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Amina Figarova (born 1966 in Baku, Azerbaijan) is a jazz composer and jazz pianist. She currently lives in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Amina began studying music as a child, beginning learning the piano, and expanding into musical composition and arrangement as she matured. Figarova attended the Baku Conservatory, where she studied to be a classical concert pianist while a young girl in Azerbaijan. This was followed by a course of study in jazz performance at the Rotterdam Conservatory before entering and completing her studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.
Amina Figarova is married to flautist Bart Platteau, who is part of her Amina Figarova International Quintet. The couple live in Rotterdam.
Tofig Alakbar oglu Guliyev (Azerbaijani: Tofiq Ələkbər oğlu Quliyev; November 7, 1917, Baku - October 4, 2000, Baku) – Azerbaijani composer, pianist, conductor, People's Artist of the USSR.
Tofig Guliyev was born on November 7, 1917, in Baku, in the family of salary worker. He became a student of the Azerbaijan State Conservatoire when he was 12 years old due to his musical talent. But in 1934, he became a student of Baku Conservatoire, where he studied in two faculties - fortepiano (in professor I.S.Aysberg’s class) and composer (in professor S.G.Strasser’s class). In the conservatoire young Tofig Guliyev familiarized with works of great classics of the past – Bach, Beethoven, Tschaikovsky, Schubert and other composers. The brilliant talent of Tofig Guliyev drew music communities’ attention to him and soon, in 1936, Azerbaijan’s National Committee of Education sent Tofig Guliyev to Moscow State Conservatory named after Tschaikovsky on Uzeyir Hajibeyov’s advice and initiative. There he learnt conduct and for some time studied in fortepiano class of professor Neyhauz. Soon he began to work as a pianist at well-known Estrada orchestra of those times under A.Zfasmann’s guidance, where
Eldar Bahram oglu Mansurov (born 28 February 1952, Baku, Azerbaijan) is an Azerbaijani musician, composer and songwriter.
He is the son of musician Bahram Mansurov. His younger brother Elkhan Mansurov is also a musician.
Eldar Mansurov learned to play the piano in 1968-1972 under the supervision of Asaf Zeynally and in 1974-1979 he studied at the Uzeyir Hajibeyov Azerbaijan State Conservatory under the supervision of Jovdat Hajiyev.
He has taken part in many classical, as well as popular concerts and has written the soundtrack for a number of films and theatre productions as well as the songs "Bayatılar" and "Bahramnameh".
"Bayatılar", lyrics by Vahid Aziz and music by Eldar Mansurov was performed by Brilliant Dadashova and was released in Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Europe (including Turkey, Greece, Germany, Spain, France), the Arab World and Brazil. The song was used in versions and samples by Turkish DJ Hüseyn Karadayı and Cem Nadiran (in the album "Miracles") and Greek DJ Pantelis (in the album "I Have A Dream (Extended Mix"). "Bayatılar" is the basis of the refrain of the 2009 Euro-dance "Stereo Love" by Romanian musicians Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina. A copyright
Jahangir Shirgasht oglu Jahandirov (Azerbaijani: Cahangir Şirgəşt oğlu Cahangirov; 20 July 1921 – 25 March 1992) was a Soviet Union and Azerbaijani composer, conductor and choirmaster; he was named People's Artist of the Azerbaijan SSR in 1964.
Jahangir Jahangirov was born on July 20, 1921, in Balakhany township of Baku. He graduated from musical school named after Asaf Zeynally and then from Baku Academy of Music. From 1944 to 1960, he led the choir of Broadcasting Committee of the Azerbaijan SSR. Majority of songs, composed by him for the first time were played by the chorus, which he led. After that he was the artistic director of the Song and Dance Ensemble at Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall. In 1950, Jahangir Jahangirov was awarded the USSR State Prize, and in 1963, he received People’s Artist status of the Azerbaijan SSR.
Jahangir Jahangirov is the author of a lot of famous musical compositions. Across the river Aras (1949) vocal-symphonic poem, A Song about Friendship (1956), Fuzûlî (1959), Nasimi (1973) suites, Sabir (1962), Huseyn Javid-59 (1984), Great Victory (1985) (dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the victory in Great Patriotic War) oratorios, Azad (1957),
Gara Abulfaz oghlu Garayev (Azerbaijani: Qara Əbülfəz oğlu Qarayev, February 5, 1918, Baku – May 13, 1982, Moscow), also spelled as Qara Qarayev or Kara [Abulfazovich] Karayev, was a prominent Azerbaijani composer of the Soviet period. Garayev wrote nearly 110 musical pieces, including ballets, operas, symphonic and chamber pieces, solos for piano, cantatas, songs and marches, and rose to prominence not only in Azerbaijan SSR but also in the rest of the Soviet Union and worldwide.
Garayev was born in the family of pediatrician, who was famous in Baku. His mother, Sona, was among the first graduates of the Baku-based school of the Russian Music Society. Garayev's younger brother, Mursal, became a surgeon, but died at an early age.
