Kinan Azmeh


Naseer Shamma


and other Artists

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, talks, and workshops 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, presents this first concert of the Arabic Music Days together with his New York–based CityBand: a quartet comprising guitar, bass, drums, and clarinet that brings together the worlds of classical music, jazz, and Azmeh’s home country.

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