Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Visual Language: Jazz Artist Research, Eldar Djangirov

Eldar Djangirov is one of Jazz’s youngest reputable faces. This Kyrgystan native started tickling the ivories  at the early age of ten. Eldar’s career didn’t kick off till he and his family immigrated from the former Soviet Union to Kansas City back in 1998. Being trained by ear and composition from the influence of his favorite jazz masters that he now plays alongside with: Dave Brubeck, Michael Brecker, Wynton Marsalis, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Eldar got his first professional performance at the NPR Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz show. Having accomplished all this before the age of thirteen, Eldar’s ambition lead him to independently released his first album Eldar [D&D] in 2001, and soon after his second album Handprints in 2003. Eldar brings a fresh, contemporary sound to jazz’s bepop and swing traditions that haunt’s the ears and bites at everyones musical itch. 

At the age of only 17, Eldar was discovered by Sony Classical and signed to a 4-plus record deal.
The Eldar Djangirov Trio wasn’t named until recently when Eldar picked up a bassist Armando Gola and his drummer Ludwig Alfonso which he is now accompanied by and adds a few other guest musicians every now and then. Eldar has always reflected his youthful energy and growing nature in his music that transcends jazz loving generations. His music is fast uptempo, has constant changing rhythm, has an urban twist on traditional jazz, and can be enjoyed and admired by any age group and gender who are fans of all arrangements of jazz. He brings a casual mood to the music scene through his original compositions. Contemporary Jazz has a new definition that has elevated his fan base and given him a positive storming reputation throughout the music world. This new found popularity has given this, now, twenty-two year old a Grammy nomination for his 2008 Re-Imagination album and the appearance on many television shows such as: CBS Sunday Morning, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brian, and the Early Show.

Eldar is unique to the international music world due to his youthful energy and urban rhythmic trends he incorporates to traditional jazz.

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