Birthday of Vagif Mustafazade to be marked in Moscow

Birthday of Vagif Mustafazade to be marked in Moscow

March 16 marks the 79th anniversary of the founder of Azerbaijani jazz-mugham, honored art worker of Azerbaijan Vagif Mustafazade.

On the eve of this date, friends and colleagues of the jazzman, fans of his music will gather in Moscow at Igor Butman Club on March 10. Works of national musician will sound at the event. "Each of the performing musicians will share their thoughts about Vagif Mustafazade," the announcement reads.

The special guest of the evening will be Igor Butman.

Vagif Mustafazade was born on March 16. 1940 in Baku. He is the founder of Azerbaijani jazz mugham movement that emerged in the late 1960s and 1970s in Baku, as a result of the mixture of these two styles. Throughout years, he wrote numerous jazz compositions, including fugues, preludes, ballads and scherzos, many of them written in the 1970s. He released a total of eight albums, all with different line-ups, mood and style.

Mustafazade is a winner of numerous jazz festivals such as "Tallinn-66", "Tallinn-67", Baku festival "Jazz 69", Donetsk 1977 festival.

Musician's death was a shock to many people. He was only 39 years old when he died on stage while performing in Tashkent in 1979.