Azerbaijani jazz master Emil Afrasiyab to play concerts in France

Press Release: From its inception, The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) has consistently supported the new generation of Azerbaijani artists, including jazz musicians, by introducing them to wider audiences and supporting the development of their careers.

This year, TEAS is proud to support the renowned Azerbaijani jazz pianist Emil Afrasiyab, who will perform at three leading French jazz festivals – the Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris, the Sunnyside Festival in Reims and the Festival de Jazz de Colmar.

Born in Baku in 1982, Emil is a leading figure in Azerbaijani contemporary jazz. His compositions combine jazz and mugham, a traditional Azerbaijani music genre that incorporates a high level of improvisation. His unique technique features contrasts in intonation, harmonic fluctuations and rhythm, and derives influences from both classical and jazz music. Since he created his own band in 2002, Emil’s reputation has developed beyond his native country. He won the Public Prize for Solo Jazz Piano at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2011, and graduated with honours from the famous Berklee College of Music in 2012.

The French festival tour will comprise the following:

  • 27 May 2015, 20.30hrs, Théâtre L’Affiche, Reims (opening for Eric Legnini), as part of the Sunnyside Jazz Festival. To book tickets, go to
  • 29 May 2015, 20.30hrs, Maison des Cultures du Monde, Paris (opening for Aldo Romano Trio), as part of the Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris. To book tickets, go to
  • 7 September 2015, 20.00hrs, Salle de Spectacle Europe, Colmar, opening concert for the Festival de Jazz de Colmar. Tickets available soon.