George Washington University hosts presentation on Azerbaijani mugham 

Mugham is a national music form belonging to the peoples of the East. It is an example of classical music based on oral traditions. Mugam forms the base of Azerbazeri mughamaijan folk music. There are seven main mugham in music of Azerbaijan: «Rast», «Shur», «Segah», «Shushtar», «Chargah», «Bayati-Shiraz», «Humayun». Mughams differ from each other according to the original essence and nature of music. Uzeir Hajibeyov in his  scientific-theoretical book “Basis  of Azerbaijan folk music” characterizes an explains the mood given to listeners by mughams as:   “Rast” inspires a courage and cheerfulness in listeners , «Shur» — funny, lyrical mood, «Segah» — a feeling of love, «Shushter» — a deep sadness, «Chargah» — a feeling of excitement and passion, «Bayati-Shiraz» — sadness, «Humayun» — creates a feeling of deep sorrow. Mugam is performed by trio of  tar, kamancha, and folk singer. But mughams performed in solo at Azerbaijan national musical instruments is called as «instrumental mughams». Works of Azerbaijani composers in its roots are connected with mughams. This is aspect of their national specificity. Acclaimed US mugham specialist Jeffrey Werbock has made a presentation on Azerbaijan`s mugham at the George Washington University as part of the 16th annual meeting of the Central Eurasian Studies Society of the Elliott School of International Affairs. The presentation included an instrumental solo improvisatio

ns based on traditional mugham and played on the oud, kamancha and tar, as well as a lecture on the theory and history of Azerbaijani mugham. The musician spoke about his 40 years of experience in the research and performance of mugham. Jeffrey Werbock is one of the most unique musicians of the USA, who fell in love with Azerbaijani music in 1971 and devoted his life to the promotion of Azerbaijani mugham. He gave hundreds of concerts and lectures in museums, colleges, universities and community centers in the United States, Israel and other countries.

 

Peace stone from Hiroshima delivered to Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan became the latest nation among countries around the world to accept a peace stone from a Hiroshima-based civic group, AzerTag reports citing Kyodo News. The Stone for Peace Association of Hiroshima delivered the paving stone that survived the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of the Japanese city, engraved with an image of Buddhist goddess of mercy, to Peace_Stone_from_Hiroshima_delivered_to_AzerbaijanAdventuresrepresentatives of the Azerbaijan government during a ceremony at the Museum of Fine Arts of Baku. Azerbaijan Deputy Prime Minister Elchin Efendiyev, Culture and Tourism Minister Abulfas Garayev and Japanese Ambassador Tsuguo Takahashi attended the ceremony. Azerbaijani Culture and Tourism Minister Garayev said that accepting the peace stone symbolizes Azerbaijan’s active efforts to promote global peace. Japanese Ambassador Takahashi said the peace stone represents «a new step toward further developing relations between Japan and Azerbaijan.» Michio Umemoto, head of the Hiroshima civic group, referring to the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki this year, said the stone is starting «a new life» in the Azerbaijan capital. The granite stone is about 50 centimeters square and weighs about 50 kilograms. It was one of the paving stones for Hiroshima streetcar tracks that were just 200 meters from ground zero. More than 100 countries have so far received or agreed to receive the stone, which also has the English words «From Hiroshima» engraved on it since the start of the donation campaign in 1991.

 

