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Special Winter Jazz Concert Kicks off 2014 Windham Chamber Music Festival Season

Eldar_Djangirov_1-18The Windham Chamber Music Festival (WCMF) will jump start their new season with a not-to-be missed jazz/classical concert on Martin Luther King weekend. On Saturday, January 18th composer and Grammy Nominated artist, will perform in a Solo Recital.  About Eldar, Chick Corea has said: “A sparkling command of the instrument – a wide and fine combination of musical approaches….” Dave Brubeck has said: “He’s a genius beyond most young people I’ve heard.” The New York Times described Eldar as “a blend of musical intelligence, organizational savvy, enthusiasm and prowess that was all the more impressive for seeming so casual… an ebullient impressionist.” Downbeat magazine stated that “his command of his instrument is beyond staggering.”  Born in 1987, Eldar began playing the piano at three years old and came to the U.S. from the former Soviet Union when he was ten. Among his first performances were in his hometown of Kansas City, as well as The Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. He quickly then moved up the ranks and was featured on the NPR Marian McPartland Piano Jazz show at age twelve. When Djangirov (pronounced john-‘gear-off) was signed to Sony Masterworks at 17, the young pianist was already well known for his prodigious technique and musicality.  Eldar has appeared at numerous major jazz festivals and at venues ranging from the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall to the most notable jazz venues across the world. He has been seen on national TV including the 2000 and 2008 Grammy Awards, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CBS Saturday Early Show, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. In addition, he has also played with world renowned symphony orchestras and has 4 critically acclaimed trio albums. Eldar’s 5th album is his first solo piano album entitled “Three Stories” which garnered rave reviews. Eldar released two projects in 2013; his trio album “Breakthrough” and “Bach/Brahms/Prokofiev,” a classical solo album.

The 2014 Season is made possible in part with the Windham Chapter of the Catskill Mountain Foundation.