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Amina Figarova

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Amina Figarova is without doubt one of the most productive jazz composers and talented jazz piano players from Europe. Now living in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Amina started playing piano and composing at a very early age. She studied as a classical concert pianist at the Baku Conservatory, jazz performance at the Rotterdam Conservatory and the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Amina performs with her own group at many jazz festivals and jazz clubs around the world, such as The North Sea Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Capetown International Jazzfestival, Salvador Bahia Jazz Festival, Brasil, JakArt Festival, Indonesia, Yoshi's in Oakland, CA, Blue Note jazz club New York, and has given concerts in Israel, Europe, United Arabs Emirates, Mexico, USA, Azerbaijan, and many others. Recorded her first CD "Attraction" in 1994, a start of a wonderful career as pianist and composer, a CD with all compositions and arrangements of Amina, almost all the music on her CDs are composed by herself.

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Article: Interview

Rain Sultanov: Putting Baku On The Jazz Map

Read "Rain Sultanov: Putting Baku On The Jazz Map" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The Baku Jazz Festival has been a labor of love for its founder and Artistic Director, Rain Sultanov. And, like most love stories, there have been a few bumps along the road. Thirteen editions in, however, the Baku Jazz Festival is well established as one of the highpoints of Azerbaijan's annual cultural calendar. It mightn't draw ...

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Article: Live Review

Baku Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Baku Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Baku Jazz Festival Baku, Azerbaijan October 25-28, 2018 Stormy winds that you had to lean into to walk along the pavements had ripped the giant poster of the Baku Jazz Festival clean off the exterior wall of the Rotunda Jazz Club. Not for nothing is Baku nicknamed The City of ...

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Article: Album Review

Gochag Askarov: Sacred World of Azerbaijani Mugham

Read "Sacred World of Azerbaijani Mugham" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Superbi strumentali che s'insinuano negli interstizi lasciati liberi da una vocalità fin troppo invasiva (anche perché fisiologicamente monocorde, fra il lamentoso e il sussultorio): ecco cosa ci offre questo ennesimo album-tributo alla musica azera operato da Felmay. Fascino indiscutibile, e magari anche un po' di stanchezza all'ascolto di brani tutti di una certa consistenza (dagli otto ...

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Article: Album Review

AA.VV: Azerbaijani Love Songs

Read "Azerbaijani Love Songs" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Un gruppo di registrazioni effettuate fra il 2007 e il 2013 confluiscono in questo ulteriore album, a più mani, dedicato dalla Felmay alla musica azera. Nello specifico, sono qui di scena le love songs, con al centro, conseguentemente, l'elemento vocale. E a dispetto del fatto che gli esecutori varino quasi sempre di brano in brano (nonché ...

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Article: Album Review

AA.VV.: Rhythms of Azerbaijani Dances

Read "Rhythms of Azerbaijani Dances" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Nell'ambito di una documentazione quanto mai capillare della musica azera, la Felmay raggiunge l'apice con questo bellissimo CD, dedicato alle musiche legate all'universo-danza. Lo strumentario è quello già incontrato in altre antologie o album di singoli artisti (la zurna, dal classico suono acuto, penetrante e nasale, il balaban, più simile al duduk turco, ...


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