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Clarinetist Kinan Azmeh: Meeting Injustice with Creativity and Collaboration
Thursday, February 7
On our Seattle Symphony Spotlight this week a conversation with one of cellist and humanitarian Yo Yo Ma’s good friends and collaborators in the Silk Road Ensemble. Kinan Azmeh is a Syrian-born clarinetist last in Seattle two years ago for the Seattle Symphony’s “Music Without Borders”concert. That performance by artists representing all 7 countries that were part of the Muslim travel ban of early 2017 featured Kinan Azmeh playing two movements of his suite for Improviser and Orchestra with Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony. At that time Kinan Azmeh made plans to come back to Seattle to present a full length clarinet concerto with the SSO. That concert comes to fruition this week in Benaroya Hall when members of the Silk Road Project, Kinan Azemeh, Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony perform the world premiere of Kinan’s new clarinet concerto. Kinan joins KING FM’s Dave Beck to talk about the new piece, reflect on growing up in Syria, and to express what performing in Seattle and at refugee camps around the world has meant to him.