Timucin Sahin

Timuçin Şahin

Born 1973 in Turkey, now lives in the Netherlands. He modestly describes himself as a guitarist and composer performing with his jazz trio “On The Line” and the more recently formed “Rare Falcons”. See Unfretted’s Reviews Section for the low down on his CDs “Slick Road” & “Window of My Breath”. Timucin also plays a twin neck guitar, made by the luthier Zafer Senkal in Izmir/Turkey.

Timuçin Şahin

Timuçin Şahin

Timucin Sahin, with his rather special twin neck guitar. This was made by his good friend and luthier, Zafer Senkal. “Vic guitars” is modest couple of people working with Zafer making custom guitars in Izmir, Turkey.

Timucin Sahin, 55 bar

Timucin Sahin, 55 bar
From left to right; Obed Calvaire – drums, Timucin Sahin with his dual neck guitar, and Hans Glawischnig on bass, playing live in New York’s 55 bar, Sunday 25th April 2004.

GiG Review:

Timucin Sahin Trio
Live at the Knitting Factory, New York, Tuesday 27th April 2004
Timucin Sahin: Electric and Fretless Guitars, compositions, computer programming.
Obed Calvaire: Drums
Hans Glawischnig: Bass

We got a mix off the desk which was very respectable for a live performance. The band line up was the same as the above picture and the GiG just across town at the Knitting Factory.

The set opened up with “Wish Me Luck” which starts with a solo riff from Timucin, sliding notes and pinged harmonics announced to the audience something very special was going on and if the band had not been playing I’m sure you could have heard a pin drop. Timucin’s blistering runs backed by a very intuitive bass / drums backing are interspersed with clipped chords, the whole number wandering through corridors of mitred expression. Then the bass takes the lead, a wonderful run of notes with Timucin’s fretless poking it all along with nagging insistence, soon this changes and he brings in some very nice bowed effects to round off the whole piece and it finally comes to rest. There is a long pause and the audience explodes into applause.

The second number; “You’re Free” is very different. I’m not even sure what’s happening here, the bass is bubbling and some of the most amazing industrial noises are coming from the fretless. Then we get some reverse loops but where are they coming from? Ah yes, I almost forgot Timucin’s computer programming skills.

Back into familiar territory with the wonderful Slick Road, title track of Timucin’s CD.

“Unconditional” is up next and this is the second track from Slick Road. A stealthily crafted number with lots of little surprise notes and unexpected chords, in contrast to the album, we are missing the trombone and the hand percussion, so bass and drums are working hard and very effectively.

“Window for my Breath” sees the trio back in the coiled-spring-about-to-snap high tension jazz mode, with some of Timucin’s electronic additives thrown into the mix. All too soon the piece wanders to a close and the audience are on their feet.

What can we say? Just wish we had been lucky enough to attend the gig.

Review: Jahloon

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