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ASKAROV Gochag - Sacred World of Azerbaijani Mugham (Traditional music  of Azerbaijan)
Sacred World of Azerbaijani Mugham (Traditional music of Azerbaijan)

Fy 8210
Felmay Records
1 CD

Mugham is the classical heritage of Azerbaijani traditional music. It is a music of great emotional power and sophistication that, despite its archaic musical language and ancient poetic texts, has a universal and contemporary appeal, though it is still not widely known outside the country. Gochaq ASKAROV is only one of a handful of mugham artists, such as the great master Alim Qasimov, to have established an international career, introducing to audiences around the world this great and unique art form.
The performance of mugham is a professional music activity with a long history, many famous names, and a formal training system, though mugham knowledge has always been and continues to be transmitted as an oral tradition, even in the context of Azerbaijan’s numerous music schools. A professional mugham performer must be conversant with the entire mugham repertoire, and be able to improvise within the fixed modal scales and melodic matrices of the genre.

Sacred World of Azerbaijani Mugham presents Gochag Askarov at his best during a concert in 2012. Accompanied by a large group including besides the classical accompanying quartet with Tar (kind of lute), Kamancha (vertical fiddle), Balaban (a kind of oboe) and Naqara (percussion), here we find also Kanun (zither), Oud and Bass Oud (lutes) and two more percussion that add colors and pathos to the sound. On top of all the magic voice of Gochag Askarov. The repertoire includes classical Mughams, but also Tesnifs (classical songs) and folksongs.
The result is a very passionate and intense recording that fully shows the power and the subtleties of the Azerbaijani classical music.

«Gochag ASKAROV is at the forefront of today`s generation of Azerbaijani mugham singers, a position that can only be achieved through immense dedication to the art» (from Womex presentation, 2012).
Still in his early 30s, the expressive and brilliant virtuosity of his voice betray a maturity way beyond his years. With a range of nearly three octaves, his voice has a special quality of subtle intensity, moving the listener with its deep melancholy. “An extraordinary voice”, “a fantastic singer”, and “crown prince of Azerbaijani classical mugham” – this is the way the Western musical press and media portray Gochag Askarov. His voice is often compared to that of Nusrat Fateh Ali khan, the late Pakistani qawwali singer.

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from CD Ye Katama Hod
24 September 2017 - h:18.30
Arturo Stàlteri
Agriturismo Cavazzone
Via Cavazzone 4
Viano (RE) - Italy

30 September 2017 - h:21.30
Melech Mechaya
Forum Romeu Correia
Almada - Portugal

30 September 2017 - h:21.00
I Violini di Santa Vittoria
Chiostri di San Pietro
Reggio Emilia - Italy

30 September 2017 - h:21.30
Arturo Stàlteri
Scuderie Aldobrandini
Piazza Guglielmo Marconi 6
Frascati (RM) - Italy

01 October 2017
Cherasco, fiera

08 October 2017 - h:21.00
Arturo Stàlteri
Residenza Barcaccia
San Lorenzo di Montenero (PG)

12 October 2017 - h:20.00
Blaue Haus Doellnitz
Kasendorf - Germany

13 October 2017 - h:20.00
Kulturhammer e.v.
Thierstein - Germany

14 October 2017 - h:20.00
Gasthaus “Zum Roten Ochsen”
Rechberghausen - Germany

15 October 2017 - h:20.00
Esslingen am Neckar - Germany

27 October 2017 - h:20.30
Rätschenmühle e.V. Geislingen Schlachthausstraße 22
Geislingen - Germany

28 October 2017 - h:20.30
Feuerschloesschen Bad Honnef
Bad Honnef - Germany

04 November 2017 - h:21.30
Tre Martelli
40 years anniversary concert
Teatro Ambra
Alessandria - Italy

04 December 2017 - h:21.00
Birkin Tree
Cinema Teatro Don Natale Leone
Albisola Superiore (SV) - Italy

17 December 2017 - h:17.00
Tre Martelli
Auditorium Gambarina Museum
Alessandria - Italy

23 December 2017 - h:21.00
Liguriani & Mario Pirovano
“Invexendo de Natale”
Teatro Sociale di Camogli
Camogli (GE) - Italy

27 December 2017 - h:21.30
Melech Mechaya
Tivoli BBVA
Lisbon - Portugal

29 December 2017 - h:21.30
Melech Mechaya
Casa da Música
Porto - Portugal

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