First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva met with Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay
First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mehriban Aliyeva has met with Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay.
17.10.2019 12:27 650th birth anniversary of Azerbaijani poet Imadaddin Nasimi celebrated at UNESCO headquartersA solemn ceremony to mark the 650th birth anniversary of the great Azerbaijani poet and thinker Imadaddin Nasimi has been held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Addressing the event, Azerbaijan’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO Ambassador Anar Karimov said that President Ilham Aliyev declared 2019 as a Year of Nasimi in the country. He noted that a series of scientific, literary and cultural events were being held in the country and abroad on the occasion. Karimov highlighted First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva`s initiative to plant 650,000 trees in Azerbaijan in one day to mark the 650th birth anniversary of the poet. UNESCO Assistant Director-General Ernesto Ottone Ramírez said Nasimi's works made a significant impact on the development of humane values. He said the celebrations would contribute to the promotion of mutual understanding, tolerance and culture of peace. Deputy Minister of Culture Sevda Mammadaliyeva highlighted the life and works of the great poet. German scholar Michael Hess described Nasimi’s works as a literary treasure, noting their importance for Western readers. The event then featured a concert program which included recitation of Nasimi poems and ghazels by People’s Artists Teyyub Aslanov and Honored Artist Sevda Alakbarzade in mugham and music genres, as well as performance of Azerbaijan State Pantomime Theater. ..
16.10.2019 17:47 Painting Museum hosts "Baku Speaking: 1900-1940s" exhibitionYARAT Contemporary Art Space presents “Baku Speaking: 1900s-1940s“, an exhibition held in the Museum of Azerbaijani Painting of the XX-XXI Centuries. “Baku Speaking: 1900s-1940s“ is a multidisciplinary museum exhibition that brings to light paintings and graphic works from the beginning of the twentieth century up to The Second World War. Literary works, archive chronicles and documents that reflect the attitudes of the time are also featured. The 1900s to 1940s are remembered as a politically, culturally, and socio-economically rich epoch in the history of Azerbaijan. The tense political environment of Azerbaijan, with its complex geo-political position, was a main influence in all areas of society. Added to socio-political processes that had begun at the dawn of the century, the socialist ideology of the Soviet regime was introduced around the 1920s, all the while secretly fighting against etatism, national democratic and panturkist sympathies. Amid these events, the fine arts in the country arguably underwent their most critical and decisive period resulting in changes to forms and themes and the emergence of new genres. Societal changes reverberated in literature with the publishing of various poems, plays and articles. The decorative arts that existed before the twentieth century were enriched with the traditions of the realist school of thought. With the education brought by the Russian school of art after the establishment of the Soviet regime, Azerbaijani artists moved from a flat to a more voluminous representation. As they acquired new methods of self-expression, the themes the artists addressed changed as well. Transitioning from decorative to documentary and narrative art, the works of the new century bear a historical significance. Themes of national identity and national belonging are represented and tackled satirically, such as the stalled development of society and lack of education. The issue of women’s freedom became a significant topic touched upon in the fine arts and literature, along with poetry and articles carrying nationalistic sentiments. “Baku Speaking: 1900s-1940s“ acts as a voice of its time, exposing the perceptions of art in the political, social, cultural, educational and literary spheres. The artists presented in the exhibition are: Ismayil Akhundov, Azim Azimzade, Latif Feyzullayev, Mikhail Gerasimov, Hasan Hagverdiyev, Ali bey Huseynzade, Geysar Kashiyeva, Bahruz Kangarli, Rustam Mustafayev, Ali Rasim Mukhtarov, Adil Gaziyev, Alakbar Rzaguliyev, Ogtay Sadigzada, Salam Salamzade, Sadig Sharifzada, Taghi Taghiyev, Gazanfar Khaligov, Kamil Khanlarov, and poet(esse)s Mikail Rafili, Jafar Jabbarli, Ahmad Javad, Seyid Huseyn Sadig, Umgulsum Sadigzada, Huseyn Javid, Mikayil Mushvig, Samed Mansur, tell of a complex, changing, yet a very bright epoch through their works. The exhibition is composed of paintings and graphic works belonging to the foundations of Azerbaijan National Museum of Art, Azerbaijan State Theatre Museum, Azerbaijan National Library and Azerbaijan Museum of Independence, as well as archive documents and manuscripts protected by the National Archives of the Republic of Azerbaijan. “Baku Speaking: 1900s-1940s“ will be accompanied by the opening of Villa Petrolia, an installation placed in front of the Museum of Azerbaijani Painting of the XX-XXI Centuries, which was gifted to YARAT Contemporary Art Space by Goethe Zentrum (Azerbaijan) and created by the artist Marco Montiel-Soto (Berlin, Germany). Villa Petrolia is a result of the author’s artistic research and is named after a famous mansion in Baku. The installation consists of a tower built during the Baku Oil Boom and shows posters and videos collected by the artist to pay respect to the modern oil realities of Baku. Curation: Suad Garayeva-Maleki and Farah Alakbarli Research: Zahra Mammadova ..
16.10.2019 09:14 Nizami Cinema Center hosts presentation of documentary commemorating Russian poet Andrey DementyevNizami Cinema Center has hosted a presentation of a documentary “One life, one love“ commemorating a famous Russian poet, Honored Artist, laureate of the State Prize Andrey Dementyev. Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the event. Prior to the screening of the film, famous journalist, screenwriter and director Oleg Schommer highlighted the life and creativity of the poet. Schommer noted that new documentaries will be made as part of the cooperation with the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. He said that each of the screenings will be presented separately. “Azerbaijan always pays attention to the works of great poets,” Schommer added. Then the event participants watched the film. ..
11.10.2019 14:03 Azerbaijan, Russia discuss development of cultural cooperationAzerbaijani Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev has met with a Russian delegation led by advisor to the Minister of Culture Mikhail Kozhemyakin. Garayev hailed the development of cultural relations between Azerbaijan and Russia. He noted that Azerbaijan successfully cooperates with different countries in the cultural area as well as implements exchange of experience in the fields of theater, music and fine arts. The minister highlighted the country`s rich culture and samples of the cultural heritage. Abulfas Garayev underlined that Azerbaijan attaches special importance to preservation and promotion of the cultural heritage. He noted that the 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee was excellently organized in Baku. Garayev underlined that the inclusion of the historical center of Sheki with the Khan's Palace in the UNESCO World Heritage List is a vivid evidence of the country`s rich cultural heritage. Advisor to the Russian Minister of Culture Mikhail Kozhemyakin praised the development of the bilateral relations in various areas. He said that his country is interested in closer cooperation with Azerbaijan in the cultural area and organizing reciprocal visits of the cultural workers. He stressed the necessity of expanding cultural relations and implementing joint projects. The sides also exchanged views on other issues of mutual interest. ..
03.10.2019 14:08 UNESCO holds international photo contest: “Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads” “Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads” international photo contest is open for submissions from 19 September 2019 and will end on 6 January 2020. The contest is open to young girls and boys aged between 14 and 25 years old, and the photos submitted have to correspond to one of the 3 themes proposed: Gastronomy and Food Production along the Silk Roads Traditional Sports and Games along the Silk Roads Music and Dance along the Silk Roads Official website: https://unescosilkroadphotocontest.org Announcement of the launching: https://en.unesco.org/news/participate-youth-eyes-silk-roads-photo-contest-2019 Below, UNESCO's official publications on social media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/B2pv7lzCdlM https://www.instagram.com/p/B2yhvzKiJgP https://www.instagram.com/p/B3BqGtbi342 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unesco/photos/a.10150253911838390/10157601483743390/?type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/unesco/photos/a.10150253911838390/10157614833528390/?type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/unesco/photos/a.10150253911838390/10157629187958390/?type=3&theater Twitter: https://twitter.com/UNESCO/status/1174579123294892032 https://twitter.com/UNESCO/status/1176361891888807936 https://twitter.com/UNESCO/status/1178188924851752961 Moreover, a travelling exhibition of the photos which best represent the spirit of the contest will be exhibited in various countries. These photos will also appear in a professional photo album. The 2018 exhibition has been displayed so far in China, Oman, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Russian Federation, UNESCO HQ in Paris, Azerbaijan (during the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue), and Turkey. ..
03.10.2019 12:13 9th Cultural Routes Annual Advisory Forum held in RomaniaThe 9th Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Annual Advisory Forum 2019 “Cultural Routes for Cultural Tourism“ has been held in Sibiu, Romania. An employee of Azerbaijan`s Ministry of Culture, Vugar Mammadov attended the event, which was co-organized by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) and the Ministry of Tourism of Romania. This year`s forum focused on cultural tourism and the challenges it faces, especially in relation to sustainability. The forum addressed the role of the Cultural Routes in capitalising the potential for cultural tourism so to foster European heritage and traditions. The 2019 edition of the Advisory Forum brought together around 200 representatives from International Organizations, representatives of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe, Member States, national and local authorities. The Cultural Routes programme was established in 1987 by the Council of Europe and currently comprises 38 routes in the 47 member States of the Council of Europe and beyond, and 33 Member States and 3 Observer States of the EPA on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. 7 of these routes lead through Romania. The Cultural Routes aim to bring people and places together in networks of common history and common heritage, to invite them to travel and to discover Europe`s rich and diverse heritage. ..
