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Hewar - 2007 - 9 Days of Solitude, The Damascus Session حوار – 9 أيام من العزلة ,جلسة دمشق

The musicians of the group Hewar, who pursue their careers in different continents, have taken “9 days of solitude” off their busy schedules to record this new piece of work, thus pursuing their musical dialogue between oud, clarinet and voice, and inviting accordionist Manfred Leuchter from Germany and other talented musicians to participate in the experiment. The result is an album that is entirely marginal, fresh and spontaneous, and blends the varied personal influences and styles of the musicians.

The band includes clarinet player Kinan Azmeh, Oud soloist Issam Rafea, and lyrical Soprano Dima Orsho, all of whom are alumni of the Syrian National Orchestra. They live in various parts of the world, however, which enhances the band’s cultural medley of influences and musical tastes.
Hewar released their first album in 2005 in Beirut and Damascus; it was produced by Incognito. The latter also released the band’s next album, ‘9 Days of Solitude’, in 2007; it was recorded in collaboration with three distinguished musical guests: Manfred Leuchter, Steffen Thormahlen and Antoine Puetz.

Featuring: Kinan Azmeh – Clarinet | Issam Rafea – Oud, Vocals | Dima Orsho – Vocals | Badi Rafea – Percussions | Manfred Leuchter – Accordion | Antoine Pütz – Bass | Steffen Thormählen – Drums
Music: Kinan Azmeh (1,5,6,10) | Issam Rafea (2,3) | Manfred Leuchter (4,7) | Antoine Putz (8) | Dima Orsho (9)

TrackList:
1 –  Wedding (عرس (05:24
2 –  Zar (زار (04:50
3 –  4 Days Later (بعد 4 أيام (08:45
4 –  Arabesque (أرابيسك (08:07
5 –  Airports (مطارات (07:48
6 –  Love on 139th Street in D (حب على شارع 139 في دي (06:33
7 –  Monterosa (مونتيروزا (03:47
8 –  Neyanana (نيانانا (06:16
9 –  Viva el Chechenia (فيفا ال تشيتشينيا (07:33
10 –  Truth in Mirror (حقيقة في مرآة (06:54

Duration : 65:75 | Bitarte : 192 kBit/s | Year : 2007 | Size : 94 mb

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Hewar Front cover

This is the first album by one of Syria’s most popular instrumental bands. The leader and clarinet player Kinan Azmeh is a graduate of the famous Juilliard School of music, and the only Arab musician to have received the first prize at the Rubinstein competition. The band also includes oud player and conductor of the Oriental Orchestra Issam Rafea and soprano Dima Orsho. Their music is a “dialogue” (Hewar) between jazz, classical and oriental music .

Bringing together an amazingly diverse array of musical influences, and drawing from a variety of musical traditions—namely Arabic, jazz, scat, opera and classical music; is what makes Hewar a truly unique venture. The band, building on the acclaimed individual talents of its members, juxtaposes and meshes these styles to create a truly one-of-a-kind genre-defying musical experience.

Hewar

Issam Rafea, Dima Orsho, Simon Mreach, Khaled Omran, Badi Rafea, Kinan Azmeh

The band includes clarinet player Kinan Azmeh, Oud soloist Issam Rafea, and lyrical Soprano Dima Orsho, all of whom are alumni of the Syrian National Orchestra. They live in various parts of the world, however, which enhances the band’s cultural medley of influences and musical tastes.
Hewar released their first album in 2005 in Beirut and Damascus; it was produced by Incognito. The latter also released the band’s next album, ‘9 Days of Solitude’, in 2007; it was recorded in collaboration with three distinguished musical guests: Manfred Leuchter, Steffen Thormahlen and Antoine Puetz.

Featuring: Kinan Azmeh – Clarinet | Issam Rafea – Oud, Vocals | Dima Orsho – Vocals | Badi Rafea – Percussions | Simon Mraych – Drums | Khaled Omran – Double bass
Music: Kinan Azmeh (2,6,7,8) | Issam Rafea (1,3,4) | Ghanem Haddad (5)

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Track List:
1 – Departure Issam Rafea رحيل
2 – Evening Kinan Azmeh مساء
3 – Project Issam Rafea مشروع
4 – Loquacity Issam Rafea ثرثرة
5 – Dance Ghanem Haddad رقصة
6 – Prayer (Tribute to Edward Said) Kinan Azmeh صلاة
7 – Rituals Kinan Azmeh طقوس
8 – Ink Kinan Azmeh حبر

Duration : 64:22 | Bitarte : 224 kBit/s | Year : 2005 | Size : 111 mb

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Kinan Azameh

In the words of directors Sari Lluch Dalena and Keith Sicat, ‘Rigodon’ is “a film about outsiders, people on the periphery – exiles. This feeling of alienation is a universal one that expresses itself without words. Words may even be inadequate.This is where Kinan Azmeh’s score comes into play; the Syrian composer’s lush and haunting music possesses an intimate understanding of humanity: its emotions, yearnings, dreams and nightmares.
Azmeh’s score, mingled with the images from ‘Rigodon’, makes these human complexities transcend the muted silence of the exiles’ world”. Perhaps it is fitting to describe Azmeh’s expressive music with a word: powerful. It comes across as a combination of contemporary classical and ambient music, without however falling into the conventional clichés associated with these genres. ‘Rigodon’ is reminiscent at times of Philip Glass’s film scores and compositions for the cinema.

