Artist Profiles: Imamyar Hasanov

Imamyar Hasanov

Imamyar Hasanov was born in Baku (Azerbaijan). He is a virtuoso of the kamancha, a spike fiddle that is the ancestor of the violin and one of the most important instruments in Azeri music. Hasanov started playing the kamancha at the age of seven and eventually became the youngest soloist in Azerbaijan’s National Orchestra and National Dance Ensemble. He has a Master of Music Degree in Conducting from the Azerbaijan State Conservatory. During his conservatory studies, he worked with Professor Agha Jabrayil Abasaliyev and became interested in the art of mugham.

In addition to contributing to the preservation of traditional music, Imamyar Hasanov has created a body of work which has brought this music to the forefront of both the classical and world music fields.

Hasanov now resides in the United States of America. He has performed in Canada, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Turkey and the US and has collaborated with artists such as Chingiz Sadykhovm, Aziz Herawi, Pejman Hadadi and Hossein Omoumi.

On stage, Imamyar is a dynamic virtuoso who performs Azerbaijani and Middle Eastern traditional improvisations as well as European classics. His programs interweave acoustic music with informal talk.

Featuring one of the best classical, folk and dance music masterpieces from composers of Azerbaijan and traditional Azerbaijani mugham improvisations.

In 2013, Imamyar Hasanov taught music from Azerbaijan as a Lecturer for the San Francisco World Music Festival Lectureship in the Department of Music at Stanford University.

Discography

An Undiscovered Treasure: Kamancha of Azerbaijan (2007)
Hayran, with Katayoun Goudarzi (2008)
Sound of My Soul, with Pejman Hadadi (2011)
Passage to Dawn (2012)
My Endless Love, with Chingiz Sadykhov (2015)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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