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.
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Berlin, Germany @ Pierre Boulez Saal. With Kinan Azmeh (Clarinet), Dima Orsho (Soprano), and Kathy Tagg (Piano)expand_more
Pierre Boulez Saal
Französische Straße 33 D
KINAN ABOU AFACH - A Letter from Syria (Concert)expand_more
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.”
Speak for Orchestra. Performance with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Christopher James Lees: Conductorexpand_more
Speak for Orchestra. Performance with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Christopher James Lees: Conductor
Chicago | Performing with Chiara Mangiameli | Vittum Theaterexpand_more
“On December 7th, 8th and 9th, we will be presenting our fifth theatrical production at the Vittum Theater in Chicago.
Inspired by current events, the show features Assid and Warda, father and daughter Syrian refugees who dream of escape to a Spain where their ancestors once built a different kind of civilization: one grounded in peace, tolerance and the joys of artistic expression. But when a desperate rescue at sea leaves them separated, it seems their refugee journey is destined to end in tragedy. Can their faith in the possibilities of a better life sustain them through this final, agonizing trial?
Told through the songs and dances of flamenco by a critically acclaimed ensemble of musicians, Rose of Damascus features dancers from Studio Mangiameli, an original script by Benjamin Lumpkin, and artwork by Jim Hajicek.”
1012 N. Noble St.
Chicago, IL 60642
LiveConnections Big Hurrah Benefitexpand_more
AANM - Dearborn, MI | Composer Panel / Talkexpand_more
Dearborn, MI | "Fiction" Midwest Premiereexpand_more
AANM and Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings join forces for an evening of contemporary chamber music by Arab American composers, including Mohammed Fairouz, Kareem Roustom, Michael Ibrahim, Suad Bushnaq, Kinan Abou-afach and Hadi Eldebek.
The Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings performs my piece Fiction, for Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Contrabass and Electronics
Toronto, Canada | Festival of Arabic Music and Artsexpand_more
Original full length sufi composition, Nur – With Dalal Abu Amneh
(Commissioned by Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture)
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education | Nov 1, 2018 | 7:00pm