Whiplash and Fusion

April 1, 2014

Mike Greenberg

Performing that evening for a near-capacity crowd in San Fernando Cathedral, Mr. Azmeh, a resident of New York for many years, brought with him a long-time collaborator, percussionist John Hadfield. They we're joined by the Austin-based pianist Michael Schneider and San Antonio Symphony bassist Zlatan Redzic

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Russian Love

For San Antonio's Musical Bridges Around the World, the Saint Petersburg String Quartet and soprano Uliana Alexyuk excel on Borodin, Barber and more.

by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs
published Wednesday, March 19, 2014

San Antonio — San Antonio’s Music Without Borders festival, presented by Musical Bridges Around the World, continued on the first Sunday in March. Following their workout playing with clarinetist Kinanp Azmeh, the St. Petersburg String Quartet gave a much calmer performance of music that is in their area of specialization.

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The World in Their Eyes

At San Antonio's Musical Bridges Around the World, Indian and Middle Eastern sounds mix with Western classical for an exotic fusion.

by Gregory Sullivan Isaacs
published Wednesday, March 19, 2014

San Antonio — You never know what to expect at a concert presented by Musical Bridges Around the World. The San Antonio organization takes their name seriously and brings performers that you will not hear elsewhere, even in the major cities. Such was the case with the two concerts that brought the International Festival to a close the first weekend in March. The St. Petersburg String Quartet played a concert by themselves on Sunday afternoon but, on Saturday evening, they were joined by two virtuoso Indian musicians who joined with them to perform a fascinating combination of Indian, Middle Eastern and Western music. Clarinetist Kinan Azmeh was the performer and composer behind the exotic fusion. He was joined by tablaist Sandeep Das.

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Charles Lloyd, Gerald Clayton Collaborate as Simpatico Duo

Anthony Dean-Harris

"Lloyd and Clayton were a simpatico duo, with the saxophonist-flutist launching into his characteristic staggered runs and the pianist responding with a chameleonic fluidity, sounding like Thelonious Monk one minute and Joe Sample the next."

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Complementary strengths meet on the bridge

The enterprising concert series Musical Bridges Around the World is in the midst of its inaugural “Music Without Borders” festival, a farrago of jazz, flamenco, Indian and Western classical programs. 

The Duo Amal, heard Sunday afternoon in Ruth Taylor Recital Hall, exemplifies the notion of music without borders: The duo comprises classical pianists Bishara Haroni, a Palestinian born in Nazareth, and Yaron Kohlberg, an Israeli born in Jerusalem. The word “amal” is Arabic for “hope.”

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International Music Coming To Inner City Schools

A local non-profit wants to give students in inner city schools access to music from across the globe.

Musical Bridges Around The World is kicking off a fundraising campaign, hoping to raise $50,000.

The Kids' World Music Festival Fundraising Challenge wants to reach 27,000 students in San Antonio with the program.

Students will have the chance to hear about music and culture from countries like Africa, Spain, Russia, Syria, India and Cuba.

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