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Sunnyside Jazz Festival Welcomes Pianist-Composer Sarabski

Jazzed Magazine • News • November 16, 2017

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The Sunnyside Jazz Festival in Reims celebrated its third edition this past fall. Produced by Jazzus Productions, the festival was established with the “desire to open the public to various original forms of music” and to prove that “jazz is a living music.”

The festival welcomed 450 jazz aficionados on November 5 to see Azerbaijani pianist–composer Isfar Sarabski.

Sarabski is winner of the 2009 Solo Piano Prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and his appearance was made possible by the Paris office of The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS).

“For the third successive year – thanks to TEAS – we are being given chance to discover a new international-standard artist from Azerbaijan,” said Gilles Gautier, co-director of Jazzus Productions and co-founder of the Sunnyside Festiva.

Sarabski has performed in some of the world’s leading concert halls and jazz venues, including the Royal Albert Hall and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, the Asphalt Jazz Club in Berlin and Le Duc des Lombards in Paris.

The following concert by Israeli bassist/singer/composer Avishaï Cohen saw him perform with pianist Omri Mora and drummer Noam David, which took him draw in a multiplicity of musical genres, including Arabic-Andalusian and Latin music, ending with three encores.

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