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Ahmad Jamal Presents: Shahin - Album Release
Shahin Novrasli - Solo piano

"Performing on solo piano, Shahin Novrasli was melodious, thoughtful, and sensitive. The concert pushed him to seek out only the most beautiful notes, embracing a poignant nostalgia in his melodies. It is always exciting to hear a pianist of this stature taking risks. His willingness to press forward translates into deep subtlety of harmony and rhythm[...] This concert both maintained a high bar, compared to his trio concert at last year's Marciac festival, and saw an ascension to a new level... such a beautiful solitude." - Review from Jazz in Marciac Festival (translated roughly from French)

Pianist and composer Shahin Novrasli has had the occasion to play 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, Prague’s Mezinarodni Piano Festival and numerous clubs and festivals throughout the United States.

Growing up in Azerbaijan, Shahin’s rare talent emerged from his country’s various compositional influences as well as its unusual and rich musical heritage.

At the age of five, he began his classical studies at Azerbaijan's highest noted music school - The Bulbul Music School and then at the Hajibeyoy Academy of Music. At only eleven years old, he performed with the local Symphony Orchestra at the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall.

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. With a solo project, a trio with Ari Hoenig and Nathan Peck, Shahin is today an icon for Azerbaijan Jazz and has received enthusiastic comments from worldwide critics and audiences.


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