“Azhaar made her reputation fronting and co-writing for the popular Brazilian jazz group Sirius B. Their album, 'Posto Nove' , (Freestyle Records)was playlisted at no 1 on Jazz FM and in the Japanese Brazilian charts (released on P-vine)... she later released the album 'Out There' on 33 Records, launched at Londons 606 Club
She has performed all over Europe, including international festival as such as Montreux , Mai Jazz, Brecon and Glastonbury.
After an absence travelling and touring South America, Azhaar returned to the UK to give birth to her new album and project Global Wave. A continuation of the world jazz fusion experience of Sirius B. But throwing a wider net to embrace Latin, Brazilian , African, Arabic and Funk.
After a successful corwdfunding campaign ‘Original Love’- was finally released in May 2018. A warm welcome on the airwaves had several tracks from this album played regularly on radio in the UK and worldwide for several months after the release!
The present line up is: Azhaar vocals/violin; Jim Blomfield, keyboards; Guillaume Ottaviani bass; Ivan Moreno Percussion; Paolo Adamo drums..”
MY MUSICAL JOURNEY SO FAR
Singer/violinist/composer Azhaar Saffar recently returned from Central America where she relocated after fronting acclaimed Brazilian jazz group Sirius B. She wrote the tracks for her joyful new album ‘Original Love’ in Costa Rica - a musical voyage crafted on the ‘songlines". inspired by jungle expeditions, the waves she surfed and the ‘Pura Vida’ she embraced. The river of music led her back to the UK to form her latest project ‘Global Wave’ - " a vibrant, irreverent fusion of jazz, world rhythms and infectious grooves; enhanced by Azhaar's sonorous,phychedelic violin; With the addition of renowned flautist Gareth Lockrane, Snowboy's massive production and Azhaar's string arrangements this little gem has made a big splash on the airwaves worldwide!
I trained as a concert violinist at the Royal Northern College of Music. However after all the conservatory training, I spent my time there listening to Miles, Grapelli and Jazz! My first job after graduating was playing and singing jazz in restaurants and writing gypsy music for theatre shows. Music was a much bigger world than I realized and travelling played a crucial role in my education. I discovered jazz in Manchester, pop music in London, rock n roll in Los Angeles, Arabic music in Egypt, bossa nova in Brazil, funk in Brighton, cumbia in Costa Rica , salsa in Mexico. I heard African Music in Mali and I heard the blues on the south side of Chicago.
My first group was acid jazz group Wildflower, formed with partner Joe Cavanagh . We were indeed a wild bunch! We somehow managed to get a tour agent and a French record label, after claiming to have supported Jamiroquai! And consequently spent a few years touring Europe in an ex US army bus, to promote our album , 'Looking for a Miracle' (distibuted by Melodie) Ironically, just before the band split up, we really were offered the support slot, but didn't have the £10,000 needed to get on that starry stage.
In 2000 Joe and myself formed the Brazilian jazz fusion group Sirius B. I took on the role of singer, co-writer and manager. The band released 6 albums ( Freestyle Records U.K.) (Blues Interactive Japan ) and received airplay worldwide. The album “Posto Novo” was voted one of Jazz FM’s top 10 albums of that year. We performed in festivals all over Europe, including the Montreux Jazz festival. We were blessed to work with some great musicians but also to have had the endorsement of Adrian Gibson, Snowboy and Perry Louis based around the Jazz dance scene at London's Jazz Cafe!
I went on to release my jazz album "Out There" on 33 Records. With the violin taking a more prominent role and featuring stunning performances from: Jason Rebello, Ian Ballamy, Mike Mower, Mike Peake, Joe Cavanagh, Dave Goodyer and Scott Hammond. The quartet toured the U.K. with the support of Jazz Services.
Around this time I received funding from the Arts Council to develop " Footprints" -a ‘jazz dance ballet’: a multimedia show featuring a live jazz band, improvised dance and visuals through my original compositions. Sadly the 15 date show could not go ahead as planned due to lack of further funding , just before the London Olympics!
After 10 years, Sirius B reached a natural end. My wonderful journey with Joe Cavanagh reached a fork in the road, we took separate ways. I took a break from the business side of music and went to explore my nomadic roots in the jungles and oceans of Central America. I became involved in the Sistema Method of teaching music as a way of building communities in Costa Rica. and a new journey began. I met and worked with many inspiring musicians from all over the world, learnt to salsa and learnt to surf! From my Bohemian wanderings in the Americas, I found the inspiration for my latest project. In Mexico city thanks to my friend Daniel Loredo I was given the opportunity to record some of my ideas. And with my friends Javier S Aleman, Joh carrera and Andre Fuentes we made a video of an early version of 'Too Much' , featuring a mariachi hat given to me by a mysterious stranger in plaza Garibaldi! Women don't usually wear mariachi hats!