Timucin Sahin

Primary Instrument: Guitar, electric

Born: February 3, 1973    

Timucin Sahin

“A nimble guitarist and a scintillating composer.” The New York Times- 2009

“Sahin’s guitar playing soars in a confluence of high art and earthiness. “ Guitar Player Magazine- 2010

“Turkish-born/New York-based guitarist Timucin Sahin is one of those artists who defines the avant-garde genre.” Guitar International- 2010

“Very impressive, visceral yet also cerebral and feisty..” Downbeat Magazine- 2013

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, Downbeat 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. ...
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2000 Winner Dutch Jazz Competition 2001 Jur Naessens Muziek Prijs 2006 Second Prize @ Deloitte jazz Award
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    Slick Road


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Between the Lines (2013)
“For Turkish guitarist Timucin Sahin, jazz merely serves as a name for a set of conventions he embroiders with forward-looking compositions, improvisation, and timbres on his new record Window for My Breath. Filtered through the kaleidoscopic vision of Sahin and his crack band, bassist Kai Eckhardt and drummer Owen Hart Jr., the pieces effortlessly move between meters and textures, dropping in polyrhytms before swinging or conjuring the avant-funk of Victor Wooten without any of the feel-good virtuosity pills. They touch upon raga and reggae over occasional bursts of ambient computer noises that blurp, bleep, and awe.” Alex K. Fong, SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN February 2006

“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

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