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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A homecoming, with fire and ice

Michael Greenberg
Dec 16, 2013

It is counted as good fortune when a community is able to export precious raw materials from local mines. It is yet more gratifying to experience their transformation into finely wrought finished products.

The cellist Christine Lamprea and the pianist Daniel Anastasio, San Antonio natives and 2007 graduates from TMI and Saint Mary’s Hall, respectively, pursued music on disparate paths that eventually converged at the Juilliard School in New York. They returned home for the holidays and performed as a duo for the first time Sunday in Gallery Nord. The concert sponsor was Musical Bridges Around the World. The intelligent and challenging program: Leos Janacek’s “Pohádka,” Benjamin Britten’s Cello Sonata in C and Johannes Brahms’s Cello Sonata No. 2 in F.

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