Zaki Valiyev was born in Ganja, Azerbaijan, and studied tar in the Ganja Music College and the Azerbaijan National Conservatory. Besides music, he is also interested in artwork. Valiyev has been a member of the Alim Qasimov Ensemble since 2009.
The mission of the Mark Morris Dance Group is to develop, promote, and sustain dance, music, and opera productions by Mark Morris and to serve as a cultural resource to engage and enrich the community.
MMDG is a member of Dance/USA and the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance.