Christian Elin: soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, alto flute
Maruan Sakas: piano
Christian Elin and Maruan Sakas are two border crossers who have joined forces for a special duo: both musicians are equally at home in jazz and and classical music and this love of freedom of improvisation and for the clarity of classical form is reflected in their compositions. Standing in the zone of tensity between classical, jazz, film music, minimal music and ethnic reminiscence the Duo Elin - Sakas creates a simple and profound music in their programs “West Wind”, “Some kind of blues” and “Mittsommernacht” with a great sense of beauty and which is sonically intensified by the unique combination of Elins musical instruments - from the deep, dark tone of the bass clarinet, the brilliance of the soprano saxophone to the magic sound of the alto flute.
The duo performs regularly at prestigious national and international festivals, classical and jazz series and has already given more than 80 concerts at home and abroad since its founding in 2014. Among other engagements, the two musicians were guests at the Jazz Festival Lyon / F, the International Chamber Music Festival, Lago di Garda / I, at the Municipal Theatre Landsberg, at the Jazzfest Munich and at the Festival Musica Badia / I.
With "Some kind of blues" (January 2017) and "Midsummer Night" (February 2020) the duo has already released two albums that have been praised by the specialised press.
In autumn 2018 the duo made their debut at the Philharmonie Berlin.