Kinan AzamehKinan Azmeh:

Hailed as a “virtuoso” by the New York Times, “unique sound” by the Daily Star and “engagingly flamboyant” by the L.A. Times, Kinan Azmeh is one of Syria’s rising stars. His utterly distinctive sound is now fast gaining international recognition.

Born in Damascus, Kinan was the first Arab to win the premier prize at the 1997 Nicolai Rubinstein International Competition, Moscow. A graduate of New York’s Juilliard school, and of both the High institute of Music and Damascus University’s School of Electrical Engineering, Kinan is currently a doctoral music student of Charles Neidich at the City University of New York.

Kinan has appeared worldwide as a soloist and composer. Notable appearances include: Opera Bastille, Paris; Tchaikovsky Grand Hall, Moscow; Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, New York; the Royal Albert hall, London; Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; der Philharmonie; Berlin; the Kennedy Center, Washington DC; and the opening concert of the Damascus Opera House. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, The Bavarian Radio Orchestra and The Kiev Kamerata under such reputed conductors as Solhi al-Wadi and Daniel Barenboim. He has shared the stage with Marcel Khalife, Francois Rabbath, Mari Kimura, Elliott Sharp, Katia Tchemberdji, Kani Karaca and members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.

Compositions include several works for solo, orchestra, and chamber music; film, live illustration, and electronics, his multimedia work “Gilgamesh” with visual Artist Kevork Mourad has been touring the US and the middle east since 2006. His recordings include three albums with his ensemble HEWAR, a duo album with Sri lankan-Canadian pianist Dinuk Wijertatne and several soundtracks for film and dance. He serves on the advisory board of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, and is artistic director of the Damascus Festival Chamber Music Ensemble, with whom he released an album of new music written especially for the ensemble by various Arab composers.

كنان العظمة
وصفته الديلي ستار بال “المبدع مميز الصوت ” و لوس أنجلس تايمز ب “الآسر المتألق”
من مواليد عام ١٩٧٦،خريج المعهد العربي للموسيقى ، خريج المعهد العالي للموسيقى متتلمذا على أناتولي موراتوف، كما يحمل شهادةً البكالوريوس في الهندسة الكهربائية من جامعة دمشق حائز على الماجستير من معهد “جوليارد” للموسيقي في نيويورك متتلمذا على تشارلز نيديش. يحضر حاليا لدرجة الدكتوراه في الموسيقى في جامعة نيويورك،. حاز كنان العظمة على الجائزة الأولى في مسابقة نيقولاي روبنشتاين الدولية للعازفين الشباب في موسكو عام ١٩٩٧.

ظهر كنان كعازفٍ منفردٍ ومؤلف موسيقي على نطاق عالمي في قاعات هامة منها أوبرا الباستيل – باريس ، قاعتي كارنغي و أليس تولي – نيويورك ، مركز كينيدي – واشنغتون، مسرح كولون – بيونس أيرس ، قاعة ألبرت الملكية – لندن، قاعة الفيلهارموني – برلين، قاعة تشايكوفسكي الكبرى في موسكو، و دار الأوبرا السورية في حفل افتتاحها.

وعزف بقيادة عدد من أشهر قادة الأوركسترا في العالم مثل: جون آدمز، السير روجر نورينجتون، شارل دوتوا، دانييل بارينبويم، إسحاق بيرلمان، لاري راكليف، أحمد الصعيدي، صلحي الوادي، و آخرين. شاركه المسرح فنانون مرموقون مثل ماري كيمورا، مارسيل خليفة، ايليوت شارب، سيلفان كساب ، كاني كاراشا، كاتيا تشيمبيردجي، كيفورك مراد ، وغيرهم .

مؤلفاته تضم عددا من موسيقى الأفلام، أعمال موسيقية- مرئية حية، أعمال أحادية (سولو)، موسيقى حجرة، والكترونية. تضم تسجيلاته ألبومين لفرقته حوار و عدد من الأشرطة الصوتية للأفلام والرقص.
كنان العظمة هو المدير الفني لأوركسترا مهرجان دمشق لموسيقى الحجرة .

http://www.kinanazmeh.com/

Track List:

1 –  Dream (05:53)
2 –  Intro (01:49)
3 –  Couples (03:10)
4 –  Flashback (01:30)
5 –  Love After Ink (03:08)
6 –  Journey (02:49)
7 –  Montage (01:27)
8 –  Final (02:28)
9 –  Credits (02:44)
10 –  Dream Returns (05:51)

Duration : 30:49 | Bitarte : 192 kBit/s | Year : 2007 | Size : 44 mb

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