"Live" - Oswin Chin Behilia

Oswin Chin Behilia

Oswin Chin Behilia's international debut album, Bendishon disfrasá/Blessing in Disguise (OTB01) and follow-up live album Live (OTB07) have been well received in several countries. Since then this songsmith has been a welcome guest on various world music radio programmes in the UK, US, France and the Netherlands. Radio France International selected Bendishon disfrasá as its world music album of the month for August 2004.
Chin toured the Netherlands in 2003 and 2004 and was also a guest soloist at the 2004 edition of the North Sea Jazz Festival with Tumbabó, a big band led by pianist Randal Corsen dedicated to playing arrangements of music from the Dutch Antilles. In May 2007 an extraordinary concert was held in his honour in which he performed his compositions accompanied by the Randal Corsen Quinet with special guests, the world renowned Curacaoan opera mezzo-soprano Tanja Kross and world music diva Izaline Calister joining him. Oswin performed at the Colony Theater in Miami South Beach district, and most recently in the Netherlands last 29 June as a guest soloist with the Randel Corsen Quintet in the main hall of Amsterdam’s renowned Concertgebouw.
In paying tribute to Chin in the Dutch press Corsen said the following: “Chin is a sharp-witted songwriter whose compositions often penetrate to the essence of life in the Dutch Antilles. Many of his compositions include Antillean waltzes reminiscent of the bossa novas of Antonio Carlos Jobim, though he frequently makes use of the Cuban son as a musical structure. Chin’s repertoire includes lovely danzas, boleros, tumbas and the traditional sehú. As such his music is unmistakably from the Dutch Antilles, though universal in appeal.”

Chin’s third album with Otrabanda Records, called Liber is scheduled for release in 2009.