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Amina Figarova at the Erie Art Museum

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Direct from Amsterdam, celebrated Jazz pianist Amina Figarova and her ensemble will be holding a public concert at the Erie Art Museum on Thursday June 12, 2008 at 8 p.m. The performance will be held in the Erie Art Museum Annex, 423 State Street. Admission is free; a $10 donation is suggested. This performance is sponsored by Connoisseur Media.

Amina Figarova is a remarkable composer and pianist. Classically trained in her native Azerbaijan, she plunged into jazz as a very young woman and studied in the Netherlands and at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Averaging an album a year since 1994, she has had an astonishing international career. After stops at the Athens Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Salvador Brazil's Bahia Jazz Festival, South Africa's Capetown International Jazz Festival, the JakArt Festivalian Indonesia, Yoshi's in Oakland, CA and New York's Blue Note Jazz Club.

Figarova and her sextet play music that is both polished and loose. Her compositions give her sidemen lost of room to shine, and critics have particularly praised Bart Platteua for his ability to play a phalanx of flutes with an astonishingly seductive tone. Powerful, lush, layered magnificent, these are the words often used by jazz critics to define Figarova's sound. Hear samples of her work on her website: www.aminafigarova.com, and take advantage of the rare opportunity to have these international musicians in our own backyard.

The Erie Art Museum anchors downtown Erie's cultural and economic revitalization, occupying a group of restored mid-19th century commercial buildings, including an outstanding 1839 Greek Revival Bank. It maintains an ambitious program of 15 to 18 changing exhibitions annually, embracing a wide range of subjects, both historical and contemporary and including folk art, contemporary craft, multi-disciplinary installations, community-based work, as well at traditional media.

The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 6,000 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan painting, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and a variety of other categories.

The Museum offers a wide range of education programs and artists' services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a wide variety of classes for the community. Performing arts are showcased in the 24-year-old Contemporary Music Series, which represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz Festival.

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