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ABOUT THE ARTIST

 

Paris-based pianist and composer Renara Akhoundova was born in Baku. She grew up in a family of intellectuals in a culturally mixed environment - Russian culture together with her native Azerbaijani. Renara debuted on the piano at the age of three years and showed exceptional musical talents from the start.

“Mother was taking private piano lessons which I always attended in a corner of the room. One day I approached the piano and sat down to play melodies I had heard as a child. Of course my parents rushed in amazement at the piano teacher! We replied that I was certainly talented, but the teachers in the crowd felt I was too young to start the systematic study of music. For this reason I began studying music only at the age of five years.”

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 New Release - May 2017

 

Light

by Renara Akhoundova

Renara's album "Light" is a collection of 10 compositions and one studio improvisation inspired by the joy and pain of life, personal growth, and the human struggle. This is music without language or borders, inspired by Life and expressed through the hands of a musician with full mastery over her instrument, the grand piano.

 
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April 2017 release

 

love

by Renara Akhoundova

Renara's album "Love" is a collection of 10 compositions and one studio improvisation which express the many faces of love - spiritual love between God and man, love of place, and love between people. This is music without language or borders, inspired by Life and expressed through the hands of a musician with full mastery over her instrument, the grand piano.

 
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March 2017 Release

 

prayer

by Renara Akhoundova

Renara Akhoundova's album "Prayer" is a collection of 10 compositions and one studio improvisation inspired by her experiences as a pilgrim to Jerusalem, Bari, Corfu, and other spiritual places around the world, together with remarkable people, both living and passed on, who supported her throughout her life and musical career. 

 
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february 2017 Release

 

forgiveness

by Renara Akhoundova

Renara's album "Forgiveness" is a collection of 10 compositions and one studio improvisation. These are songs inspired by universal spiritual truths the artist has experienced in her own life's journey. This is music without language or borders, inspired by Life and expressed through the hands of a musician with full mastery over her instrument, the grand piano.

 
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january 2017 Release

 

Meeting with the master

by Renara Akhoundova

Renara's album "Meeting with the Master" is a collection of 10 compositions and one studio improvisation inspired by Mirzakarim Norbekov, his teaching which catalyzed the artist's inner expansion and perception, and the great people Renara met thanks to him, people which became dear friends. The contents of this album were also inspired by a meeting with a very special Sufi elder from Uzbekistan, Alikhon Toran Ishanboa, to whom the improvisation is dedicated. This is music without language or borders, inspired by Life and expressed through the hands of a musician with full mastery over her instrument, the grand piano. 

 
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December 2016 release

 

life

by Renara Akhoundova

Renara's album "Life" is a collection of 10 original compositions and one studio improvisation which celebrates the beauty of life and relationships through original music. This is music without language or borders, inspired by Life and expressed through the hands of a musician with full mastery over her instrument, the grand piano.

 
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November 2016 release

 

Gratitude

by Renara Akhoundova

Renara's album "Gratitude" is a collection of 10 compositions and one studio improvisation which express deep gratitude to the people and places which have profoundly influenced her life and work - from her parents and spiritual mentors to the city of Paris where she has lived for over twenty years. This is music without language or borders, inspired by Life and expressed through the hands of a musician with full mastery over her instrument, the grand piano.

Special thanks to Laurent Compignie of Malambo Studios, Paris for sound engineering and to Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah of Kuwait City and photographer Rizalde Cayanan for the cover photo.

 
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October 2016 Release

 

Octave

by Renara Akhoundova

Octave is a collection of eleven of the artist’s favorite original compositions from 2004 through 2012. Octave is a pallette of notes expressed in one unique sound, invoking the state of a living and moving ocean’s surface which speaks through the action of its dancing waves, yet remains silent and quiet under the tumult.

 
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Love and Gratitude

by Renara Akhoundova

Renara’s 2014 release “Love and Gratitude” includes newly-recorded versions of her favorite tracks from nine previous albums, plus her new composition “Tatiana” and an original improvisation titled “Love and Gratitude”.

 

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