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  PRISMATIC QAWWALI PARTY
Dinuk Wijeratne
With: Kinan Azmeh, clarinet; Mark Adam,
Ken Shorley, percussion; Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra
Chamber Ensemble; Dinuk Wijeratne, piano
  SUNDAY OCTOBER 10, 2010 | 19:30 h
AT THE MUSIC ROOM | GET TICKETS
 

Prismatic Qawwali Party is an acclaimed composition by one of Halifax’s most innovative musicians,
Dinuk Wijeratne, reflecting his fascination for influences as diverse as Sufi devotional music, Nusrat Khan,
and even American Minimalism. This extended, semi-improvised piece heavily features Dinuk's musical
collaborator Kinan Azmeh, accompanied by percussionists Mark Adam and Ken Shorley, the Chamber
Ensemble of the NSYO, and the composer himself on piano.

With special guests:
Marinda+Solari – an acoustic duo based in Toronto that borrows from the folk traditions
of the Americas, Europe and West Africa. Their orchestration is sharp, their voices unique, and the
space in their music purposeful.

  Dinuk Wijeratne
  Dinuk made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2004 as a conductor, composer and pianist, performing with Yo Yo
Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. A second Carnegie appearance followed in 2009, this time alongside
tabla legend Zakir Hussain. Dinuk has also appeared at Opera Bastille (Paris), the Kennedy Center
(Washington DC), Der Philharmonie (Berlin) and has toured the Middle East. A graduate of the Royal
Northern College of Music (UK), Mannes College (NYC), and from the Juilliard School where he studied
with Oscar-winner John Corigliano, Dinuk now lectures at Dalhousie University, and the NSCC. He is also
currently Music Director of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, having conducted the National Arts Centre
Orchestra (Ottawa) and appeared many times with Symphony Nova Scotia during his 3-year appointment
as Conductor-in-Residence. He is the recipient of the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award for Orchestral Conducting,
double Merritt Award nominations (2009), as well as numerous other international prizes. His music
and collaborative work embrace the great diversity of his international background and influences.
  Kinan Azmeh
  Described as a “virtuoso" by the New York Times, and “Incredibly Rich sound” by the CBC. Syrian Clarinetist
Kinan Azmeh is the first Arab to win the first prize at the Nicolay Rubinstein international competition in
Moscow 1997. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York and the High Institute of Music and the
Facultyof Electrical Engineering in Damascus. Kinan is currently working towards his music doctoral degree at
the City University of New York.

Kinan has appeared as soloist, composer and improviser worldwide including performances at The Library of
Congress, The Kennedy Center, Opera Bastille, Berlin’s Philharmonie, The Mozarteum, Carnegie Hall and the
Damascus Opera for its opening concert. He has shared the stage with artists such as Marcel Khalife,
Francois Rabbath, Zakir Hussein and Daniel Barenboim. www.kinanazmeh.com
  Marinda + Solari
  Marinda + Solari are an acoustic duo consisting of two voices, and an old Spanish guitar. Borrowing from
the folk traditions of the Americas, Europe and West Africa, they get to the root of contemporary genres
such as jazz, soul and chanson. Their orchestration is sharp, their voices unique, and the space in their
music purposeful.

Since 2007, Marinda + Solari have performed together on over 100 international stages, playing festivals
and showcases in North America and Western Europe including the Atlantic Jazz Festival, Nuit Blanche
and Amarello Barcelona. In December 2008, they were invited to perform in Switzerland as well as being
nominated for ‘best live acoustic’ at the Toronto Independent Music Awards, where they won ‘Best Jazz’
for their debut EP release, Cup Of Tea. Their latest release 'MOTIF' (April 2010) is their first full-length
album.

  Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra Chamber Ensemble
  Adrienne Richey - flute
Heemin Choi - violin
Lee Yuen-Rapati - violin
Matt Richard - trumpet
Mishona Frost - french horn
Laura Chan - trombone
Lauren Park - alto saxophone
Ian Christian - double bass


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