02.10.2019 09:54 Vice-President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attends presentation of documentary “Light behind window”A documentary “Light behind window” has been premiered as part of the Nasimi Festival of Poetry, Arts and Spirituality. Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, author and general producer Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva attended the presentation of the film, which won “Tefi Sodruzhestvo” award. The documentary was shot with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Baku Media Center. The documentary is about eternal fight of good and evil. “I often visit the ill children and communicate with them which inspired me to make this film. The main idea of the documentary is to inspire everyone who sees it to do good,” Leyla Aliyeva told journalists. ..
01.10.2019 16:53 “Speaking Walls” and “Designing a Hope” projects presented in Gala settlement“Speaking Walls” urban art project and “Designing a Hope” project have been presented in Gala settlement as part of the Nasimi festival. Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva attended the event. ..
01.10.2019 16:48 Leyla. Fons Vitae poetry performance presented“Leyla. Fons Vitae” – a poetry performance has been presented as part of the second Nasimi Festival of Poetry, Arts and Spirituality at Magsud Ibrahimbayov Creative Center. Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva were among the audience. “Leyla. Fons Vitae” is the first performance featuring Leyla Aliyeva and poetess and playwright Leyla Begim who lives in the Czech Republic. Fons Vitae means a source of life in Latin. The performance aroused great interest among the audience. ..
30.09.2019 10:40 Chamber & Organ Music Hall hosts concert program as part of second Nasimi FestivalA concert program has been held at Chamber & Organ Music Hall of Azerbaijan State Philharmonic as part of the second Nasimi Festival of Poetry, Arts and Spirituality. The concert featured the performance of Tallinn Boys Choir (Estonia) and Ensemble Horizonte (Germany). Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva was also among the audience. ..
30.09.2019 10:37 Nasimi Festival features Argonauts international inclusive showThe Argonauts international inclusive show prepared by Candoco dance company in collaboration with Lost Dog and “Face in“ and You and I Know“ shows by Candoco Dance Company have been presented at the Azerbaijan State Academic National Drama Theater. Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the presentation. Organized by the British Council, the performances were made possible through the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan, and the British Embassy in Baku as part of the second Nasimi Festival of Poetry, Arts and Spirituality. Addressing the event, the UK Ambassador to Azerbaijan James Sharp informed the audience of the performances. The performances then were shown. The culminating performance of a four-year arts and disability programme features artists from 4 countries. The performance is part of the British Council program on the development of inclusive art in Ukraine, Georgia and Azerbaijan. ..
30.09.2019 10:26 BP contributes to Nasimi’s 650th anniversary celebrationsBP has presented a fundamental research book in English about Imadaddin Nasimi - one of Azerbaijan’s and the world’s great literary names. The public presentation of the book was held in the Shirvanshahs’ Palace, the Old City of Baku, as part of the Nasimi International Festival organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. This publication is a valuable contribution to the 650th anniversary celebrations of Azerbaijan’s immortal poet Imadaddin Nasimi and as such is a substantial contribution to the efforts to introduce him to international readers and to promote his cultural legacy globally. The book is believed to be the most extensive scientific publication about Nasimi in a Western language since 1972. Bakhtiyar Aslanbayli, BP’s Vice President, Communications, External Affairs, Strategy and Region, said in his address to the public presentation event: “As Azerbaijan’s long-term and reliable partner, BP has always supported initiatives and activities to promote the country’s rich cultural heritage and national values. “We are proud to be part of the 650th anniversary celebrations of Nasimi whose cultural legacy ranks very high among the world’s prominent classical poets and whose name stands as high as Azerbaijan´s most important and great classical poet after Nizami and Fuzuli. The book was originally written and published in English which makes this valuable research accessible to the international scientific community and a wider readership. It represents an unprecedented methodological approach to the life of Imadaddin Nasimi and the interpretation of his literary works and philosophical concepts. For the first time, this research extends Nasimi’s philosophic roots beyond Islamic and Oriental borders and links them to the antique European and pre-Islamic cultural and intellectual concepts and perceptions. By funding this publication, we hope to make a substantial contribution to Nasimi’s promotion as a grand figure of the world’s cultural legacy.” The author of the research and the book is the well-known literary scholar Michael Reinhard Hess. The book was published in Germany by the publishing company Gulandot. This 260-page monograph contains over 1000 footnotes, a list of references, quotations from and interpretations of sources in many languages and presents all essential aspects of Imadaddin Nasimi´s life, the historical circumstances he lived in, the historical and intellectual background of his times and his afterlife. The book will be presented to the leading libraries and universities in Europe. ..
30.09.2019 09:52 Russian scientist Alexey Sitnikov gives lecture at International Mugham CenterA concert program has been held at Chamber & Organ Music Hall of Azerbaijan State Philharmonic as part of the second Nasimi Festival of Poetry, Arts and Spirituality. The concert featured the performance of Tallinn Boys Choir (Estonia) and Ensemble Horizonte (Germany). Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva was also among the audience. ..
27.09.2019 20:12 “Manuscripts by Nasimi in world libraries” exhibition launched at National LibraryAn opening ceremony of the “Manuscripts by Nasimi in world libraries” book exhibition has been held at Azerbaijan National Library named after Mırza Fatali Akhundov. Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the event. Addressing the event, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev gave detailed information about the exhibition. Director of the National Library Karim Tahirov presented a book about the library and a book of poems to Leyla Aliyeva. The event participants then viewed the exhibition. The opening of international cooperation hall with the participation of Leyla Aliyeva was also held at the National Library. Diplomatic representatives of 13 foreign countries and library heads attended the opening ceremony. The event participants then familiarized themselves with the reading halls of the National Library. ..
25.09.2019 16:47 Famous Canadian and Azerbaijani musicians to perform at Mugham CenterRenowned Canadian cellist Velitchka Yotcheva and honored artist of Azerbaijan, pianist Murad Huseynov will perform at the International Mugham Center on September 25 as a part of the 11th Uzeyir Hajibeyli International Music Festival. The concert will feature works by Azerbaijani and world composers. It will be Yotcheva`s first performance on the stage of the Mugham Center. Born in Bulgaria, Canadian cellist Velitchka Yotcheva is among the best of her generation. For the last decade she has been building a brilliant and successful career in America and Europe. She has studied with the best teachers and has inherited her performance practices from the Great Russian School lead by M. Rostropovich. Honored artist of Azerbaijan, winner of a number of international contests Murad Huseynov graduated from the A. Korto Paris Higher Musical School in 2002, and is currently working as an assistant-probationer at the Moscow State Conservatory after Tchaikovsky and teacher of the special piano faculty of Baku Musical Academy. ..
20.09.2019 17:29 Waltz from Gara Garayev`s ballet to be featured at opening ceremony of Transsiberien FestivalThe waltz from the “Seven Beauties“ ballet by great Azerbaijani composer Gara Garayev will be played at the opening ceremony of the Transsiberien Festival to be held in Lille, France, on December 12-14, according to the festival`s directors. The project is a joint idea by Jean-Claude Casadesus, Marina Bower and Vadim Repin, who created the Trans-Siberian Art Festival in his native Novossibirsk in 2014 with the aim of building a unique musical journey, bringing continents together through this event. The Transsiberien Festival has previously been held in Japan, the United States and South Korea. The first European station of the Transiberian Festival in France will be devoted to Youth. ..
19.09.2019 09:02 Baku hosts solemn opening of Uzeyir Hajibeyli International Music FestivalA solemn opening ceremony of the 11th Uzeyir Hajibeyli International Music Festival has been held in Baku. The festival is co-organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Culture. Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev, head of the Department for Humanitarian Policy Issues of the Presidential Administration Farah Aliyeva, representatives of state and public organizations and music lovers attended the event. Uzeyir Hajibeyli was a founder of an opera genre not only in Azerbaijan, but the East and created the first Muslim opera in the Islamic world. His unique synthesis of Oriental and Western music significantly promoted the classical music traditions in the East and opened a page of classical music patterns. The festival will last until September 30. ..
18.09.2019 10:12 Exhibition of nearly 200 musical instruments from 31 countries launched at Heydar Aliyev Center, BakuAn opening ceremony of the exhibition titled “Musical Instruments: Unity and Diversity“ has been held at the Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku. Addressing the event, Rector of Azerbaijan National Conservatory, People’s Artist, professor Siyavush Karimi hailed the importance of the exhibition which was opened ahead of the National Music Day. Other speakers at the event also described the organization of the exhibition as a landmark event in the cultural life of the Azerbaijani people. The event participants then viewed the exhibition. Nearly 200 rare musical instruments of 18-20th centuries from 31 countries are showcased at the exhibition at the Heydar Aliyev Center. The exhibition features historical exhibits, as well as creates an opportunity to listen to musical instruments. Heydar Aliyev Center is a cultural complex designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. The Center houses a conference hall with three auditoriums, a library and a museum. The project is intended to play an integral role in the intellectual life of the city. Located close to the city center, the site plays a pivotal role in the redevelopment of Baku. The Center is engaged in studying and promoting the statehood policy and heritage of national leader Heydar Aliyev. An internationally recognized architectural work, the building of the Heydar Aliyev Center has become a signature landmark of modern Baku due to its innovative and cutting-edge design. The building was nominated for awards in 2013 at both the World Architecture Festival and the biennial Inside Festival. ..
