As a soloist and composer, Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh has traveled the world, electrifying audiences in Paris, London, Berlin, Moscow and Damascus. His eponymous ensemble, formed in 2006 in New York City, gained immediate recognition for its virtuosic, high-energy performances, including praise from The New York Times. The Quartet strikes a creative balance between western and Arabic classical music, jazz, and the music of Syria. Azmeh's expressive clarinet can soar above the rhythmic underpinnings of Kyle Sanna's rustic guitar and the dynamic texture of John Hadfield's percussion and Josh Myers' double bass. At other times, Azmeh displays the utmost delicacy of phrasing and tone, with spare accompaniment. A truly outstanding ensemble at the top of its game.
Upcoming Global Fridays performances: