Aziza Mustafa Zadeh – Dance of Fire
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Aziza Mustafa Zadeh ( born December 19, 1969), also known as “The Princess of Jazz”, “Die Prinzessin des Jazz”, or as “Jazziza”, is an Azerbaijani singer, pianist, and composer who plays a fusion of jazz and mugam (a traditional improvisational style of Azerbaijan) with classical and avant-garde influences. Reviewers have said that her style also shows some influence from Keith Jarrett.
She currently resides in Mainz, Germany, with her mother, Eliza Mustafa Zadeh, who is also her manager. Her two favorite leisure activities, she says, are painting and sleeping. She is a vegetarian. She believes in God, though she does not consider herself as belonging to any religion.
Aziza was born in Baku to musical parents Vagif and Elza Mustafa Zadeh (née Bandzeladze). Vagif was a pianist and composer, famous for creating the mugam-jazz fusion in which his daughter now plays. Elza is a classically trained singer from Georgia.
Aziza’s parents first noticed their daughter’s sensitivity to music when she was eight months old. Aziza recalls the story as her mother tells it:
“ Once, my father was improvising at the piano playing in the mugam mode known as ‘Shur’, which creates a mood that evokes very deep, sad emotions.
As my father was playing, I started to cry. Everyone wondered what was happening to me. Why was I crying? And then mother realized the correlation between my feelings and the music. ‘Vagif, please,’ she told my father, ‘change the scale.
Go to Rast. Play Rast.’ And he did. Now ‘Rast’ is characterized by its joyfulness and optimism. And sure enough, with tears still running down my cheeks, I started to make dance-like movements.
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