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Master class: Amina Figarova

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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Jazz pianist and composer Amina Figarova presents a master class offering insights into her singular style.

Composer and pianist Amina Figarova, who was born and raised in Baku, Azerbaijan, leads the Amina Figarova Sextet along with her husband and musical partner, flutist Bart Platteau, who is from Belgium. They've toured extensively, developing a tight-knit ensemble that, despite inevitable personnel changes, has attained a distinctive and inimitable voice by concentrating on all-original repertoire for almost 18 years. During that period, Figarova and Platteau have lived in Rotterdam, which they found to be a comfortable, if not overly challenging, launching pad for their careers. Having collaborated with musicians residing in both the United States and Europe, and having built up a circuit of welcoming venues, the sextet has triumphed at the main stage of the Newport Jazz Festival, been invited repeatedly to New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and won critical and audience acclaim in Chicago, Detroit, Paris, Amsterdam and New York. In 2010, they made the daring move to Forest Hills, Queens, and having arrived, they couldn't be happier. Figarova’s most recent album, Twelve, celebrates jazz as an international music and New York City as a locale where jazz gypsies may feel most at home. Her themes and backing arrangements for the complementary yet highly personalized extrapolations of Platteau and also tenor/soprano saxophonist Marc Mommaas, trumpeter Ernie Hammes, bassist Jeroen Vierdag and drummer Chris "Buckshot" Strik depict subtleties of her response to the great American metropolis. Twelve is suffused with the heightened expectations, sense of adventure and fresh perceptions that voluntary émigrés enjoy, as well as the confidence, creative energies and nuanced fulfillment that artists gain from being in the right place at the right time.
www.aminafigarova.com

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PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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