Enver Izmailov is an
extraordinary “two-handed” virtuoso guitarist and composer, specialized in the
guitar tapping technique. His music crosses boundaries, venturing into jazz,
rock and world music. Of Ukrainian Tatar origin, he was born June 12th, 1955, in
Uzbekistan and now lives in Crimea (Ukraine).
After graduating in bassoon
from the music school in Fergana in 1973, he actively participated in rock and
jazz projects. In 1990 he graduated from Tashkent University, in the specialty
of “conductor of folk music orchestras” and during the period of 1990-2000 he
took part in music festivals and toured around the USA and numerous European
countries. He participated in joint CD-recordings together with foreign
musicians and appeared on the same stage with some of the most famous jazz
guitar players, such as John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Stanley Jordan. He was
the first-price-winner of the First European International Guitarist Competition
which was held in Lausanne Switzerland in 1995.
In his compositions he uses
elements from Indian and Balkan folk music, using difficult rhythms: 7/8, 5/8,
9/16, 11/16, 13/16, etc. The technique he uses is called “tapping’ or
“two-handed-tapping”. Enver Izmailov had begun using this technique several
years before Stanley Jordan’s tapping album was released. So at the moment there
are two schools of tapping – Jordan’s (also called “jazz tapping”) and
Izmailov’s (also referred to as “eastern tapping”). These two styles of tapping
are different. There is a trick Izmailov uses sometimes – playing two
instruments with different pitches at the same time.
In addition to solo
performances Izmailov has taken part in duets, trios, quartets.
Enver Izmailov has released
twenty albums in Finland, Russia, Germany, Moldova and Switzerland and one with the
“Minaret” trio in Ukraine.
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