The new AAMF corporate sponsors!

 

We are delighted to announce that the Al Ain Music Fest 2019 has new corporate sponsors!

The famous Al Ain Zoo – https://www.alainzoo.ae/

and Al Ain’s leading Lebanese restaurant – Ka’aki W Nos

 https://www.facebook.com/Kaakiwnos/are supporting this year’s AAMF.

Al Ain Music Fest also has a new Media Partner! ‘The Source Online‘ has been producing a fortnightly magazine in Al Ain with local news and reviews, plus Al Ain Good City Guides for a number of years now.
The Source” magazine is available online at:-

 https://www.thesourceonlineme.com/latest-issue/

Introducing Brighton College Al Ain Community Orchestra

The Brighton College Al Ain Community Orchestra was created in September 2018, as an initiative to provide a cultural space for musicians to perform together in Al Ain.
img_0284It has been a joint effort, with musicians from the well established Al Ain Chamber Orchestra, musicians from Brighton College and other soloists in the garden city, consolidating the ensemble and premiering at the College’s Winter Concert on December 12th, 2018.

The BCAA Community Orchestra will be performing at the AAMF 2019 ‘Classical Evening Concert on January 17th, 2019.   The venue is the fine auditorium of Brighton College Al Ain, and the concert starts at 6 pm..

Don’t miss it!

‘Arabian Nights’ band confirmed for Thursday, 17th January

We are very pleased to announce that the Arabian Nights band have confirmed they will be performing at the AAMF 2019 Classical Evening on Thursday 17th January at the Brighton College Al Ain.

Diyaa

Diyaa Safadi

The band was founded in 2010, and since then it has been performing Arabic music on stages throughout the UAE. Its members have participated in the AAMF every year, usually on the same programme as the Al Ain Chamber Orchestra.

Diyaa Safadi is the founder and leader of the band. He graduated from the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus, Syria. He plays the oud and he works as a music teacher in Al Ain.

7f0b02a1-4cac-4ab3-a63d-c566f3dbae7bNaser Akowan graduated from the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus, as well. He plays violin, and also works as a private music teacher in Al Ain.

Essa LwisaEssa Lwisa forms the third side of this band’s triangle. He plays percussion. Essa holds a Masters degree in Petroleum Engineering, and he works as a laboratory instructor at the UAE University.

AAMF Classical Evening update

The AAMF 2019 Classical Evening is scheduled for 17th January. The venue is the Auditorium at the Brighton College Al Ain. This concert will start at 6 pm.

The performers include Natalia Nechepurenko, Ilya Netkach, Mark Glover, Derek Jung, Louise Ryan and Jennifer Eastwood.

Natalia NechepurenkoNatalia Nechepurenko is a highly skilled classical pianist. She graduated at the Donetsk State Music College and afterwards, the Music Academy, when gained her Master’s degree. Natalia has won several Ukrainian and international competitions. She has worked as a piano teacher in Ukraine and Indonesia.

Ilya Netkach1Ilya Netkach is a professional violinist and music teacher from Ukraine. As well as performing classical music, he has participated in jazz jams in different countries, too. He won the award of “Master Jam Fest” in an international jazz contest. And, in 2016 his band won first place in the “Battle of the Bands” in Bahrain.

His original music is available on iTunes and Spotify. His recent release, “I Am” has received positive reviews from “Smooth and Soul” and “All About Jazz” music reviewers . Ilya teaches at the House of Arts in Al Ain.

Mark Glover with euphoniumMark Glover is a performing artist for Sterling Musical Instruments, U.K.. Mark has worked in Singapore, where he was Principal Study Lecturer of Euphonium at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

He has performed in Brazil, the USA and many other countries in Europe and in Asia. Many listeners in these audiences had not heard the euphonium played as a solo instrument before.

Mark also spent 5 years performing in a heavy rock band as a guitarist, and he is an accomplished drummer, too. In April 2018 Mark released his debut solo album, “Hustle“.

Derek JungDerek Jung is a Music Educator now residing in the city of Abu Dhabi, after departing Al Ain last year.  After graduating from Florida State University with a degree in Music Education, he began his career teaching in the USA.

This is Derek’s fourth time participating in the Al Ain Music Festival.  In the past he has played solo pieces and played with/directed the Al Ain Chamber Orchestra.  He now sings and plays alongside the Abu Dhabi Choral Group.

Louise RyanLouise Ryan is from Cornwall in England. She has lived in the UAE for 5 years now. On graduating from a choral scholarship she went on to be accepted onto an opera performance programme.

A successful Concert and Operatic Soprano in her home country, she is enjoying performing to even more international audiences here in the UAE. She has performed on numerous occasions with the National Symphony Orchestra and Al Khubairat Singers. Louise has also been featured on Abu Dhabi Classic FM as the ‘Abu Dhabi Diva‘, informing listeners on the world of opera singing and vocal training.

Jennifer EastwoodJennifer Eastwood will be a familiar name to those who attended the AAMF 2017 “Garden City Classics” concert. For this upcoming AAMF concert she is preparing to sing “Voi Che Sapete” by Mozart.

Jennifer is a native to Vancouver, WA, USA. She attended Fresno Pacific University, graduating with a B.A. in Vocal Performance in 2007. Towards the end
of university, she attended a modeling and acting school, thus opening the door for the
entertainment business.

Since 2007, she has performed a variety of styles of music, including classical, folk, jazz, musicals, and ethereal, and in such projects as leads in musicals, operettas, short films, web-series, and stage performances. Several performances were done in the USA, until she decided to teach English abroad in 2013, where she has performed in
South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates. Jennifer was classically trained for about 10 years, and hopes you have been truly blessed by her gift of voice.

Keep a look out for further details to follow about these and the other performers on the programme of this special concert!