Isfar Sarabski to Perform in Baku

Isfar Sarabski, Azerbaijan’s well-know pianist and composer will perform in Opera Studio of the Baku Musical Academy in Baku on December 28.

The long-awaited concert "Deja vu" of the young jazzman will also see performance of famous jazz musicians, including Makar Novikov and Alexander Zinger as well as String Quartet.

The ticket prices are 30 and 40 manats. The address of the event is Rashid Behbutov street, 41.

Isfar began playing the piano at the age of seven. He studied classic piano for eleven years at the Bulbul Music School in Baku. His early influences included Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie, while Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, and Vagif Mustafazadeh have inspired Sarabski to compose his own music.

Sarabski was merely twenty when he won First Prize in the Solo Piano competition at the 2009 Montreux Jazz Festival. His success led to his name's entry in the Golden Book of Young Talents in his native country, and he was awarded the title "Honorary Artist of the Azerbaijan Republic", a country where jazz has continued to bloom since the thirties.

Isfar's music skilfully mixes classical American origins with mugam, traditional Azerbaijani music, to form mugam-jazz-fusion with such emblematic artists as Vagif Mustafazadeh (the father of "jazz princess Aziza") or Bayati Shiraz."

He regularly performs in the Baku Jazz Centre, which hosts concerts every evening, and at the Baku International Jazz Festival, which has hosted a range of international and Azerbaijani performers, including Billy Cobham, Joe Zawinul, and Herbie Hancock.

Sarabski is a laureate of State prize titles "Zirve". In 2009 Isfar became the winner of the International Jazz Festival "Montreux jazz festival" in Switzerland.