Jin Jam

So | 21.10.2018 | 20:30 Uhr

„Vertical lift-off“ was how broadcaster NDR describes Jin Jim’s rise on the German jazz scene. These words are justified, if one considers the relatively short backstory which now culminates in their ACT debut album „Weiße Schatten „White Shadows).

In 2013 Peruvian-born flautist Daniel Manrique-Smith, bassist Ben Tai Trawinski, guitarist Johann May and drummer Nico Stallmann started up Jin Jim. In their first year as a band they were voted through by the public into the the finals of the JazzTube Festival in Bonn. In the following year, the quartet won the „Future Sounds“ competition at the Leverkusener Jazztage festival out of a field of nearly 200 entrants, and also released their first album „Die Ankunft“ (The Arrival). Their meteoric ascent is based on the innovation which they bring to the music. Latin, jazz and rock all collide here with maximum impact. The group’s repertoire, has set out their essential direction: „Rhythmically highly complex yet harmonically accessible, and with influences ranging from flamenco to Indian music and pop.“

This was what brought Jin Jim to the attention of the „Young German Jazz“ series, ACT’s initiative dedicated to developing the talent of outstanding young German musicians and turning it into success. Meanwhile in 2016, Jin Jim set off on their first major tours with the support of Germany’s international cultural organization the Goethe Institut. They first travelled in Peru, the country of Daniel Manrique-Smith’s birth, and in the autumn toured in five countries in Africa. By 2017 their moment had come. „We were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time,“ says Manrique-Smith. That „right place“ was the Jazz Baltica Festival where the four performed on the main stage. „We got standing ovations. I had goose bumps for the next three days.“ And among that ecstatic audience was Siggi Loch of ACT – who signed Jin Jim under contract to the label.