AZERBAIJANI MUGHAM & THE BAKU FORUM
In 2012, having been invited to attend a concert of Azerbaijani Mugham in celebration of the Voyager spacecraft's 30th Anniversary
(UCLA-11/12 - click here for a clip), I got to know some fantastic Azerbaijani musicians, specialists in their great Mugham tradition - and this led,
with gratitude to them and to the Azerbaijani Consulate, to a trip to Baku, Azerbaijan to take part in the 2013 Baku Humanitarian Forum.
Here are photos, videos, and a link to a great article about a fascinating country and culture, with great friends - and musicians!
Foreground, back to the camera,
the back of my head can be seen
listening to the great Mugham players (2012)
Two excerpts from a concert I helped organize by introducing my new friends, IMAMYAR HAZANOV,
they all jammed together at the Skirball Center in LA, 2/5/13 - very proud to have been a small part of it -
Rob Eshman, editor of the LA Jewish Journal, chose this photo I took
of a couple living across the street from the old synagogue in Quba,
north of Baku, to be on the cover of the issue with his smart,
Visiting a beautiful breadbaker's tiny shop, baking
loaves in her urn, in Mardakan, just north of Baku.
(the man in the cop car scolded me for taking this photo . . . )
Taking a stroll around the great Heydar Aliyev Center, with my friends Rob Eshman and Doug Kahn