Wed Feb. 28, 2018

Shlomit & Amina Figarova (A/AZ/NL/USA)

Shlomit Butbul: vocal, lyrics
Amina Figarova: piano, compositions
Bart Platteau: flutes
Joshua Ginsburg: bass
Jérôme Goldschmidt: percussion

Like for many people, Shlomit´s roots are part of her daily life, as she continuously searches for her own identity through her ancestors, who´s jewish life was all but erradicated completely. Her mother, a well-know Viennese entertainer, singer and jazz club owner, and her father a Moroccan jew from Israel. Shlomit set off on her own voyage of discovery between these two jewish cultures, which have subsequently become her artistic family. The singer and actress embraced the lost world of the Polish Stettel whilst researching about her mothers´relatives, and in strong contrast the oriental jewish culture of her father and his new Moroccan homeland. Tripping over the milestones of this Wiener Melange, Shlomit has moulded all these impressions and formed her own unique identity, her unmistakable artistic signature, her own her „ich“ (me).

The blend of these oriental, east European and jazzy sounds in Shlomit´s powerful jazz voice, make for magic and sensuality whether she is singing in Hebrew, English or Yiddish.

„Music is my very breath“ says Shlomit for whom music is the most intimate yet natural thing in the world. In Shlomit is a veritable melting pot combining the soulful moodiness of the near East and the smouldering heat of the South and of course, the here and now.

Music is her (Heimat) home. Her ancestry, her childhood and the present unite in Shlomit to create a forceful and optimistic future.

AMINA FIGAROVA piano, compositions & arrangements
Born and grew up in Baku, Azerbaijan. Lived and worked for 20 years in The Netherlands, now living in New York, a very active performer and composer. Touring around the world with her own group. Skilled composer in jazz, classical music and musical theatre. AMINA started to play piano at a very early age, and start her education at the Bulbul School for Music for most talented children in Baku,Azerbaijan, Studied at the Baku State Conservatory, Azerbaijan, where she obtained the degree of master piano classical performance. Studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory, degree of master jazz performance. She studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Was invited for the Thelonious Monk Summer Camp in 1998 in Aspen, Colorado. Recorded 12 CD’s under own name, with all original music. Composed the widely acclaimed Dutch musical “Diana”. Touring and traveling around the world with her own group, performing in all major USA festivals and Jazz clubs, and all over the world. Last December Amina was invited for the “New Standards” project at the Lincoln Center in New York, five composers/performers were commissioned to compose for this ensemble with Clarence Penn, Ben Wolfe, Anthony Wilson, Jonathan Ragonese and Amina Figarova.

"Flautist Bart Platteau is an especially vivid soloist--one of the most vibrant flute players since Joe Farrell played with Chick Corea in the 1970s...." by John Kelman for "Platteau is an outstanding artist and one of most tasteful masters of that instrument I've ever heard..." by Ric Bang for New York based flautist.

Jerome was born in Luxembourg and after many years of classical percussion studies in Luxembourg and France, he moved to New York in 1996 to pursue his interest in Afro-Cuban and World Music. Since then, he has been teaching at Harbor Performing Arts Center (recognized as one of the primier teaching institutions in the country for Afro/Caribbean culture) and has been involved in many playing situations such as Los Jovenes Del Barrio, Mongo Santamaria, Chico O'Farrill's Afro-Cuban Big Band, Tito Puente Orchestra, El Violin Latino, David Gilmore, Ray Santos Latin Big Band, Boys Harbor Latin Big Band, Oscar Hernandez, Harvie Swartz, Grupo Caribe, Bronx Conexión Latin Jazz Orchestra, Eddie Palmieri and many others!