“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 returns with her new project Global Wave. She describes the music as new world jazz - Jazz that embraces Latin, Brazilian , African, Arabic and Funk - a continuation of the world jazz experience started with Sirius B.
Global Wave have just finished the debut album of this project, entitled, ‘Original Love’- original compositions inspired by her travels.
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
I'm just about to release my new album 'Original Love' on May 4th.
I recently returned to the U.K. on a mission to create this album, "Original Love" with my new group, 'Global Wave'. And I was blessed to find some amazing international musicians, based in Bristol, specializing in world-jazz! The themes for the album sprung from my travels, alchemically forged from my mixed background and influences. Now this dream has become a reality, thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign!
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!