Award-winning Azerbaijani pianist Isfar Sarabski will perform at the world famous Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club this Wednesday 18 May.
Sarabski, a former winner of the Solo Piano Competition of the Montreux Jazz Festival, released his debut album last year via Warner Records. His album incorporates jazz, classical, folk and funk music, and has fascinated not only critics and experts but also younger audiences.
The pianist studied at Baku Music Academy in his home country before continuing his studies at Berklee College of Music. He is the great-grandson of Huseyngulu Sarabski, the celebrated Azerbaijani opera singer, actor and one of the founders of Eastern opera.
Asked about the inspiration behind his love for music, Sarabski comments, "My father’s vinyl records were literally my toys. I was fascinated by the mechanics of the record player, by the big black discs, and, of course, by the world of tones, harmonies and rhythms that it opened up to me. I can remember exactly how I felt the first time I listened to Dizzy Gillespie’s records or recordings of Bach’s and Chopin’s works. How was music able to create images in my head? I had to find out.”