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French Trio to perform at Baku Int’l Jazz Festival

20 September 2018 17:42 (UTC+04:00)
French Trio to perform at Baku Int’l Jazz Festival

By Lamana Ismayilova

The French band Trio Initiatives will perform at Rotunda Jazz Club on October 20.

The concert will be held as part of Baku International Jazz Festival. The event starts at 20.00.

The Trio Initiatives includes Jean-Christophe Schole (piano), Gildas Bocklen (double bass) and Simon Bernieden (drum). Almost 15 years ago, the band with the name "Trio" appeared on the French music scene. At first there were only three musicians.

Further, the trio turned into a quartet. The Trio Initiatives defines its musical style as "acoustic reggae". The musicians perform guitars, percussion flute, a clarinet or an accordion, but no electronics.

Reggae style, born in Jamaica in the late 1960s, the Trio group combined with the traditions of the French chanson.

The French reggae band released its first album in 1998.

The concert is organized by the Embassy of France in Azerbaijan, Institut Français d’Azerbaijan and Baku International Jazz Festival. The event is supported by Turkish Airlines.

The Baku Jazz Festival is a forum and musical festival including education (seminars, master classes), competition ("Best Jazz Performer"), a "Kids jazz day", art and photo exhibitions, jam sessions and jazz concerts with the participation of best performers of the world of jazz.

The festival has become a member of the Europe Jazz Network, which bring together 115 members from 34 countries.

The revival of jazz in the Land of Fire started in 1960s, thanks to the active efforts of great national composers such as Gara Garayev, Tofig Guliyev, Rauf Hajiyev and Niyazi.

The "flowering" of Azerbaijani jazz is associated with the names of giants such as Rafig Babayev and Vagif Mustafazade, who experimented creating unrepeatable compositions, becoming the founders of a new jazz trend jazz-mugham. This unique genre assembles both a traditional Azerbaijan music and a classic American jazz.

Today, Azerbaijani jazz performers are winners of many international jazz festivals and competitions.

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Laman Ismayilova is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova

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