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Global artists Observe musical Liberty at the Baku Jazz Festival

Last updated on November 7, 2019

Jazz is all about liberty and absorbing musical influences from all over the Earth, along with the Baku Jazz Festival revealed quite nicely how an eclectic choice of music might be extremely creative.

Musicians from various nationalities and ethnic backgrounds worked together in the jam sessions, despite having never met previously, and astonished their audiences as they improvised.

The event was started with the Turkish blues and rock group of Feti Çağlayan, but other functions too shone through.

One of them was that the Freedom Trio, a collective of three musicians from three continents that are currently established in Sweden.

The Trio of all Deodata Siquir from Mozambique, Rubem Farias from Bazil and Steinar Aadnekvam from Norway has played over a hundred concerts at festivals and clubs around Europe and the US because they arrived together in 2015.

Dutch saxophonist Yuri Honing played an acoustic quartet together with his compatriots Joost Lijbaart on drums and pianist Wolfert Brederode, in addition to bass Gulli Gudmundsson out of Iceland.

He informed Euronews concerning the numerous competing influences in his songs.

“I moved from classical music to jazz songs, to Arab music for quite a while and pop songs for a fairly long time, [then] rock songs and today I’m mixing in all,” he states.

“There are lots of influences but there ought to be several influences, it is a wonderful thing to have many resources to rely upon.”

Future talent
He’s currently regarded as one of the world’s most creative saxophonists.

Nevertheless, it is not only about established groups and artists in the Baku Jazz Festival. There’s also a global competition in a variety of areas to promote young talents.

The jury president, Rauf Aliyev, states it isn’t just about ability but also takes diligence and endurance to develop into a thriving jazz musician.

“You’ve got to know who’s a hard worker,” he says, noting that some young musicians tend to shore on their gift without even putting in the hard graft involved with establishing themselves recognized artists.”

They’re located in based in Dresden and Lahoud writes the lyrics and lyrics in both French and Arabic, but he insists that the words aren’t necessarily the most significant part of his songs.

“The Arab language plays a part in this ring but not in ways where it’s centrally important — it is about the noise of these words, that is why I play with words to create an ambiance”

Then there’s the French singer, pianist and composer Julie Erikssen, that brings together French and pop type of blues and jazz. Her album”Out of Chaos” premiered last year.

“I was attracted to the piano and also to classical music once I was little, so I hear Romantic era music such as Chopin and Liszt,” she informs Euronews.

“I discovered my love of singing by searching through the jazz disks of my buddy and I also staged, which I’m interested in the gospel, which is, in my opinion, the basis of song”