Thriller based on Elchins original play premieres in London

The premiere of MIDNIGHT, a haunting new musical thriller that matches a darkly witty psychological drama with a heart-breakingly beautiful score has been held in London, AzerTag reports. Directed by Matthew Gould, this three hander –Elchin_Story_London_AzerbaijanAdventures with an actor-musician ensemble – is based on an original play, «Citizens of Hell» by the great Azerbaijani writer Elchin. In adapting Elchin’s parable, Timothy Knapman and Laurence Mark Wythe have created a shatteringly unforgettable musical. Famous figures including theatre critics, producers, directors and musicians attended the premiere. The premiere was well received by critics. ‘The full staging of the play is planned in 2016. It is possible to demonstrate the play in the regional theatres of UK which is planned for long-term staging,’ said Sanan Aliyev producer of Aloff theatre. Aloff is a theatre company dedicated to the promotion of new and classic works. Founded in 2010, by producer Sanan Aliyev, to produce and tour English-language productions of plays from the established and emerging independent repertoires of Azerbaijan. This has also created a platform to produce plays and adaptations of classical narratives and genres from other countries in the Former Soviet Union and Central Asia. Based in London, Aloff promotes the interchange of dramatic resources between Azerbaijan and the UK, and the opportunity to discover a fabulous tradition of theatre-making. A key part of Aloff’s ethos is exploring the possibilities of different genres for staging works, including musicals and site-specific concepts, actively bringing together creatives and performers from all around the world.
Hey Maryam Alakbarlis works to be on display of Carusel  de Louvre
news2Young and talented Azerbaijani painter Maryam Alakbarli’s next solo exhibition will be arranged at Carrusel de Louvre, Paris, AzerTag reports.
Earlier, on June 12, a solo exhibition of Alakbarli was launched at the exhibition hall in Carrusel de Louvre.
The exhibition opened as part of «Art Shopping» festival. Maryam’s works have earned big success both in her motherland Azerbaijan and beyond its borders in Germany, Italy, Russia, Turkey Lithuania and France.
Heydar Aliyev center to host presentation «Baku, i love you»film project
Presentation of the film-project «Baku I Love You» witnewsh support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation will be held on October 23-25, AzerTag reports. Directors of the project produced at Mosfilm are Yegor Konchalovsky and Nadir Machanov. The presentation will be held at Heydar Aliyev Center.  The project consists of 10 films. The preparation process was launched in November 2011. Along with Azerbaijani actors Rasim Balayev, Mabud Maharramov, Lalazar Mustafayeva, Shamil Suleymanli, Bahram Baghirzade, Ayshad Mammadov, Sanuber Isgandarli, famous actors invited from Turkey, Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Uzbekistan are starring in the films. Tickets for «Baku, I Love You» film to be demonstrated at the Heydar Aliyev Center can be purchased at the Center’s box office.
Azerbaijani films win international festival prize

Two Azerbaijani films — «Akhinla ashagi» (Down the River) and «Nabat» feature films won Let’s CEE international festival prize held in Vienna on October 1-11. The films were demonstrated in Urania, Village Cinema and Actorcinema festivald’s Studio cinemas. The heroine of Nabat film, performer of Nabat role, Fatima Motamed-Arya was nominated as the best leading role performer. Another Azerbaijani film Akhinla ashagi (Down the River) whose producer is Asif Rustamov won the award on «The most promising debut» nomination. The LET’S CEE Film Festival presents high-quality feature films, documentaries and short films from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), the Caucasus and Turkey, together with lectures, workshops and concerts. Thanks to the initiative and cooperation of the Azerbaijani Cultural Center in Vienna Azerbaijan has been represented in the international festival for the third year.

 

Nizami Ganjavi International Center to hold conference in Bulgaria
The Nizami Ganjavi international Center will organize «New Visions of Partnership & Neighbourhood for Europe» nizamibulgariaconference under the aegis of President of Bulgaria Rosen Plevneliyev in Sophia on October 8-9. The conference will see discussions on economic, political and moral problems and refugee crisis in Europe, AzerTag reports. The conference will bring together heads of government and former presidents of Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Hungary, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Chairman of the State Committee on Work with Diaspora, Board Member of Nizami Ganjavi International Centet Nazim Ibrahimov will join the event. Nizami Ganjavi International Center was founded with the multiple aims of preserving the reach cultural heritage of the past as well as encouraging and fostering current scholarship, research, cultural activity and social outreach, with aim to be a center of excellence for the production of knowledge and to be a place of dialogue and understanding between cultures and people.

