recounts. The right place was the Jazz Baltica Festival, where the four performed on the big stage: “There were standing ovations. I had goose bumps for three days.” And among the enthusiastic viewers was ACT producer Siggi Loch, signing Jin Jim.
So that’s how it went in February 2018 for “White Shadows” in the studio. Once again, the band’s distinctive sound was refined. Rarely do you hear young bands sounding out of a cast.
This is also due to the fact that the four Jin Jims founded in 2013, when they were all around 30 years old, but their common path goes back much further. Trawinski, scion of a music-loving family with ancestors in Poland and Croatia, who learned guitar, flute, piano and singing before the bass became his instrument; May, who deepened his passion for Latin American music with a study visit to Havana; and also Stallmann, who has drummed in various bands from folk to rock ‘n’ roll to modern jazz and world music as well as worked for dance and theatre productions – all three studied at the conservatory in Arnhem and have been playing together ever since. This explains the perfect harmony with which they prepare the rhythmic basis even for complex, fast-paced and tricky pieces like “Duende” or “Mankafiza”, over which Daniel Manrique-Smith’s flute can lift off.
In jazz, the flute is a rare instrument that is usually used only briefly as an additional timbre. The Flute now plays the leading solo role with Jin Jim, and Manrique-Smith, who studied in Frankfurt and at the Cologne Musikhochschule before performing with stars such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Samuel Rohrer and Lalo Schifrin, plays it more virtuously and versatilely than almost anyone else. On “White Shadows” he mixes the whole palette of expressive possibilities: From the radiant classical sound to the always slightly aspirated, bright colouring of Latin American music to wild jazz solos. And when Manrique-Smith takes, blows and sings into his instrument, one may even think of Ian Anderson by Jethro Tull.
Anyway, the heavy drum beats and eddies of Stallmann and Mays distorted, sometimes almost metal-sounding guitar passages and the hymnic keynote (with “Dreaming” still amplified by the corresponding vocals) let the old Artrock resurrect again. In this way, new music is created entirely in the jazz spirit that goes straight to the stomach and legs. Jin Jim will continue on his way.
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