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Istanbul 1st International Folk Music Festival

started with Aziza Mustafa Zadeh


Jazz pianist, singer, composer Aziza Mustafa Zadeh met the music lovers with her repertoire adapting the Azeri Folk Music “Mugam” to jazz and classical music on the evening of December 1 at Cemal Reşit Rey concert hall. Zadeh was accompanied by Ralf Cetto on bass guitar and Simon Zimbardo on drums at the Istanbul 1st International Folk Music Festival.


Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, who leads the way to new horizons by skillfully interpreting the oriental and western melodies in her albums is one of the names who best adapts the ’Mugam‘ technique, i.e. “improvisation” in Azerbaijani music, to jazz music. Mugam is a musical genre that dates back to the 9th century. Although different versions exist in Azerbaijan, Iran, India and Turkish music, they have gained different formats according to the cultures of countries.


Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, who shaped her art in a wide range of works, both in her performance and compositions, reflects jazz, classical music as well as folk music to her music profession.


Aziza Mustafa Zadeh says that she does not make anything planned in her music and the music has never been a matter of mathematical conjecture for her. The artist states that she only composes those in her heart, and the interest in folk music is coming from her favor for Mugam which was also the favorite music of her father. According to Zadeh, each music has its own color and using these colors together is an incredible richness for a musician.


She has interpreted Aşık Veysel


Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, in her 2002 album “Shamans”, had interpreted the song “Uzun İnce Bir Yoldayım“ (I am on a Long Narrow Road) of Aşık Veysel.