Arab Jazz Series: Monsoon-Music
Saturday, November 7 – 8pm
Tickets starting at $25 – 10% off for members!
Worldly grooves, Indian classical traditions, and jazz combine in the captivating music of Monsoon, a collective of Canadian musicians bridging the cultural traditions of East and West. Familiar to audiences at the Small World Music Festival, Toronto International Jazz Festival, and Indo-Jazz Festival, Monsoon fuses traditional instruments such as the bansuri and tabla with electric and acoustic basses, piano, and saxophone to create a distinctive sound that is equally fluent in the language of Indian Ragas and the language of jazz.
Arab Jazz Series: Kinan Azmeh City Band
Saturday, November 28 – 8 pm
Tickets starting at $45 – 10% off for members!
Performing music from their acclaimed album Elastic City, this New York City-based quartet led by clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh (also of Silk Road Ensemble fame) brings its virtuosity to the Aga Khan Museum after wowing audiences in Europe, the Middle East, and the US. Western classical music, jazz, and the music of Syria are balanced in Elastic City. Azmeh’s clarinet soars and weaves with Kyle Sanna’s guitar, energized by John Hadfield on percussion and Petros Klampanis on double bass.
Arab Jazz Series: Jamey Haddad Jazz Ensemble — Under One Sun
Saturday, December 12 – 8 pm
Tickets starting at $55 – 10% off for members!
Master percussionist Jamey Haddad, who collaborates regularly with singer-songwriter Paul Simon, composer Elliot Goldenthal, and saxophonist Joe Lovano, is no stranger to different musical styles. He can also play over 1,000 percussion instruments — from a Syrian darbuka to the Western snare. Yet his heart remains in the jazz world. Join him for an evening of internationally-inflected jazz featuring an eclectic group of musicians from Palestine, Afghanistan, and Toronto, including Ali Amr (qanun), Salar Nader (tabla), Michael Ward-Bergeman (accordion), Billy Drewes (saxophone), Leo Blanco (piano), Luisito Quintero (percussion), and Roberto Occhipinti (double bass).