About:

  • "A JOURNEY IN SOUND"

    Peter Dobrin, Music Critic - the Inquirer
  • "a brilliant and dramatic work with a Middle Eastern flavor"

    Jim Lowe, Staff Writer - Times Argus
  • "... you feel completely propelled by the power of the piece"

    Christopher James Lees, Conductor
  • "phenomenal piece"

    Ensemble39


Kinan Abou-afach is a cellist, oud player, composer, and recipient of the prestigious Pew Fellowship in 2013. The Syrian-born musician began his musical studies at the age of seven studying at the Arabic Institute of Music in Damascus, where he eventually joined the National Syrian Symphony Orchestra and performed with the Middle Eastern Ensemble.

Kinan ABou-afach Biography
Kinan ABou-afach Biography

Latest Events

November 18, 2019
7:30 PM
  • World Premiere with The Brass Project
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    A world premiere of the full version of Exodus for brass sextet

     

    The Brass Project:
    Theo Van Dyck, trumpet
    Brian Olson, trumpet
    Cort Roberts, horn
    Daniel Schwalbach, trombone
    Oliver Barrett, trombone
    Jake Fewx, tuba

October 12, 2019
6:30 PM
October 9, 2019
  • Speak for Orchestra. Performance with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Christopher James Lees: Conductor
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    Speak for Orchestra. Performance with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Christopher James Lees: Conductor

October 5, 2019
5:30 PM
October 2, 2019
6:30 PM
  • With Tom Kraines (Cello) and Shinjoo Cho (Bandoneon). Site/Sound: Revealing the Rail Park festival
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    With Tom Kraines (Cello) and Shinjoo Cho (Bandoneon). Site/Sound: Revealing the Rail Park festival

May 29, 2019
7:30 PM
  • (CANCELED) Berlin, Germany @ Pierre Boulez Saal. With Kinan Azmeh (Clarinet), Dima Orsho (Soprano), and Kathy Tagg (Piano)
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    (CANCELED)
    Pierre Boulez Saal
    Französische Straße 33 D
    10117 Berlin

May 11, 2019
7:00 PM
  • KINAN ABOU AFACH - A Letter from Syria (Concert)
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    Cello/Oud: Kinan Abou-afach

    Piano: Julian Horner

    Bass: Dave Brodie

    Drums: Jim Hamilton

    Guest Percussionist: Ziya Tabassian

    “A Letter From Syria will be an evening of music saturated with unique scales, improvisation, and rhythmic grooves, all intermingled with freely constructed jazz. The original pieces within the show are rooted in Abou-afach’s recollections of his homeland Syria before the conflict, expressed through the Middle-Eastern-influenced modes and the rich harmonies of Jazz. In this blending of temporal and aesthetics styles, this music performance looks to the future while paying homage to the past.”

March 23, 2019
  • Speak for Orchestra. Performance with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Christopher James Lees: Conductor
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    Speak for Orchestra. Performance with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Christopher James Lees: Conductor