International Mugham Centre

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Creation of the International Mugham Center in the City of Baku in order to widely promote in the world the Azerbaijani mugham, proclaimed by UNESCO as Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, is of special importance among the projects accomplished towards the safeguarding of the national moral values and promotion of the Azerbaijani culture.

Round Table initiated by President of the Foundation Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva was held in 2005 with the participation of outstanding mugham masters and a decision was made to establish the International Mugham Center in the City of Baku. On April 6, 2005, President Ilham Aliyev signed an order on the creation of the International Mugham Center in Baku. Regular meetings and consultations with masters of mugham led to the development of the project of the International Mugham Center.

On August 24, 2005, the cornerstone laying ceremony of the Center was held in the National Seaside Park with the participation of President Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva and UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura. On 27 December 2008, President Ilham Aliyev and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva inaugurated the International Mugham Center.

The 7.500 sq.m building reminds of the parts of tar, an ancient musical instrument of Azerbaijan. The 3-storey building includes 350-seat concert hall, club, classrooms, recording studio, 80-seat restaurant “Ud”.

Equipments for the building, constructed using the latest technologies, were brought from Italy, Austria, France and Turkey. Over 2000 glasses of different sizes were used in construction. The building has state-of-the-art ventilation and heat systems.

At the International Mugham Center young performers learn the refinements of the art of mugham, an important branch of the Azerbaijani music culture.  Concerts of eminent mugham masters, mugham evenings, international conferences and festivals are organized in the Center.