The Gaya ensemble performs famous jazz songs [PHOTO/VIDEO]

May 9, 2022 4:42 p.m. (UTC+04:00)


By Laman Ismayilova

The Gaya Ensemble successfully performed at the International Mugham Center within the framework of Baku International Jazz Day.

The concert titled “Through the Years” was named after the only surviving remnant of Victor Youmans and Edward Heyman’s score for the musical drama of the same name.

The audience was thrilled with jazz hits “Don’t Mean a Thing”, “After You’ve Gone”, “It Had To Be You”, “Triste”, “Fascinating Rhythm”, “Tenderly”, “Through The Years” (a cappella choir), “Good Bye”, as well as songs “Bathsheba”, “Pick Up” (instrumental version) and much more. The concert aroused great interest among listeners.

Notably, Gaya State Ensemble celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. The ensemble was formed in 1961, when Rauf Hajiyev invited musicians to work in the Azerbaijan State Estrada Orchestra. Quartet was active from 1972 to 1988.

The Gaya Quartet included ensemble leader Teymur Mirzoyev (1936-2021), Arif Hajiyev, Lev Elisavetsky and Rauf Babayev, who performed songs in Azerbaijani, Spanish, Polish, Russian and English.

The team has toured many countries. Many eminent composers such as Tofig Guliyev, Fikrat Amirov, Rauf Hajiyev, Vasif Adigozalov, Faraj Karayev and Tofig Babayev have successfully collaborated with the ensemble.

In 1985, a new jazz orchestra was established under Gaya, which acquired the name State Estrade-Symphonic Song Ensemble.

In 2009, the group led by People’s Artist Rauf Babayev received the official status of the State Jazz Ensemble.

To date, Gaya State Jazz Ensemble under the leadership of Honored Artist Rufat Babayev is represented by six singers and an instrumental composition of seven musicians.

The repertoire includes jazz, popular compositions, hits from rock and pop music.

The basis is traditional jazz with Azerbaijani pop-jazz traditions.

Within the framework of Baku International Jazz Day, jazz concerts were organized by the Ministry of Culture at the International Mugham Center, Rashid Behbudov National Song Theater from April 29 to May 4.

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Laman Ismayilova is the journalist of AzerNews, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova

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