Summer Jazz and Politics, Berlin

On 3 July, more than 300 people attended the Summer Jazz and Politics 2014 event at Kunztschule at the invitation of TEAS Germany. The reception and concert by the talented young 24-year-old Azerbaijani pianist Isfar Sarabski took place only a few metres away from the historic ‘Checkpoint Charlie’ landmark and Berlin’s famous Gendarmenmarkt, The guests included Bundestag members, diplomats, music journalists and selected members of Berlin society.

Isfar won the Solo Jazz Piano Prize at the Montreux International Jazz Festival in 2009, and performed in Berlin alongside the regular members of his trio – Alexander Mashin (drums) and Makar Novikov (bass) – in front of an enthusiastic audience. Recently, Isfar has been on the international stage again with his performance at the MIDEM Festival in Cannes, and the TEAS-sponsored concert at the Festival Jazz Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris. This video features music from the concert and reflections from attendees, including Olav Gutting MP (CDU/CSU).