|For Immediate Release
Contact: Rachel Mauro
Washington, D.C. March 25, 2011 Hundreds of people arrived last night to attend "Rhythms of Azerbaijan," an eclectic fusion of Eastern and Western music held at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C.
"Rhythms of Azerbaijan" featured two differing but equally moving groups. The first, Natig Rhythm Group, played traditional, fast-paced, vibrant drum and woodwind melodies. The second, the Rast Group, melded jazz and Eastern music, offering the sounds of piano, strings, woodwinds, drums, and vocalists. Each group received a standing ovation.
"Rhythms of Azerbaijan" was organized by the Karabakh Foundation, the charitable nonprofit promoting the arts, culture, and history of the Caucasus, based in Washington, D.C., and sponsored by Azercell Corporation, a leading telecommunications provider in the Caucasus.
Also in attendance were several visiting members of Azerbaijani Parliament, Congressional staff, representatives of several mayor and county offices, leading newspaper and TV journalists. The event is part of Azerbaijani Heritage Week, spearheaded by the Karabakh Foundation. In line with this initiative of the Karabakh Foundation, the Governor of Maryland, the Montgomery County, MD, the Mayor of the City of Alexandria, VA, and the Arlington County Board, VA, as well as congratulations from Chairman Kwame Brown of the D.C. Mayor's Council, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan were received and read at the concert.
Photos of the concert will be available soon via the Karabakh Foundation's Web site and Facebook. Video of the concert in high definition (HD) will also be available soon. Subscribe to the Foundation's newsletter for all the latest updates.
For those interested in further exploring Azerbaijani, as well as larger Turkic music and dance, we invite you to attend the TURKSOY concert at the historic Lincoln Theatre on March 28. For free tickets, RSVP at http://turksoy.eventbrite.com. Tickets are going very fast so reserve them today!
About the Karabakh Foundation
The Karabakh Foundation is a U.S. 501(c)(3) cultural charity foundation based in Washington, D.C., that seeks to increase awareness and understanding in the United States of the cultural heritage and traditions of the country of Azerbaijan, the Caucasus area, and the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. While coalescing significant artistic and scholarly talent, the Foundation is nurturing a new generation of artists and scholars toward important accomplishments.
The Foundation serves as a dynamic facilitator and clearinghouse raising the public profile of Azerbaijan, its Karabakh region, and the Caucasus region in general. Main activities include preserving and disseminating cultural content via archival collecting, public programs, publications, exhibitions, speaking forums, international collaborations, scholarly exchange, artistic sponsorship, and related venues.
Foundation support comes primarily from Khazar University, the first private university in Azerbaijan and one of the country’s leading institutions of higher learning. Support also comes from the U.S.-based Allaverdy Foundation. Additional information about the Karabakh Foundation may be found at www.karabakhfoundation.org.