 

Azerbaijan joins Meet in Beijing Arts Festival in China

An Event on Azerbaijani music has been arranged at the Beijing Concert Hall. Addressing the cerebeijingmony, official of Chinese Ministry of Culture Zhao Haisheng highlighted the history and current state of Azerbaijani-Chinese cultural relations. He also stressed the importance of such festivals and concerts in terms of bringing the two nations closer to each other. Azerbaijani Ambassador to China Latif Gandilov said such projects contribute to the culture of both countries. The event featured performance of Azerbaijani national mugham. The 15th Meet in Beijing Arts Festival saw 42 art troupes and 104 bands from 25 countries and regions perform more than 100 indoor shows and 50 outdoor galas. The festival opened with a performance by dancers from the National Ballet of China, including Ma Xiaodong and Wang Ye, and American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Isabella Boylston and Boston Ballet principal dancer Paulo Arrais. The Brigham Young University, one of the largest private universities in the United States, has performed in China more than 30 times. This year, the Brigham Young University Singers performed in China for the first time at Tsinghua University and at Beihang University. The choir performed a variety of pieces, ranging from classical, folk to Broadway music in its concerts, Music of the Masters. Other art troupes from the US included the Georgia Boy Choir, the William and Mary Wind Ensemble and the Richmond Ballet. Isao Tomita, a pioneering Japanese electronic music artist, is one of the headliners of the festival. The 82-year-old composer, who was born in Tokyo and spent his early childhood with his father in China, will bring his Symphony Ihatov to his «second hometown» on May 20 at the Century Theater. Zhang Huoding, one of China’s leading Peking Opera stars, closde the festival with Reunion in the Dream and Suolin Purse at the National Center for the Performing Arts. More than 30 DJs from the US and European countries performed at Beijing Intro Electronic Music Festival at Chaoyang Park in Beijing.

Azerbaijan represented at KOICA Global Village exhibition in Seoul

Those visiting the exhibition can get large information about the history and culture of Azerbaijan. The national carpet samples and books on the art of the ancient carpseoulets, musical instruments and national clothes samples, miniature and pictures of ancient monuments presented by the Azerbaijani Embassy in Korea, were shown in “Azerbaijani pavilion” created at the exhibition. KOICA President Young-mok Kim, a member of the Korean National Assembly Yoon-jo Shim, Director General of the Development Cooperation Bureau (Office) of the Foreign Affairs Ministry Oh Young-joo and others attended the ceremony, welcomed repersenattives of the participant countries. Addressing the opening ceremony, the officials expressed confidence that the organization of this kind of the exhibition and educational programs will create new opportunities for raising awareness among people, strengthening further friendship and cultural relations and cooperation regardless of geographical location of countries, their religion and belief. The exhibition will last up to June 2016.

Germany hosts evening of Azerbaijan culture

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Germany Parviz Shahbazov said this egermanyvening takes place within the framework of a series of events being held following the initiative of Azerbaijan’s First Lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva. The ambassador gave information about the country’s location at the crossroads of the East and West, its culture and music, contribution made by the country to the world music, and Garabagh – the music cradle of the Azerbaijani people – being under occupation by Armenia. Parviz Shahbazov talked about Azerbaijan’s development, relations between Azerbaijan and Germany, and recent bilateral high-level visits by officials of both countries. Talking about two business visits made by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev to Germany early in 2015, the ambassador emphasized that this visits have made significant impact on the development of bilateral relations. Giving information about the relations between Azerbaijan and Frankfurt am Main, the ambassador invited local residents to Baku to watch upcoming First European Games. The host of the event gave information about the historical ties between Azerbaijan and Germany, German heritage existing in Azerbaijan, and projects implemented by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation both in and outside the country aimed to preserving cultural heritage, as well as projects in the social, scientific and educational fields. Then a concert programme by jazz musicians Elchin Shirinov, Dave Humbert and Andrea di Biase took place. Within the framework of the event was also demonstrated a photo exhibition entitled “German Traces in Azerbaijan”. Over 500 guests participated in the Evening of Azerbaijani Culture held in Germany. Executive Director of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Anar Alakbarov, government and parliament representatives of the Hessen Federal Land, members of Frankfurt am Main municipality, and representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Germany, public and political, cultural, scientific circles of Germany, as well as mass media were present at the event.

