KINAN AZMEH & THE CITY BAND
Kinan Azmeh is a member of the Grammy Winning The Silk Road Ensemble, and a graduate of both the Damascus University electrical engineering program and it’s Institute of High Music in his native Syria, as well as a graduate of Julliard. He has been hailed as a “Virtuoso” and “Intensely Soulful” by the New York Times, and his utterly distinctive sound across different musical genres has gained him international recognition as clarinetist and composer. 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; the Kennedy Center, Washington DC among many others. 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.
Formed in 2006 in New York City, the Kinan Azmeh CityBand 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 classical music, jazz, 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. Each band member has come from varied backgrounds to add their personal flair to this ensemble, resulting in a thoroughly exciting and rewarding listening experience.
The quartet has toured the US, France, England, Germany, Holland, Egypt, Lebanon,and Turkey.