Syrian clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh is the first Arab to win the first prize at the Nicolay Rubinstein international competition in Moscow1997. A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York, the High Institute of Music and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Damascus. He is currently working towards his music doctoral degree at the City University of New York.
Kinan has appeared as soloist, composer and improviser worldwide including The Library of Congress, The Kennedy Center, Opera Bastille, Berlin’s Philharmonie, The Mozarteum, Carnegie Hall, UN’s General Assembly and the Damascus Opera for its opening concert. He has shared the stage and recorded with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Daniel Barenboim, Marcel Khalife, Aynur and Zakir Hussein.
Formed in 2006 in New York City, Kinan Azmeh & and his New York Quartet immediately gained recognition for their virtuosic and high energy performance, receiving praise from critics and audiences alike.
With this New York ensemble, Azmeh strives to reach a balance between Jazz, classical music, and the music of his homeland, Syria. Azmeh’s expressive clarinet meets Kyle Sanna’s rustic guitar, soaring at times over the dynamic and volatile backdrop of John Hadfield’s percussion and Josh Myers’ double bass. The new album “Elastic City” was launched in a European and Middle-eastern tour in the summer of 2012.
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Event Category: Live Music
When: September 3, 2013
Where: Joes Pub
More Info: http://www.joespub.com/