Composer and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and St Urban music salons collaborate in this unique project bringing Syrian poetry and musical sonorities into the intimate realm of chamber music. Commissioned by St Urban, Azmeh's Songs for Days to Come is a cycle of poems by exiled Syrian poets, set for quartet of singer, clarinet, cello and piano. Joining Azmeh in this live performance are soprano Dima Orsho, cellist Kinan Abou-Afach and pianist Lenore Davis. The audience will also hear the recorded voice of the poets reading before their respective song setting. Each of the poets is a personal friend of Azmeh's, bringing a further intimacy to this unique work. This performance will celebrate the recording release of Songs for Days to Come, and will be followed by a conversation with the composer and audience. CDs will be available.
Described as "Intensely Soulful" by the New York Times and "Spellbinding" by the New Yorker, Kinan Azmeh has become known for his utterly distinctive sound across different musical genres. Born in Damascus, he performs world-wide as soloist, chamber musician, improviser, and jazz artist. A member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, he is featured prominently in the documentary Music of Strangers.
Now in its fourth season, the New York chamber music series St Urban has reinvigorated the music salon through daring musical and literary programming, original commissioned works, and outstanding performances in intimate settings. Founder Lenore Davis hosts, performs and curates.