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NDR Bigband & Kinan Azmeh


May 10, 2024
Zellerbach Theatre
PLA Presents

Music of Kinan Azmeh
Arranged and conducted by Wolf Kerschek

Germany’s preeminent jazz ensemble, the NDR Bigband is made up of the country’s premier soloists, each contributing a strong individual style and musical language to create a striking group sound. The band makes its Philadelphia debut alongside Syrian-born and New York-based clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, performing the music of their 2021 album, Flow, with compositions by Azmeh, arranged by Wolf Kerschek. Called “intensely soulful” and a “virtuoso” by The New York Times, Azmeh’s music explores the contrasts and cultural flux he feels while at home in both New York and Damascus.

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7 PM:
Join us before the show for a talk with Kinan Azmeh and Wolf Kerschek, moderated by Christopher A. Gruits, our Executive & Artistic Director.

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Photo credits:
1, 3: Courtesy NDR Bigband
2: Liudmila Jeremies
4: Martina Novak
5: Yvonne Schmedemann