12.09.2019 10:47 Nasimi's poetry inspires Sami YusufWith over 34 million albums sold to date, Sami Yusuf continues to influence the music world. The British musician of Azerbaijani origin has recently presented new music pieces composed within the “Timeless Spirit of Heritage“ project, organized by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Culture. The project brilliantly reflects Azerbaijan's ancient culture and history and features nine compositions - “Gobustan“, “Ateshgah“, “Nasimi“, “A Dancing Heart“, “The Garden“, “Shirvanshahs' Palace“, “Novruz“, “Shaki Khan Palace“ and “Azerbaijan”. These works were earlier presented during the 43rd World Heritage Committee session, held in Baku in June-July 2019. In his official YouTube channel, Sami Yusuf delighted music lovers with some of these compositions - “Shirvanshahs' Palace“, “The Garden“ and “Nasimi“. “Nasimi“ has been written by Sami Yusuf based on the Shur mugham (a traditional Azerbaijani music) and performed by an orchestra and two vocalists - Tayyar Bayramova and Samira Aliyeva. The music piece features famous ghazal “Worlds Can Fit Within Me“ by the 14th century Azerbaijani poet and thinker Imadaddin Nasimi. Sami Yusuf considers “Nasimi” as one of his best works as the piece reflects his spiritual beliefs, love and tolerance. This year was declared the Year of Nasimi in Azerbaijan and the 650th anniversary of Imadaddin Nasimi is being widely celebrated across the country. The singer performed his composition “The Garden“ in a duet with honored Azerbaijani musician Sevda Alakbarzade. Sami Yusuf sang in English while Sevda Alakbarzade performed in Azerbaijani. All these pieces are included in Sami Yusuf’s new album “Azerbaijan: A Timeless Presence“, which is already available in all music platforms. The singer will soon present his other music pieces through social media. Throughout his career that spans over 15 years, Sami Yusuf has conveyed divine love, and this love shines through in all his musical endeavors. He believes that all traditions in the world are expressions of the same essential spiritual truth and it is no surprise that the singer turns to traditional music as a means of conveying this message. The positive message of his lyrics gives voice to a collective yearning for peace and harmony, and his use of global rhythms and melodies united by spiritual vision captivates listeners worldwide. Sami Yusuf uses his fame to help people through his humanitarian activities such as the World Food Program. In 2014, The United Nations appointed Sami Yusuf the Global Ambassador against Hunger. In 2015 Sami Yusuf promoted the world’s first interfaith anthem, a song called “The Gift of Love”, to mark the World Interfaith Harmony Week. Through this effort, Sami Yusuf hopes to help people from different traditions recognize that the common values they hold far outweigh their differences and that this understanding can be the starting point for the journey toward a lasting peace. ..
10.09.2019 09:03 TURKSOY Youth Chamber Orchestra captivates audienceTURKSOY Youth Chamber Orchestra has given a concert on the stage of the Azerbaijan State Academic Philharmonic Hall. The orchestra mesmerized the listeners with their virtuosity. The magnificent performance of the works that make up the musical heritage of the Turkic peoples brought the orchestra fame among its numerous fans worldwide. The concert was attended by prominent public figures, representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in Azerbaijan, workers of science, culture and art, numerous fans of the musical heritage of Turkic peoples and classical music. Before the start of the concert program, TURKSOY Secretary General Dusen Kaseinov noted that the concert was organized as part of a long tour of the band in three countries - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan. “The tour is dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the formation of the Turkic Council. The tour began on August 27. Concert programs took place in Kazakhstan - Turkistan, Shymkent, Taraz, – then there was a concert in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), and then again in Kazakhstan - the city of Almaty,” said Kaseinov. In the final concert in Baku, the orchestra performed under the direction of Renat Salavatov (Russia) and Anvar Akbarov (Kazakhstan). During the tour, the orchestra also performed under the direction of the Azerbaijani conductor Mustafa Mehmandarov. It was noted that next year, large-scale tours of the collective are planned in Europe and possibly in the U.S. During the evening, an interesting program was presented to the audience, which featured compositions by Seidaly Medetov (Kyrgyzstan), Turgay Erdener (Turkey), Nury Halmamedov (Turkmenistan), Turkish folk song “Uskudara Gideriken“ and the work of the orchestra soloist, musician and composer Birzhan Mynbaev ( Kazakhstan). Tchaikovsky's “Serenade for Strings“, Vivaldi's “Concert for Four Violins and Orchestra”, Schnittke's “Old Style Suite“ also sounded at the concert. At the end of the evening, the final part from the “String Symphony in Memory of Nizami“ by the Azerbaijani composer, People's Artist of the USSR Fikrat Amirov was performed. The members of TURKSOY Youth Chamber Orchestra are young talents, students of the conservatories of the TURKSOY member countries. Over the past years, about 100 young talents from ten different countries joined the orchestra. Numerous concerts of TURKSOY Youth Chamber Orchestra took place on the stages of various countries, including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Austria, the U.S., Germany, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France and Italy. TURKSOY is an international cultural organization of countries with Turkic populations, whose speaking languages belong to the Turkic language family. The organization has its roots going back to the 1992 meetings in Baku and Istanbul, where the ministers of culture of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, and Turkmenistan declared their commitment to cooperate in a joint cultural framework. TURKSOY was subsequently established by an agreement signed on July 12, 1993, in Almaty, Kazakhstan. ..
05.09.2019 15:49 Azerbaijani version of poems by Jewish poetess Rachel Bluwstein presentedNational Art Museum has hosted a presentation of the collection of poems by Jewish poetess Rachel Bluwstein (1890-1931) translated into Azerbaijani. Along with the poems, the book features her works in Hebrew. Addressing the event, Deputy Chief of Israel’s diplomatic mission in Azerbaijan Avital Rosenberg noted that the book was translated into Azerbaijani on the initiative of Israeli Embassy in Azerbaijan. She underlined the embassy’s efforts to promote the culture of Israeli people in Azerbaijan. Deputy Chief of the mission said that the Russian version of the poems was used during the translation of the book into Azerbaijani, and hailed the accurate translation. The collection of poems by Rachel Bluwstein was translated into Azerbaijani by a screenwriter, poet and translator Vagif Rasuloglu. ..
05.09.2019 15:46 Melih Yevdayev: Friendly ties between Azerbaijani and Israeli people will last for centuries“Friendly ties between Azerbaijani and Israeli people will last for centuries,” If we look at tolerance and multiculturalism reigning in Azerbaijan, we can see live demonstration of Azerbaijani realities at today’s meeting,” said Head of the Religious Community of Mountain Jews Melih Yevdayev at the presentation of a collection of poems by Jewish poetess Rachel Bluwstein into Azerbaijani. “High-level relations were established with the state of Israel in economic and political areas after Azerbaijan regained its independence. Domestic and foreign policy carried out by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev totally coincides with the position of national minorities living in the country. Therefore, this policy serves both Azerbaijani people and all nations living here, as well as ensures protecting their rights and interests and improve the life style in Azerbaijan,” Melih Yevdayev added. ..
04.09.2019 15:00 Salam Int'l Youth Film Festival kicks offThe opening ceremony of the Salam International Youth Film Festival was held at CinemaPlus Amburan Mall on September 2. Narimanfilm studio organized the event with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan, the Union of Cinematographers of Azerbaijan, Pasha Holding LLC and other organizations. Representatives of culture and art, the Ministry of Culture, youth organizations, diplomatic missions and foreign guests attended the opening ceremony. Honored Culture Worker Nariman Mammadov, who is Narimanfilm Director, Honored Art Worker Jamil Guliyev, who is Deputy Head of the Cinematography Department of the Culture Ministry, and representatives of the diplomatic missions of Hungary and India made speeches at the festival. They noted that the main goal of the Salam Festival is to educate young people in accordance with national and universal spiritual values, establish friendly relations between young people, promote culture, and create positive public opinion about Azerbaijan in other countries through the invited participants of the festival. Boys and girls from 13 to 17 years old from 11 countries, including Azerbaijan, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Italy, Germany, Croatia, Macedonia, Pakistan and India, participate in the festival. All adolescents who came from abroad live in Azerbaijani families in order to learn more about the national customs and traditions of Azerbaijani people, to see firsthand their hospitality and establish friendly relations with their local peers. Within the framework of the project, they will watch films of world and Azerbaijani cinema, discuss them with the participation of film professionals and determine the winners by voting as a jury. There will also be screenings of out-of-competition films, master classes, excursions and entertainment programs. The festival will continue until September 5. ..
03.09.2019 09:38 National culture presented in ViennaAn art evening dedicated to Azerbaijan was organized during the cultural week titled “Long Night of Intercultural Dialogue” on September 2 in Vienna, Austria. Leyla Gasimova, the head of Azerbaijani Cultural Center in Vienna, opened the event. The art evening program included samples of modern and traditional national art. Josipa Palac, the President and CEO of the International Cultural Diversity Organization (ICDO), highly appreciated Azerbaijan’s contribution to projects aimed at developing intercultural dialogue. Then, “LOST LAND” video installation by Azerbaijani artist and sculptor Elvin Nabizade was presented to the participants of the event. The documentary “Under the Same Sun,” filmed within framework of the Year of Multiculturalism and dedicated to ethnic groups living in Azerbaijan, was also shown. National dances such as Qarabagh, Naz Eleme, Agh Chicheyim and Sari Gelin, performed by the soloists of the Azerbaijan State Dance Ensemble – Alina Gontareva, Valeriya Konkina, Nurlan Rzazade and Eldar Huseynov, as well as other pieces of Azerbaijani national music aroused great interest among the participants. The “Long Night of Intercultural Dialogue” will wrap up on September 6. The Azerbaijani Cultural Center in Vienna was established in accordance with a Decree of President Ilham Aliyev dated November 16, 2012 to promote Azerbaijani culture in Austria. To provide the Austrian people with the opportunity to become better acquainted with Azerbaijan, the Center conducts various activities promoting the rich culture, art and tourism opportunities of the country. Participants of music evenings, which are held at the Center on a regular basis, have the opportunity to listen to the works of Uzeyir Hajibayli, Gara Garayev, Fikrat Amirov, Arif Malikov and other famous composers as well as to enjoy the Azerbaijani mugham. Exhibitions organized at the Cultural Center attract art lovers with the most interesting examples of Azerbaijani painting, sculpture and folk arts. One of the main objectives of the Center is to develop cooperation with culture, tourism and media institutions of Austria, establish close ties with the cultural centers of other countries already operating in this country, and contribute to intercultural dialogue. ..
