Melodic, Passionate Original Jazz
Composer and pianist Amina Figarova celebrates jazz as an international music, and New York City as a locale where jazz gypsies may feel most at home. Born in Baku, Azerbaijan and a longtime resident of Rotterdam, Figarova recently moved with her husband and musical partner, flutist Bart Platteau, to Forest Hills, Queens from their longtime European base. The move has served to suffuse Amina’s music with the heightened expectations, sense of adventure and fresh perceptions that voluntary emigrés enjoy, as well as the confidence, creative energies and nuanced fulfillment that artists gain from being in the right place at the right time.
Figarova and Platteau have toured extensively, developing a tight-knit ensemble that, despite inevitable personnel changes, has attained a distinctive and inimitable voice by concentrating on all-original repertoire for almost 18 years. During that period, Figarova and Platteau have lived in Rotterdam, which they found to be a comfortable if not overly challenging launching pad for their careers. Having collaborated with musicians residing in both the U.S. and Europe and having built up a circuit of welcoming venues by taking it one gig at a time, the Amina Figarova Sextet has triumphed at the main stage of the Newport Jazz Festival, been invited repeatedly to New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, won critical and audience acclaim in Chicago, Detroit, Paris, Amsterdam — and of course New York.
Amina Figarova, piano
Bart Platteau, flutes
Ernie Hammes, trumpet
Mark Mommaas, tenor saxophone
Jeroen Vierdag, bass
Chris “Buckshot” Strik, drums
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Figarova is among the most important composers to come into jazz in the new millennium” – Jazz Times
“…Amina Figarova boasts a graceful and erudite piano style, but her second instrument is her band. A first rate jazz pianist, Amina Figarova… is staking out her ground as a top level composer-arranger” – All About Jazz
“…With this rewarding date, Amina Figarova makes her case as an important composer of her generation…” – All Music
“…Figarova and her group are at the top level of today’s jazz world, and they produce some of the most interesting music you’ll ever hear. This is a must-have album…” – Jazz Scan