It is with great pleasure that Reykjavík Jazz Festival presents the unique Romain Collin in a solo performance in Fríkirkjan church on Monday 31st of August.
“Romain Collin is a visionary composer, an extraordinary jazz pianist and a very bright young rising star in the jazz world” (Jon Weber, National Public Radio, US). Originally born in France and now based in New York City, Collin came to the US to attend Berklee College of Music on a scholarship, where he majored in Music Synthesis and studied performance with the likes of Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano. In 2007, Romain graduated from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz where he held a Full Scholarship. During this time, Collin had the opportunity to tour internationally with Hancock and Shorter and studied with the likes of Larry Goldings, Ron Carter, Charlie Haden and Wynton Marsalis. While furthering his career as a leader, Collin continues to explore various musical genres as a sideman, performing and/or recording alongside artists such as Mike Stern, John McLaughlin, Christian McBride, Lauryn Hill and Kurt Rosenwinkel.
This concert is not to be missed.
A few quotes on Romain Collin:
[A] winning new album… There’s no doubting Mr. Collin’s pianism which is lucid and flowing…. His own compositions…(are) distinguished by dark grandeur, dynamic swells and a chamberesque layering of texture…distinctive.
– Nate Chinen, The New York Times
An extraordinary album…Collin’s style is unique and engaging without obvious influences. 4.5 stars
– Karl Akermann, All About Jazz
An absolute masterpiece…one of those rare albums that just grabs and holds your attention from start to finish- brilliant. 5 stars
– John Adcock, Jazz Journal (UK)
A visionary composer, an extraordinary jazz pianist and a very bright young rising star in the jazz world.
– Jon Weber, NPR