KINAN AZMEH’S CITYBAND
5BMF SEASON OPENING CELEBRATION
TUESDAY, SEP 14, 2021 | 6:30 PM
FIVE BOROUGHS BREWING CO.
215 47th ST. | BROOKLYN
5BMF invites you to celebrate the opening of our 15th Anniversary Season with a special concert and fundraising event!
Join us on September 14 as clarinetist and composer KINAN AZMEH and his ensemble CITYBAND kick off our 2021-2022 season with a thrilling performance of their signature genre-blending music at none other than the (brilliantly-named) Five Boroughs Brewing Co. in Sunset Park, whose gorgeous taproom opens up to the street for a perfect indoor-outdoor hybrid experience.
Comprised of clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, percussionist John Hadfield, bassist Josh Myers, and guitarist Kyle Sanna, CityBand’s virtuosic and high energy performance style will dazzle in a program of original works that blend classical, jazz, and Syrian folk music.
Guests can enjoy drinks from Five Boroughs Brewing Co’s taproom menu, nosh on dumplings and more from the wildly popular Dumpling Wagon, and nibble sweet dessert bites. VIP ticket holders will receive premium reserved seating and unlimited complimentary drinks!
Songbook sponsors at the Platinum, Gold or Silver levels receive two complimentary VIP tickets to this event! See below for more details.
$75 | VIP Admission
Includes premium reserved indoor or outdoor seating and unlimited complimentary drinks
$25 | General Admission
Includes regular indoor or outdoor seating; drinks may be purchased a la carte
Online ticketing is closed. Limited tickets may be available at the door.
HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY
By purchasing tickets to this event, you agree to comply with 5BMF’s Health and Safety Guidelines, including the following:
- All guests aged 12 and up attending 5BMF’s events will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
- Masks are required at all times except while eating and drinking at venues that serve food and beverage.
Health and Safety Guidelines
Effective August 17, 2021
As we return to live performances in the 2021-2022 Season, the safety of our audiences, artists, and staff remains our top priority. We are closely following all current city, state, and federal COVID-19 safety guidelines, including the following requirements:
As of August 17, 2021, all guests aged 12 and up attending 5BMF’s indoor performances will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
Masks are required at all times except while eating and drinking at venues serving food and beverages.
Review our full Health and Safety guidelines at 5BMF.org/covid-safety.
5BMF AT 15: FIVE BOROUGH SONGBOOK, VOL III
We’re celebrating our milestone year, once again, with the next chapter of our celebrated quinquennial commissioning project: the Five Borough Songbook! The third volume of the Songbook will premiere in April 2022, featuring 15 new works by 15 dynamic composers — including our headliner on September 14, Kinan Azmeh.
Our Season Opening party will offer a special opportunity to be a part of our flagship commissioning project by becoming a Songbook Sponsor. Whether it’s $100 or $500 or $1000, Songbook sponsorships will directly support the composers and writers working together to create this very special project!
Clarinetist & composer
Hailed as a “virtuoso, intensely soulful” by the New York Times and “spellbinding” by The New Yorker, Syrian-born, Brooklyn-based genre-bending composer and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh has been touring the globe with great acclaim as a soloist, composer and improviser. He has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Daniel Barenboim, John McLaughlin, Aynur and Djivan Gasparian, among others. He leads his own bands, Hewar and the Kinan Azmeh CityBand, and is a Silkroad ensemble artist, with whom he won a Grammy award in 2016. His recent orchestral album Uneven Sky with the Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin won Germany’s OpusKlassik Award in 2019. Recent commissions include works for the Seattle Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Kinan is a graduate of The Juilliard School, the Damascus High Institute of Music, and Damascus University’s School of Electrical Engineering, and holds a doctorate in music from the City University of New York.
KINAN AZMEH › clarinet
JOHN HADFIELD › percussion
JOSH MYERS › bass
KYLE SANNA › guitar
Formed in 2006 in New York City, Kinan Azmeh’s CityBand immediately gained recognition for their virtuosic and high energy performances, 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.