A musical travel guide to Azerbaijan
Since the soviet days, Azerbaijan has had a rich jazz scene. To make sure it's not becoming another obscure insider tip the remote country at the Caspian Sea needs to make some waves internationally from time to time. Under these circumstances a luminary like Rain Sultanov is a real blessing.
The saxophone player is the most popular jazz musician in Azerbaijan. An official Ã¢â¬Å¾honoured artist' of the country, Sultanov often comes back to themes from Azerbaijan in his music, drawing attention to the history and culture of his home land. His project Ã¢â¬Å¾Voice of Karabakh' describes the struggles of Mountainous Garabagh, the contested region on the border to Armenia and Ã¢â¬Å¾Tale Of My Land' delves into the stories and histories of Azerbaijan.
Whilst working on these projects, Sultanov developed the idea of also turning the breath-taking, extreme landscapes of the country into music and show their beauty to his audience. With the help of German filmmaker Antje Dombrowski and diplomat Thomas Melzer, the idea became reality. They gathered musicians and set off to a trip around Azerbaijan to collect sounds and inspiration for the album. They found bubbling gush springs, jammed with blacksmiths, blew against the storm, manhandled a grand piano into the steppe and scared off water birds with unheard sounds. All the impressions, sketches and recordings from this trip they took to Oslo's reclaimed Rainbow Studios.
Here Sultanov's dream finally turned into an album, every bit as breath-taking, extreme and beautiful as the landscapes of Azerbaijan.
The result are pictures made of sound - dreamy, inspiring and surprising - put together from saxophone, percussion, piano, bass, drums, cello and vocals. Ã¢â¬Å¾Inspired by Nature' sends the listener on an inner journey to Rain Sultanov's Azerbaijan and proves that we sometimes see more, when we take the time to listen.
- Intro - The White Birds of Qizilagac
- The White Birds of Qizilagac
- On the Trail of Shirvan's Gazelles
- On the Absheron Hook
- Hirkan's Colors
- The Breath of an Caspian Volcano
Run Time: 38:23 mins
Release Date: 06/09/17
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