The Shin

The Shin formed in Germany in 1998, where Zaza Miminoshvili and Zurab Gagnidze have been living since 1994. Mamuka Ghaghanidze joined the group in 2002.

In their Georgian homeland, these musicians belong to the artistic elite of the country and are well known as leading composers and musicians. They have scripted pieces for productions at the Tbilisi State Theater, numerous film, TV, and radio projects in Georgia and around the world, have taken part in several international projects, working together with great composers, and directors and artists such as Gia Kancheli, Robert Sturua, Giora Feidman, Chaka Khan, Randy Brecker, Okay Temiz, Fuat Saka, Ramesh Shotham, Raymond Kaczynski, Samir Essahbi and many others. Musicians have lead several workshops on Georgian polyphony polyrhythmic and improvisation-theory. The Shin has participated in various festivals and won several prizes in recognition of their work.

Music of The Shin smoothly combines Georgian folk melodies with jazz, native polyphonic singing with scat, and in general the music of the near Orient with the modern sounds popular in the West today.

EgAri is collaboration with Georgian virtuoso folkloric musicians, singers and a dancer. In their search for a sound that is definitively Georgian, The Shin have created a trans-regional fusion of various Georgian styles. Based on Georgian instrumental music, traditional polyphonic vocals, and folk dance, EgAri for the first time unites these quite separate segments of Georgian culture. It is an unusual, and highly non-traditional combination of archaic and modern, Caucasian and non-Caucasian instruments, elements of Georgian harmonies with diverse jazz threads.

The Shin are Zaza Miminoshvili (guitars, panduri), Zurab J. Gagnidze (electric and acoustic bass, vocals) and Mamuka Gaganidze (vocals, percussion).

In their Georgian homeland, these musicians belong to the artistic elite of the country and are well known as leading composers and musicians. They have scripted pieces for productions at the Tbilisi State Theatre, numerous film, TV, and radio projects in Georgia and around the world, have taken part in several international projects, working together with great composers, directors and artists such as Gia Kancheli, Robert Sturua, Giora Feidman, Chaka Khan, Randy Brecker, Okay Temiz, Fuat Saka and many others. Musicians have lead several workshops on Georgian polyphony polyrhythmic and improvisation-theory. The Shin has participated in various festivals and won several prizes in recognition of their work.

In Georgian Shin means “the road home”. Even though each of us has our own personal road home and our own personal home, the music of The Shin has the amazing ability of leading everyone “home”. The music leads you to somewhere you know you’ve been before, where the windows are fogged over from the rain and it smells of kitchen smells, where you hear voices and, even though you might not understand what they are saying, you understand everything anyway. This music leads you home, no matter how far away it is.

“Just try to imagine a brilliant dialogue between an acoustic guitar à-la flamenco and a fretless bass, a mischievous percussion and a supersonic guruli-singing that would make Scatman John jealous, or Indian masters of playing the tabla… All the compositions performed by The Shin have this unique quality of being immediately commemorated – right away, you start to hum along and your feet begin to tap of their own accord, your hands clap and it simply becomes hard to remain seated”.

Pavel Peresvetov, for the magazine “Vash Dosug”, January 2005

“…With all due respect to the other participants, it was precisely these musicians who were to become the stars of show on that evening. In contrast to the slightly monotonous mainstream-jazz, the Georgian ethno-jazz-rock was simply magnificent. The combination of folk-melodies, at times undisguised rock-riffs, a great percussion, vocals that were crazily beautiful, true Georgian charm and a sense of humor made them the audience’s favourite band. It was The Shin, which reaped the loudest applause and most “BRAVO-s!!!” Just to foreclose, at the end of the festival the group won the official prize of being the audience’s favourite band.

Festival “Jazz at the Hermitage garden” Sergey Bondarkov, “Polniy Jazz”, NN 30-31, 2005

“Without a doubt, The Shin’s concert featuring R. Brecker was the best project among those which have been presented by “Eastern Promotion” so far. From the very first seconds of the concert the spectators got the most important thing: real music!”

9th Jazz Festival, Tbilisi. “24 Hours” 07.07.2005, Tbilisi

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