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I Met the Walrus

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrators James Braithwaite and Alex Kurina have collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack. A spellbinding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit and timeless message, I Met the Walrus was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short and won the 2009 Emmy for ‘New Approaches’ (making it the first film to win an Emmy on behalf of the internet).

This is without doubt one of the best things I’ve ever seen.

Nino&Insight. Baku. 30.05.09.

Nino Katamadze & Insight in Baku. Singing ‘Olei’ with Azeri jazz singer Ulviyya Rahimova.

I’ve been waiting for her for 4 years. Now I have a hug and a picture from her as well as memories from the breathtaking concert. What else would I need? )

The Azeris: Vagif Mustafazadeh

He was born on March 16, 1940 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

He started playing jazz when it was still banned in Soviet Union as the “music of capitalists”.

He won first prize at the 8th International Competition of Jazz Composers for his composition “Waiting for Aziza” inMonaco in 1978, a year before he died.

He had a heart attack during his concert in Tashkent 30 years ago.

Both of his daughters Aziza and Lala are well-known musicians now.

This is the music he left for us.

Baki Gejeleri (Baku nights)

Dushunjeler (Thoughts)

Also Fantaziya, Gelmedi and many more.

More about Vagif Mustafazadeh on Wiki

Azeri lullaby by Shovket Alakbarova

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