Ahmad Jamal presents Shahin Novrasli at Blues Alley
AHMAD JAMAL Presents
Pianist Shahin Novrasli at Blues Alley on May 15
Jazz Pianist, Shahin Novrasli has performed in some of the most prestigious stages in the world, such as London’s Royal Festival Hall, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Black Sea Jazz Festival, and Prague’s Mezinarodni Piano Festival. Shahin now returns to the US with his premier performances in DC, at the historic Blues Alley.
Already a classical and jazz phenomenon in his home country of Azerbaijan, who at the age of eleven performed with the local Symphony Orchestra at the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall, and at eighteen, Shahin played Rachmaninoff’s infamous and arduous “Piano Concerto #2 before an ecstatic audience.
Elegantly blending his classical knowledge, Azerbaijan’s traditional folk “Mugham” and his jazz influences, Shahin created his own unique and accomplished musical universe, among which he combines eastern and western cultures. A gentle wave of exotic melodies, powerful and sharp harmonies, capricious eastern rhythms struck by an American Jazz lightning, majestic and vigorous.
During his performance at Blues Alley, Shahin Novrasli along with James Cammack, former bassist for Ahmad Jamal, will perform jazz standards and Shahin’s compositions from his 2017 release “Emanation” on Jazz Village a label of PIAS.
What others are saying:
“…his jazz virtuosity is often breathtaking – like Brad Mehldau’s contrapuntal-improv approach delivered at blazing tempos, or Herbie Hancock’s left-hand chording reworked with jarring harmonies and wilful rhythmic diversions…His touch is exquisite and his speed jaw-dropping, and if his flood-tides of sound can swamp you after an hour or so, there are more than enough startlingly fresh ideas here, from a culture still relatively unfamiliar to jazz.” The Guardian
“But most impressive was Novrasli’s highly personal approach to jazz, which stays within tradition while avoiding the obvious.” Financial Times