So THAT’S Eldar!

October 12, 2009


Conspiracy!

On October 11th, three unassuming “kids” walked onto the stage at Hilton Harrisburg.

Eldar Djangirov, whose bio says is 22-year-old, sits at the shiny grand piano. Sharing the stage are bassist Armando Gola and drummer Ludwig Afonso. They’re just kids, you think to yourself. How great can this be?

And then they played. And it was then that I realized this was some sort of inside joke: no WAY can these “kids” be so young: they’re FAR too advanced. These are 50-yr-olds in young-men bodies.

The musical genius of this trio was absolutely astounding! I had no idea what to expect next. One moment the beat was forthright and traditional; the next – choppy, “in your face,” unexpected.

They were Beowulf/Dragon-slayer…and we were their prey.

The crowd LOVED it!

Through several of Eldar’s own compositions from the latest VIRTUE CD, the trio mesmerized, hypnotized and everything in between.

Do I sound over-the-top? It’s quite fitting.

The old/young boys received a standing ovation.

Twice.

For me, though, my evening was just beginning after they took their bows: they sat around snapping pictures, signing CDs, books, just like they were regular old folk out for any evening stroll in the park. (As if they didn’t leave us in complete awe. As if, in less than 12 hours, they wouldn’t be on their journey to plunder and pillage the next village along their way to the land of Legends, leaving us mere mortals behind to wonder ‘what just happened?’.)

Brutal.

Brilliant.

That’s Eldar.

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Welcome to the first posted blog of the Central PA Friends of Jazz (CPFJ).

CPFJ prides itself on the outstanding quality of jazz it promotes. We feel privileged to provide only the best jazz artists to the Central PA area, and even more privileged to have had the opportunity of doing so over the past 30 years.

In this, our 30th year, we will continue the trend – however, we’ve raised the bar in terms of direction for the organization: We open our 30th year with a heart-pounding Piano series that will knock your socks off!

September will bring us the improvisational style of Kevin Hays. In October, the jazz phenomenon that is Eldar will perform. And we close our Piano Series in November with National Endowment for the Arts 2010 Jazz Master Cedar Walton.

January, February and March brings us jazz guitarist Bobby Broom, The Allen/Whitaker Project, and the incomparable Freddy Cole, respectively.

And as if these weren’t enough: We are anticipating one of our biggest jazz festivals ever in June 2010. It will be one for the books! Watch for upcoming blog posts as we finalize our arrangements; you’ll be most impressed so make sure to block out those dates once we post them – and GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY!

Buckle your seatbelts…(don’t say I didn’t warn you).