23.08.2019 15:08 Exploring Baku, land of magic carpetsThe Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum reflects the spiritual values of carpet-weaving in this cradle of old civilisation. Azerbaijanis have an old saying, 'My home is where my carpet is spread.' Way before oil and glitzy modernity swept its shores, this former Soviet state was known as the final frontier of carpet weaving. Legend has it that the intricately-crafted, highly intimate rug (often, woven fondly by women of the family) accompanies a person from birth to death, playing a key role in daily life and helping shape an Azeri's aesthetic perception of the world. “In Azerbaijani culture,“ says Dr Shirin Melikova, director of the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum, “the carpet is more than just an element of home decoration or a part of the festivities and ceremonies. Rather, it reflects the uniqueness of one's character and artistic taste, incorporating many historical epochs and styles.“ Along with the Heydar Aliyev Centre, designed by the world-renowned starchitect Zaha Hadid, the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum looms large as a cultural landmark on Baku's gleaming skyline. Some call the Azeri capital 'Paris of the Caspian' and it's easy to see why. Adding to the city's charm are the Soviet-era blocks flanked alongside post-modern architecture, the cultural bridge of the past paving the way to the future. It's pretty remarkable how the medieval and modern co-exist so peacefully here. First established in 1967 to preserve the centuries-old tradition of carpet-weaving, the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum was the first of its kind in the world. More than five decades later, it is housed in a strikingly-designed building that resembles - no prized rug for guessing - a flying carpet. Its collection includes tens of thousands of items, mostly carpets of all hues and kinds, but also embroideries, traditional costumes and rich jewellery worn by both men and women from the Middle Ages. Apparently, there is no place in Azerbaijan where carpets are not woven, insists Dr Melikova, as she takes our small group of visitors on a guided tour of the carpet museum. Boasting dozens of compositions, every region differs in its design, which is composed of ornaments connected with people's faith and belief. “No design is ever repeated,“ one guide chips in, proudly. More than a hundred different compositions of carpets are woven all across the nation, including in Baku, Shirvan, Tabriz, Guba, Ganja and Qazakh. Both technique as well as subject matter vary from region to region. Guba carpets, for example, are woven from soft, shiny wool with rhythmically alternating cross-shaped images, highlighting geometric, floral, animal and bird motifs. On the other hand, carpets from the Tabriz region draw from classical literature, historical characters and religious themes. Visit any Azeri home and you will find the rug not only prominently displayed on the floor but also hung on the walls as an artwork. Elsewhere, they will show up as curtains or tablecloth and tents. Known for their asymmetric nature and geometric patterns, Azerbaijani carpet designs are inspired by nature, local folklores, culture and literature. Visitors are free to marvel at the museum's rare treasures, which include a 17th-century Ajdahali (dragon) carpet, a late 17th-century Shamakhi carpet, a late 17th-century Karabakh group Nakhchivan carpet and a 19th-century Baku group Khila-Buta and Guba group Sirt-Chichi carpets. The late 17th-century Karabakh Dragon carpets, for instance, are remarkable for their unusual 'tree of life' motif. Its khatai (an indigenous Azeri tribe) composition represents one of the most interesting branches of Azerbaijani carpet weaving. Due to their popularity abroad, they were said to have been exported widely during the Safavid dynasty. Thus, fewer remained in its country of origin. Unlike the ancient Zoroastrian tradition where a dragon would often symbolise evil, in Central Asia, the creature was associated with heaven, virility and fertility. Dr Melikova singles out the zili carpets bearing the symbols of Absheron, which extol “the sacred land, at the crossroads of four elements of the universe, where the remains of ancient temples are found, where the land breathes fire and a powerful wind stirs the waters of the Caspian Sea“. “On this carpet, one can see the image of a peacock - a symbol of fire,“ she adds. One of my personal favourites from the museum display was an astonishing rug based on the classic star-crossed fictional romance of Layla and Majnun. It's vividly panoramic, depicting the love-struck Majnun handcuffed against scenes of a bustling street life as Layla awaits his return. The Azerbaijani carpets are produced by women at home who take inspiration from their everyday lives and local culture and weave them into their creations. An Azeri bride makes her own rug as a dowry, goes one popular saying, and her husband's family cherishes her creation more than any other possession. Dr Melikova weighs in, “Azerbaijani carpets differ from the rest primarily with their turkbaf technique, symmetrical knot, designs closely related to the cultural and geographical background of the region, wool quality (nine of the 13 Caucasian breeds of sheep are, in fact, cultivated in Azerbaijan), pile height, as well as a variety of natural dyes. Our carpets reflect all stages of the history of Azerbaijan, its folklore, literature and beliefs associated with tribes living in this territory.“ “The carpet,“ she concludes, “has become the chronicle of our entire history, the quintessence of its spiritual incarnation.“ ..
20.08.2019 11:12 Azerbaijani opera singer to perform at Bolshoi Theater in MoscowHonorary Artist of Azerbaijan Elchin Azizov will perform in the “Iolanta”, a lyric opera in one act by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, which will be staged at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on October 5-6. He will play Ibn Hakia. Born in Baku, Elchin Azizov graduated from the Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Art with the profession of film director. Azerbaijan's opera singer possesses a charming baritone. In August 2005, he enrolled at the Summer Academy of the Mozarteum University (Salzburg, Richard Miller’s class). From 2006-2007, he studied with Alessandro Misciasci. In 2005-2007, he did a special course at the Opera studio attached to the Baku Academy of Music where he studied under Azad Aliyev. ..
16.08.2019 11:19 Registration for 6th Baku International Book Fair is availableThe 6th Baku International Book Fair will be held on September 27-29, 2019. The organizer of the event is the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan. During the fair the participants will be able to demonstrate or sell their publications, they also will have an opportunity to negotiate and sign contracts with the national and foreign publishing houses, authors. The fair stands (up to 6 sq.m.) and equipment will be free of charge for the participants. The Organizing Committee will provide assistance for participants concerning the organizational issues, but all expenses (travel, accommodation, meal etc.) will be paid by the participants. Preliminary information about participation should be confirmed at least till August 19, 2019 and application-contract form should be sent till August 31, 2019 to the Organizing Committee (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) The application-contract (PDF format) can be downloaded from here. ..
11.08.2019 18:43 "Steppe Man" film awarded in India“The Steppe Man“, a film by the Azerbaijani director Shamil Aliyev, has been successfully screened in White Unicorn International Film Festival 2019 (WUIFF) in India. The film won the prize in the nomination “Best Feature Film in Foreign Language“ for July-August 2019, Trend Life reported. The awarding ceremony, which took place on August 11 in Kolkata, featured a video message from Shamil Aliyev. “The Steppe Man” was produced in 2012 at the Azerbaijanfilm studio by the order of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The film has been screened at as many as 37 international film festivals. Over the past time, the film was named best at various film festivals, including Near Nazareth Festival 2019 (Israel), Florence Film Awards 2019 (Italy), European Screen Awards 2019 (Indonesia), Royal Wolf Film Awards 2019 (the U.S.), Oniros Film Awards (Italy), etc. It was named “Best Feature Film“ seven times. The film also won in such nominations as “Best Director“, “Best Screenplay“, “Best Female Actor“, “Creative Search“. “The Steppe Man” received a number of special diplomas and prizes, including the “Humay“ national prize. “The Steppe Man“ was selected as the Azerbaijani entry for the “Best Foreign Language Film” at the 86th Academy Awards (the Oscars). The scriptwriter of the film is Vidadi Hasanov, the director of photography is Rafig Guliyev, art directors are Rafig Nasirov and Ibrahim Halil Aminov, the composer is Rauf Aliyev, and producers are Mushvig Hatamov and Azer Guliyev. The film tells a story of a young steppe man who lives in remoteness from the city, closely tied to nature. His father teaches him the subtleties of life in the steppe. Soon after his father's death the young man meets a girl from a city. Their meeting becomes a new page in his life, a step to a big life unfamiliar to him before. White Unicorn International Film Festival is a monthly film festival held in Kolkata, India. It celebrates films from all around the world with awards in different categories and genres. WUIFF gives the opportunity to Indian filmmakers to compete for their dream project with other ingenious filmmakers around the world. ..
