Postponed from the 13.October due to the awarding of the Opus Klassik 2019 to Kinan Azmeh. Already bought tickets are still valid on the new date and place.
Kinan Azmeh calls his City Band, which was founded in New York in 2006, the Arab Jazz Quartet. This already says quite a lot about the celebrated clarinettist, but certainly not everything. Lets start at the beginning in Damascus in the late 70s and 80s, where Azmeh, born 1976 grew up. His father was an engineer, and his mother a doctor. Both were passionate musicians and performed at home with friends who were visiting. Beethoven and Brahms played in their house while different Arabic cultural sounds could be heard in the city. Syria used to be a melting pot. Azmeh changed from violin to clarinet early on and studied at the Arabic Conservatory in Damascus. He also completed his studies in electronic engineering. He then went to the Juilliard School in New York where he encountered jazz. He now knows that everything is connected and can work together: being a classical interpreter - he has played solo in large orchestras - composer and improviser. With his City Band he, perhaps most impressively, unfolds jazz’s drive and classical music’s harmonic depth with melodically meandering Arabic traditions. He once said that in all this, the most important thing for him is to find his own voice.
The concert is seated.