Azerbaijan’s Silent Moments at PC

I missed the show! Was anyone among you there??


Azeri musicians mesmerise audience at Pearl Continental
By Shoaib Ahmed

“An internationally acclaimed violinist and a singer-cum-ballet dancer mesmerised audience at a musical evening called ‘Silent Moments’, at the Pearl Continental (PC) on Saturday night.

The city’s elite, symphony enthusiasts, painters, artists, businessmen and socialites attended the event. PC’s new hall by the swimming pool was decorated with lights, red carpets and flower arrangements, creating a ‘cool’ atmosphere.

Guests started arriving by 6pm and the hall was packed with people by 7pm, which is almost surprising because such functions in Lahore rarely start on time.”

“Sofia Shahid, the event management in charge, said such functions started around 10 or 11pm in Karachi and Lahore, which was fair enough, but Silent Moments had started at 7pm because the performers had to rush back to Islamabad for their flight to Azerbaijan.

Sofia said the performance in Islamabad was so good that some people, who were present at the event there, had come to Lahore to see them perform once again. She said the violinist, Jeyhun, had performed at President’s House in Islamabad one and a half year ago, which had really impressed her and she had decided to hold more performances by the violinist in Pakistan. The performances in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi were scheduled to be held in November 2005, but had to be postponed because of the October 8, earthquake.

PC General Manager Peter F Eyssens said the hotel always tried to organise shows different from others. He said the musical evening was a fusion of cultures.

The show opened to a melodious violin performance, which left more than 200 people in a trance.

Jeyhun thanked the PC management for its cooperation and hospitality, saying he had really liked Lahore although he was visiting the city for the first time. Afshan Arif, the public relations manager of PC, translated the violinist’s message for the audience.

Leyla Mammadova, a classical jazz singer and ballet dancer, was clad in an evening gown. She fascinated music enthusiasts with her melodic English and Azerbaijani songs.

The other members of the group, a drummer and another on the keyboard, also contributed to the performance.

Jeyhun and Leyla enjoy huge respect in the world of music and are recipients of international gold medals. Jeyhun was declared the best violinist in 2004 in the US and Leyla has the ability to sing in several languages.

Jeyhun was born in Azerbaijan and was trained at prestigious violin schools, graduating from the Azerbaijan State Conservatory in 1999. He was honoured with a teaching position in the esteemed Sumqait Musical College. He has performed at concerts, receptions, festivals and competitions all over the world since 1995.

Leyla, a graduate from Baku Music Academy, is a talented singer and a graceful ballet dancer. Her versatility is shown by her ability to sing classical jazz in several languages.”


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