24.01.2020 11:21 Jazz Diva Dianne Reeves to perform at Heydar Aliyev CenterPre-eminent jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves will give a concert at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku on March 29. Dianne Reeves is one of the most impressive singers on a jazz stage since early 80s. She is the first woman to receive the Jazz Legends Award. Five times nominated for the prestigious Grammy award, she was the first vocalist that signed the contract with legendary Blue Note label. She got Grammy for her albums “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “Beautiful Life”. She receives honorary doctorate from the Julliard School in NY. Dianne Reeves was born into a musical family. Her father sang, her mother played the trumpet, her uncle is bassist Charles Burrell, and her cousin is George Duke. In 1971, she started singing and playing the piano. She studied classical voice at the University of Colorado for a time, then moved to Los Angeles, where she sang with Stanley Turrentine and Lenny White. She became a member of the jazz-fusion group Caldera, then founded another fusion group, Night Flight, with Billy Childs, with whom she would collaborate again in the 1990s. She moved to New York City and from 1983 to 1986, toured with Harry Belafonte. In the late 1980s, she had major success with a crossover song called “Better Days”, oftentimes referred to as “The Grandma Song”, because she pays homage to her grandmother in that song. In 2005, she featured in the George Clooney film Good Night, And Good Luck singing 1950s standards. In 2006, the album featuring the soundtrack won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. ..
22.01.2020 11:33 Baku to host “Baku-Moscow: dialogue of cultures” conferenceA conference titled “Baku-Moscow: dialogue of cultures” will be held in Baku with the support of Azerbaijan`s Ministry of Culture, the Government of Moscow and TASS News Agency. The event will bring together the two countries` government officials, ministers, well-known businessmen, workers of culture, education and science and media representatives. The aim of the conference is to strengthen relations and develop cooperation between Azerbaijan and Russia. The conference will feature a roundtable on “Dialogue of cultures - the basis of the dialogue of nations”, a photo exhibition of the prominent persons of Azerbaijan living in Russia and vice versa, co-organized by TASS News Agency and Azerbaijan State News Agency, presentation of the books “Formula of the power” and “Formula of the life” by First Deputy Director General of TASS News Agency, Russia`s honored journalist Mikhail Gusman and other cultural events. ..
17.01.2020 10:18 Heydar Aliyev Center to host concert of Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra and pianist Lucas DebargueKremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra and famous French pianist Lucas Debargue will perform at a concert in the Heydar Aliyev Center on March 14. The concert will feature outstanding pieces by Franz Liszt, Krzysztof Penderecki, Mieczyslaw Weinberg and Milosz Magin. In 1997, Austria`s legendary Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival was witness to a small revolution when, beside many distinguished musicians, the violinist Gidon Kremer presented a brand new orchestra: Kremerata Baltica, comprising 23 young players from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. From their very first concert, the Kremerata Baltica conquered the discerning audience, injecting new blood into the Festival with their exuberance, energy and joy in playing. The talented group of musicians developed in a few years into one of the best international chamber orchestras in the world and has cemented its international reputation in major concert venues around the world. Kremerata Baltica has played in the last 13 years in more than 50 countries, performing in 600 cities and given around 1,000 concerts in Japan, Australia, the USA, Latin America, Russia and all around Europe. It has released more than 20 CD’s and has won the Grammy Award in 2002, the ECHO prize in 2002 and the Praemium Imperiale Grant for Young Artists in 2009. Lucas Debargue was discovered through his performances at the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition held in Moscow in year 2015. Although placing only fourth in the final round, he was the only musician across all disciplines who was awarded with the coveted Moscow Music Critic’s Prize as a pianist who’s “incredible gift, artistic vision, and creative freedom have impressed the critics as well as the audience”. Straight after this incredible breakthrough Lucas Debargue was invited to play solo and with leading orchestras in the most prestigious concert halls of the world. ..
14.01.2020 12:05 Azerbaijan's talented violinist awarded in TurkeyAzerbaijan's talented violinist Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev has been awarded in Turkey. The musician received Aydın Gun Teshvik Award. The prize was established in 2012 by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Art with the aim of supporting art and cultural fields and promoting creativity in young talents. The award will be presented to Elvin Goja Ganiev at the 48th Istanbul International Music Festival, a cultural event held every June and July in Istanbul. The festival offers a selection of European classical music, ballet, opera and traditional music performances with the participation of famous artists from all over the world. Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev has successfully participated in many competitions and festivals. His name is included in the Golden Book of Azerbaijan's young talents. The musician was awarded with the title of Honoured Artist for his merits in the development of Azerbaijani culture. ..
