Celebrating Armenian Culture: Anna and Anais with Guest Musicians Kinan Azmeh & Shane Shanahan in Concert

Fri, April 17, 2015 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Celebrate Armenian Folk with Flamenco flair!

Anna Garano
, guitar
Anais Alexandra Tekerian, vocals
Shane Shanahan, percussion
Kinan Azmeh, clarinet

In commemoration of the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide, Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY present a special series showcasing the enduring arts and culture of the Armenians, who share a collective tragedy, and who have become an integral part and active voice in the tapestry of world cultures, specifically that of the Middle East and the Arab world, where distinct and complex Armenian communities have taken root and been nourished over the last century.

In this concert, one hundred years after the Armenian Genocide, the alternately haunting and playful melodies of an ancient culture find renewed voice in this melding of Flamenco and Armenian folk with Anna and Anais, who are joined by renowned musicians Shane Shanahan and Kinan Azmeh in this tribute concert.

Anna Garano, classical and Flamenco guitarist hailing from Trieste, Italy, has arranged this repertoire of Armenian songs for voice and guitar. Her collaborator in New York, Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian, is an enchanting vocalist who is one third of the acclaimed Armenian a cappella trio Zulal and a resident artist in Alwan's interdisciplinary collective project 1001 Nights.

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Doors open at 7:30 pm



Anna Garano
received a degree in classical guitar from the Conservatorio Tartini of Trieste (Italy), then acquired a "Diploma di Laurea" in Music History (University of Trieste) specializing in contemporary music, and later on studied Indian and Arabic music at the International Institute of Comparative Music of Venezia. In following years she traveled to Andalusia to study flamenco guitar with such masters as Paco Serrano, Manolo Franco, and Manolo Sanlucar, and studied, most notably, with Paco Peña at the Rotterdam Conservatory where she also played with world music ensembles. Nowadays she composes and performs her own music as well as arrangements of traditional music, as a soloist and with musicians of varied origins, in Italy and around the world.

Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian is one of the co-founders of Zulal, an Armenian a cappella trio. Zulal has been featured many times on WNYC’s New Sounds and has toured the United States and Canada, performing in such venues as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Getty Museum, along with performances for Cirque du Soleil and The Silk Road Project. An actress as well, Tekerian has performed in theater and film around New York. Her original piece, Tangled Yarn, created with artist Kevork Mourad and featuring a soundtrack by Zulal, premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival and was performed on both coasts. A native of San Francisco, she has earned a degree in Theater Studies from Yale University, and now resides in New York City.

Born in Damascus, Kinan Azmeh was the first Arab to win the premier prize at the 1997 Nicolai Rubinstein International Competition, Moscow. A graduate of Juilliard school as a student of Charles Neidich, and of the Damascus High institute of Music where he studied with Shukry Sahwki, Nicolay Viovanof and Anatoly Moratof, and Damascus University’s School of Electrical Engineering, Kinan is currently finishing his doctoral work at the City University of New York. Azmeh has appeared worldwide as a soloist, composer and improviser with Opera Bastille, Paris; Tchaikovsky Grand Hall, Moscow; Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the UN's general assembly, New York; the Royal Albert hall, London; Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; der Philharmonie; Berlin; the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Washington DC; the Mozarteum, Salzburg; and the Damascus Opera House in its opening concert in his native Syria.

Grammy Award winning percussionist Shane Shanahan has cultivated his own unique and highly sought after sound by combining his studies of drumming traditions from around the world with his background in jazz, rock and Western art music. He received his Bachelor's Degree and prestigious Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and his Master's Degree from The Hartt School.

In the summer of 2000, Shane was invited to Tanglewood where he played an important role in the formation of the group Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma. Shanahan is also a member of frame drum master Glen Velez' TaKaDiMi Ensemble and cellist Maya Beiser's Provenance Project. He has performed and/or recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Aretha Franklin, Philip Glass, Alison Krause, Sonny Fortune, Deep Purple, Fantasia, Chaka Khan, Simon Shaheen, Cyro Baptista, Alim Qasimov, Kayhan Kalhor, Howard Levy and Steve Gorn, among numerous others.


Alwan's music program is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

Last updated: 2015-03-26 16:28:51

Armenian Duo, Anna and Anais
Armenian Duo, Anna and Anais
Percussionist Shane Shanahan
Percussionist Shane Shanahan
Clarinetist Kinan Azmeh
Clarinetist Kinan Azmeh

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