Kicking off in the middle of these picturesque mountains in northern Azerbaijan, is this year’s Gabala International Music Festival.
It showcases ensembles and music from around the world – but a special place is always reserved for Azerbaijani composers and ethnic music.
Katy Furmanski, who plays the double bass, explains the appeal of Azerbaijani music:
“I had never played any music whatsoever by an Azerbaijani composer before I started working with Femusa and it’s been absolutely wonderful to learn these works which have a very unique style to them.”
The all-female chamber orchestra Femusa is a UK-based ensemble led by Azerbaijani born violinist Nazrin Rashidova.