“The friends of Azerbaijani mugham” meeting-concert was held in Baku, as part of the 3rd International Mugham Festival organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Azerbaijan`s Union of Composers.
Jeffrey Werbock presented a program of instrumental solo improvisations based on traditional Azerbaijani mugham, played on oud - fretless wood face short neck lute; tar fretted skin face long neck lute; and kamancha- skin face spike fiddle.
Chairperson of the Azerbaijani Composers Union, People's Artist and Professor Firangiz Alizade noted Jeffrey Werbock gives lectures on Azerbaijan`s mugham at the US Universities.
The concert also featured performances by Libyan group Turasu Libya Makam, consisting of Mohammad al-Zarruq al-Madhun (singer), Bahlul Said Abu-Arqub (singer), Abdurrazzaq Ahmad al-Fadh (violin, ud), Hisham Mohammad al-Bakkay, Adil Salim Sh?khtur (percussion) and Mahmoud Mukhtar Matugda.
Mr. Werbock has been giving presentations for over three decades and has performed often at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, World Music Institute, and presents lecture demonstrations at universities all over the English speaking world. He has been awarded an honorary degree by the National Music Conservatory of Azerbaijan, in Baku, and was recently sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan to perform a solo concert.