Azhaar & Global Wave

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Last Show: Saturday 4 th August 2018

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Violinist / singer-songwriter Azhaar Saffar is releasing her 1st album since fronting  acclaimed  Brazilian jazz group Sirius B.   A self confessed nomad of Iraqi/Welsh origins, she recently returned from her travels, performing and teaching in Latin America, with the songs for  her new album 'Original Love'. The band were fortunate to have DJ/’congeiro’ Snowboy produce and play on the title track as well as  featuring the incredible flautist Gareth Lockrane ! The album has already had a phenomenal  reaction, being played regularly on major radio stations both in the UK and worldwide. Azhaar is joined by a world class international  line-up, taking us on a voyage that redefines the musical boundaries with an irreverent fusion of world rhythms, funk and jazz enhanced by Azhaar's glorious violin.

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“One of the most distinctive acts on the jazz world scene”

BBC Radio Wales

Azhaar Saffar is an Iraqi Welsh violinist / singer-songwriter. She studied classical music at the prestigious R.N.C.M, but preferred listening to Miles Davis and Stefan Grapelli. She made her reputation fronting internationally acclaimed   Brazilian jazz group Sirius B who sold most of their albums in Japan!

And now she had just released the new album ‘Original Love’ with her latest project and band, Global Wave 

The  album  is having a phenomenal  reaction with  major radio stations worldwide!  The band were fortunate to have  DJ/’congeiro’ Snowboy  produce the title track and also features the incredible flautist Gareth Lockrane!

Azhaar’s compositions are very much inspired by her travels. She recently emerged from the jungles and oceans of Latin America  with the  songs  for this recent album! Not surprisingly this nomadic, unorthodox, multi-faceted, artist has called her called the new project Global Wave and she is joined by a world class international line-up  on this   journey.

Global Wave re-maps the straight lines of our boundaries and perceptions in a vibrant, irreverent  fusion of world rhythms, funk and  jazz enhanced by Azhaar’s glorious violin! The music takes you on a voyage with lyrics, written on the ‘songlines’. Throw in some ‘pura vida’ and you have ‘Original Love’

Since she first climbed on the stage at age 6 Azhaar’s live career has been varied and colourful: from  performances at Heineken festivals to 20,000 people to tiny Mexican bars and everything in between! She has played for Egyptian princes, with Nicaraguan street bands and has even jammed with the Costa Rican minister of culture while teaching violin in the remote fishing village of Pochote; yet she retains  strong credentials, having appeared at European jazz festivals like Montreux, Mai Jazz, Lille and Glastonbury, while making  regular appearances at Camden’s Jazz Cafe.Her last album, ‘Out There’ (33records) was launched at London’s 606 club, featuring performances from Jason Rebello and Iain Ballamy.

And now she’ll make her 1st London appearance since the album release at PizzaExpress, Soho with Global Wave!

Band Lineup

Azhaar Saffar (vocals/violin)

Jim Blomfield (keyboards)

Ivan Moreno (percussion)

Roshan Wijetunge (bass)

Tristan Banks (drums)