The Heydar Aliyev Center will organize a concert dedicated to the jazz legend

By Laman Ismayilova

The Heydar Aliyev Center will hold a concert titled “My Mother. Old Town. The Caspian Sea” dedicated to the memorial day of famous Azerbaijani jazz musician Vagif Mustafazada on December 16, reports Azernews.

Talking about the reasons for his creative success, the jazz legend, born in the Old City of Baku, located on the Caspian coast, always said “because there was the mother, the old city and the sea”.

Famous representatives of Azerbaijani jazz and mugham music will perform the musical pieces of Mustafazada.

The concert will be attended by Alim Qasimov, Elbay Mammadzada, Elchin Shirinov, Elvin Bashirov, Emil Afrasiab, Etibar Asadli, Isfar Sarabski, Isgandar Alaskarov, Mir Musa Seidzada, Nijat Aslanov, Riad Mammadov, Ruslan Huseynov, Shahin Novrasli, as well as the Instrumental Ensemble Gaytagi under the direction of Anvar Sadigov and the Baku Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Fuad Ibrahimov.

Born in 1940, outstanding composer, pianist, founder of the jazz-mugham style, Honored Artist of the Azerbaijan SSR and winner of the State Prize Vagif Mustafazada received his first musical education at the music school, where his mother worked Zivar Aliyeva.

From 1957 to 1963, he continued his studies at the Asaf Zeynalli music school. In 1964, he entered the Azerbaijan State Conservatory Uzeyir Hajibayli.

In 1965, the musician was invited to Tbilisi as the musical director of the famous Orero ensemble, and in the same year he created the Caucasus jazz trio at the Georgian Philharmonic. In 1967, he took part in the Tallinn International Jazz Festival.

In 1970, Vagif Mustafazada created the vocal quartet Leyli and, in 1971, the vocal-instrumental ensemble Sevil of the State Radio.

Vagif Mustafazada became a laureate of the Donetsk Jazz Festival in 1977. He was awarded the title of Laureate and Best Pianist at the Jazz Festival (1978) in Tbilisi.

He also won first place for Best Composer at the Monaco International Jazz Composers Competition (1979) for his composition “Waiting for Aziza” and won the White Grand Piano Prize.

In the same year he received the honorary title of Honored Artist of Azerbaijan.

Mustafazada combined Azerbaijani mughams with traditional jazz techniques, creating a synthesis of mugham and jazz.

Similar innovations he made in Azerbaijani music are still relevant, and many musicians use the synthesis of jazz and mugham created by the composer.

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