Sunday, September 30, 2018

Doors: 6:30pm | Show: 7pm


The New School - John L. Tishman Auditorium

63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, Manhattan


Unreserved seating



Presented by World Music Institute in collaboration with the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music at The New School.



NY Debut!


Aynur is one of the most prominent musicians from Turkey and a proud representative for the Kurdish people. Her music is based on traditional Kurdish folk songs, many of them going back 300 years, which she blends with Western music in a modern and fresh way. Her lyrics often describe the life and sufferings of Kurdish people, in particular women.


Aynur has collaborated with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Kayhan Kalhor, Javier Limón, Kinan Azmeh, and has appeared in the documentary film “The Music of Strangers” about Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble and in Fatih Akın’s documentary movie “İstanbul Hatırası / Köprüyü Geçmek-Crossing the bridges” as a singer.


Berklee College of Music awarded Aynur with the Master of Mediterranean Music in recognition of her contribution to the preservation of Kurdish folk oral traditions, interpreting the traditional repertoire and blending it with other modern western styles, opening a new path to this Mediterranean style. Aynur’s faithfulness to traditional Kurdish music, and her perseverance in overcoming big challenges to follow her artistic path, make her an important example for other women artists seeking a creative voice in the Mediterranean music scene.


To hear Aynur’s voice is to hear the transformation of all the layers of human joy and suffering into one sound. It reaches so deep into our soul, tears into our hearts, and then we are for one moment, joined as one. It is unforgettable!  - Yo-Yo Ma

Clarinet virtuoso and composer Kinan Azmeh was trained in his native Damascus and is a graduate of New York’s Juilliard School and the City University of New York. He has won international acclaim as a composer, performer, improviser, and recording artist in a wide range of musical genres. His discography includes three albums with his ensemble HEWAR; soundtracks for film and dance; a duo album with pianist Dinuk Wijeratne; and an album with his New York Arabic/Jazz Quartet. Azmeh is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and he also champions the contemporary music of Syria as artistic director of the Damascus Festival Chamber Music Ensemble. He has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the Qatar Philharmonic and the Syrian Symphony Orchestra among others.; and has shared the stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Marcel Khalife, Aynur, Daniel Barenboim and Jivan Gasparian.


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Cemîl Qoçgîrî (Tenbûr) was born in Germany into a Kurdish-Alevi family from the region of Qoçgîrî in northern Dersim, Turkey. His virtuoso performance on the tembûr (long-necked lute) creates radically new soundscapes that incorporate traditional styles with contemporary inspirations. Growing up in Germany, he began exploring his Kurdish and Alevitic roots as part of a musical journey that continues until today. He has released five solo albums and engages in production and film-arrangement work, as well as in collaborations such as the award-winning Hawniyaz project (with Aynur, Kayhan Kalhor , and Salman Gambarov). In 2005, he traveled through Dersim to capture some of the last living authentic dervishes on film, which was the basis for Sarraf, a musical documentary. His fifth album, Zalâl, consists of songs in Zazaki, one of the oldest languages in Mesopotamia, and a language that has been classified by UNESCO as "threatened with extinction.” An attempt to build a bridge between an endangered language and the current generation, the album was among Transglobal World Music Chart’s 10 Best Albums of 2017.


Salman Gambarov (Piano) was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and graduated from the Baku Music Academy with a degree in musicology. Later, he received his composition degree. Working in various styles, from post-bop to ethno-jazz, Gambarov has performed at a variety of international festivals, including Montreux Jazz, Cassel Music Days, Beethoven Festival, Zelt Muzik Fest, Morgenland Fest, and more. He performs regularly in countries across Europe and the United States.