Biography

Pianist and composer Elchin Shirinov was tutored by great musical talents such as Vagif Sadikhov, Aaron Goldberg, Kevin Hays, Jean Michel Pilc, Yakov Okun. In his formative years he was influenced by a number of great musicians, most notably Art Tatum, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Brad Mehldau through an intensive analytic work on their music.

"Elchin has a really good sense of how to orchestrate for the trio setting. In particular he finds a distinct place for the piano and the bass in the music. He doesn't play any extraneous stuff that the bass is already doing. That makes the listening experience pleasing - it’s transparent." "The record is a strong achievement - pleasing to listen to, strong compositions, nice improvising, really good trio playing."
Brad Mehldau

“Passionate. Thoughtful. Always playing with care, Elchin Shirinov is a musician for us to discover and enjoy. His original compositions are exciting to listen to. The band on this recording sounds relaxed and in totally sync. Their playing together is smooth as silk and seemingly effortless. Great stuff!”
Jeff Ballard

"Elchin Shirinov has developed a sound and approach all his own. His writing and piano playing echo another time yet resonate with a modernity that is striking. He really pulls a sound out of the piano making possible a whole palette of sonic color. It is music worth exploring deeply."
Larry Grenadier

  • 2016

    Budapest,Bremen,Reims,Paris and London

    On 8 April 2016, Elchin Shirinov collaborated with the Polish musicians Grzegorz Karnas (vocals), Mariusz Praśniewski (bass) and András Dés (drums) at the Opus Jazz Club, Budapest, Hungary. Following this, on 22 April he gave performances with Andrea Di Biase (bass) and Dave Hamblett (drums) at the Jazzahead exhibition and festival in Bremen, Germany. Internationally acclaimed Azerbaijani pianist Elchin Shirinov brought his unique approach to the Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris – one of the leading European jazz festivals – on 27 May. His trio performed in front of over 200 Parisian music aficionados, critics and H.E. Elchin Amirbayov, Azerbaijani Ambassador to France. The French office of The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) sponsored the involvement of the trio, which came in the wake of the participation by Azerbaijani artists in two previous editions of the festival. This multifarious experience has stood him good stead, and the evening saw him team up with bass guitarist Linley Marthe, who previously played with fusion pioneer and Weather Report group founder Joe Zawinul, and the inspired American drummer Eric Harland, who has played with the free jazz figurehead Charles Lloyd. The set by the Elchin Shirinov Trio was followed by a fusion set by leading French clarinetist Michel Portal, American drummer Jeff Ballard and American bass exponent Kevin Hays, who has given Shirinov tuition and guidance over the past few years. This combined free and fusion jazz and classical nuances to hypnotic effect. Elchin also performed a successful concert with Linley Marthe and Eric Harland on 26 May in Reims at the local Sunnyside Festival. In June, The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) supported his participation in three London gigs. Shirinov – who comes from the Azerbaijani folk tradition – belongs to the new generation of Azerbaijani jazz musicians who combine elements of post-bop jazz with the modes, melodies and microtones of Azerbaijani folk and classical music. The concert at the Spice of Life on 13 July featured two musicians well-versed in Shirinov’s music – Italian bassist Andrea Di Biase and British drummer Jon Scott, with whom he has regularly collaborated for over two years. Headlining after a set by the UK fusion band Alex Munk’s Flying Machines, he performed before a rapt audience, his Azerbaijani heritage being evident from the start with his version of the Azerbaijani folk song Durna, which began at a furious drum-led pace and was replete with eastern harmonies, microtones and repeated figures, urging on Scott towards increasingly daring and complex drum passages. This, in turn, prompted a staccato response by Shirinov before his pianistic pyrotechnics upped the tempo even further, reaching a new degree of excitement. Throughout the concert, Di Biase demonstrated that the legacy of the great lyric bass player of postbop jazz – Scott LaFaro – remains firmly alive. The concert two days later in the intimate surroundings of the Vortex jazz club gave Shirinov and Di Biase even more time to stretch out over two sets – this time collaborating with the drummer Dave Hamblett. Billed as ‘London’s Listening Jazz Club’, the attentive audience remained transfixed throughout both sets. Concluding his brief London tour, Elchin collaborated with three leading London-based Italian musicians – Fulvio Sigurta (trumpet), Luca Boscagin (guitar) and Andrea Di Biase (bass) at the Il Cudega restaurant.

  • 2015

    Touring Europe

    2015 was an intense year of concerts with Elchin Shirinof Trio with Italian bassist Andrea Di Biase and British drummer Dave Hamlett, including performances at Vigado Concert Hall (Budapest, Hungary), at Mugam Festival in Baku, at Sunside Jazz club in Paris, in various venues in Brussels and Moscow, in Palmengarten concert hall in Frankfurt and for the “De Soie et de Feu” Festival in Mulhouse (France). The year culminated with a concert at Baku Jazz Festival with Andrea Di Biase and Jon Scott.

  • 2014

    English connection and American Jazz Stars

    In 2014 he began a collaboration with musicians from the London Jazz scene playing in Cannes with drummer Jon Scott and bassist Andrea Di Biase and later in Paris and Athens with Sam Lasserson. In the same year Elchin played at Baku Jazz Festival with american jazz stars Ben Street and Jeff Ballard and at Vomex Festival in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) with Ben Street and Adam Cruz. He then played in Vienna at Porgy and Bess Jazz club with Rain Sultanov, Yasuhito Mori and Peter Nilsson and at Kiev Jazz Festival with Grzegorz Karnas Quartet.

  • 2013

    Poland, Montreux and Paris

    In 2013 he toured Poland with Polish jazz musicians Grzegorz Karnas, Michal Jaros and Sebastian Frankiewicz. In the same year he played at Montreux Jazz Festival with Sevda Alekperzade and at Jazzy Colors Festival in Paris with Elchin Shirinov trio.

  • 2010

    Elchin Shirinov Trio

    In 2010, in 2011 and in 2012 he gave performances in Baku Jazz Festival with his own band - Elchin Shirinov Trio. In 2010 and 2013 he played at Voicingers Jazz Festival in Poland.

  • 2008

    Baku Jazz Centre

    In 2008 he began cooperating with Jazz Center in Baku. Elchin then played several concerts in Germany, France and Switzerland with Sevda Alekperzade Band. He has been part of the Rain Sultanov Quartet with which he appeared on festival stages in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Malaysia.

Elchin Shirinov Trio

The Elchin Shirinov Trio is an exciting new project interweaving forward looking arrangements of traditional Azerbijani music and brand new compositions. The band was initiated by the acclaimed Azerbaijani pianist and composer Elchin Shirinov. His aim was to find creative and versatile musicians who could adapt to a wide spectrum of ideas: from folk inspired melodies to the most modern concepts of jazz improvisation. The choice fell on the Italian-born London-based bassist Andrea Di Biase with his varied set of past experiences in classical, jazz and folk music; and on British drummer Dave Hamblett with his exciting rhythmic creativity and his thoughtful taste. Even though the trio has only been active for two years, they have already had the opportunity to play in many renown festivals and clubs across the world such as Sunside Jazz club in Paris, Palmengarten Hall in Frankfurt, Mugam Centre in Baku and many other venues in Moscow, Cannes, Athens, Budapest and Naples. The trio has also recently recorded their first album, soon to be released.

Music

Elchin Shirinov Trio has also recently recorded their first album, soon to be released. Here some live recording: