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Saturday, April 9, 2022
Loeb Playhouse
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We’re back—again!
                                                                                    Welcome to Part Two of the Purdue Convocations season. As promised, we’re bringing
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OUR MISSION                                                                         to see how you have embraced our creative approach to keeping the performing arts a
Purdue Convocations catalyzes the curriculum, energizes the community and           vital part of the Purdue experience—and you should know that we couldn’t have done
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Silkroad Ensemble Presents:                                                                 Kinan Azmeh
                      Home Within                                                                            Creator & Composer | Clarinet
                                                                                                             Clarinetist Kinan Azmeh was trained in his
                                                                                                             native Damascus and is a graduate of New York’s
                                                                                                             Juilliard School and the City University of New
Home Within is an emotional accounting of home in a time of conflict. An                                     York. He has won international acclaim as a
audio-visual performance conceived by Syrian composer and clarinetist                                        composer, performer, improviser, and recording
Kinan Azmeh and Syrian Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad, the result                                      artist in a wide range of musical genres. His
is an impressionistic reflection on the unity of loss, longing, and the impact                               discography includes three albums with his
of tragedy on our sense of ‘home’. Rather than follow a narrative, the artists    ensemble HEWAR; soundtracks for film and dance; a duo album with pianist
document ‘home’ within specific moments in Syria’s recent history, using          Dinuk Wijeratne; and an album with his New York Arabic/Jazz quartet.
the counterpoint between image and sound to establish a sense of sustained        Azmeh also champions the contemporary music of Syria as artistic director
urgency and continued hope for both their homeland and communities                of the Damascus Festival Chamber Music Ensemble.
around the world.

Home Within was originally created as a duo commission in response the the
Syrian crisis in 2013; over a decade later, the work is taking on new life as a                              Kevork Mourad
large-scale collaboration with the Silkroad Ensemble, featuring its creators                                 Creator | Visual Art
Kinan Azmeh and Kevork Mourad alongside fellow ensemble artists Layale                                       Kevork Mourad was born in Kamechli, Syria. Of
Chaker (violin), Shawn Conley (bass), Karen Ouzounian (cello), Issam Rafae                                   Armenian origin, he received an MFA from the
(oud), and Shane Shanahan (drums/percussion).                                                                Yerevan Institute of Fine Arts and now lives and
                                                                                                             works in New York. His past and current projects
                                                                                                             include the Cirène project with members of
                                                                                                             Brooklyn Rider at the Metropolitan Museum of
About Silkroad
                                                                                                             Art, the multimedia play Lost Spring (2015) with
As a social-impact organization and home to a Grammy Award-winning                Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian, at the MuCEM, Gilgamesh (2003) and Home Within
musical ensemble, Silkroad works to inspire collaboration in innovative           (2013) with Kinan Azmeh in Damascus and at the Brooklyn Museum of Art,
ways that add more equity and justice into the world through the power of         among others, Lembit Beecher’s I Have No Stories to Tell You, commissioned
the arts.                                                                         by Opera Philadelphia, Master Peter’s Puppet Show (2015) with The Knights
                                                                                  at Tanglewood, and Barbed Wire (2015), with Issam Rafea, commissioned by
Yo-Yo Ma conceived Silkroad in 1998, recognizing the historical Silk Road as a    The Space, UK.
model for radical cultural collaboration—for the exchange of ideas, tradition,
and innovation across borders. In an innovative experiment, he brought
together musicians from the lands of the Silk Road to co-create a musical
language founded in difference, thus creating the foundation of Silkroad:
                                                                                                             Layale Chaker
both a touring ensemble comprised of world-class musicians from all over
the globe and a social-impact organization working to make a positive                                          Lebanese violinist and composer Layale
impact across borders through the arts. Today, under the leadership of                                         Chaker debuted her musical training at the
Artistic Director Rhiannon Giddens, Silkroad leads social impact initiatives                                   National Higher Conservatory of Beirut in her
and educational programming alongside the creation of new music by the                                         native Lebanon. She later pursued her musical
Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble. For more information, please                                           studies at Conservatoire de Paris and the
visit Silkroad.org.                                                                                            Royal Academy of Music in London, and her
                                                                                                               doctoral degree at Ecole des Hautes Etudes in
                                                                                  Paris. She has appeared as a soloist, performer, improviser and composer
                                                                                  in concerts, recitals and projects around Europe, the Middle-East, North
                                                                                  and South America and Asia, with collaborations and commissions with
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Oxford Orchestra, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Holland Baroque, Babylon          Blueprinting, was released by New Amsterdam Records in 2018. Her
Orchestra, Avignon Festival, Lucerne Festival, National Sawdust, London Jazz      commitment to adventurous repertoire and the collaborative process has
Festival, Wigmore Hall, and New World Symphony among others. Chaker               led to her membership in the Grammy-nominated chamber orchestra A Far
is also the founder and leader of Sarafand, with whom she has released            Cry, and the critically-acclaimed new music collective counter)induction.
