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The Shin - Adio


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.

Zaza Miminoshvili (Guitars, composition)

What counts as the launch of a musical education? The moment a person becomes familiar enough with musical language to be able to express something precious, or when parents take their children to music lessons, believing this is essential?

Zaza was born to a family of writers, mathematicians and artists. At a young age he was already spending hours at the neighbor's piano, absorbed in his own musical tales and directing an invisible orchestra - all of his own will. His formal musical studies began much later, at the age of fourteen, when his mother first took him to guitar lessons. Several months later, inspired by his own initial successes, he began to play in several ensembles at school, performing western popular musics that were very much craved but not officially endorsed at that time - from rock to the Beatles. They tried to sound authentically western, but were not particularly successful; they were more successful developing their own compositions. He enrolled as a mechanical engineering student at Tbilisi State University, then as a Ph.D. student, afterwards he received a Humboldt fellowship for post-graduate work in Germany. But all this was secondary to Zaza. Even in his student years, music came first. Zaza began studying classical guitar with the real master Vladimir Giorgadze. His teacher advised him to stop performing with so many ensembles for some time in order to master the guitar. Later Zaza studied jazz with Lavrenti Jincharadze.

In 1990 Zaza and Zurab founded the group "Adio". This was the culmination of a long search for a compelling synthesis of traditional Georgian and contemporary music. One night the renowned Georgian composer Gia Kancheli showed up at an "Adio" concert. He was impressed with what he heard and proposed that the musicians compose music for a Robert Sturua theater production. Much of the music featured in Rustaveli Theater productions originated this way.

In 1993 "Adio" was invited to record an album and tour in Germany; the musicians remained there for several months. Zaza stayed in Germany, where he still lives and works today, gaining invaluable experience as a performer on western stages and working with world-renowned musicians. In 1998 Zurab and Zaza formed the duet "The Shin"; vocalist-percussionist Mamuka Gaganidze joined them in 2000. As a member of The Shin Zaza has taken part in numerous international projects and festivals, led seminars on polyrhythm, polyphony and improvisation theory, and shared stage bills with greats Jorge Pardo, Randy Brecker, Giora Feidman and many others.

The Shin launched their latest project, "EgAri", in 2005. In Georgian, "eg ari" means "that's it!" For Zaza and Zurab this was the result of many years of experimentation and creative thinking about Georgian traditional music. The project required that Zaza and Zurab work meticulously with musical material, trying at once to preserve its originality and instill it with a fresh sound. This is Zaza and Zurab's perspective on tradition in general, and on how to ideally practice it not only for an elite circle, but for young and old, for Georgians and for people from many countries who, just now finding out that a country called Georgia exists, respect and even love it thanks to the music of The Shin.

Zurab J. Gagnidze (Bass, vocals)

They say that Zurab began singing at the age of three. Actually, he didn't have much choice - almost everyone in his family sang. At any given point in time, there were between nine and eleven people living in his apartment; friends were always gathering, there was always singing in the air. Zurab could stand listening, transfixed, for hours. He could recognize nearly all the album covers and knew all the best-loved melodies by heart. When he was ten years old, Zurab began to study voice with one of his grandmothers, a Georgian song enthusiast. In the ninth grade Zurab and his friends signed up for the school's guitar ensemble, but the ensemble lasted just three months. After that, Zurab spent several months studying with a prominent rock guitarist, and then switched to bass. In the tenth grade he formed his first band. They covered Deep Purple and the Beatles, then when the first jazz-rock bands appeared, they fell in love with Chicago. One of their first concerts caused a sensation that sent waves rippling throughout the entire school.

Zurab enrolled as a student of information technology at Tbilisi's Polytechnic Institute. The university was rich with musical and artistic life; the Institute's student theater was acclaimed not only in Georgia, but abroad as well. Each year the Institute held an inter-faculty music festival; nearly every faculty had its own ensemble. Zurab took part in the festival beginning in his fourth year, as a member of the Institute's big band. The band received wide acclaim and was invited to perform for television and radio. Zurab was later invited to play bass in the university ensemble "Khomli", whose repertoire included original compositions based on Georgian traditional music.