10.08.2019 09:33 National Drama Theater gets ready for new seasonAzerbaijan State Academic National Drama Theater plays an important role in the cultural life of the country. The charismatic and extraordinarily talented theater actors always surprise the audience with wonderful performances. The theater will open its new season on September 21 with the “Karabakhname“ play. The play will be directed by People's Artist Marahim Farzalibayov, and the artistic director is Ismayil Mammadov. People's Artists Firangiz Mutallimova, Rafig Azimov, Saida Guliyeva, Haji Ismayilov, Ramiz Malik, Ramiz Novruz, Honored Artists Kazim Abdullayev, Elkhan Guliyev, Ajdar Hamidov, Ali Nurzade, Sabir Mammadov, Masma Aslangizi, Kazim Hasanguliyev, Parviz Baghirov, Elshan Jabrayilov, Anar Heybatov, as well as Amina Babayeva, Shahla Aligizi, Rovshan Karimdukht, Rashad Bakhtiyarov and others will perform in the play. The music for the play was composed by Hamid Kazimzade, the costume designer is Aygun Mahmudova, and the light artist is Rafael Hasanov. “Karabakhname” tells about the historical events in Shusha, the center of the Karabakh Khanate in the 18th century, and the socio-political and family life of the ruler of Karabakh, Ibrahim Khan. In the play, Ibrahim Khan, trying to establish political ties and friendly relations with Russia and Iran, becomes a victim of an Armenian provocation. Azerbaijan State Academic National Drama Theater has its origins in national holidays and dances. In 1873, comedy “Vizier of Lankaran khanate“ was staged there. The professional Azerbaijani theater was originated after this very performance. During the Soviet period, the theater was awarded many awards for successful activity. Such actors as Huseyn Arablinski, Mukhtar Dadashev, Jahangir Zeynalov, Mirzaagha Aliyev, Sidgi Ruhulla, Alasgar Alakbarov, Adil Isgenderov, Barat Shekinskaya, Leyla Badirbeyli and other famous actors played at the theater. Plays to works of Jafar Jabbarli, Mirza Fatali Akhundov, Ali bey Huseynzade, Najaf bey Vazirov, Huseyn Javid, Sabit Rahman, Nariman Narimanov, Ilyas Efediyev, as well as to works of other world classics such as Shakespeare, Schiller, Moliere, Dumas, Hugo, Balzac, Pushkin, Lermontov, Tolstoy, Gogol were staged in the theater. The troup of the theater was repeatedly in tours in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Tbilisi, Tashkent, Ashgabat, Turkey, Germany, Cyprus, etc. ..
09.08.2019 12:44 “Legend of Love” to be premiered at Opera & Ballet TheaterThe “Legend of Love” ballet by Arif Malikov will be soon staged at the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. Speaking about the ballet, the musical director and chief conductor of the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, Honored Artist Eyyub Guliyev stressed that Arif Malikov’s music is famous in the country and abroad. “This year we all lost the world-famous composer Arif Malikov, whose music is known and loved in Azerbaijan, Russia and other countries. His symphonies are performed by the most famous orchestras in the world - in particular, Valery Gergiev conducted the performance of his famous Sixth Symphony,” said Eyyub Guliyev. He noted that the “Legend of Love” ballet was first staged in 1961. After the premiere of the ballet, Malikov became famous throughout the USSR. The ballet has been staged in 64 countries around the world and in the end of the year, this work will be presented to the audience in Baku. “Legend of Love” is a ballet in three acts, seven scenes, based on the libretto from “Farkhad and Shirin“ drama by the poet and playwright Nazim Hikmet. The drama, in turn, is based on the “Khosrov and Shirin“ poem by the Azerbaijani philosopher and poet of the 12th-13th centuries Nizami Ganjavi. The ballet was premiered on March 23, 1961 in St. Petersburg at the Mariinsky Theater. Since then this ballet has been staged at the best stages in the world. To date, “Legend of Love”, which has become a classic of the 20th century, does not lose its relevance due to the unique and sophisticated choreography. The choreographer is People's Artist of the USSR Yuri Grigorovich, the stage designer is People's Artist of the USSR Simon Virsaladze. After “Legend Of Love”, Arif Malikov went on to write music for two more ballets: “Two“ (1967) and “Poem of Two Hearts“ (1981), five symphonies and eight symphony poems. He also wrote music scores for many films and plays and was familiar with practically all genres of music composition. Malikov is honored with a concert hall named after him at Turkey's Bilkent University. He was an Honorary Doctor of Khazar University (2012) in Baku. He taught music at the Azerbaijan National Conservatoire and was a founding member of Eurasian Academy. The outstanding composer, laureate of the State Prize of Azerbaijan, holder of numerous orders, People's Artist Arif Malikov died on May 9, 2019. ..
09.08.2019 09:47 Book about prominent tar player publishedA book about famous Azerbaijani tar player Ahsan Dadashev has been published in Baku. The book “Praise be to you, Ahsan“ was written by the order of the Ministry of Culture. In his book, famous writer Rafig Hajiyev tells the story of the life and rich creative path of the prominent musician, Trend Life reported. The name of the outstanding tar musician, Honored Artist of Azerbaijan Ahsan Dadashev (1924-1976) is well known to lovers of folk music. The musician conquered the hearts of thousands of people. The follower of Mansur Mansurov’s mugham traditions, Ahsan Dadashev brought his own unique style to the performance of national music. Throughout his life, he toured many countries within Rashid Behbudov’s ensemble. In 1960, Dadashev created an ensemble of folk instruments under the Azerbaijani Television and Radio, and was its artistic director until the end of his life. Now the Khatira ensemble of folk instruments is named after Akhsan Dadashev. The artistic director of the ensemble is People’s Artist Adil Bagirov. Shur, one of the seven main mugham modes in Azerbaijani music, took a special place in the work of the prominent musician. There are a lot of versions of this mugham style, but music lovers who were ever lucky to hear shur performed by Ahsan Dadashev were amazed by his virtuosity. Dadashev was recognized not only as a brilliant mugham performer, but also as a skilled accompanist to prominent singers such as Rashid Behbudov, Shovkat Alakbarova, Khan Shushinski, Sara Gadimova, etc. Azerbaijani mugham, one of the most valuable heritages of the national culture, contains seven main modes - rast, shur, segah (especially common), shushtar, bayati-shiraz, chahargah, humayun and three extra kinds - shahnaz, sarenj and chargah. Vagif Mustafazade is the founder of Azerbaijani jazz-mugham movement that emerged in the late 1960s and 1970s in Baku, as a result of the mixture of these two styles. Jazz schools around the world recognized Vagif Mustafazadeh as a phenomenal musician. His works represent a unique combination of eastern and western schools, of tradition and innovation. Throughout years, he wrote numerous jazz compositions, including fugues, preludes, ballads and scherzos, many of them written in the 1970s. He released a total of eight albums, all with different line-ups, mood and style. ..
08.08.2019 09:56 National pianist delights music loversA meeting with the Honored Artist of Azerbaijan, talented pianist Nargiz Aliyarova has been held at Niyazi House-Museum within the Club of Classical Music Lovers. The director of the State Museum of Musical Culture, Honored Culture Worker Alla Bayramova and the head of the museum department Khanim Abdinova spoke about the creative activities of Nargiz Aliyarova, noting her contribution to promotion of Azerbaijani musical culture. Then Nargiz Aliyarova shared her experience in concert and pedagogical activities and answered numerous questions from the audience. At the evening, a slide show about the pianist was presented, fragments from Aliyarova’s concert programs were demonstrated. Nargiz Aliyarova then performed the works of Gara Garayev and Frederic Chopin. Her performance was met with great interest and a storm of applause. New York-based Azerbaijani musician Nargiz Aliyarova is an international pianist and professor. Since her first concert at the age of nine, she has been on stage as a soloist, collaborative musician as well as a performer with chamber and symphonic orchestras in over 40 cities around the world. Aliyarova’s repertoire includes music ranging from baroque to contemporary. In 2010, she was awarded a diploma “For outstanding contribution to the legacy of Frederic Chopin“ by the Government of Poland. Aliyarova has produced five CDs, three of which were released by the Belgian recording company Etcetera. Nargiz Aliyarova is a Doctor of Art and professor, as well as an author of more than 20 scholarly articles and several books. She was teaching piano and chamber music at Baku Music Academy for 25 years and has been a member of Azerbaijan State Piano Trio for 15 years. The musician has an active piano studio in Manhattan's Upper East Side. She is also the president of the Zonta Club of New York women's organization as well as the founder of the National Music & Global Culture Society (NMGCS), which operates in New York. NMGCS is a not-for-profit organization that aims to unite the multicultural community through the advocacy of music from around the world. It serves as a platform for the interactive presentation of worldwide music. NMGCS’ main goal is to help diverse society better communicate through appreciation of global multinational culture. ..
