2/11 Baltimore, MD
Jazz by Amina Figarova and Gilad Atzmon
When: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 8pm-9:30pm
Where: An Die Musik / 409 N. Charles St. Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Phone: (410) 385-2638
Gilad Atzmon and Amina Figarova
They will perform jazz standards, as well as original compositions from Gilad and Amina, exploring all the side roads but never losing track of the final destination. No grandstanding, no coasting — just two masterful musicians playing together and taking the listener along for the ride.
Watch Gilad and Amina on You Tube: http://youtu.be/Ak5nXnHwzDI
Tickets: $15 in advance/$18 at door/$10 full-time students with ID
A new, interesting development of the artistic dialogue between New York based pianist Amina Figarova, originally from Azerbaijan, and saxophone player Gilad Atzmon that began a few years ago in Luxembourg and destined to further, surprising developments. Gilad and Amina were invited for a special concert at the Jazzclub L’Inoui, and they had an amazing experience playig together.
Recently they decided to do a duo project, with upcoming concerts in the UK and the USA.
Jazz duets are tough and demanding, they require maximum soloing and support skills without any safety net.
Composer and pianist Amina Figarova‘s released 12 album, and her latest titled Twelve – her debut release on the renowned independent German label In + Out – celebrates jazz is an international music and New York City as a locale where jazz gypsies may feel most at home. Twelve is suffused with the heightened expectations, sense of adventure and fresh perceptions, as well as the confidence, creative energies and nuanced fulfillment that artists gain from being in the right place at the right time.
She has toured extensively, developing a tight-knit ensemble that, despite inevitable personnel changes, has attained a distinctive and inimitable voice by concentrating on all-original repertoire for almost 18 years. During that period, having collaborated with musicians residing in both the U.S. and Europe and having built up a circuit of welcoming venues, the Amina Figarova Sextet has triumphed at the main stage of the Newport Jazz Festival, been invited repeatedly to New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, won critical and audience acclaim in Chicago, Detroit, Paris, Amsterdam — and of course New York.
Amina’s pieces strike a perfect tone, employing genuinely beautiful harmonizations, to capture fleeting thoughts that accompany those precious moments when the puzzling jostle of daily existence comes into unexpected but deeply satisfying sync.
Amina’s video channel is: http://www.youtube.com/aminafigarova
Playing over 250 dates a year in Britain and around the world, Atzmon has been called “the hardest-gigging man in British jazz.” His albums, of which he has recorded thirteen to date, often explore the music of the Middle East and social themes.
Atzmon is also a best selling author. His books have been translated into 26 languages.
A video of Atzmon’s recent album can be watched here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmWtlaug8TQ&feature=share&list=UUVRwA9wEl041fYb0HqtWTIA&index=1
A formidable improvisational array…a jazz giant steadily drawing himself up to his full height…’ The Guardian.
‘The best musician living in the world today’ Robert Wyatt
“The Band has created perhaps their most enduring ensemble work yet” Andy Robson Jazzwise ****
“Whether he’s blowing up a storm of notes or gently caressing a ballad, there’s a luminous vitality at the heart of Atzmon’s playing that’s irresistible to the ear” Record Collector ****
“vibrant and beautiful” Bruce Lindsay All About Jazz
A hard-hitting but wide-ranging set from an admirably tight and robust band led by one of the most charismatic and focused reedsmen on the planet. Chris Parker LondonJazz