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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

Album

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

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 ...

Album

SONG

Label: Dreyer Gaido
Released: 2018
Track listing: eye of the tiger (Survivor), maria (Melissa Mary Ahern), dharma (Bodek Janke), what is it like (Bodek Janke), autumn leaves (Joseph Kosma), hard luck in love (Melissa Mary Ahern), live is life (Opus), if i loved you (Richard Rodgers), like a trap (Melissa Mary Ahern), freudentränen (Bodek Janke), next to you (Melissa Mary Ahern), someday soon (Melissa Mary Ahern), mama you've been on my mind (Bob Dylan)

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News: Event

Musicians for Harmony Concert: Kinan Azmeh at Saint Peter's Church (NYC) on March 20th

Musicians for Harmony Concert: Kinan Azmeh at Saint Peter's Church (NYC) on March 20th

Musicians For Harmony Marks 6th Anniversary of War in Iraq with ‘Concert for Peace’ on March 20th Music of Syria, with Superstar Kinan Azmeh, is Featured at M4H’s First-Ever Mid-Year Concert On March 20th, Musicians For Harmony will present their first-ever mid-year concert, with a performance of Middle Eastern music by The Kinan Azmeh Quartet. Kinan ...


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