Vagif Mustafazade – world renowned Azerbaijani jazz pianist and composer, acclaimed for fusing jazz and traditional Azerbaijani mugham – AZERTAC
Baku, March 17, AZERTAC
Vagif Mustafazade – the founder of the Azerbaijani mugham jazz movement, a talented pianist and composer, was born in 1940 in Baku, the capital of the country of fires – Azerbaijan.
Mustafazade, who had made a valuable contribution to Azerbaijani music, was a brilliant jazz pianist, acclaimed for fusing jazz with traditional Azerbaijani folk music known as mugham.
He integrated two different musical thought patterns by combining mugham with rich jazz harmony, fusing familiar patterns with swing, using both jazz and mugham types of melodic elaboration.
He learned the classic jazz repertoire from recordings using characteristics of the oral transmission of mugham.
According to many world famous jazz musicians, Mustafazade is one of the pioneers and “the architect of jazz in Azerbaijan”.
The artist, passionate about his art, gave an insatiable musical taste to people fascinated by the magic of fingers on the piano.
His innovations were a true revolution in world music.
The film “Legend of Jazz – Vagif Mustafazade” was dedicated to the artist who led the jazz trio “Caucasus”, the female vocal ensembles “Leyli”, “Sevil”, Mugham and Orero.
The charming works of the world famous jazz performer such as “Thoughts”, “Our Baku nights”, “Waiting for Aziza”, “Hey Pari”, “I see in my heart”, “Mercy, hunter” and others have found their way to hearts.
From the 1960s, bans on jazz music in the USSR, including Azerbaijan, were gradually lifted and so the late 1960s and 70s became a time when Baku was a true center of locally inspired jazz .
At that time, Mustafazade was making his way to his audience and his popularity was growing. His name was often mentioned among other jazz musicians, and he took part in festivals held in his native country, as well as inside and outside the Soviet countries. Since making a strong impression during his early years in college, his music has progressed and his popularity has grown. he appeared in many festivals.
He has collaborated with theaters and written music for documentary films.
Vagif Mustafazade’s work “Expecting Aziza” was first performed at the 7th International Competition for Composers of Jazz Compositions in Monaco in 1979.
Sharing his impressions of the phenomenon of Vagif Mustafazade, the famous American musician and critic V. Conover, wrote: “Mustafazade is a pianist of the first order, to whom it is difficult to find an equal in lyrical jazz. He is the most lyrical pianist I have ever heard.
Swedish jazz pianist B. Johansson described Vagif’s compositions in these terms: “His music is surprisingly modern but at the same time it transmits the secrets of old Caucasian melodies, exalted poets who are not of a single generation . This is the tale that Scheherazade told the 1001 nights!
Vagif Mustafazade was only 39 when he died on stage while performing in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) in December 1979.
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