The Shin are:

Zaza Miminoshvili (guitars, panduri)

Zurab J. Gagnidze (bass, vocals)

Mamuka Ghaghanidze (vocals, percussion)

The Shin formed in 1998 in Germany, where Zaza Miminoshvili and Zurab J. Gagnidze have been living since 1994.  Mamuka Ghaghanidze joined the band in 2002.  In their native Georgia these musicians are acclaimed among the country’s most elite musicians.

The Shin’s “instrumental theatre” is the sound of Georgia’s musical encounter with the world.  In The Shin’s music Georgian-style vocal pyrotechnics, intricate polyphony and instrumental virtuosity meets jazz scat, funk and fusion, flamenco, Ravel and Shakti.  How does it sound?  Sophisticated, surprising, hip, humorous, and always exhilarating – even at its most sensitive.  The Shin’s celebratory musical dialogues know no bounds.  Listen again and you’ll hear something new each time.

Members of The Shin have composed original works for productions at the Tbilisi State Theatre and for film, television and radio programs in their native Georgia and around the world.  They have collaborated internationally with artistic greats like Gia Kancheli, Robert Sturua, Jorge Pardo, Giora Feidman, Chaka Khan, Randy Brecker, Okay Temiz, Theodossii Spassov  and many others.  The Shin is regularly spotlighted in international festivals and has received significant critical acclaim for its unparalleled originality and magnetic appeal.

In Georgian shin means coming home.  Although each of us has our own home and our own road home, The Shin’s music has the amazing ability to lead everyone ”home,” no matter how far it may be.  It may lead you somewhere you know you’ve been before, where the windows are fogged over from the rain and familiar smells waft in from the kitchen, where you hear familiar voices and you understand, even when you can’t make out the words.

In the last few years The Shin launched several outstanding projects and albums – EgAri (2006), Es ari (2009), Black Sea Fire (2009), created new band in Stuttgart (Open World Project). The musicians participated in numerous festivals in more than 30 countries. In 2009 they received the first place award in the German World Music Contest Creole. They backlog of new ideas will provide for exciting projects for many years to come.