Kinan Azmeh, Charly Lowry

— The concert will feature Syrian clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh and Indigenous artist Charly Lowry —

Flushing Town Hall’s most popular series, Common Ground: Mini-Global Mashups, will continue with the “Syria Meets Lumbee/Tuscarora” concert on October 16th at 1 PM EST. 

The monthly concert series presents musicians from different countries and musical backgrounds together on stage for a “mini-mashup” collaboration, playing together for the first time. October’s mashup will feature Syrian clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh and Indigenous artist Charly Lowry.

Hailed as “intensely soulful” and a “virtuoso” by The New York Times, internationally recognized clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh has received critical acclaim for his distinctive voice across different musical genres. Originally from Damascus, Syria, Azmeh has shared his music with all corners of the world, whether as a soloist, part of a chamber band or orchestra, or composing pieces for film and live illustration. He has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic and shared the stage with musical luminaries such as Yo-Yo Ma and Daniel Barenboim. In addition to having his own Arab-Jazz Quartet City Band and his Hewar trio, Azmeh has been playing with the Silkroad Ensemble since 2012 and was a contributor to their 2017 Grammy Award-winning album “Sing Me Home.” His first opera, “Songs for Days to Come,” entirely sung in Arabic, recently premiered in Osnabruck, Germany, in June 2022 to great praise. Azmeh was appointed to the National Council for the Arts after receiving a nomination by President Joe Biden.

Charly Lowry is a proud Indigenous musical powerhouse from Pembroke, North Carolina. Hailing from the Lumbee/Tuscarora tribes, she is passionate about raising awareness around issues that plague underdeveloped and underserved communities and expresses the struggle, sacrifice, and obstacles her people have overcome throughout history in her music. Since her teenage years, Charly has established a career as a professional singer, songwriter, guitarist, and hand drummer. Her career is a testament to rising above societal barriers. In her Native community, women are traditionally barred from the hand drum and relegated to singing behind the men’s drum and dancing instead. Lowry chose to defy that norm and play her hand drum and guitar, following in the footsteps of her fellow Indigenous artist and mentor, Pura Fé

In addition to a solo career that spans over a decade and includes an appearance on “American Idol” as a semifinalist, Charly has been the front woman for the award-winning band Dark Water Rising. Most recently, she and the members of her newest group, Charly & The Sunshine, were selected by the U.S. State Department and American Music Aboard to participate in the 2021-2022 American Music Abroad Virtual Season.

Flushing Town Hall’s Mini-Global Mashups series has been curated by acclaimed trumpeter and composer Frank London of The Klezmatics, who himself performed in Flushing Town Hall’s original, large-scale Global Mashups series.

“Audiences can look forward to enjoying amazing performers whose music is tied to their traditions but simultaneously modernized and fused with other musical elements that expand their borders,” says Frank London.

“We are always excited to present these Mini-Global Mashups concerts,” says Flushing Town Hall Executive & Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek. “Our audience are in for a real treat this month getting to see a performance by the great musical talents of Kinan Azmeh and Charly Lowry.”

The October 16th performance will be followed by a Q+A conversation between the artists and the audience.

In-person tickets are $12 for Flushing Town Hall members and $15 for non-members. Those who are unable to attend in person can view the livestream for $5 at https://www.youtube.com/flushingtownhall/live. Donations are encouraged. 

For the Mini-Global Mashup series’ full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.flushingtownhall.org/mini-global-mashups or call (718) 463-7700 x222.

For the venue’s full schedule of 2022 Fall events, visit: https://www.flushingtownhall.org/events

The Mini-Global Mashup concert series is made possible thanks to funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Center For Cultural Vibrancy.

FOR CALENDAR LISTINGS:

SUN., OCT. 16, 2022, 1 PM

Mini-Global Mashup: Syria Meets Lumbee/Tuscarora

In-Person Tickets: $15/$12 Members; Virtual: $5

The Mini-Global Mashups continue through December 2022! Curated by acclaimed trumpeter and composer Frank London (The Klezmatics), the Mini-Global Mashup series is bringing together two amazing global music artists along with accompanists for an afternoon of music, conversation and exploration. Post-show Q&A. This month’s mashup will feature Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and Indigenous artist Charly Lowry.

The Mini-Global Mashup concert series is made possible thanks to funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Center For Cultural Vibrancy.

COVID Policy: 

Although as of March 7, 2022, New York City has relaxed its COVID policies for indoor arts and entertainment events, Flushing Town Hall will maintain its prior policy for the safety of its audiences, artists, and staff. This policy will remain in effect until further notice: Flushing Town Hall requires all visitors, performers, and staff to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with matching identification. Additionally, masks will be required at all times. For more details on Flushing Town Hall’s Covid-safety measures and vaccine requirements, please visit: https://www.flushingtownhall.org/covid-safety.

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Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization and receives major support in 2022 from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; The City of New York, Mayor Eric Adams; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Laurie Cumbo; Queens Borough President Donovan Richards; The New York City Council, Speaker Adrienne E. Adams and New York City Council Members Sandra Ung, Tiffany Caban, Shekar Krishnan, Linda Lee, Vickie Paladino, Lynn Schulman, and Jessica Won; Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, Guru Krupa Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.

To view current donor lists, please visit www.flushingtownhall.org/donor-listings

About Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall (FTH), a Smithsonian affiliate, presents multi-disciplinary global arts that engage and educate the global communities of Queens and New York City in order to foster mutual appreciation. As advocates of arts equity since 1979, we support local, immigrant, national, and international artists, developing partnerships and collaborations that enhance our efforts. As a member of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), we serve to restore, manage and program the historic 1862 landmark on behalf of the City of New York. FTH celebrates the history of Queens as the home of Jazz, by presenting the finest in Jazz performance. We are committed to arts education and hands-on learning, for the arts-curious, arts enthusiasts, and professional artists. We serve one of the most diverse communities in the world and strive to uphold the legacy of inclusiveness that has defined our community since the Flushing Remonstrance of 1657.

Flushing Town Hall is a proud member of the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), a collective of 34 nonprofit museums, performing arts centers, historical societies, zoos, and botanical gardens across all five boroughs with a distinct private-public partnership with the City of New York and a commitment to serving all New Yorkers.

Land Acknowledgement:

Flushing Town Hall acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the Matinecock People, one of the original tribes of New York, and the first people of Flushing, Queens. The Matinecock continue to live and work on this land to this day. Flushing Town Hall honors their elders who have stewarded this land throughout generations.