Mariam and Miraif (jazz, funk, vocal) (Russia)
“MIRAIF” group was set up in 1998. Having appeared on Russian "stage" as one of numerous jazz bands, the group was quickly allocated from a lump of musical executors and has won a recognition not only at fans, but also at professionals and connoisseurs of jazz music.
Armen Merabov is not only the founder and the leader of the “MIRAIF” group, he is also a composer. Armen writes not only jazz music but different styles of it as a score.
“MIRAIF” can be named a universal group as its repertoire includes not only jazz, but also such styles as blues, funk and jazz-rock. During all this time the group cooperates with remarkable vocalist Mariam. Having got a role of a Queen in a musical “We Will Rock You”, Mariam has once again shown the high professionalism, both as a singer, and an actress.
It is worth to make mention of a Sax man – Denis Prushinskiy who is the soloist of the oldest Jazz Band directed by Oleg Lundstrem.
In the biography of the group it is necessary to note such achievements as record and release of two compact discs, participation in various jazz festivals, concerts and TV casts. The group took part in various concerts and festivals such as XI festival “the Window to the Europe” in Vyborg, festivals “Mega Jazz Master 2004” and “LUXURY - space of a jazz”. Experience shows that participation in similar events is one of the best ways helping “MIRAIF” to acquaint spectator with their creativity.