07.08.2019 16:33 Cultural relations with Argentina, Austria to intensifyAzerbaijan and Argentina enjoy strong cultural partnership based on mutual interests. Argentina's recent participation in the Gabala International Music Festival, the International Jazz Festival and other music events in Azerbaijan strengthened the cultural exchange between the two peoples. Azerbaijani Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev has met with Argentine Ambassador Sergio Osvaldo Perez Gunella. The minister informed the ambassador about the international music festivals and cultural events held in Azerbaijan. He noted the importance of regular participation in these festivals for the development of mutual cooperation between the two countries, Trend reported. Garayev also emphasized the importance of organizing joint TV shows reflecting the culture of Azerbaijan and Argentina. In turn, Sergio Osvaldo Perez Gunella spoke about the Tango Festival in Argentina and various film festivals. The Argentine ambassador invited Azerbaijan to attend the Tango Festival to be held in October this year in Argentina. Later, Abulfas Garayev received the Austrian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Bernd Alexander Bayerl. Welcoming the ambassador, the minister said that Azerbaijan and Austria, which share the same geographical importance and population, have many similarities. Garayev stressed the importance of cooperation between the music schools of the two countries. He said that student exchanges between schools would have a positive impact on the younger generation of both countries and contribute greatly to the promotion of the culture of the two countries. “Through our museums, theaters, concert venues and cultural heritage examples, we can further strengthen relationship between the two countries and implement joint projects“, he said. Garayev also noted that a number of important projects have been implemented so far within the cultural cooperation between Austria and Azerbaijan. These projects promote friendship between the two countries and a dialogue of cultures. Bernd Alexander Bayerl, in turn, said that there is a strong relationship between the two countries in the field of culture and spoke about the work to further expand and develop these relations. He noted that representatives from the music, theater and culture spheres of the two countries can exchange experiences. Bayerl also said that Azerbaijan has a rich culture. The sides exchanged views on the current state and prospects of cultural cooperation between the two countries and discussed the possibility of implementing joint projects. During the meetings, both ambassadors thanked the government of Azerbaijan for the high level of organization of the 43rd World Heritage Committee session held in Baku from June 30 to July 10. Both the Austrian and Argentine delegations, who attended the committee meetings, expressed their satisfaction with the organization of the event. At the Baku session, 45 significant decisions were made and 29 heritage sites were inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List. The session participants included more than 2,500 delegates from 180 countries, including ministers, executives, representatives and ambassadors of international organizations in Azerbaijan, and members of the Azerbaijani government. The session included plenty of decisions made on inclusion of different cultural historic heritage sites in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Among other countries' historical sites, Azerbaijan’s Khan Palace and the historical center of Sheki were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List at the Baku session. This became the third cultural heritage site inscribed on the World Heritage List after the Icherisheher with Maiden's Tower and the Shirvanshahs Palace (2000) and Gobustan rock paintings (2007). ..
07.08.2019 09:59 "Leyli and Majnun" play to be staged in FranceBaku Puppet Theater has been operating since 2013 under the Icherisheher State Historical-Architectural Reserve. The theater aims to transfer the country's rich cultural heritage to future generations and preserve national values. To demonstrate their acting skills outside the country, the theater’s team has applied to participate in the World Puppet Theater Festival. The 20th World Puppet Theater Festival will be held in France on September 20-29. Baku Puppet Theater will present “Leyli and Majnun” play at the festival, Azertag reported. “Leyli and Majnun” is a tragic love story, in which the male character Majnun (literally meaning “crazy“ in Arabic) goes mad because he cannot be with his beloved Leyli. The most popular version of this love story was penned by Nizami Ganjavi (1141-1209), who lived and died in Ganja. The foundation of Baku Puppet Theater was laid by artist and director Tarlan Gorchu in the 1980s. Among others, the theater’s repertoire includes works by the founder of Azerbaijani classical music, playwright Uzeyir Hajibeyli. The theater was named after the prominent Azerbaijani writer Abdulla Shaig since 1974. At present, the theater performs in Azerbaijani and Russian languages for children and adults. Plays of Azerbaijani, Russian and western European playwrights are staged in the theater, including “Haji Gara” by Mirza Fatali Akhundov, “The Doctor in Spite of Himself” by Jean Baptiste Moliere, “Almaz” by Jafar Jabbarli, and “Big Ivan” by Sergey Obraztsov. The World Puppet Theater Festival, founded by Jacques Felix in 1961, has made Charleville-Mezieres the capital of puppetry. The festival takes place every two years. Every year, about 250 troupes from five continents present their plays to over 150,000 spectators from all over the world. For 10 days, the festival holds around 200 shows as part of the main event and fringe festival, street shows, meetings, exhibitions and other festivities. ..
06.08.2019 10:02 Gabala International Music Festival wraps upGabala International Music Festival is traditionally held in the city of Gabala every summer since 2009. World-famous musicians usually perform in the open air. This year, the 11th Gabala International Music Festival brought together incredibly talented musicians from Azerbaijan, Israel, Turkey, Ukraine, the U.S., Italy, Russia, Switzerland and other countries. The festival, organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, once again confirmed that Azerbaijan is a unique space that can represent equally perfectly the values of the West and the East. The country historically made efforts to enrich different cultures, strengthen unity between peoples. International cultural relations, mutual cultural integration is one of the main priorities of the country's policy. So, it is no coincidence that important international cultural events are regularly held in Azerbaijan. The Gabala International Music Festival, whose authority is growing every year, is known as a significant event that makes a great contribution to the fostering of intercultural dialogue. During the festival, music lovers got the chance to enjoy spectacular concerts of Student Symphony Orchestra of the Baku Music Academy, Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra, Azerbaijan State Chamber Orchestra, Virtuosos of Kiev symphonic orchestra, Cello Extravaganza ensemble, Oksana Yablonskaya and Friends ensemble, as well as national mugham singers accompanied by ensembles Naz Nazi, Clarte Clarinet quartet and Turkish Miraculum trio. The festival's closing ceremony was attended by famous musicians, music lovers and the guests of the city, Azertag reported. At the closing ceremony, the audience was presented with a grand concert program called “Viva Opera“, accompanied by Virtuosos of Kiev symphonic orchestra. The music of Giuseppe Verdi, Gioachino Rossini, Giacomo Puccini, etc., sounded at the concert under the direction of the Italian conductor Alvis Caselli. The soloists of the evening were Maria Buinosova (Russia), Umid Idrisov (Uzbekistan) and Modestas Sedlevicius (Lithuania). At the end of the concert, all the soloists brilliantly performed “Brindisi“ from Giuseppe Verdi's “La Traviata“ opera. The concert aroused great interest of the audience. The Gabala International Music Festival is known as a significant event that makes a great contribution to the development of intercultural dialogue. This festival of friendship and music with the participation of a large number of musicians from different countries serves to identify new talents, share knowledge in this area, and promote intercultural dialogue. The 11th Gabala International Music Festival will undoubtedly make a great contribution to the promotion of the country's rich musical traditions. ..
05.08.2019 10:05 Clarte quartet shines at Gabala International Music FestivalAnother concert program has been presented to music lovers as part of the 11th Gabala International Music Festival. This time, the listeners enjoyed the wonderful performance of the Clarte clarinet quartet, Day.Az reported. In the first part of the concert, the audience was presented works by national and foreign composers performed by pianists Fagan Hasanli, Svetlana Akhmadova, flute players Nijat Salmanov, Amina Zulfugarova, canonists Natavan Hasanova, soloists Adil Akhundov (tenor) and Taleh Yakhyayev. Then the Clarte quartet came out on the stage. The quartet was created in 2016 on the initiative of the national artist Shukur Samedov. The band, which includes talented clarinetists Mammad Rajabli, Emil Bagirov, Mahammadali Pashazade and Anar Mammadov, has participated in many events and thus won the sympathy of the audience. Art director of the quartet is Anar Mammadov. George L. Cobb`s “Russian Rag”, Vagif Mustafazade`s “Roads“, Tofig Guliyev`s “Zibeyda“, and Ilio Volante`s “American Feeling” sounded at the concert. The quartet was accompanied by Jeyhun Aliyev (piano) and Ramiz Sevdimaliyev (percussion). The 11th Gabala International Music Festival will close with a grand concert program called “VİVA OPERA“. The concert program will feature arias from the operas “The Barber of Seville“, “The Dead City“, “Rigoletto“, “The Power of Fate“, “La Traviata“, “Romeo and Juliet“, “La Boheme“, etc. The operas performance will be conducted by Alvis Caselli (Italy). The soloists of the evening will be Maria Buinosova (Russia), Umid Idrisov (Uzbekistan), Modestas Sedlevicius (Lithuania). The 11th Gabala International Music Festival is co-organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and Gilan Holding. The artistic director of the festival is the People’s Artist of the USSR and Azerbaijan, the Rector of the Baku Academy of Music, professor Farhad Badalbayli. ..
