By Laman Ismayilova
Fascinating week of jazz has came to the City of Winds this December.
With an incredible lineup, "Baku Silk Road" music festival opened its doors to music lovers on December 6, Day.Az reported.
The event, organized by Goethe-Zentrum Baku, gathered one of the most talented musicians from Germany, Turkey, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.
A series of cultural events within the framework of the festival, which is held for the first time, includes concerts of foreign and local singers, exhibitions and performances of talented artists.
At the opening ceremony, festival's director Alfons Hug, and German Ambassador to Azerbaijan Michael Kindsgrab delivered speech.
In his speech, Alfons Hug said that the main goal of Goethe-Zentrum Baku is not only to promote German culture with a series of concerts and exhibitions, but also to establish international artistic cooperation.
Notably, Goethe-Zentrum Baku is a branch of the Goethe Institute, a cultural institution of the Federal Republic of Germany, whose branches operate in many countries of the world. The organization aims at popularizing the German language abroad and expanding international cooperation in the field of culture.
Honored artist of Azerbaijan, musician and composer Rain Sultanov is the organizer and curator of the festival`s musical part. The curator of the artistic part is the initiator of cultural projects Asli Samadova.
The festival was opened by a wonderful concert of the German music band LebiDerya. The gala concert took place in German-Azerbaijan Cultural Society "Kapellhaus".
With its mixture of musical poetry and pulsating energy, music band delighted listeners. LebiDerya quartet explores the musical dialogue between East and West. The musicians masterly play oriental musical instruments, including ud and zarb, along with Western instruments - cello and trumpet.
Drummer Joss Thornbol played zarb percussion and electronic samples, Johannes Stange brilliantly performed on a trumpet, trambone and flugelhorn. At the same time, Rudiger Tarnbul - mesmerized listeners with his playing on cello, while Fadel Bubaker wonderfully played ud.
The fusion of oriental motifs and jazz rhythms amazed the audience, who enthusiastically applauded the musicians, and at the end of the concert asked them to perform one more encore.
A special form of oriental jazz created under the influence of chamber music, folklore and electro acoustic percussion is the result of the hard work of the band, which, by the way, plans to create a synthesis with Azerbaijani folk music - mugham.
Notably, LebiDerya held a master class on December 5. The soloist Joss Thornball, was surprised by the fact that many professionals visited his workshop.
"I did not expect that the master class would be held at such a high level. I was very pleased to hear very professional questions and it was interesting to answer them. Baku surpassed all my expectations," the musician said.
So, don't miss a series of fascinating concerts with participation of talented musicians who represent the diversity and richness of musical cultures .
Photos: Arkady Mitnik
Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova
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