Musical Performance: Kenan Adnawi and the Alfaia Quartet

Sat, October 3, 2015 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts Presents Kenan Adnawi and the Alfaia Quartet:

Kenan Adnawi (Syria), Oud
Gustavo D’Amico (Brazil), Saxophone
Henrique Eisenmann (Brazil), Piano
Kristen Lamb (USA), Upright Bass
Tareq Rantisi (Palestine), Percussion

Doors open at 7:30 pm

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Founded in 2013 as New England Conservatory’s “Wild Card” Honors Ensemble, the Alfaia Quartet explores the meeting points between Middle Eastern, North and South American music through traditional performance practices, original composition, and contemporary approaches to instrumental techniques and improvisation. These four diverse musicians represent Brazil, Syria and the United States and have each performed extensively all over the globe. Drawing on international musical influences, the ensemble works together to create musical diplomacy, engaging audiences with a fusion of Syrian melodies, Brazilian rhythms, and jazz harmony.

About the Artists

Kenan Adnawi is a well-renowned Oud virtuoso from Syria, who started playing Oud at age 7. While at the High Music Institute of Damascus, he studied with the great Azerbaijani Oud master, Askar Ali Akbar. Kenan is driven by a passion for creating new music and new ways of improvisation and composition for the Oud by incorporating novel techniques, scales and innovating on ideas from other world music traditions. He performs as a soloist and as part of ensembles and orchestras. In 2009, he was awarded the highest honor in the International Oud Competition in Beirut, Lebanon. He has performed and toured with Marcel Khalife and the Al-Mayadeen Ensemble as well as with the Qatar Philharmonic.

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Gustavo D’Amico started playing piano at the age of 5. At age 9, he began playing saxophone influenced by the music of his father’s records of Charlie Parker and Paul Desmond. He started playingprofessionallyat the age of 16 in small clubs and in the Sao Paulo Youth Orchestra and later became a frequent performer at jazz venues, playing in different Big Bands and with some of Brazil’s finest musicians. Earning a scholarship at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Gustavo is presently studying with outstanding teachers Greg Osby, George Garzone, Ed Tomassi, Terry Lyne Carrington and Hal Crook, among others.

Described as a “truly impressive Brazilian pianist” by Latin Beat Magazine (May 2012), Henrique Eisenmannis one of the most provocative musicians in Boston. At 25, he has performed with dozens of groups since arriving in the United States in 2010, collaborating with dancers and actors as well as performing in prestigious venues and international festivals in Bulgaria, Panama and Serbia. Henrique’s music presents a mix of several influences, from the propelling Brazilian folk rhythms, the explosiveness of McCoy Tyner to the harmonies of Ravel and the raw expressionism of Hermeto Pascal.

Born into a musical family in northern New Jersey, Kirsten Lamb is a multi-instrumentalist, playing the piano, violin and guitar before starting to learn the upright bass at age thirteen. She is a versatile musician and is well known in the bluegrass, folk, World and jazz scenes around New England. Kirsten regularly performs and records on upright bass, banjo, viola da gamba and voice all over the United States and the world. She is an active member of Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band, Cold Chocolate, Mierlita, and the Alfaia Quartet. In 2015, Kirsten was awarded the Gunther Schuller Medal for “extraordinary contributions to the life of New England Conservatory” upon graduating from the New England Conservatory. She is currently working on a debut full-length CD of original music featuring solo and ensemble compositions.

Born in Jerusalem, Palestine and self-taught, Tareq Rantisi started his career playing Middle-Eastern percussion at age 12 and has performed in concerts and music festivals throughout the Arab world and Europe. In 2008, he received the Al-Qattan Foundation Music Scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he earned a degree in Percussion Performance. His exposure and engagement with a range of styles, from Jazz to Afro-Cuban to Carnatic Indian to Brazilian and more has enabled Tareq to play virtually any percussion instrument and musical style with ease and incomparable musicality. He has shared the stage with some of the most distinguished musicians, composers and ensembles in the Middle East and the United States, including Kudsi Erguner, Manfred Leuchter, Ilham Al Madfai, Jack deJohnette, Victor Mendoza, Srinivas Krishnan, Bertram Lehmann, Javier Limón, Pepe de Lucía and Glen Velez.

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: 2015-09-26 00:31:45

Adnawi and the Alfaia Quartet
Adnawi and the Alfaia Quartet

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