Musical Performance: NYC Jazz Meets Maqam Festival: Kinan Azmeh & Trio

Sat, May 3, 2008 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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$15 ($10 Students with valid ID)

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Kinan Azmeh and Trio

Original compositions: Arabic music meets jazz meets free improvisations.

Kinan Azmeh, Clarinet, Composition
Kyle Sana, Guitar
John Hadfield, Percussion

and guests

Kinan Azmeh, Clarinetist, Composer

Described as a “virtuosic, unique sound” by the Daily Star and “Engagingly flamboyant” by the L.A Times, Kinan Azmeh is gaining the reputation of being on of Syria’s new rising stars.

Born in Damascus, Syria 1976, Kinan is the first Arab to win the first prize at the Nicolay Rubinstein international competition in Moscow, Russia, 1997, a graduate of the Juilliard school in New York and the High institute of music and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Damascus, Syria, He is currently working towards his doctoral degree at the city university of New York studying with Charles Neidich. Kinan has appeared as soloist and composer worldwide, such appearances include Opera Bastille in Paris,
Tschikovsky grand hall in Moscow, Carnegie and Alice Tully halls in New York, Royal Albert hall in London, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Berlin Philharmonie Hall, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the
Damascus Opera house for its opening concert. He has played under reputed conductors such as Solhi al-Wadi, Roger Norrington and Daniel Barenboim, and shared the stage with artists such as Mari Kimura, Marcel Khalife, Elliott Sharp, Katia Tchemberdji, Kani Karaca and Kevork Mourad. Compositions include several works for film, live visual arts, Solo, Orchestra, chamber music and electronics and his recordings include two albums with
his ensemble HEWAR, and several sound tracks for film and dance. Kinan is the artistic director of the DamascusFestival Chamber Music Ensemble.

Kyle Sanna (Guitar)

has performed his original music in Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, and throughout the U.S.

As a composer, Kyle most often scores the visual and narrative arts, especially film, theater, and dance. He was a 2003 Finalist in the Young Film Composers Competition and his latest film score (for the indie
documentary Finding the Bottom of the Sky) will see its premiere screening in June, 2008. Commissions in the past year include music for a theatrical production of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself, orchestral arrangements for Nonesuch recording artist Christina Courtin, string arrangements for Rolling
Stone’s “guitar god” Kaki King, a Meet The Composer Grant for the ensemble Capital M, and two pieces for choreographer Fabrice Lamego: one for the Ailey School of Dance and one based on Borges’ The Zahir, to be
premiered in Guadaloupe in April, 2008. A concert version premiered in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall featuring mandolin master, Mike Marshall.

John Hadfied

Percussionist John Hadfield’s dedication to bending genres has taken him from the jungles of Indonesia to concert halls and clubs across the world. This diversity has allowed him to perform with a broad variety of ensembles including Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road ensemble, The Saturday Night Live Band on NBC, Bang on a Can, The Michael Gordon Band, The rock
bands Amandla and Capital M, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, The Bassam Saba Ensemble, Ethos Percussion Group and the NYC gamelan group Darma Swara. While performing with jazz groups John has worked alongside Kenney Werner, Lenny Pickett, Bobby Watson, Ben
Monder, Satoshi Takeshi, Brad Shepik, Mike Richmond and Eric Friedlander. Currently, John lives in NYC and is on Jazz faculty of New York University.

Last updated: 2008-04-23 10:39:24

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