'Home Within'

Kinan Azmeh, clarinet & Kevork Mourad, live illustration   

April 4, 2017, 8 pm
Seelos Theater, Kimball Hall, College of the Holy Cross

Donations at the event will benefit refugees in Worcester resettled by Ascentria Care Alliance 
In partnership with the Chaplain's Office

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A 60-minute audio-visual performance, Home Within is the newest project of Syrian composer and clarinetist, Kinan Azmeh (Silkroad Ensemble), and Syrian-Armenian visual artist, Kevork Mourad. In this work, art and music develop in counterpoint to each other, creating an impressionistic reflection on the Syrian revolution and its aftermath. Rather than following a narrative, the artists document specific moments in Syria’s recent history and reach into their emotional content in a semi-abstract way.

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About the Artists

Trained in his native Damascus and a graduate of New York’s Juilliard School and the City University of New York, clarinetist Kinan Azmeh 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 also champions the contemporary music of Syria as artistic director of the Damascus Festival Chamber Music Ensemble. Azmeh is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble. kinanazmeh.com/

Kevork Mourad was born in Kamechli, Syria. Of Armenian origin, he received his MFA from the Yerevan Institute of Fine Arts and now lives and works in New York. He is represented by the Claude Lemand Gallery in Paris and the Rafia Gallery in Dubai. His past and current projects include the Cirène project with members of Brooklyn Rider at the Metropolitan Museum, the multi-media play Lost Spring (2015) with Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian, at the MuCEM, Gilgamesh (2003) and Home Within (2013) with Kinan Azmeh in Damascus and at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, among others, performances with the Silk Road Ensemble at the Nara Museum, Japan, and the Rubin Museum of Art, Lembit Beecher’s I Have No Stories to Tell You, commissioned by Opera Philadelphia, Master Peter’s Puppet Show (2015) with The Knights at Tanglewood, and Barbed Wire (2015), with Issam Rafea, commissioned by The Space, UK. www.kevorkmourad.com

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