Shahin directed to jazz music, precisely to its Azerbaijani version – jazz-mugham, under the influence of Vagif Mustafazadeh. In 1996, Shahin entered Azerbaijan State Conservatoire named after Uzeyir Hajibeyov and after finishing education in 2000, he engaged in jazz music seriously, performing compositions of Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Bill Evans and others. In 1999, Shahin Novrasli composed his own compositions – “Sevda Shelalesi” (“Waterfall of passionate love”) and “1001 gece” (“1001 nights”), interpreted national songs in jazz style. In these years Shahin Novrasli released two albums, also performed in the USA, Italy, Turkey and Russia. Shahin Novrasli is participant of such international jazz festivals of last years as Caspian Jazz & Blues Festival (Baku, Azerbaijan), Hot Summer Jazz Festival (Minneapolis, USA), Black Sea Jazz Festival (Sochi, Russia), Antalya International Piano Festival (Turkey), Baku International Jazz Festival and East-West Jazz Festival (France). The year 2007 was marked by Shahin Novrasli’s splendid performance at “Montreux Jazz Festival” in Switzerland, where he was conferred a silver medal. Shahin’s projects are – “Eternal Way” jazz quintet with folk instruments with participation of Nathan Peck, Alexander Mashin, Arslan and Nurlan Novrasli; “Clajamu” jazz solo-concert - a classical solo project (a program consisting of Mozart's and Bach’s compositions) are frequently presented to public in all countries of the world and were recorded to discs. Shahin performed with Kenny Wheeler, Uday Mazumdar, Ellison Miller, Nathan Peck, Alex Peck, Matt Zebroski, Jeff Lederer, John Wilcan, Alim Qasimov, Alexander Mashin and other famous musicians. The eastern and western traditions, synthesis of jazz and traditional Azerbaijani music – mugham are reflected in Shahin Novrasli’s music. Deeply learning sources of mugham, Shahin synthesized its melodies with rhythms of traditional jazz and elements of polyphony. Shahin Novrasli is one of the participants of “Buta: Festival of Azerbaijani Culture” project held in London from November, 2009 to March, 2010.
On November 25, 2009 Novrasli performed at Queen Elizabeth Hall together with Iain Ballamy and Tim Garland mixing jazz with traditional Azerbaijani music – mugham and performing Azerbaijani jazz-mugham. On November 26, 2009 he performed at “606 Club” in London with participation of Iain Ballamy, Tim Garland and Malcolm Creese. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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