KINAN AZMEH’S CITYBAND
5BMF SEASON OPENING CELEBRATION
TUESDAY, SEP 14, 2021 | 6:30 PM
FIVE BOROUGHS BREWING CO.
215 47th ST. | BROOKLYN
Now available for digital audiences: 5BMF presents an encore of our 15th Anniversary Season opener, KINAN AZMEH’S CITYBAND!
Recorded live on September 14, 2021, clarinetist and composer KINAN AZMEH leads his ensemble CITYBAND in a thrilling performance of their signature genre-blending music at none other than the (brilliantly-named) Five Boroughs Brewing Co. in Sunset Park.
Comprised of clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, percussionist John Hadfield, bassist Josh Myers, and guitarist Kyle Sanna, CityBand’s virtuosic and high energy performance style dazzle in a program of original works that blend classical, jazz, and Syrian folk music.
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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.