Famous Azerbaijan`s mugham (folk music) singer Alim Gasimov will perform with a concert program in France and Turkey. During the concerts, scheduled for September 15 and September 25, Alim Gasimov will be accompanied by his daughter, Honorary Artist Fargana Gasimova, as well as Rauf Islamov on kamancha, Zeki Veliyev on tar and Rafael Isgandarov on percussion.
The concerts will be organized by the support of the International Foundation which aims to propagandize folk arts over the world.
Alim Gasimov is a prominent mugham singer, who is titled a “Living National Treasure" of Azerbaijan. Gasimov perceives and presents mugham not only as an ancient art and a part of Azerbaijan`s musical and cultural heritage but also as a constantly developing tradition. His performing style is unique, as it combines deep knowledge of centuries-old rules of mugham with challenging innovations. It is distinguished by extreme intensity, which mesmerizes audiences.
Gasimov, 55, was awarded the International Music Council-UNESCO Music Prize in 1999. He is also a master of the ancient Ashig folk art.
Since 1989, he is a soloist of Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. On the opera stage, he has played the roles of Majnun and Ashig Garib.
In addition to performing with the Silk Road Ensemble, Gasimov performs with the Kronos Quartet as part of his collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia.