Azhaar Saffar & Global Wave - forthcoming live dates 2018/19.
Friday, August 31, 2018
We have received the following press release;
“One of the most distinctive acts on the jazz world scene”
BBC Radio Wales
“An exhilarating Latin beat feast!.”
C W, Blues ‘n Soul
“It’s a beautiful track your lyrics have the same sentiment as Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s going on. It was a real pleasure working on it.”
“Just superb production, vocals and musicianship. QUALITY all the way!”
Massive Dr Bob Jones
“Azhaar Saffar has come up with a personalised musical hybrid that is very much her own. As predicted, an album well worth waiting for!”
The Jazz Mann
“Azhaar & Global Wave are just amazing! There is some excellent music on this album, and in a gourmet sense, it is full of flavour”
Fernando Rose “Kind of Jazz”
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. Azhaar 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. While retaining strong credentials with appearances at notable festivals and venues such as Montreux, Maijazz, Brecon, Southport, London’s 606 club, Camden’s Jazz Café and recently Pizza Express Soho, she has also played for Egyptian princes, with Nicaraguan street bands, jammed with the minister of culture in Costa Rica, taught violin in remote fishing villages, and performed with the Bribri tribe!
Azhaar’s strong credentials include appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival, London’s 606 club where she launched her previous album, regular appearances at Camden’s Jazz Café and recently Pizza Express Soho.
Azhaar 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. She has also worked with Pee Wee Ellis on her arrangement of Autumn Leaves for string quartet and saxophone and has received Arts Council Funding for her show ‘Footprints’ featuring a jazz sextet and dancers Elizabeth Mischler from Sadlers Wells and Perry Louis of Jazzcotech.
The new album ‘Original Love’ has been phenomenally received, and is receiving major radio play in the UK and internationally!
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’.
Released May 4th 2018. Distributed by Street Soul Records
SEPTEMBER 14th | BOCA BAR GLASTONBURY
SEPTEMBER 16th | PRISTON FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 28th | CORNERHOUSE, FROME Sounds of Brazil
MAY 31st | SCHTUMM, THE QUEENS HEAD, BOX
JUNE 10th | ST IVES JAZZ CLUB
JUNE 11th | THE BEAVER, APPLEDORE
JUNE 12th | SPEAKEASY, TORQUAY
JAZZ MANN FEATURES
Ian Mann on performances by Vula Viel, Yazz Ahmed, David Sanborn, Hanna Paulsberg, Madeleine Peyroux and two exceptional 'Trios With A Twist', one from Cuba, the other from France.
Ian Mann on performances by Paris / Birmingham Jazz Exchange, Alfa Mist, John Surman's Brass Project, Dan Weiss & Starebaby, Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya, Vels Trio, Joshua Redman and Michael Formanek.