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Kinan Azmeh

Hailed as a “Virtuoso” and “Intensely Soulful” by the New York Times and “Spellbinding” by the New Yorker, and “Incredibly Rich Sound” by the CBC. His utterly distinctive sound across different musical genres has gained him international recognition as clarinetist and composer. Kinan was recently named composer-in-residence with Classical Movements for the 2017-2018 season. Kinan has been touring the world as soloist, composer and improviser. Notable appearances include: Opera Bastille, Paris; Tchaikovsky Grand Hall, Moscow; Carnegie Hall and the UN’s general assembly, New York; the Royal Albert hall, London; Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; der Philharmonie; Berlin; the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Washington DC; the Mozarteum, Salzburg, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie and the Damascus opera house for its opening concert in his native Syria. He has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the Qatar Philharmonic and the Syrian Symphony Orchestra among others.; and has shared the stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Marcel Khalife, Aynur, Daniel Barenboim and Jivan Gasparian. His compositions include several works for solo, orchestra, and chamber music; film, live illustration, and electronics

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Drum of Stories

Label: In A Circle Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Old World New Tower of Liars Spells Map of the Future Drum of Stories Paul Motian's Diary Stolen from the 10th Arrondissement

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Few of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things (so far) - Part 3

Read "A Few of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things (so far) - Part 3" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Last week we focused our playlist on some of our favorite tracks from the first six months of 2023. Evidently two hours were not enough and we could not play them all... so here we are going through the rest of the best.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash ...

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Article: Year in Review

2022: The Year in Jazz

Read "2022: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


Current events impacted the jazz world in significant ways throughout 2022. In its third year, the coronavirus pandemic continued to lurk in some settings, while others recovered in robust fashion. Russia's war on Ukraine was felt by musicians and triggered an outpouring of support for its victims. Initiatives to ensure greater equity in jazz advanced. The ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Zoh Amba, Vincent Peirani, Kinan Azmeh, Tony Malaby & More New Releases

Read "Zoh Amba, Vincent Peirani, Kinan Azmeh, Tony Malaby & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The beautiful debut album of an emerging artist like Zoh Amba, previously unreleased tracks from the legendary Village Vanguard concerts by Geri Allen, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, the edgy new project by Vincent Peirani and the guitar saxophone interactions of Walter Smith III & Matthew Stevens, Dave Gisler & David Murray, and Tony Malaby & Ben ...

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Early Morning Star

Label: FMR Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: A Time of Singing; Early Morning Star; Emerge-ency; Flowing; For Today; Friday Song; Here Now; Never Ceasing; Not For Today; Today Today; Tzur Mishelo/Los Bilbilicos.

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Article: Year in Review

Karl Ackermann’s Best Releases of 2020

Read "Karl Ackermann’s Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


2020 abridged: A staggering loss of lives and livelihoods. We had worldwide social unrest, wildfires, locust swarms of Biblical proportions, killer hornets, killer drones, kids in cages; an impeachment, an election, an attempted insurrection. Oh, and Poland accidentally invaded the Czech Republic. It was not exactly the Gilded Age. Yet, amid doom-scrolling, the creative music community ...

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Article: Album Review

Bob Gluck: Early Morning Star

Read "Early Morning Star" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


On this release, pianist Bob Gluck mixes the realms of classical music and jazz in interesting ways. The formal, declarative music produced by Gluck, clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and vocalist Andrea Wolper is given flow and earthiness by the rhythmic pull of bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Tani Tabbal. The front-line combination fluidly rises and ...

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Article: Live Review

Enjoy Jazz 2019

Read "Enjoy Jazz 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley


Enjoy Jazz Various Venues Heidelberg/Ludwigshafen/Mannheim Germany October 14-20, 2019 The Enjoy Jazz festival always offers an exciting array of venues, switching locations virtually every night of its six-week run, and often providing the chance to creep inside a range of historic buildings in its three-city spread. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kinan Azmeh's CityBand Live At BIMHUIS Amsterdam

Read "Kinan Azmeh's CityBand Live At BIMHUIS Amsterdam" reviewed by BIMHUIS


Clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh is internationally renowned for his intense, spirited performances. The Syrian born musician uses music to transcend cultural barriers, performing with projects as diverse as Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, the New York Philharmonic and Dutch trumpeter Eric Vloeimans. In 2006 he formed the CityBand, a four-piece band that strikes a balance ...


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