Another AAMF – the 5th – is over!

The fifth edition of the Al Ain Music Festival -in its new format-concluded successfully last Friday, 24th November.

Young Hands & Voices concert 24 Nov. 2017 10aEarly that evening, the “Young Hands & Voices” concert enthralled a large audience at the Al Ain Academy. Our congratulations go to Yaremi Ledesma Alvarez,   (on left in this photo),   for all her efforts in organising this fine event.

Chronicles of Khan at the Luce on 24 Nov 2017Later in the evening, at the nearby Danat Al Ain Resort Hotel, The Chronicles of Khan made their Al Ain debut performance in the Luce Restaurant. We thank Khan and his band (photo) for playing a splendid set for us.

And, indeed, our thanks go out to all the performers and organisers of all seven events of the Al Ain Music Festival 2017 for presenting and producing another very varied, highly enjoyable and successful community-based music festival across the oases of Al Ain!

Final AAMF 2017 Update

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AAMF 2017 UPDATE:-
After last Friday’s very enjoyable and well-attended “All About the Jazz!” concert at the Rotana Hotel’s Zest Garden, the Al Ain Music Festival 2017 concludes at the Danat Al Ain Resort Hotel’s Luce Restaurant this Friday, 24th November.

The Chronicles of Khan rock band will be performing ‘unplugged’ in the Danat Hotel’s Luce Italian Restaurant from 8 pm. . However, as the Luce Italian Restaurant isn’t a very large venue, we recommend that fans of rock music should take their places earlier tomorrow evening.

This will be The Chronicles of Khan debut performance in Al Ain, after their recent performances at many large festivals in their home city of Dubai, and elsewhere within the region. Don’t miss out on this rare chance to hear them play live in Al Ain!

Earlier, from 6 pm. on Friday evening, about one hundred talented young musicians from a dozen local schools will be performing at the AAMF’s “Young Hands and Voices concert at the Al Ain Academy‘s auditorium in Al Sarooj District. This is the second edition of this concert, which builds upon a successful beginning at Al Qattara Arts Centre last November.

This concert’s organiser, Yaremi Ledesma Alvarez, has informed us that all of the auditorium’s seats, which had been available for this concert, have now been reserved. So, it’s going to be a very full house!

AAMF squiggleFinally, if you have any photos and/or video clips of AAMF events which you would like to share with us, please feel free to post them to us via Facebook Messenger or by emailing us at:- alainmusicfestival@gmail.com .

AAMF “Acoustic Vibes!” 6 pm this evening at La Dolce Vita

paul-nancarrowPaul Nancarrow will be performing alongside of Joan McEldowney and serving up some more great ‘Acoustic Vibes!’ at La Dolce Vita venue this evening.

Midian Almeida, Atlanta Frith and Chad Nolan will also be taking to the stage in a talent-packed programme.

Remember this AAMF concert starts at the earlier time of 6 pm.. The venue will be open from 5:30 pm.

Admission is free of charge. Don’t miss it!

Joan McEldowney returns to AAMF stage this Thurs. 16th Nov.

 Last year’s AAMF Director, Joan McEldowney, will be making a welcome return to the stage this Thursday evening to perform at the AAMF “Acoustic Vibes!” concert. This video shows Joan performing for us at the AAMF’s “Guitar Evening” at the Sands Club, Al Ain, two years ago.

Please note that the start time for Thursday’s “Acoustic Vibes!” concert has been brought forward to accommodate all of the talented performers lined up on this evening’s programme!
La Dolce Vita venue will open up at 5:30 pm. on 16th November.
Admission is free of charge. Why not come along and support your local musicians?

Midian Almeida brings Brazilian sounds to Al Ain on 16th Nov.

Midian Almeida will be performing at the AAMF ‘Acoustic Vibes!’ concert at La Dolce Vita venue on Thursday, 16th November.