02.08.2019 20:38 Cinema workers awarded in BakuNational Cinema Day is a professional holiday for all filmmakers, which is celebrated in Azerbaijan on August 2. This year, the country marks the 121st anniversary of national cinema. A gala evening dedicated to the National Cinema Day has been held at Nizami Cinema Center. The evening was attended by representatives of culture and art, well-known filmmakers, as well as representatives of the young generation, who are just starting their path in movie industry. Speaking at the event, First Deputy Minister of Culture Vagif Aliyev congratulated the filmmakers on their professional holiday and wished them great success and achievements in their creative work. He noted that the state with great attention and care relates to the cinema workers. Aliyev spoke about the history of Azerbaijani cinema, stressing the successes achieved by domestic filmmakers in recent years. He emphasized that the Azerbaijani cinema is developing and makes the audience happy with new films. Art, documentary, animated films of Azerbaijani directors participate in international festivals in different countries of the world and win prestigious awards, Aliyev noted. Then, a group of film industry workers received honorable certificates. Diplomas were awarded by Jahangir Mammadov, the head of the cinematography department of the Ministry of Culture. The event featured videos with fragments of films made in the last ten years. The Chairperson of the Azerbaijan Cinematographers Union, People’s Artist Shafiga Mammadova spoke about the New Breath prize, established for young filmmakers, as well as about the Hasan Seyidbayli and Rasim Ojagov medals, and the scholarship in honor of the 100th anniversary of the famous playwright and film director Hasan Seyidbayli. Mammadova also spoke about upcoming events, anniversary evenings, which the Union plans to hold in future. Then Shafiga Mammadova presented the National Film Award to People’s Artist, screenwriter Ramiz Fataliyev for his merits in Azerbaijani and Soviet cinema. Also, People's Artist, screenwriter Abdulahad Mahmudov received the prize in honor of his 75th anniversary and contribution to Azerbaijani cinematography. New Breath youth prize was presented to the young filmmaker Fariz Akhmadov, while the head of the Cinema Radio project Kamran Gasimov presented the actor Kamran Agabalayev with the “Modern View on the Audiovisual Sphere“ prize. Then, feature films by young directors Kanan Yashar, Parvin Hasanova as well as a project by Orkhan Agazade were screened. Azerbaijan Cinematographers Union was established in 2012. This decision to create the Union was taken during the event at the Nizami Cinema Center dedicated to the theme “Cinema and Conceptual Problems“. The main activity of the Union is presenting national films in the international arena, their shooting, organization of international symposia and conferences, formation of cinema infrastructure. Azerbaijan has a rich cinema history and has significantly contributed to the international film industry. Today, the Azerbaijani cinema has come to be an internationally recognized modern art enjoying a huge popularity and recognition at international film festivals, which frequently award the national films. Over the past years, more than 300 films and 1,200 documentaries, as well as hundreds of cartoons were filmed. Shortly after the Lumiere brothers from France invented cinematograph, an apparatus for making motion pictures, in 1895, Russian photographer and cameraman Alexandre Michon began shooting motion pictures that depicted everyday life in Baku. The first short, silent film of Azerbaijani cinematography “You are caught“ was shown in Baku on August 2, 1898. The audience witnessed a historical event - the birth of Azerbaijani cinematography. To honor this historical day, the national leader Heydar Aliyev signed an order on December 18, 2000, to declare August 2 as professional holiday of cinema workers – Day of Azerbaijani Cinema. ..
02.08.2019 10:08 Creative room to honor prominent film director opens in capitalA creative room dedicated to the prominent Azerbaijani film director Huseyn Seyidzade, where he once worked, has opened at Azerbaijanfilm Studio. Addressing the event, director of the Azerbaijanfilm Studio Mushfig Hatamov stressed that the studio’s building is not only a production area but also a big cultural center, Azertag reported. “As you know, there was an opening ceremony of the rooms where prominent directors Rasim Ojagov and Tofig Tagizade worked. These venues, which act as museum-rooms in the film studio, serve to create an understanding of the working process of the prominent artists, as well as to perpetuate their memory,” he said. Hatamov added that in the near future it is planned to open the creative rooms of great Azerbaijani filmmakers Hasan Seyidbayli, Alisattar Atakishiyev and actress Leyla Badirbeyli. “They are special people in Azerbaijani cinema and we will continue this tradition,“ he said. Film critic, Honored Art Worker Aydin Kazimzade spoke about the creative way of Huseyn Seyidzade and his art work. “Although Huseyn Seyidzade was invited to work in other countries, he preferred to serve his people. He spent nine months working hard on the script of the movie “The Unbowed Battalion“ based on the novel “Rebellion in the Castle“ and shot the movie in the end. This is an indication of how Huseyn Seyidzade was sensitive to his work,“ said Kazimzade. People's Artist, director Ogtay Mirgasimov, in turn, emphasized that each film director can be considered extraordinary, because this profession does not love the standards. “But the fact that Huseyn Seyidzade was so distinguishing is a rare event in the history of Azerbaijani cinema. I watched his movies several times, repeatedly,“ said Mirgasimov. “When we were talking to students studying cinema, I advised them to watch our movies. The montage of Huseyn Seyidzade's films, aesthetic purity of the frame, the actors' play, all this showed what a great director he was. In his films, we see real human drama along with the forces of justice and injustice, the clash of good and bad intentions,“ he added. Film expert, Honored Art Worker Ayaz Salayev spoke about the importance of the Azerbaijanfilm studio in the history of cinema in Azerbaijan. “I am pleased that the tradition of the film studio’s “memory rooms“ continues. Everybody should know that the walls of this studio are sacred. Azerbaijanfilm studio should become one of the cultural centers of our country such as R.Mustafayev State Art Museum, State Academic Philharmonic Hall and Baku Music Academy, because hundreds of directors, cameramen, artists and actresses worked in this building,“ said Salayev. Huseyn Seyidzade graduated from the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. He was taught by great Soviet film directors such as Sergei Eisenstein, Mikhail Romm and Lev Kulidzhanov. Seyidzade directed his first film in 1943, with Leyla Badirbeyli in the leading role. The film entitled “Ayna” was dedicated to the World War II. His film “If Not This One, Then That One“ is considered one of the most famous and successful cinematographic pieces in the history of the country`s movie industry. The movie, based on the 1910 operetta by Uzeyir Hajibeyov was released in 1956. The film criticized backward traditions and celebrated emerging modern lifestyles. It was translated into many languages and within the next 3 years was shown in more than 40 countries. Huseyn Seyidzade is also renowned for such movies as “Koroghlu“ (1960), “The Mad Kura“ (1969), “Mother-in-law“ (1978), etc. ..
01.08.2019 10:12 Gabala International Music Festival opens doors to music loversThe 11th Gabala International Music Festival has opened its doors to music lovers. The festival is held from July 31 to August 5, with the organization of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the support of the Ministry of Culture and Gilan Holding. At the festival's opening ceremony, a congratulatory message of Mehriban Aliyeva, the First Vice President of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, UNESCO and ISESCO Goodwill Ambassador, who has exceptional merits in the development and promotion of the country's musical culture, was read out to the festival participants. In the letter, Mehriban Aliyeva wished success in the work of the festival. She noted that culture at all times was the main means of communication between peoples and a reliable bridge of interconnections between civilizations. “And today, the relationship of world cultures is important in the life of modern society, socio-political processes in the world and inter-civilizational dialogue. Without taking this factor into account, it is impossible to feel the fruitfulness of international relations and cooperation between nations,” Mehriban Aliyeva noted. The letter said that Azerbaijan historically made efforts to mutually enrich different cultures, further strengthen the unity between nations. International cultural relations, mutual cultural integration are one of the main priorities of the interstate policy of Azerbaijan. It is no coincidence that important international events are regularly held in Azerbaijan - forums, conferences and festivals. “As part of the Baku Process, launched by Azerbaijan, which has turned into a truly global platform to promote intercultural dialogue, we held the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in April this year. The 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee was held in Baku in June. The session is remembered as a significant event - located in one of the most ancient cities of Azerbaijan, the Shaki Khan Palace, together with the historic center of Sheki, was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List,” Mehriban Aliyeva noted. She added that the Gabala International Music Festival, whose authority is increasing every day, is known as a significant event that makes a great contribution to intercultural dialogue. This holiday of friendship and music with the participation of a large number of musicians from different countries serves to identify new talents, exchange knowledge and research in this area, and promote intercultural dialogue. Speaking at the opening ceremony, the chairman of the Council of Elders, MP Fattah Heydarov said that the festival is already known worldwide for its significance. “The festival is of great importance not only in expanding cultural ties, but also in establishing friendly and fraternal bonds between people, high cultural relations between states. Today, guests from the farthest countries of the world - China, the U.S., the UK, Germany, France, Eastern countries, Turkey, Iran - came together at the festival,“ said Heydarov. He added that the Gabala Festival is one of the cultural events that have achieved great success in the life of Azerbaijan. Rector of the Baku Music Academy named after Uzeyir Hajibeyli and the festival's artistic director Farhad Badalbeyli noted that the 11th Gabala International Music Festival coincided with the events dedicated to the 650th anniversary of Imadedin Nasimi. He stressed that this anniversary is a major event in the country's cultural life. After the opening ceremony, the Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra brilliantly performed with a concert program. The audience applause greeted the performance of People's Artists Ulviyya Hajibayova (piano) and Yegana Akhundova (piano). The concert was led by Honored Art Worker, professor Fakhraddin Karimov. Earlier, a student symphony orchestra of the Uzeyir Hajibeyli Baku Music Academy performed at the first concert of the 11th Gabala International Music Festival. The performers, including Taleh Yahyayev (vocal), Nigar Jafarova (vocal), Mahir Tagizade (vocal), Nazrin Aslanli (violin), Safura Aslanova (vocal), Mammadali Pashazade (clarinet), amazed the listeners with their skills. Each musical composition was greeted by the audience with great interest and enthusiasm. A diverse program was prepared for the listeners, in which the works of Azerbaijani and foreign composers were performed. The audience greeted Fikrat Amirov's “Azerbaijani Capriccio” with a storm of applause. Three fragments from “Romeo and Juliet“ ballet by Sergei Prokofiev, cavatina from the “Aleko“ opera by Sergei Rachmaninov, aria of Musetta from Giacomo Puccini`s “La Boheme“ opera, aria of Mardan from Gara Garayev`s “Motherland“ opera and other works sounded at the concert. Chamber music concert will be held on August 3, bringing together Nargiz Karimova (vocal), Vusal Babayev (piano), Eldaniz Alakbarzade (piano), “Detashe“ ensemble. Works of A. Scriabin, F. Chopin, Garayev, E. Grieg, P. I. Tchaikovsky, A. Arensky, etc will sound at the evening. The Kyiv Virtuosos Symphony Orchestra and Flamenco Ensemble will also take part in the festival. The soloists are Marina Rosario Claudio Manso, Yolanda Sobrado, Francisco Jesus Bas Ramos, Rodrigo Alonso Rodriguez, Antonio Eloy Aguilar Rodriguez, Oscar Ayuso Blazquez, Jesus Enrique Gonzalez, Hernandez, Jorge Amancio Rodriguez Padilla, Alberto Perianes Cid, Dimas Cedres Martin. Baku Chamber Orchestra will please music lovers on August 4. The orchestra will be conducted by Farhad Badalbayli. The soloist of the evening will be famous pianist, People's Artist Murad Adigozalzade. The Virtuosos of Kyiv Symphonic Orchestra will perform under the direction of Argentine conductor Yeruham Scharovsky. The soloists are Narmin Najafli, Edward Wolfson (Switzerland), Kristof Barati (Bulgaria), Grace Hyewon (the U.S.). Works of D. Shostakovich, A. Piazzolla, G. Sviridov, G. Garayeva, etc will sound on August 5 by Turkish musicians Dogu Kaptaner, Ozkan Mert, Aytaj Rzaguliyeva. The 11th Gabala International Music Festival will close with a grand concert program called “VİVA OPERA“ on August 5. The concert program will feature arias from the operas “The Barber of Seville“, “The Dead City“, “Rigoletto“, “The Power of Fate“, “La Traviata“, “Romeo and Juliet“, “La Boheme“, etc. The operas performance will be conducted by Alvis Caselli (Italy). The soloists of the evening will be Maria Buinosova (Russia), Umid Idrisov (Uzbekistan), Modestas Sedlevicius (Lithuania). ..
