Kinan Azmeh


Kyle Sanna


Josh Myers

Double Bass

Bodek Janke


Tarek Yamani




Prior to their concert with his CityBand, clarinetist Kinan Azmeh is joined by pianist and special guest Tarek Yamani for a conversation about his musical and artistic inspiration.

In Arabic with simultaneous German and English translation. Headphones will be available; a security deposit (photo ID or 50 euros) must be provided.

18:30 - 19:15, Pierre Boulez Saal

Eighty-five years ago, in March 1932, musicians and scholars from the Middle East and North Africa and European composers and musicologists, among them Béla Bartók and Paul Hindemith, gathered in Cairo for what would become known as the Cairo Congress—the first large-scale symposium and festival dedicated to the presentation, discussion, and documentation of the musical traditions of the Arab world. Inspired by this historic event, a group of musicians, led by Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and Iraqi oud player Naseer Shamma, will come together at the Pierre Boulez Saal for a weekend of performances and talks to explore the rich musical legacy of the Cairo Congress.

The exceptional clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, a regular guest at the Pierre Boulez Saal since the hall’s opening in March 2017, and his New York–based CityBand present this first concert of the Arabic Music Days. Kyle Sanna (guitar), Josh Myers (bass), and Bodek Jahnke (percussion) are joined by pianist Tarek Yamani as a special guest. With Kinan Azmeh at the helm, they bring together the worlds of jazz, classical music, and the sounds of Syria.

Benefit from the Weekend Pass for the Arabic Music Days : access to the entire program and an invitation to the artist reception on Saturday.