Creative Projects

A Prayer for Ukraine

This project was organized by the Ukrainian Embassy in Azerbaijan, aimed to raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis and war taking place in Ukraine. Musicians: Hidayat Aliyev (voice), Togrul Asadullayev (kamancha), Polina Dessiatnitchenko (tar), Vafa Shiraliyeva (kanun)
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A haunting Christmas tune “Shchedryk” performed on Azerbaijani instruments. Shchedryk was composed by Mykola Leontovich (1877-1921) based on a Ukrainian folk tune. It became known internationally as “Carol of the Bells.” Originally this was a “well-wishing” song about a swallow that flies into a household to announce a plentiful year ahead.
Musicians: Polina Dessiatnitchenko (tar), Togrul Asadullayev (kamancha), Chinara Heyderova and Vafa Shiraliyeva (kanun), Shefa Kerimov (ud), Azad Alimammadov (balaban). Music arranger Sahib Pashazade Thank you to the Ukrainian Embassy in Azerbaijan for creating this project.
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Mugham Məclisi Project

Our project “Mugham Məclisi” is an attempt to revive the early-twentieth-century tradition of musico-poetical (məcməüş-şüara) mugham gatherings in order to provide an opportunity for aspiring mugham musicians to perform in front of masters and receive critical feedback. Each məclis begins with a lecture and discussion centered on a particular, prior-established theme and led by invited mugham masters, poets, philologists, and religious figures. The themes will be chosen so as to explore particular issues that students of mugham are usually not exposed to at official institutions. The presentation by mugham masters is followed by musical performances by students and subsequent discussion of their performance.
Funding Body: Youth Foundation (Ministry of Education, Azerbaijan)
Venue: Tahir Salahov House Museum, The Old City, Baku
Project Lead: Polina Dessiatnitchenko, Yoshito Katanoda, Sadiq Ahmadov