31.07.2019 11:18 Director-General of UNESCO and Director of the World Heritage Center addressed the letters of appreciation to the Government of AzerbaijanMs. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, has addressed a letter of appreciation to the Government of Azerbaijan for the successful organization of the 43rd Session of the World Heritage Committee. The letter appreciates that our country has hosted this prestigious event at a high level and expresses gratitude for the preparation activities, organization of the session, side events and meetings. In her letter, Director-General also notes that she enjoyed visiting the Gobustan Reserve during her visit to Baku. “I am personally very delighted to discover the rich cultural heritage of Azerbaijan in the foretype of Gobustan and to witness the efforts made by the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Culture in the preservation and promotion of this site”, she resembles her visit. Moreover, the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Abulfas Garayev, is invited to participate in the Forum of Ministers of Culture ahead of the 40th Session of the General Conference to be held by UNESCO on November 19, 2019. “I left Baku amid the dynamically developing relations between UNESCO and Azerbaijan, and I was very pleased for this. I am once again convinced that I can always count on your support.” Ms. Azoulay quotes at the end. * * * Ms. Mechtild Rössler, Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Center, has also addressed a letter of appreciation to the Government of Azerbaijan regarding the 43rd Session of the World Heritage Committee. The letter commends our country for hosting this important event at a high level. It is noted that many issues on the agenda of the Baku session have been resolved in a timely and successful manner. On behalf of her colleagues at the World Heritage Center, Ms. Rössler expressed her gratitude for the high-level organization of the meetings, including the team involved in supporting the UNESCO Secretariat, who was directly involved in the day-to-day planning: “We appreciate the magnificent atmosphere of the meetings, the professionalism, the generosity of the staff, the high level of service and the warm attitude of the people who coordinated the meetings”. The Director of the World Heritage Center in her letter invited the Minister of Culture of Azerbaijan to the 22nd General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention to be held on November 27-28 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. It’s noted that a report on the activities of the Committee is expected to be heard by the chairman of the 43rd Session of the World Heritage Committee. At the end of the letter, Ms. Rössler thanked the Government of Azerbaijan for its sustained cooperation and support for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention. The 43rd Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee was held in Baku from June 30 to July 10, 2019. Azerbaijan is a member of the World Heritage Committee since 2015 and chairs the Committee during the year of 2019. The 43rd Session was chaired by the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Abulfas Garayev. The session was attended by over 2,500 delegates from over 180 countries, including ministers, senior officials, as well as heads and officials of international organizations. ..
28.07.2019 16:48 Young musicians to perform at Gara Garayev House-MuseumBeing considered one of the greatest Azerbaijani composers, Gara Garayev synthesized Eastern and Western musical traditions. His works cover almost all music genres. The House-Museum of the legendary composer solemnly opened in Baku last year. The museum's collection includes personal belongings, posters, programs, photographs, books and other exhibits dedicated or belonging to Gara Garayev. Various events are organized at the Gara Garayev House-Museum that operates as part of the State Museum of Musical Culture. A concert of young musicians will be held at the House-Museum on July 29, Azertag reported. Presidential scholars studying abroad – pianists Vurgun Vakilov, Ali Mammadov and flutist Agharahim Guliyev – will play the works of Gara Garayev as well as Frederic Chopin, Gabriel Urbain Faure, Alexander Scriabin, Francesco Morlacchi. The concert starts at 16:00. Gara Garayev inherited his love for music from his parents. His father Abulfas Garayev was a famous pediatrician in Baku. Abulfas Garayev was known for his kindness and generosity. When patients were too poor to pay for treatment, he often left his own money under the prescription for them. He knew Azerbaijani folk music very well and loved to sing. Garayev's mother, Sona Khanim, was among the first graduates of the Music School, the Baku branch of the Russian Music Society. At the age of eight, Garayev first entered the junior music school at the Azerbaijan State Conservatoire. His exceptional musical talents let him study simultaneously in two faculties at the conservatoire. His teachers were Georgi Sharoyev, Leonid Rudolf, and the prominent Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibeyli. In 1938, Garayev composed his first musical piece, a cantata “The Song of the Heart“ to the poem by Rasul Rza. It was performed in Moscow's Bolshoi Theater in the same year. He was only 20 years old at that time. Garayev returned to Baku in 1941. He began teaching students at Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Society. In 1945, both he and Jovdat Hajiyev wrote the “Motherland“ opera, for which they were awarded a prestigious Stalin Prize. At the age of 30, Garayev was again awarded this prize for his symphonic poem “Leyli and Majnun“, based on the same-titled famous work of Nizami Ganjavi. In 1952, under the direction of the choreographer P. A. Gusev, Garayev's “Seven Beauties“ ballet was staged at the Azerbaijani Theater of Opera and Ballet. Based on Nizami Ganjavi's famous poem, “Seven Beauties“, it became the first Azerbaijani ballet and opened a new chapter in the history of classical music of Azerbaijan. His ballet, “Path of Thunder“, staged in 1958, was dedicated to racial conflicts in South Africa. In the same year, he wrote the score for the documentary film “A Story about the Oil Workers of the Caspian Sea“, directed by Roman Karmen and set at the Oil Rocks. Through his life, Garayev wrote nearly 110 musical pieces, including ballets, operas, symphonic and chamber pieces, solos for piano, cantatas, songs and marches, and rose to prominence not only in Azerbaijan, but also worldwide. Garayev died on May 13, 1982 in Moscow at the age of 64. The composer left a legacy of music that will be remembered by many generations to come. The memory of the great composer will always live in the hearts of Azerbaijani people. ..
25.07.2019 17:12 Walt Disney Hall of Los Angeles hosts Azerbaijani composer Frangiz Alizade’s world-premiereWorld-premiere of the Azerbaijani composer, Chair of the Composers’ Union of Azerbaijan Frangiz Alizadeh’s new composition “Harmony“ has been held in the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Supported by the Consulate General of Azerbaijan, the new composition was performed, within the iPalpiti Festival, by the world-famous iPalpiti Chamber Orchestra under Maestro Eduard Schmieder’s conduction. Representing 22 countries, the iPalpiti Chamber Orchestra comprises young award-winning musicians, including accomplished violinist Azer Damirov from Azerbaijan. The concert was attended by over 2,000 classical music lovers, including renowned representatives of music and art, as well as community leaders and journalists. Prior to the the event, concert programs including info on Azerbaijan and Frangiz Alizade were distributed among guests. The brochures conveyed the information about Azerbaijan’s rich culture and musical heritage, as well as its traditions of multiculturalism and tolerance. It was also noted that Azerbaijan is the birthplace of the first opera (1908), operetta (1910) and ballet (1940) in the Muslim world and became the first majority-Muslim nation to establish a secular parliamentary democracy and to grant women the right to vote. In his congratulatory message, Consul General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles Nasimi Aghayev stated: “It is my great pleasure to welcome the great Azerbaijani composer, the Chair of the Composers’ Union of Azerbaijan, Professor Frangiz Alizade for the world-premiere of her new composition “Harmony,“ which represents so much Azerbaijan stands for, - as a place where East meets West, and where different cultures and civilizations find each other and interact in a harmonious way.” Moreover, programs gave detailed information about Azerbaijani composer Frangiz Alizade’s career and noted that her works have been performed by Kronos Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma, Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Hilary Hahn and other prominent musicians. The new composition was received with much admiration and applause from the audience. Azerbaijani music once again mesmerized Angelenos. Also during her visit to California Alizade gave a master class to young American composers on July 18 at the City Hall of the City of Beverly Hills. ..