Winter 2004 (12.4)
Ramiz Guliyev: 40 Years of Performance
Above: Concert commemorating the 40 years
of Tar Performance by Ramiz Guliyev held at Philarmonic Hall
on November 26, 2004. Ramin was accompanied by his son Eyyub
Guliyev (right) on tar, and with the State Symphonic Orchestra
conducted by Rauf Abdullayev. Photo: Aynura Huseinova
Ramiz Guliyev commemorated 40 Years of Tar Performance at Philharmonic
Hall with a concert on November 26, 2004. Recognized today as
one of the foremost tar players in the world, he is the recipient
of both the Presidential Award (bestowed by Heydar Aliyev) and
the title of People's Artist. For a portion of the evening, Ramiz
was joined by his son Ayyub Guliyev on tar. Rauf Abdullayev conducted
the State Symphonic Orchestra.
In addition to being a world-class master performer, Ramiz teaches
tar to post graduate students at Baku Music Academy. Ayyub, a
student there, is completing his Master's Degree in Conducting.
Ramiz jokes about his first attempts at playing tar. He was nine
years old at the time. For a long time, he had been eyeing a
tar that hung on the wall of his uncle's home in Aghdam (now
under military occupation by Armenians). His uncle no longer
could play as he had injured his arm during World War II. Ramiz
finally convinced him to take the tar down.
When he finally held the coveted instrument in his hands, he
was so thrilled that he ran outside and climbed a haystack and
started strumming, even though he hadn't the slightest clue how
to play it. "It was really too heavy and I was too little,"
he recalls. "I was just making sounds, but I was so proud
of myself. I looked around to see if anyone was paying attention,
somehow expecting someone to say, 'Good job!'" Ramiz finally
detected two pairs of eyes staring at him through the fence.
Recognition at last: it was two shepherds with their flock of
These days, Ramiz has no lack for audiences nor for applause.His
expertise is acknowledged far beyond the borders of Azerbaijan.
He has been invited to perform in more foreign countries than
most Azerbaijanis have including Japan, Norway, much of Europe
and the United States.
Ramiz traced his professional journey at this concert. He began
with Haji Khanmammadov's Concerto No 1 for tar and Symphonic
Orchestra, which launched his professional career on stage. Other
works included: Segah Mugham, Gambar Huseinli's First Love, Johannes
Brahms' Hungarian Dance, and Heyrati. His son joined him in playing
a variety of Tofig Guliyev's songs, Schubert's Serenade, Mikis
Theodorakis' Sertaki Dance, and Hasan Rezayev's Chahargah Rhapsody.
The Maestro has released eight CDs between 2002 - 2004. This
year alone, he produced three: Singing Hearts (duo with son Ayyub),
Cry of the Yellow String, and I Want to See Karabakh. Hoping
to leave a legacy for future tar players, Ramiz has written seven
books with scores for tar, featuring both Azerbaijani and foreign
composers. In addition, he has about 20 instructional books for
For more about Ramiz, read: "Sing Tar, Sing: Like Father,
Like Son-Passing on the Tradition" by Betty Blair, AI 7.4
(Winter 1999). Search at AZER.com. Contact Ramiz: email@example.com.
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