 Here are the biographical details from Midian’s website…

The singer, guitarist, songwriter and broadcaster Midian Almeida began her musical career in 1993, when attending music festivals and played in the Valley metropolitan region of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul.
Coming from a family of musicians, her interest for singing happened from an early age. She turned professional at the age of 18. Very soon her work attracted the journalists. She very quickly became well known in the South of Brazil with many appearances on TV programs, local radio stations and articles in newspapers and magazines.
For instance Midian participated in the programs: Official Lunch (RBS), Good Morning Rio Grande (RBS), Stage (TV COM), Studio 36 (TV COM), Radar (TVE), Zoom (Guaíba) and Patrola (RBS).

From 1998, until she had left her home country, Midian worked as the singer of the Splash band in the best night events in Southern Brazil. A year later, the singer began recording commercial jingles and advertisements for producers and agencies from all over Brazil. In 2000, Midian worked with the singer and composer Oswaldo Montenegro, in the musical “Legends of the Island“, recording solos and vocals on the eponymous album. This work, which includes theatrical interpretation, became a milestone in the career of the singer, giving her professional insight and new knowledge. From 2001 to 2005, in addition to the presentations, the artist studied music, drama and dance at the Art Institute of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. During this period of her life, she created in collaboration with other artists a NPO in order to promote the Brazilian Culture.From 2005, her voice was easily recognised as you could hear her in the most famous educational advertisement, “Education is everything“, which was inserted approximately 44,000 times in intervals of Globo TV programs and radio stations!

…The CD “A minha vez“, (in English ” my time”), was completed in the second half of 2009, through the Rouanet Law – Federal Brazilian Government, sponsored by Andreas Stihl S/A.

The release concert of the CD filled the Renaissance Theatre, in Porto Alegre, on the night of November 17, 2009; it was a great thrilling show.
Midian Almeida is one of the great voices of Brazilian popular music!

Midian Almeida guitarist blackDoors open at 5:30 pm on 16th November for the AAMF ‘Acoustic Vibes! concert. There is no admission charge.
Don’t miss it!

AAMF ‘Acoustic Vibes!’ on Thurs. 16th Nov. at la dolce vita

The AAMF 2017 “Acoustic Vibes! showcases the talents of three singer/guitarists.

Midian Almeida 1With her remarkable and unmistakable voice, Midian Almeida has performed on several TV shows in Brazil. And she has been bringing Brazilian music to the UAE since 2015. Samba, bossa nova, pop and rock are all in her repertoire.
Following concerts held at venues such as the Atlantis and Kempinski hotels in Dubai, and The Westin in Abu Dhabi, Midian is gradually building up a following in the UAE.

Joan McEldowney, from Northern Ireland, has been a resident in Al Ain since 2013. She is a teacher at the Al Aalya School in the Garden City. Joan was Director of the AAMF 2016.Joan McEldowney AAMF Guitar Evening
Joan has played live on the BBC and on Sky TV. She has supported artists including Josh Ritter, the Hothouse Flowers, Radiohead and James Blunt.
Her own first solo album, “Storm”, was released in 2000. Recently she has been working on an EP called “Music and Moonlight”.

Atlanta FirthSinger songwriter Atlanta Frith has performed her original music, a blend of Blues, Jazz, Soul and Folk, in live music venues in Melbourne, Australia, and London, UK. She is now living in Al Ain.
Collaborative projects have seen her work with renowned Jazz and Classical Australian musicians Nick Tsiavos and Peter Neville on two cross-cultural recordings centred round the poetry of activist poet Abidya from Indonesia.
Atlanta Cecilia’s debut album ‘North’, draws upon her love of spoken word poetry.

Midian Almeida 3The AAMF 2017 ‘Acoustic Vibes! concert is on Thursday, 16th November at the la dolce vita venue, Al Ain. The start time is 7 pm. There is no admission charge, so no tickets are required.                           

Don’t miss it!

AAMF ‘Garden City Classics’ on Fri. 3rd Nov. at la dolce vita, Al Ain!

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The AAMF 2017 ‘Garden City Classics’ concert will showcase the talents of a host of local musicians!
They will be joined by renowned oud player, Khaled Badrieh, and his band, Arabistica.

There is no admission charge for this concert at the la dolce vita venue, located off Khalifa Bin Zayed the First Street in central Al Ain, across the road from Al Jahili School.

Please note that this AAMF 2017 concert starts earlier than usual at 6:30 pm. on Friday, 3rd November. 

Don’t miss it!!