Bassist Shirhan Agabeyli is also a composer, arranger, and singer born in Ukraine on April 11, 1991. His parents immersed him at a very young age in different musical environments such as jazz, funk, fusion, R&B, and, of course, his motherland's traditional music of mugam, a highly complex art form that merges poetry and musical improvisation. He took mugam lessons from renowned tar (an Azerbaijani traditional instrument) player Sidqi Mustafaev. As a performer and improviser, Agabeyli combines influences that represent his ethnic Azerbaijani background with the intricate rhythmical structures of jazz harmony and mugam. He has recorded and performed with musician such as John Medeski, David Fiuczynski, Batyrkhan Shukenov, Enver Izmaylov, and Erkan Ogur, and has participated in various musical projects in Ukraine, Poland, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and the U.S. He is currently studying performance at Berklee College of Music.
Watch Agabeyli perform with the Alexandr Murenko Band: