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The Kinan Azmeh Quartet 

The Kinan Azmeh Quartet
Fri, March 14 · 7:30 PM
World Cafe Live - Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
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LiveConnections presents a concert crossing musical and cultural boundaries. Called “spellbinding” by The New Yorker and “virtuoso…intensely soulful” by the New York Times, clarinetist Kinan Azmeh strives to reach a balance between classical, jazz and the music of his homeland, Syria.

Performing with his New York ensemble, Azmeh's expressive clarinet meets Kyle Sanna's rustic guitar, soaring over the dynamic and volatile backdrop of John Hadfield's percussion and Josh Myers' double bass. Each band member’s varied background adds a personal flair to this ensemble, resulting in a thoroughly exciting and rewarding listening experience.

See these talented artists up close in the intimate space of the Upstairs Live venue at World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, while enjoying dinner and drinks. Doors open at 6:30pm for dinner; the show starts at 7:30pm.

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, LiveConnections creates innovative, boundary-crossing music programming and education. Our ClassicAlive concert series expands boundaries of classical music, presenting unique collaborations and fresh projects in the intimate atmosphere of our partner venue World Cafe Live.


$15 general admission
$10 students with ID
(prices include service charges)

Food and drink sold separately. General admission seating.

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Kinan Azmeh, clarinet, has been hailed as a “virtuoso” by the New York Times with an "incredibly rich sound" by the CBC. Born in Damascus, Azmeh was the first Arab to win the premier prize at the 1997 Nicolai Rubinstein International Competition, Moscow. He is a graduate of New York's Juilliard school as a student of Charles Neidich and the Damascus High institute of Music where he studied with Shukry Sahwki, Nicolay Viovanof and Anatoly Moratof, and he is currently finishing his doctoral work at the City University of New York. Azmeh has appeared worldwide as a soloist, composer and improviser.

Notable appearances include Opera Bastille, Paris; Tchaikovsky Grand Hall, Moscow; Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully 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; and the Damascus opera house for its opening concert in his native Syria. As a classical clarinetist, he has appeared as soloist with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the West-eastern Divan Orchestra, the Kiev Camerata, the Corasara Orchestra and the Syrian Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has shared the stage with Marcel Khalife, Daniel Barenboim, Zakir Hussein Francois Rabbath, Solhi-al-Wadi, Manfred Leuchter, Kevork Mourad and members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.

Kinan AzmehCompositions include several works for solo, orchestra and chamber music, as well as works for film, live illustration and electronics. His discography include three albums with his ensemble HEWAR, several soundtracks for film and dance and a duo album with pianist Dinuk Wijeratne. He serves as artistic director of the Damascus Festival Chamber Music Ensemble, with whom he released an album of new contemporary Syrian chamber music written especially for the ensemble by various composers.



Chloe FelesinaQ&A with Kinan Azmeh 03/13/2014 Kinan Azmeh moved to New York 13 years ago to study at Juilliard, but his heart still lies in Damascus. In his concert with LiveConnections on Friday, March 14, he’ll open with his 2012 composition “A Sad Morning, Every Morning,” which he calls “a prayer for his home country.” We talked with Kinan about his compositions, the diverse backgrounds of his quartet members and how music connects with the tragedy taking place in Syria. [Read More]

Gabriel Cabezas and Chloe FelesinaPRESS RELEASE: Philadelphia 02/21/2014 — Syrian-born clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, a performer who has been called “spellbinding” by The New Yorker and “virtuoso…intensely soulful” by the New York Times, strives to reach a balance between classical, jazz and the music of his homeland. In this concert on March 14 presented by LiveConnections, the quartet performs a program of Azmeh’s unique compositions. [Read More]




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