Cyminology

Berlin-based group, Cyminology, founded by Cymin Samawatie in 2002, may be the only Western jazz ensemble performing ballads with lyrics in Farsi (Persian). Her quartet with Indian drummer Ketan Bhatti, French-born pianist Benedikt Jahnel and German bassist Ralf Schwarz performs a unique brand of intercultural chamber jazz – by turns poetic, sensual, melancholic, dynamic and pulsating – that takes its musical inspiration from the sounds and inflections of the Farsi language.