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Shahin Novrasli

"He is one of the great pianists what I ever heard of .." -Ahmad Jamal - Growing up in Azerbaijan, Shahin’s rare talent emerged from his country’s various compositional influences as well as its unusual and rich musical heritage. At the age of five, he began his classical studies at Baku’s notorious Bulbul Music Academy. At only eleven years old, he performed with the local Symphony Orchestra at the State Philharmonic Hall. Elegantly blending his classical knowledge, Azerbaijan’s traditional folk “Mugham” and his jazz influences, Shahin created his own unique and accomplished musical universe, among which he combines eastern and western cultures

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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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Istanbul Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Istanbul Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Luke Seabright

Istanbul Jazz Festival Vitrin: Showcase for Contemporary Music from Turkey Various Venues Istanbul, Turkey June 27-30, 2018 A leisurely stroll through the crowded streets of Istanbul offers many delights, Turkish or otherwise. The maze guides you through nested teahouses, majestic ottoman palaces, monumental sahns adjoining mosques with exquisite interiors; down ...

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Rain Sultanov: Inspired by Nature

Read "Inspired by Nature" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Azerbaijani saxophonist/composer Rain Sultanov has long drawn inspiration from his country's rich culture and stunning landscapes. On Inspired by Nature--Sultanov's eighth release as leader--the saxophonist toggles between lyrical balladry and passionate exposition as he takes Azerbaijan's nature as his muse. And it has been an epic venture. With a band of trusted musicians, Sultanov led an ...


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