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Aziza Mustafa Zadeh - Dance of Fire




Aziza Mustafa Zadeh (Azeri: Əzizə Mustafazadə; born December 19, 1969), also known as "The Princess of Jazz" , "Die Prinzessin des Jazz", or as "Jazziza", is an Azerbaijani singer, pianist, and composer who plays a fusion of jazz and mugam (a traditional improvisational style of Azerbaijan) with classical and Avant-garde influences. Reviewers have said that her style also shows some influence from Keith Jarrett.[1] She currently resides in Mainz, Germany, with her mother, Eliza Mustafa Zadeh, who is also her manager. Her two favorite leisure activities, she says, are painting and sleeping. She is a vegetarian. She believes in God even though she does not consider herself as belonging to any religion.[2]

Biography

Aziza was born in Baku to musical parents Vagif and Elza Mustafa Zadeh. Vagif was a pianist and composer, famous for creating the mugam-jazz fusion in which his daughter now plays. Elza is a classically trained singer from Georgia.[3]

They first noticed their daughter's sensitivity to music when she was eight months old. Aziza recalls the story as her mother tells it:
“     Once, my father was improvising at the piano playing in the mugam mode known as 'Shur', which creates a mood that evokes very deep, sad emotions. As my father was playing, I started to cry. Everyone wondered what was happening to me. Why was I crying? And then mother realized the correlation between my feelings and the music. 'Vagif, please,' she told my father, 'change the scale. Go to Rast. Play Rast.' And he did. Now 'Rast' is characterized by its joyfulness and optimism. And sure enough, with tears still running down my cheeks, I started to make dance-like movements. And Mom pointed out, 'Look, look what she's doing! Change back to Shur!' And when he did, I started crying again louder than before. At least, that's what they tell me. Back to Rast, and I began dancing again.     ”

Aziza enjoyed all forms of art, especially dancing, painting and singing. At the age of three, she made her stage debut with her father, improvising vocals. She began studying classical piano at an early age, showing special interest in the works of famous composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Frédéric Chopin. Soon thereafter, she showed a growing talent for improvisation. As a teenager, she was musically trained by Rafig Babayev.[4]

On December 16, 1979, Aziza's father died of a severe heart attack in Tashkent at the age of 39, three days away from Aziza's tenth birthday. (The chronology of important family dates here is very strange. Aziza's birthday is the 19th, her mother's is the 17th. Vagif died on the 16th and was buried on the 18th. Aziza says, "So all those dates - 16, 17, 18, and 19 - are such a mixture of joy and sadness for us and such a philosophical paradox - life and death juxtaposed upon each other like that.") In order to help her daughter cope with this blow, Aziza's mother gave up her career as a singer to help nurture her daughter's own musical talents.

In 1988, at the age of 18, Aziza's mugam-influenced style helped her win third place together with American Matt Cooper in the Thelonious Monk piano competition in Washington, D.C.[5] It was around this time that she moved to Germany with her mother.

Aziza released her debut album, Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, in 1991. Her second album, Always, won her the Phono Academy Prize, a prestigious German music award, and the Echo Prize from Sony. She has since performed in many countries with many jazz and traditional luminaries and released several more albums, the most recent being Contrasts II, released in 2007.

Baku Jazz Festival 2007

Aziza returned to Azerbaijan in June 2007 for the Baku Jazz Festival, starring in her own concert at the Opera and Ballet Theater and headlining the end-of-festival concert at the open-air Green Theater. Here she presented a remarkable rendition of "Shamans", involving harmonising with her own echo.

Discography

    Aziza Mustafa Zadeh (1991)
    Always (1993)
    Dance of Fire (1995)
    Seventh Truth (1996)
    Jazziza (1997)
    Inspiration – Colors & Reflections (2000)
    Shamans (2002)
    Contrasts (2006)
    Contrasts II (2007)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aziza_Mustafa_Zadeh



 Aziza Mustafa Zadeh (en azerí Əzizə Mustafazadə), también conocida como La princesa del jazz o Jazziza, nació en Bakú (Azerbaiyán), el 19 de diciembre de 1969. Es una cantante, pianista y compositora de jazz y world music.

Biografía

Aziza, es hija del prematuramente fallecido pianista Vagif Mustafa Zadeh, que fue pionero en la fusión entre la música de jazz y la autóctona de Azerbaiján. Aziza estudió música clásica y piano en el Conservatorio de Bakú. Su pasión por el jazz y por el cante y los sonidos tradicionales de Azerbaiján crearían su original estilo de música, una fusión entre Oriente y Occidente.

Aziza actualmente reside en Maguncia (Alemania) con su madre, Eliza Mustafa Zadeh, que es su manager.
Estilo musical

Su música mezcla el jazz y el mugham (estilo traditional de improvisación de Azerbaiyán)1 con influencias de música clásical y Avant-garde. Críticos musicales han dicho que muestra influencias de Keith Jarrett.2
Premios y reconocimientos

    1994 Premio de la Academia de Música de Alemania, el reconocimiento más prestigioso de Alemania.

Curiosidades

    El nombre de su quinto álbum, Jazziza, es su propio sobrenombre, que le dio su padre cuando era niña. Un buen número de sus canciones hacen tributo a su padre.
    Aziza tiene una hermanastra, llamada Lala, que es también pianista.

Discografía

    Aziza Mustafa Zadeh (1991)
    Always (1993)
    Dance of Fire (1995)
    Seventh Truth (1996)
    Jazziza (1997)
    Inspiration - Colors & Reflections (2000)
    Shamans (2002)
    Contrasts (2006)
    Contrasts 2 Opera Jazz (2007)


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