13.01.2020 17:25 Polad Bulbuloglu’s birthday to be celebratedWorld-famous musician and public figure, Azerbaijan’s current ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloglu turns 75 on February 4, 2020. Events commemorating the 75th anniversary of Polad Bulbuloglu will be held in Beylagan Olympic Sport Complex on February 4 and Heydar Aliyev Palace on February 7. The Hajibeyov Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra, the ballet troupe of the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, pop ensemble and soloists will perform songs by Polad Bulbuloglu. Polad is the only Azerbaijani musician who was honored as a star in “Stars Square“ in Moscow in 2000. ..
02.01.2020 12:16 Country's most visited museum namedAzerbaijan's National Carpet Museum has been named the country's most visited museum. 2019 was marked by many important events for the National Carpet Museum. First of all, this cultural center broke its own record for the number of visitors, bringing their number to 122,143 last year, Trend Life reported. In 2019, the Carpet Museum started operating as the country's first inclusive museum accessible for all to visit. Thus, people with disabilities can visit the museum and get acquainted with the exposition. It should be noted that statements about the museum’s inclusive programs were submitted to such prestigious international museum organizations as ICOM and NEMO. The museum's successful experience was highly appreciated by international experts and organizations such as ICOM Canada, ICOM International Committee for Museum Management (INTERCOM),NEMO and CAMOC. In addition, several amendments were made concerning Azerbaijani exhibits at the Russian State Museum of Oriental Art. In particular, in the information about the carpets, the place of their production was indicated Azerbaijan. A catalog of Azerbaijani carpets at the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art in Istanbul was also published. In 2019, the museum's collection was enriched with six new exhibits. Among them are two female jewelry of the Qajar era, purchased from Sotheby's Auction House. U.S. citizens Dumas Jones and Jay Jones presented the museum with a 19th-century Gonagkend rug, while the State Customs Committee donated six valuable carpets. Notably, these carpets were confiscated during an attempt to smuggle abroad. All of these exhibits will be presented to the public next year. The exhibitions held by the museum last contributed to the country`s cultural life. The museum itself hosted ten exhibitions and three more were organized in Russia, China and France. Especially worth noting is the exhibition “Azerbaijan Heritage in Louvre Museum“ - the first joint project of two museums. As part of the exhibition, the Carpet Museum displayed three unique Azerbaijani carpets included into the Louvre's permanent collection. In 2019, the museum continued to expand international relations with foreign partners. Memoranda of understanding were signed with the Ichan-Kala State Museum-Reserve, Bukhara State Art-Architectural Museum-Reserve, Ankara University, Tabriz University of Islamic Art, etc. Last year was also notable for the fact that the museum’s activity was highly appreciated by the state - it received national status. In addition, the museum received the“ Quality Certificate of 2019“ from TripAdvisor, for the third year in a row. The National Carpet Museum is proud of its efforts to preserve and promote the national heritage and will continue to work with great returns in the future. ..
27.12.2019 09:01 Poetry night held at Baku branch of Sechenov UniversityA poetry night has been held at the Baku branch of Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University on the initiative of Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva. Addressing the event, Rector of the Baku branch of the University, professor Aziz Aliyev thanked Leyla Aliyeva for her valuable contribution to increasing students’ interest in poetry. In her remarks, Leyla Aliyeva emphasized the important role of physicians. The students of the Baku branch of Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University then recited poems by Leyla Aliyeva, and their own poems as well. Leyla Aliyeva presented her books to the students and posed for photographs together with the event participants. ..
18.12.2019 09:28 Azerbaijan elected vice-president of UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural HeritageThe 14th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which was held in Bogota, Colombia, has elected Azerbaijan as vice-president of the Committee. China, the Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Kuwait and Djibouti were also elected. The Committee also inscribed five elements on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding and 35 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. For the first time, the Intergovernmental Committee removed one element from the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Committee decided to hold its 15th session in Kingston under the chair of Jamaica’s Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange. ..
16.12.2019 09:26 Heydar Aliyev Center hosts “Zima 2019” International Children FestivalCo-organized by Beat Group and Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Culture, a gala concert of “Zima2019” International Children Festival has been held at the Heydar Aliyev Center. Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the event. Prior to the concert, the participants walked the red carpet. The hosts of the evening were Rufat Mammadov and Suel Heybatova. The organizing committee selected 20 best young singers out of 110 applicants. The festival aims to reveal creative potential of talented children and adolescents and carries great importance in terms of collecting experience among professionals. The performances of young talents aroused great interest among the audience. Representatives from Turkey, Ukraine, Georgia, Kazakhstan, France and the UK also performed at the Festival. The participants received the diplomas and keepsakes. ..