In 1926, at the age of eight, Gara Garayev first entered the junior music school at the Azerbaijan State Conservatoire, currently known as the Baku Music Academy. Due to his musical talents, in 1933 Garayev was allowed to enroll simultaneously in two faculties at the Azerbaijan State Conservatoire. Among his teachers were Georgi Sharoyev, Leonid Rudolf, and the prominent Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov. In 1937, Garayev joined the Union of Composers
Vagif Mustafa Zadeh was an Azeri jazz pianist and composer, famous for fusing jazz and traditional Azeri folk music known as mugam. (His daughter Aziza Mustafa Zadeh now follows in his footsteps as a pianist, composer and singer in the jazz-mugam style.) He was born March 16, 1940 in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan and died of a heart-attack after a concert on December 17, 1979 in Tashkent, shortly before the birthdays of his wife Eliza (December 17) and daughter (December 19).
Azerbaijan fell under control of the Soviets in 1920, 20 years before Vagif was born. Five years after his birth and after World War II, Stalin said that jazz was "the music of capitalists" and had it banned throughout the entire Soviet Union. (Adolf Hitler had done the same in Germany in 1933, stating that it was "the music of the blacks".) Even music played on the saxophone was outlawed. The young Vagif, however, apparently cared little for the Soviets and their bans. As a child, he would listen to jazz on BBC broadcasts and sing Meykhana rhythmic poetry, which had also been banned, with friends. After listening on the radio, he and his friend Vagif Samadoglu would attempt to recreate the music on the
Rain Aladdin oglu Sultanov (born April 29, 1965, Baku) is an Azerbaijani jazz musician, saxophonist and Honorary Artist of Azerbaijan.
Rain Sultanov was born on April 29, 1965 in Baku. His brothers Rauf and Ramin are also musicians. At the age of 14, Rain entered a clarinet class of a musical school according to advice of his brothers. Rain’s interest to jazz music and especially to the creativity of “Weather Report” group and Miles Davis is connected to this period. At the age of 16, Rain mastered on saxophone. He played at military orchestra while being in army for four years. Continuing his musical education at Baku Musical School named after A.Zeynalli, Rain Sultanov took the first place at the Republican Contest among specialized schools, in 1985. He performed compositions of Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Weber and others. At that time Rain had already begun to perform jazz compositions too, and was invited to work in “Ashiqlar” group of Polad Bülbüloğlu, which also experimented also on jazz music.
In 1988, Rain worked at [Rashid Behbudov State Song Theatre|State Song Theatre]] on Rashid Behbudov’s invitation and performed compositions of Charlie Parker and Michael Brecker. He entered
Salman Gambarov Huseyn oglu (Azerbaijani: Salman Qəmbərov Hüseyn oğlu, born April 18, 1959, Baku) is an Azerbaijani jazz musician, pianist and composer.
Salman Huseyn oglu Gambarov is a jazz musician, theorist-musicologist and jazz composer.
His mother - Sura khanim, daughter of Huseynagha Hajibababeyov – a famous opera singer, imparted him love to music from his early ages. At the age of 4, Salman played grand piano and picked up the most difficult compositions. Later, studying at a secondary specialized musical school named after Bulbul, Salman amazed people with his no ordinary play and a special approach to music.
Student years formed his musical thinking, determined his style and skills, and also revealed his main creative cue – foothold in academic, national and avant-garde musical art. As a pianist he continued his education at Azerbaijan State Conservatoire named after Uzeyir Hajibeyov, from where he graduated as a theorist-musicologist (1978-1983) and as a composer (1986-1990,class of professor I.Hajibeyov). Being a student, Salman learned jazz seriously by himself. According to his words: “jazz is music which compares everything in itself.” Understanding necessity of jazz
Rafig Farzi oglu Babayev (Azerbaijani: Rafiq Farzi oğlu Babayev, 31 March 1937, Baku—19 March 1994) Azerbaijani jazz musician, composer, conductor, arranger, author of scores for films, People's Artist of Azerbaijan (1993).
Rafig Babayev - one of the Azerbaijani coryphaeus was born on March 31, 1936 in Baku, in a large musical family. Rafig's father, Farzi Babayev, was imprisoned by Soviet authorities and he was brought up by mother, Shahbeyim, in poverty, together with his three sisters and brother. Four children of the family, including Rafig Babayev, later became professional musicians. Rafig Babayev got his first musical education at a special musical school (1943–1950) and later entered fortepiano class of Baku Musical School named after Asaf Zeynally (1950–1954). Being a student of the school, he worked as a musical instructor of an instrumental ensemble, was keen on jazz music and became proficient in improvisation art. Composition of American jazz pianist Bill Evans was also included in his graduation examination program besides classic music. So Rafig Babayev’s career as a jazz musician began. Graduating from Azerbaijan State Conservatory named after Uzeyir Hajibeyov in