Azhaar & Global Wave
Azhaar Saffar is an Iraqi Welsh violinist / singer-songwriter. She studied classical music at the prestigious R.N.C.M, but preferred listening to Miles and Stefan Grapelli. She made her reputation fronting internationally acclaimed Brazilian jazz group Sirius B who sold most of their albums in Japan! Her musical life has been varied and colourful. She has played for Egyptian princes and with Nicaraguan street bands. She has jammed with the minister for culture in Costa Rica, taught violin in remote fishing villages, and performed with the Bribri tribe! But she retains strong credentials with appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival, London’s 606 club where she launched her previous album, regular appearances at Camden’s Jazz café and now Pizza Express Soho!
She has worked with some great British Jazz musicians Jason Rebello, Iain Ballamy, flautist Gareth Lockrane, who guests on the new album and DJ/’congeiro’ Snowboy who produced the title track.
The new album ‘Original Love’ is having a phenomenal reaction, and already receiving major radio play in the UK and worldwide!
Azhaar’s compositions are very much inspired by her travels. Born in North Wales, she has lived in 4 different continents, and more recently emerged from the jungles and oceans of Latin America with the songs for her new album! Not surprisingly this nomadic, unorthodox, multi-faceted, artist has called her new project Global Wave. She is joined by a world class international line-up on this new journey
Global Wave’s music re-maps the straight lines of our boundaries and perceptions in a vibrant, irreverent fusion of world rhythms, funk and jazz enhanced by Azhaar’s glorious jazz violin! We are taken on a musical voyage with lyrics, written on the ‘songlines’” Throw in some ‘pura vida’ and you have ‘Original Love’
(Album release date May 4th distributed by Soul street Records)
Twitter: @AzhaarSaffar https://www.twitter.com/AzhaarSaffar
Marcus Corbett with Nitin Gaikwad
“With his deep affinity with Indian classical music and his expertise in soulfully conveying its essence on the humble acoustic guitar. … where other guitar maestros have dipped their toes…. he’s taken the integration a stage further and his collaboration with tabla virtuosos Nitin Gaikwad and Sharanappa Guttaragi .. is both fiery and rewarding” Fatea Magazine
“there is an obvious warmth to Marcus Corbett, with his rich amalgamation of both British and Indian music” Fiona Talkington, Late Junction, BBC Radio 3
“’Loving Kind’, what an uplifting track – I’ve heard many tracks from the album and I like them all…all very soothing and very lovely” Ashanti Omkar BBC Asian Network
Marcus Corbett is a singer, acoustic guitarist and composer based between the UK and Pune, Maharashtra, India. He has been studying Indian classical music and working with musicians in India for over 10 years, and has released a string of albums, including the most recent two, the acclaimed ‘Strung Deep’ and ‘Every Little Spirit’. His works are a generous spirited cultural collaboration that allows his original compositions to come to life while paying homage to the North Indian classical tradition he loves. He has created lasting relationships in India with Tabla players, Nitin Gaikwad & Sharanappa Guttaragi from Pune, Maharashtra and Gadag in North Karnataka respectively, and these are the foundation of the project and performances.
The album ‘Every Little Spirit’ extended the harmonic reach of the music and is an ambitious enterprise as two violins are at work; and as Marcus says “the beautiful challenge in this search is to keep the individual cultural charm, to allow the bell to ring true; and to maintain the power and integrity of the music”.
In May 2018 Marcus and Nitin completed their debut UK tour, taking in venues across the country, including the prestigious Union Chapel, London for Daylight Music, Modern Art Oxford, Port Elliot Literary Festival and Wood Festival. In Europe Marcus and Nitin toured successfully in Germany and Holland, and Marcus has gained press attention from all over the world for his previous releases, his reputation for masterfully combining the worlds of Indian Classical and British folk music will inevitably grow, and his status as one of the great explorers of these musical borderlands will continue to be celebrated.
Marcus is available for UK festivals and venue performances throughout 2019 and is open to offers that can include his musicians from India.