Summer 2006 (14.2)
your hands in a basket brimful with saffron blossoms that have
just been picked is an unforgettable sensation, says photographer
Anna Tatti from Sardinia, an island off the coast of Italy.
During the harvest on her cousin's farm she took along her camera
to capture the beauty which is so vibrant we almost can catch
a whiff of the fragrance, too. The reddish-orange stamens priced
higher than their weight in gold and traditionally used for coloring
and flavoring cuisine, also have anti-cancer medicinal properties
according to some scientists. Contact Anna at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
||Stalin's Era (1920s
to 1950s) was particularly harsh on intellectuals. Musicians
and composers were not exempt from arrest, imprisonment and execution.
This is the first time such research related to Azerbaijan's
music world is being made available in English. Aida Huseinova,
Ph.D. Musicology, is Associate Professor at Baku Music Academy.
As well, currently, she is Secretary General of the National
Music Committee of Azerbaijan, which is part of the European
Music Council (EMC), a regional group of the International Music
Council (IMC). Contact Aida at: email@example.com. Page
||When Mr. Anne
Visser of Holland first laid eyes on paintings by Soviet
artists, he didn't like them at all, especially the works which
were painted in the style of Socialist Realism-stripped of any
of the hardships of life. Now Anne understands these works as
documents of the "illusion of history" of the communist
period. For the past year, Anne has begun collecting these art
works, via contacts on the Internet. In a world riveted by uncertainty
and violence, he finds comfort surrounding himself with such
idealistic images of tranquility. He shares his collection and
thoughts with us here. Contact Anne at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
||Tomoko Imura, from Tokyo, came to Azerbaijan nine
years ago as a student, determined to become an expert on Caucasian
art. Within three years, she had distinguished herself by earning
a Masters' Degree in Art History from Baku State University (in
Azeri, no less, though she only knew Russian when she arrived!).
She became fascinated with Ashug Saz music and now performs herself.
To help fellow Japanese understand Azerbaijani culture, she has
created a Web site with translations of nearly a dozen articles
about Azerbaijani artists published in Azerbaijan International.
Check out the Japanese at: http://cosmos2.ed.shikoku-u.ac.jp/~azart-imura/.
||When we thought
of publishing a photo essay depicting Baku at Night as a souvenir
for the international guests would be attending the 2006 Caspian
Oil and Gas Exhibition, we called on Alakbar Aghasiyev,
one of Baku's distinguished photographers, knowing he could capture
the drama of the city and its distinctive architectural monuments-many
of which were built during the Oil Baron period of last century-awash
in floodlight. Thanks to Alakbar for the front cover with its
distinctive lenses of blue, red and green (the colors of Azerbaijan's
flag) and for the photo essay on page
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