Formed in 2006 in New York City, Kinan Azmeh Cityband gained recognition for their virtuosic and high energy performance, receiving praise from such sources as the New York Times' Vivien Schweitzer. Azmeh's has performed in Paris, London, Berlin, New York, Moscow, and Damascus, both as a soloist and composer. With Cityband, he strives to reach a balance between classical music, jazz, and the music of his homeland, Syria. Each band member comes from varied backgrounds to add their personal flair to this ensemble, resulting in a thoroughly exciting and rewarding listening experience.
Kinan Azmeh, Clarinet
Born in Damascus, Syria 1976, Azmeh is the first Arab to win first prize at the Nicolay Rubinstein International Competition. A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York and the High Institute of Music and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Damascus, he is currently working towards his music doctoral degree at the City University of New York.
Azmeh has appeared as soloist, composer and improviser worldwide, sharing the stage with artists such as Marcel Khalife, Francois Rabbath and Daniel Barenboim.
Kyle Sanna, Guitar
From his introduction to the guitar through rock music to his formal study of jazz and composition to his immersion in the traditional music of Ireland and the Balkans, Sanna is continually forging his compositional language and playing style. He has arranged music for such diverse artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Kaki King, and Martin Hayes, and has recorded and performed with some of acoustic music's greatest virtuosos, including Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile.
Sanna holds a degree in jazz performance from the University of Oregon and has studied composition at the Université Lumière in Lyon, France. He lives in Manhattan, where he is recording a solo album.
John Hadfield, Percussion
Hadfield's dedication to bending genres has taken him from the jungles of Indonesia and India to concert halls and clubs across the world. This diversity has allowed him to perform with a broad variety of ensembles including Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, The Saturday Night Live Band on NBC, Bang on a Can, The Michael Gordon Band, the rock bands Amandla and Dead Heart Bloom, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Combo Nuvo, MAYA, Phil Kline, The Bassam Saba Ensemble, Ethos Percussion Group and Gamelan Dharma Swara. While performing with jazz groups, Hadfield has worked alongside Kenny Werner, Lenny Pickett, George Garzone, Gil Goldstein, Andrew D'Angelo, Bobby Watson, Dominique Eade, Ben Monder, Satoshi Takeshi, Brad Shepik, Mike Richmond and Erik Friedlander. He lives in NYC and is on the jazz faculty of New York University. www.jhadfield.com
Josh Myers, Bass
Myers is an acoustic and electric bassist, composer, leader of BIG WORDS and the Josh Myers Quintet, and cofounder of Smoothe Moose Laboratories and Recordings, a Brooklyn-based artist collective and record label. Myers has cultivated a reputation for his original approach to the bass and to composition - a philosophy that blends traditional and modern styles with an open ear and an open mind, allowing him to play in several groups of various genres and still maintain a personal sound on the bass. He has collaborated with Kenny Werner, Wayne Krantz, Gerald Cleaver, Ben Monder, and Andrew D'Angelo, among many other musicians.