There are few pianists in the Netherlands who work as hard as AminaFigarova. Born in Azerbaijan but now living in Rotterdam, Figarovamanages to surprise us almost every year with a new, exciting CD.She is frequently seen on stage, although that happens more oftenat prestigious foreign festivals than in the Netherlands.
Her playing has been influenced by musicians like Herbie Hancock,McCoy Tyner and Wayne Shorter and is of an unparalleled lyricalbeauty. Figarova released her debut album as a soloist in 1994 andsince then her career has rocketed. Her last album Above the Cloudsis in a class of its own. She recorded this CD with the same sextetyou will hear at this festival. It is a line-up of well-knownmusicians like bassist Jeroen Vierdag, drummer Chris Strik andflautist Bart Plateau.