Born: February 3, 1973 Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric
Timucin Sahin has been recognized as one of today’s truly unique voices of contemporary jazz music by publications such as San Francisco Bay Guardian, AllaboutJazz, Jazzwise and Jazz-Times as well as by many others.
His unique sound on fretless electric guitar and his emotional content in his composing made him non- comparable and his music almost impossible to categorize.
Born in Turkey in 1973.His adventure with music started rather late in his 16 years of age by playing Rock guitar in high school years.
Timucin moved to the Netherlands in 1992 where he studied jazz guitar at the Hilversum and Amsterdam Conservatories. Here he obtained his 2nd phase masters degree .He studied bachelor’s classical composition at Amsterdam Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music New York.
Sahin has received numerous awards as composer and as guitarist.
In 2001 he was awarded first prize at the prestigious Dutch Jazz Competition with his contemporary jazz trio On the Line. His composition “Occult” earned second prize at the Jur Naessens Music Award in 2002.
Recently in march 2006; Sahin was awarded the 2-nd price in prestigious Deloitte Jazz Award, which was held in Amsterdam where he performed his music with Concertgebouw Jazz Orchestra.
In addition to composing and touring with different projects, he leads his own ensembles that perform his music. He regularly explores solo performances at international festivals. In his solo project “Timucin Sahin - Real Time”, he utilizes live-electronics as well as electric, acoustic fretless guitars.
Timucin teaches music in schools and conservatories worldwide. He shares his concepts about guitar playing and composing in masteclass situations. Notable engagements include: Manhattan School of Music New York (USA), NYU New York (USA), Amsterdam Conservatory (NL), Tilburg Conservatory (NL).
Timucin Sahin played and/or recorded with Randy Brecker, Greg Osby, Robin Eubanks, Kai Eckhardt, Mike Mainieri, Mark Turner, Tony Moreno, Aydin Esen, Gene Jackson, Dave Kikoski, Ernst Reizeger, Armando Gola, Owen Hart Jr, Donny McCaslin, Tyshawn Sorey,Thomas Morgan,Sean Rickman,Marcel Wierckx, to name a few.
He has composed for and commissioned by Amsterdam Percussion Group,Occult Ensemble,Enric Monfort Ensemble,Ere Lievonen,Verso,Amsterdam Conservatory Symphonic Orchestra,Brisk Quartet,TobeSung and others.
“From Turkey comes Timucin Sahin with Slick Road, an album that shows how far away from the American tradition jazz has drifted, all the while remaining Vibrant and true to its essence.” ALL ABOUT JAZZ February 2004
The polytonal concepts pioneered by Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time bands surface at times; Sahin plucks away with barnyard funkiness that folds into the rhythmic perimeter built by Eckhardt and Hart. At other times, Sahin injects softly flowing passages into the bubbling stew to promote a more lyrical setting. In all cases, the guitarist executes with acute clarity so that his spontaneous ideas ring out joyously above the background of churning, grooving rhythms. The trio interacts as a well-oiled machine throughout; Sahin and Eckhardt often bounce phrases off each other to the supplement of bent electronics and a light percussive touch. Primarily, though, the recording is a showcase of the talented guitarist who pours out volumes of pastel-colored improvisations with ongoing consistency. His blanketing undulation can be therapeutic. CADANCE JAZZ MAGAZINE Frank Rubolino July 2006
“For those with an interest in expanding their musical boundaries and hearing how other traditions can expand the musical palette of improvisation, Timucin Sahin’s Slick Road is well worth the listen.” Jazz view March 2004
“Sahin has chops galore yet remains tastefully restrained, a gritty fusion player. The chemistry evoked by Sahin’s at times complex, beautiful compositions and the drummerless line- up make this an intriguing, original and witty listen.” JAZZWISE May 2004
“Rhythm plays a large part in Sahin’s work, sometimes establishing dark grooves, other times moving with time shifts that, in the hands of those less capable, would sound clumsy but here are completely seamless. With a voracious musical appetite that includes African, Indian and more traditional western jazz and contemporary classical music, Sahin has fashioned a sound that is an intriguing blend.” JOHN KELLMAN ALL ABOUT JAZZ March 2004
“I wish to say that I think Timucin Sahin an original composer of a variety of music which is difficult to categorize. His music is drawn from a wide body of knowledge and experience, often developed from his considerable skills as a guitarist. In his solo performances as well as with other musicians, he sometimes employs improvisation but in ways hard to separate from the sound of his notated music. This I find noteworthy. His music is characterized by a delicacy of instrumental imagination and rhythmic structures which have much flexibility though clearly pulse derived.”Nils Vigeland, Chairman, Dept Composition Manhattan School of Music May 2003
“After listening to Slick Road we can easily say that, very soon Sahin will take his place as a major artist of the contemporary jazz of today.” Orhan Kahyaoglu, RADIKAL (Turkish National Newspaper) November 2003
Virtuoso guitarist on his double neck (fretless) instrument with outstanding improvisations. Sahin is a perfectionist. As a composer he works out every detail.” Jur Naessens Music Award 2002
Timucin Sahin's unique compositional approach, keen sense of improvisation and his interplay of music styles from jazz, contemporary and non- western music intrigued me. MIKE MAINIERI
Recent complete on line reviews:
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Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students