Sep 29, 2017 |
The Kinan Azmeh CityBand will perform a program titled “Music from Syria” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. It is the second concert in the 2017-18 Friends of Good Music performance season.
The concert will be preceded by the screening of the film “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10. The documentary, in which Azmeh is prominently featured, gives a fascinating insight into the music and lives of the members of The Silk Road Ensemble. The screening is free and open to the public.
Known for his utterly distinctive sound across different musical genres, Azmeh has gained international recognition as a clarinetist and composer. He’s been hailed as a virtuoso and “intensely soulful” by the New York Times, “spellbinding” by the New Yorker, and the CBC has praised his “incredibly rich sound.”
Touring the world as a soloist, composer and improviser, his notable appearances include Opera Bastille in Paris; Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Grand Hall; Carnegie Hall and the United Nation’s General Assembly in New York; London’s Royal Albert Hall; Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires; Germany’s Philharmonie in Berlin and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg; the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; the Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria; and the opening concert of the Damascus Opera House 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 many others.
His discography includes an album with his New York Arabic/jazz quartet, the Kinan Azmeh CityBand. He serves as artistic director of the Damascus Festival Chamber Players, a pan-Arab ensemble dedicated to contemporary music form the Arab world, and he won a Grammy with The Silk Road Ensemble in 2017.
Formed in 2006 in New York City, the Kinan Azmeh CityBand immediately gained recognition for its virtuosic and high energy performances, receiving praise from critics and audiences alike. The ensemble strives to reach a balance among classical music, jazz, and the music of Syria. One critic said this of their sound: “Kinan’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 band members come from varied backgrounds and each brings his personal flair to the ensemble, making for an exciting and rewarding listening experience. The quartet has toured the U.S., France, England, Germany, Holland, Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey.
Subscription tickets for the remaining concerts in the Friends of Good Music season are still available. A basic subscriptions, one ticket to six concerts, costs $102, with a discounted rate of $84 for senior citizens and St. Bonaventure employees. An extended subscription, one ticket to seven concerts, is available for $112, or $92 for senior citizens and SBU employees.
Single ticket prices for each concert are $20 at full cost, $16 for senior citizens and SBU employees, and $5 for students.
For subscriptions, single tickets and information, call The Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.
For each Friends of Good Music performance, The Quick Center will open its galleries one hour before the performance and keep them open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. For more information, visit www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.
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