Zurab graduated from the university with honors and began graduate studies in London. For thirteen years Zurab worked in the department of information technology studies at Tbilisi State University and continued to play music. Then, one fine day, guitarist Zaza Miminoshvili walked into the department and proposed to Zurab that they play together. That moment initiated a long friendship and creative collaboration between these two musicians. In 1990 they founded the group "Adio" (Incidentally, the bass that Zurab plays on the album "Adio" was purchased in England when he was a graduate student). This was the culmination of a long search for a compelling synthesis of traditional Georgian and contemporary music. One night the renowned Georgian composer Gia Kancheli showed up at an "Adio" concert. He was impressed with what he heard and proposed that the musicians compose music for a Robert Sturua theater production. Much of the music featured in Rustaveli Theater productions originated this way.

Mamuka Gaganidze (Vocals, percussion)

His parents said that, already at the ripe age of three, Mamuka would spend hours lost in song'he could perform nearly every popular Georgian tune on cue. Mamuka himself recalls frequently performing in front of the mirror in his childhood, imagining a full auditorium and the applause of a captive audience.

At age six Mamuka began to study the piano and was invited to join the children?s vocal-instrumental ensemble "Nergebi" [The Saplings]. The ensemble toured in Georgia, Russia, throughout Europe, and even in Cuba. Mamuka, however, never went to Cuba because his mother was afraid that the route west would take him over the Bermuda Triangle. At this the young Mamuka was, quite naturally, infuriated. Gradually Beatles songs replaced children's songs in Mamuka's standard repertoire. Determined to start their own band, Mamuka and his friends raised money for guitars and equipment and began to play in the streets, at parties - anywhere they could find an audience. There was hardly money for the best instruments, but the band still came together and began to perform regularly.

Then there was the army. Mamuka was sent to serve in the corps of engineers. It was difficult there, and it would have been even worse were it not for music and chance. By a stroke of good fortune, Mamuka became acquainted with a certain Mayor Savtsov, who was supportive of his talent and helped him to form an instrumental ensemble. The ensemble turned out to be very successful; it performed frequently in the area around the base and even took part in the army's special musical events.

After the army began years of searching. At first Mamuka entered the faculty of Oriental Studies at Tbilisi State University. He wanted to learn more about the cultures of the East, and to travel to Asian countries. He began to study Hebrew, then Arabic. But after some time he realized that Oriental Studies was not his calling. He transferred to another faculty and began to study cinematography, then later transferred to the faculty of law. Mamuka completed his studies in law but never worked as a lawyer, for he finally understood that his true gifts were as a musician.

In the 1990s Mamuka met up with his friend Zaza Marjanishvili, who was obsessed with jazz and infected Mamuka with the bug. They founded a quartet which quickly found popularity, performed frequently and even recorded for radio and television. Everything went well until 1993, when Zaza emigrated to America and the group fell apart. In Georgia civil war had broken out. Now there was neither room for ideas, nor the opportunity to realize them?the circumstances were grim. But on one otherwise dark, hopeless day, Mamuka received a phone call that would change the course of his life. It was Zaza Miminoshvili, one of the leaders of the Adio group. Zaza invited Mamuka to join the band as a vocalist. At that time Adio was a legend, and to join the band was the dream of many musicians.

And so in 1996 Mamuka found himself in Germany, where Adio was based. During his tenure with Adio Mamuka first realized that in music it was possible?indeed, necessary?to find his own voice, and not to feel compelled to imitate other musicians. Indeed, the musicians of Adio had achieved a rare synthesis of Georgian traditional music and contemporary forms. The ensemble performed at festivals and recorded an album. But precisely at the moment when Adio seemed to be taking off toward a tremendously promising future, it fell apart at the seams.

In 2002 Mamuka was invited to join The Shin, which had been founded by Adio members Zaza Miminoshvili and Zurab Gagnidze. Mamuka contributes to The Shin as a vocalist, percussionist and composer. He has played a vital creative role in all of the ensemble's projects to date.

Artist: The Shin
Album: Adio
Year: 1995
Tracks: 9


1. Dasaloci (Blessing) / დასალოცი 0:56
2. Adio / ადიო 4:40
3. Karama (Somersault) / კარამა 7:12
4. Epitacia (Epitaph) / ეპირაცია 5:06
5. Gege / გეგე 6:29
6. Niazi (Niaz) / ნიაზი 4:47
7. Mogonebani (Memories) / მოგონებანი 4:51
8. Qveri (Qweri) / ქვერი 6:38
9. Shin (Home) / შინ (სახლი) 5:03

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