Oct 2 | 20:00



Oct. 2

With the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Georgia

Batumi Music Center

Monday 20:00

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Salman Gambarov

Salman Huseyn oglu Gambarov is a jazz musician, theorist-musicologist and jazz composer.

His mother Sura Gambarova, daughter of Huseynagha Hajibababeyov, an opera singer, imparted him love to music from his early ages. At the age of four, Salman played grand piano and picked up the most difficult compositions. Later, studying at a secondary specialized musical school named after Bulbul, Salman amazed people with his no ordinary play and special approach to music.
Student years formed his musical thinking, determined his style and skills, and also revealed his main creative cue – foothold in academic, national and avant-garde musical art. As a pianist he continued his education at Azerbaijan State Conservatoire named after Uzeyir Hajibeyov, from where he graduated as a theorist-musicologist (1978-1983) and as a composer (1986-1990, class of professor I.Hajibeyov). Being a student, Salman learned jazz seriously by himself. According to his words: “jazz is music which compares everything in itself.” Understanding the necessity of jazz education, Salman began actively perfect skills in different styles and manners of jazz.
After education in composer faculty he could deeply synthesize acquired information with creative search. Salman Gambarov’s first composition called “Variations for fortepiano” was conferred the first premium in the All-Union contest of composers in 1987, in Moscow.

In 1996, Salman founded a group called “Bakustic Jazz”, the membership of which varies depending on aims and projects. “Bakustic Jazz” appeared in different hypostasis: firstly a mainstream and cool based on the best traditions, post-bop (of such masters as Evans, Keith Jarrett, Hancock, Rubalcaba and others) in performance of habitual combo (not rarely with vocal of Estrada musicians); then it was followed by a turn to fusion, modal jazz (participating together with Jamil Amirov and A.Bayramova at “Oriental Jazz Fest” in Germany, in 1999). Such famous musicians as Sevda Alakbarzadeh, Anar Taghizade, Farida Mammadova in projects of “Bakustic Jazz”.
“Bakustic Jazz” performed in jazz clubs of Baku, Odesa, Tbilisi, Warsaw, Berlin, Chicago, Basel and Moscow and also participated at gala concerts together with musicians from Russia, the Netherlands, Germany, France, England and the United States. “Bakustic Jazz” participated at different by profile festivals in Azerbaijan and far from its boundaries, such as “GIFT-Tbilisi” (Georgia), “Oriental Jazz Fest” (Germany), “Transsib Inter Jazz” (Novosibirsk, Russia), “Art of improvisation” (Odesa, Ukraine), “Restoration of disturbed connections” (Ulan Bator, Mongolia), “New music of last century”, “Festival of modern music” (Baku, Azerbaijan), “Jazz carnival” (Odesa), “Improvised marry-go-round” (Ukraine), “Caspian Jazz and Blues Festival” (Baku, Azerbaijan), “Baku International Jazz Festival” (Azerbaijan), “Moscow Festival named after Vagif Mustafazadeh” (Russia), “Zelt-Musik-Festival” (Freiburg, Germany), “Astana Blues” (Kazakhstan), “Montreux Jazz Festival” (Switzerland), “Kaunas Jazz” (Lithuania), “Beethoven Fest” (Bonn, Germany), “Culturescapes” (Switzerland) and “The Caucasian Polyphony” (Sochi, Russia).
Salman Gambarov is a creative person without habitual frames. His jazz is colorful and fine. It is interesting for many, but not understandable for everybody, because Salman does not play with public for applause. His aspiration for folk jazz is revealed in a soundtrack written by film to a silent film “Latif” and also in a “East or West?” project music to which was written in a London studio called “The Premises, in 2000.

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