Euronews TV reports on Intercultural Dialogue Forum in Baku

The report says that The third World Forum on Inter-cultural Dialogue was held over two days in Azerbaijan. Finding solutions to conflicts and problems, discussing relationships between different cultures andeuro news religions was the idea behind the gathering of opinion formers and religious leaders in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, AzerTag reports. The theme this year was “Culture and sustainable development in the post 2015 development agenda,” with a view to marking the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The Channel underlines that the World Forum, also known as the “Baku Process” was officially opened by the President of Azerbaijan. “Today we have representatives here from over 100 countries. It is really very important that these people have come to Azerbaijan to share their opinion because there are a lot of conflicts in the world. Blood is being shed in these conflicts, battles are taking place in Europe and also in our region. In this case Azerbaijan is like a stable island in the region,” stressed President Ilham Aliyev. According to the Euronews TV, the French Senator, Nathalie Goulet said at the Forum: “We have to get away from theory. I think it will be a long and hard journey. Because for the moment the world is not very safe and it is much more violent than it was 10 years ago,” The World Forum for Inter-cultural Dialogue is a biennial event organized in partnership with UNESCO. “The situation in the world today is really worrying. We are seeing more conflicts and they are changing and we become more intolerant. I think we have not paid enough attention to culture – our cultural heritage and cultural diversity. “We have not paid enough attention to education programs. I think we have to change the content of school text books. We have to study more history. We have to know our own culture and that of other countries,” contended Irina Bokova, General Director UNESCO. The Forum looked to the future in its meetings in terms of ‘the big project’ and ‘the small project’, with the abiding theme that tolerance is possible. Participants of the event believe that the Forum would make notable contributions to the peace, tolerance and multiculturalism in the world. “We share difference diversity and we have to learn how to live together without killing each other. That’s the hope. That’s the big project. The small project is to look at things that work so that we can live together,” concluded Paul Morris of UNESCO.

Maiden Tower awarded in Europe

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Maiden Tower passed the qualifying round in the «European Museum of the Year 2015″ competition, held in Glasgow (Scotland), with the participation of prestigious museums more than in 21 European countries, and received the award in the nomination «For significant achievements in the area of ​​increasing social significance of a museum». The contest «European Museum of the Year 2015″, conducted by the European Museum Forum, is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world in the field of museum work. The aim of the contest is to draw public attention to raising the quality and innovation in museums. Under the terms, the museums opened in the last two years, or which have been reconstructed over this period, are free to participate in the competition.

«Night of Azerbaijan» held in Vienna as part of 2015 Eurovision song contest

The participants first commemorated the victims of the fire outbreak in a 16-storey building in Baku with a minute’s silence. viennaHead of the Vienna-based Azerbaijani Cultural Center Leyla Gasimova addressed the ceremony saying that they are proud that such an event was organized as part of the Eurovision 2015 song contest. The event was attended by delegations from various countries, including some Eurovision-2015 representatives — Aminata from Latvia,  Vaidas Baumila and Monika Linkytė from Lithuania, Måns Zelmerlöw from Sweden and Amber from Malta. The guests were handed out magazines, brochures reflecting the important events in sports and cultural life of Azerbaijan and offered dishes of the country’s national cuisine.  Azerbaijan’s 2015 Eurovision entry Elnur Huseynov changed his program due to the tragedy occurred in Baku. He didn’t sing rhythmic songs on that day, but only lyric ones. Elnur Huseynov will today perform in the second semifinal of the Eurovision 2015 song contest.

Putin confers Oder of Honor on Polad Bulbuloglu

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin has signed an order on conferring the Order of Honor on Polad Bulbuloglu, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Moscow. On May 21, a ceremony for presenting state awards of Russia was organized in Kremlin. A total of 40 people were awarded the highest state awards. They include scientists and cultural figures, politicians, diplomats, representatives of religious organizations, athletes, cosmonauts and businessmen.