the acclaimed album, Inner Rhyme (2019). She is a Ruth Anderson 2017              She has performed internationally with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and
Competition Prize winner, the recipient of the Royal Academy of Music’s           The Knights, as soloist with the Orlando Philharmonic and Philharmonic
2018 Guinness Award and the Nadia & Lili Boulanger 2019 Scheme, and a             Orchestra of Santiago, on tour with Musicians from Marlboro, and in recital
finalist of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé 2018 Prize.                              at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. Born to Armenian parents
                                                                                  in Toronto, Karen holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from The Juilliard
                                                                                  School, where she was a student of Timothy Eddy.
                            Shawn Conley
                                                                                                               Shane Shanahan
                             Hawaiian born bassist and composer Shawn                                          Percussion
                             Conley grew up loving all types of music. This
                             love of diversity of sound developed into a career                                 Percussionist, composer, and arranger
                             that straddles many genres. He has been playing                                    Shane Shanahan has combined his studies of
                             with the Silkroad Ensemble for six years and                                       drumming traditions from around the world
                             is a member of the Brooklyn based chamber                                          with his background in jazz, rock, and Western
                             orchestra, The Knights. Recent projects include                                    art music to create a unique, highly sought-after
Silkroad’s Grammy Award-winning album Sing Me Home, an upcoming                                                 style. He is one of Silkroad’s inaugural co-artistic
release of the Brahms and Beethoven violin concertos with Gil Shaham and                                        directors; has performed with Bobby McFerrin,
The Knights, the world premiere tour of Osvaldo Golijov’s Falling Out of Time,    James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Philip Glass, Alison Krauss, Chaka Khan, and
as well as an international tour of the new performance-art piece The Head        Deep Purple, among others; and has appeared at the White House, playing
and the Load created by South African visual artist William Kentridge. As a       for President and First Lady Obama. He frequently hosts workshops and
studio musician, he has performed on multiple soundtracks including True          clinics at the world’s leading universities and museums and collaborates
Grit, Moonrise Kingdom, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Vietnam          actively with the dance, theater, and yoga communities in the New York area,
War documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, and the Amazon series               including several stints on Broadway.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Conley studied at Rice University with Paul Ellison
and in Paris, France with Francois Rabbath. Shawn currently splits his time
between Brooklyn and Houston with his wife Megan, and their son Osian.                                         Issam Rafea
                                                                                                                An active composer and arranger for Syrian TV
                            Karen Ouzounian                                                                     and Theater, Issam Rafea won the 2010 “Best
                            Cello                                                                               Composer Award” in the Dubai International
                                                                                                                Film Festival (Muhr Arab) for his music in the
                            Praised for her “radiant” and “expressive”                                          film “Matar Ayloul” (September Rain). Rafea was
                            performances (The New York Times), cellist Karen                                    Chair of the Arabic Music Department at the High
                            Ouzounian is a winner of the S&R Foundation’s                                       Institute of Music in Damascus and the principal
                            2016 Washington Award and at home in diverse          conductor of the Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music from 2003-2013,
                            musical settings. She is a founding member            as well as the co founder for the contemporary Arabic music groups “Hewar”
                            of the Aizuri Quartet, which was awarded              and “Twais Quartet.” Since then, Rafea has directed the Middle Eastern Music
                            the Grand Prize at the 2018 M-Prize Chamber           Ensemble at Northern Illinois University School of Music; became an artist-in-
Arts Competition, First Prize at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber             residence at Carleton College; presented workshops and performances across
Music Competition in Japan, and was the String Quartet-in-Residence at            the globe; and collaborated with artists like Gao Hong, “Gorillaz”, Fareed
the Metropolitan Museum of Art for its 2017-18 season. Its debut album,           Haque, the Syrian National Orchestra, and more.
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