Participant Profile

Saidmurat Muratov


A saxophone player and composer, Muratov formed the ethno-jazz ensemble Jazzirama to synthesize Uzbek folk music with contemporary jazz and swing. Jazzirama has performed widely in regional and international jazz festivals and released its first CD in 2013. Muratov also launched the Ilkhom Jazz Club at the Ilkhom Theater in Tashkent to promote opportunities for young musicians to participate in master classes, workshops and jam sessions and to share diverse jazz styles with the public. He organized the first Jazz Club master class, led by Moscow saxophonist Timur Nekrasov, and the first concert, featuring four diverse ensembles, in 2014.

Muratov hoped to gain exposure to music education models, improve his improvisational skills and exchange experiences and ideas with US colleagues.