From the album Reincarnated (feat. Al Di Meola)
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Known for his outstanding virtuosity, Hazar has already gained international reputation:
“Hazar can only be compared to his great inspiration Paco de Lucia.”
Music critic Karsten Rube
His music includes many genres of jazz with influences of fusion, bebop and flamenco, whereby he also spent years dealing with microtonal music and polyrhythmics.
As the title of Hazar’s album suggests, »Reincarnated« marks a new era in his musical career, that is based on an impressive background. Hazar is one of the few musicians out there who managed to become a virtuoso with two completely different musical instruments. Early in his career, in addition to composition classes HAZAR took lessons in harmony and counterpoint with Prof Tibor Yusti von Arth, the only student of Sergei Rachmaninoff and composed music for Paramount Pictures. Later he studied at Maastricht Academy of Music and as world’s first musician he has received an internationally recognized master’s degree in jazz with saz.
In his album »Virtuoso« accompanied with bassist Carles Benavent, released in 2009, HAZAR showed an extraordinary technique by playing pieces of Chick Corea, Bach, Mozart and Paganini’s Caprice on three strings and was regarded as ‚The Paganini of Saz’:
„What HAZAR plays should be technically impossible
– HAZAR nevertheless plays it.“
Referred to as ‚one of the best saz players of all time’ by Prof Talip Özkan, HAZAR shared the stage with jazz orchestras and world famous musicians taking significant steps to promote the saz at international level.
In a conversation with John McLaughlin after a concert in Cologne, John commented on his album: „If you want to show your skills, you should play guitar.“
At the height of his musical career HAZAR switched to acoustic guitar. Speaking of himself, he has stated in an interview: „I had nothing more to tell with the saz.“
Within a very short time he was able to play the guitar at highest level and recorded his album »Reincarnated« with Al Di Meola as special guest.
In his album, HAZAR shows an outstanding virtuosity on a world-class level and masters a congenial interplay, alternating with sonorous melodies, fast solo lines and breathtaking technique, while always adding new emotional depth to his playing. A remarkable feature is that he always keeps a very strong and clean tone even at high speeds.
“Our next project with HAZAR could be ‚incredible strings’.”
Al Di Meola
“I don’t know anyone who has such a great talent to play a stringed instrument and as long as HAZAR doesn’t play flamenco,
I will be reassured.”
“Hazar is a superb acoustic guitarist. He solos in breathtaking fashion.”
Jim Hynes, Making a Scene
“Your eyes and ears are going to be pleasantly surprised as you watch the trailer from Hazar’s brilliantly masterful jazz guitar release.”
Dick Metcalf, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
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