Baku Sum­mer Jazz Days brings in­cred­i­ble live per­for­mances

Azer News - - Culture & Lifestyle - By La­man Is­may­ilova

With great mu­sic and a lovely at­mos­phere, Baku Sum­mer Jazz Days solemnly opened in In­ter­na­tional Mugham Cen­ter on June 4.

New jazz project is co-or­ga­nized by the pro­ducer agency Premier Art Man­age­ment with the Min­istry of Cul­ture and Tourism.

The first day of Baku Sum­mer Jazz Days was marked by the per­for­mance of Is­raeli guests- one of the most widely dis­cussed trum­peter Avishai Co­hen and his quar­tet, which in­cludes the most tal­ented mu­si­cians Jonathan Avishai (pi­ano), Barak Mori (bass) and Ziv Ravitz (drums).

Ad­dress­ing the event, Is­raeli Am­bas­sador to Azer­bai­jan Dan Stav said that the well-known Is­raeli trum­peter Avishai Co­hen will per­form for jazz lovers along with his quar­tet. The Am­bas­sador wished good luck to the festival par­tic­i­pants.

Fur­ther, the host of the evening, fa­mous ra­dio and TV host, jazz ex­pert Rahib Az­eri spoke about jazz tra­di­tions in Azer­bai­jan. The his­tory of Azer­bai­jani jazz mu­sic traces its ori­gins to the 1930s.

Avishai Co­hen is a rec­og­nized mu­si­cian and com­poser. He com­bines dif­fer­ent mu­si­cal styles. His in­di­vid­ual sound and con­stant cre­ative made him a calls the ris­ing star of the world jazz scene.

In 2016 alone, Co­hen was named “Best For­eign Artist” by Jazz Mag­a­zine France, while Into the Si­lence was awarded “Best Al­bum of the Year” by TSF Jazz and Academie du Jazz, and in the top 20 al­bums of the year by Jaz­zTimes.

The con­cert was greeted with a stand­ing ova­tion.

Baku Sum­mer Jazz Days pre­pares a lot of pleas­ant sur­prises for its guests. Five con­certs with mu­si­cians from dif­fer­ent coun­tries are or­ga­nized as part of the project.

In­ter­na­tional Mugham Cen­ter will host a con­cert of na­tional pi­anist Elchin Shiri­nov and a trio of fa­mous Hun­gar­ian jazzmen of An­dras Des (per­cus­sion), Mar­ton Fenyvesi (elec­tric & acous­tic gui­tar), and Matyas Szandai (Dou­ble bass) on June 5.

This is an in­ter­na­tional jazz project that was re­peat­edly demon­strated at for­eign fes­ti­vals.

Amer­i­can funk bass player and singer Nik West will give a con­cert on June 7.

On June 8, the au­di­ence will en­joy renowned mu­si­cians from France - the duo Jacky Ter­ras­son (Pi­ano) and Stephane Bel­mondo (trum­pet) with their new project ti­tled TERRAMONDO (Mother).

The foyer of the In­ter­na­tional Mugham Cen­ter presents an ex­hi­bi­tion of young Azer­bai­jani artists who were in­spired by the jazz mu­sic.

Me­dia part­ners of the event are Az­ernews.az, Trend.az, Day.az, Milli.az.

The first jazz orches­tra in Baku was cre­ated by fa­mous na­tional com­posers Niyazi and Tofig Guliyev in 1938. The State Va­ri­ety Sym­phony Orches­tra, be­came the core of na­tional jazz. The flow­er­ing of jazz in the coun­try came in the 1960s when such mu­si­cians as Vagif Mustafazade, Tofig Ah­madov, Rafig Babayev and "Gaya" quar­tet raised this mu­si­cal di­rec­tion to a new level.

A re­mark­able event in the his­tory of na­tional mu­sic was the cre­ation of Azer­bai­jani jazz - a kind of mu­si­cal style based on the tra­di­tions of mugham.

The first jazz festival in Baku was held in 1969. An­nu­ally there are var­i­ous events and con­certs with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of world celebri­ties. Azer­bai­jani jazzmen are par­tic­i­pants and win­ners of many in­ter­na­tional jazz fes­ti­vals and competitions.

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