Khan of the ‘Chronicles of Khan’

Khan, the founder of the Chronicles of Khan band, talks about his music and the music scene in the U.A.E. in this short video.
He will be performing in the final AAMF 2017 concert this Friday , 24th November, at Luce Restaurant, Danat Al Ain Resort Hotel.

The concert starts at 8 pm.

There is no charge for admission now.

Don’t miss it!

Swing Revue in Al Ain tonight!

This swinging video shows the Swing Revue Band playing ‘All About the Bass‘ at the AAMF 2015 “International Jazz Evening“.

The Swing Revue make their overdue return to Al Ain this evening.
The AAMF “All About the Jazz! concert starts at 8 pm in the Zest Garden at the Al Ain Rotana Hotel.

The Desert Jazz Duo, also down from Dubai for this concert, will play the opening set.

Tickets, available at the door, are priced at AED 49. Don’t miss it!

Full house for AAMF “Young Hands & Voices” on Fri. 24th. Nov.

Yaremi Ledesma Alvarez, the organiser of the AAMF “Young Hands & Voices event on 24th November, has informed us today that all of the 250 tickets for this concert have now been reserved.

Young Hands & Voices concert bannerThe Al Ain Academy’s auditorium is going to be full next Friday for this concert, which will feature performances by a number of the local schools’ gifted young musicians.

Some tickets, priced at AED. 49, are still available for the AAMF “All About the Jazz! concert, starting at 8pm. ,tomorrow night at the Rotana Hotel’s Zest Garden. 

For details of the Al Ain Rotana Hotel, including its location map, go to:-

To reserve your concert tickets, email .

All About The Jazz Roundabout BillboardDon’t miss it!

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!

Swing Revue return to Al Ain on Friday, 17th November!

Laura and Dean Swing RevueWe are delighted that the Dubai-based Swing Revue band will be performing at the AAMF ‘All About the Jazz! concert at the Al Ain Rotana Hotel this Friday, 17th November. The band’s performance at the AAMF 2015 “International Jazz Evening” ( see video below) was received with great acclaim.


Swing Revue performing at the AAMF 2015 ‘International Jazz Evening’

The Swing Revue band members are:- Eric Bernabe, banjo/guitar; Janelle Bernado, percussion; Soren Hansen, bass; Laura Ingham, vocals; Rob Milner, piano; and Dean Pratt, trumpet.

Background details about this region’s leading Swing Band are available from their website:-


Swing Revue at the AAMF 2015 ‘International Jazz Evening’ at the Hili Al Rayhaan Rotana Hotel.

The Desert Jazz Duo will also be performing a set on the same schedule this Friday, 17th November.

This jazz concert starts at 8 pm. The stage will be in the hotel’s Zest Garden, close to the Rotana’s Zest restaurant and the hotel’s pool area.

Tickets are priced at AED. 49. The Rotana Hotel has provided the AAMF with a limited number of tickets in advance. To reserve these tickets, you can email us at .
Tickets will also be available on the door on Friday evening.
                                                     Don’t miss it!


Emirates Peace Virtuoso Competition – 9th to 11th Feb. 2018

Special announcement – EMIRATES PEACE VIRTUOSO COMPETITION, 9th to 11th February 2018

For young performers on all kinds of instruments- (piano, all kinds of strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, Vocal and Arabian instruments)- this competition will be held on 9th and 10th February, 2018. And, there will be a Prize Winners’ concert on 11th February, 2018 at the Conference Center, Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium.

piano and violinWelcome to the Emirates Peace Virtuoso Competition, organized by the National Conservatory Dubai (NCD) and the Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO), with Director and Conductor Mr. Riad Kudsi!

This annual competition is a prelude to the 14th Emirates International Peace Music Festival (For Young Virtuosi), which is scheduled to take place in the last week of March 2018.

Competition details: General Rules & Eligibility • Open to all locals and residents of the UAE, GCC and Arab Countries and all other nationalities in the world • Eligible musicians must be between 5 and 20 years of age • Competitors must perform ALL pieces by heart (notes will not be allowed) • Competition results are not subject to change once they have been announced. • Participants are to compete at a level which best reflects their music grade and ability.   • Violin, Viola & Cello competitors may qualify to play in the orchestra with EYSO at the Prize Winners’ Concert. • The Competition participants are eligible to sign up for the Master Classes in Piano, Violin, and Viola, (please see details below).

*The deadline date for competition registration and the fee payment is 15th December, 2017.

Jury Members: Head of Jury, Mr. Riad Kudsi, Director of National Conservatory Dubai • Respected members of the UAE music community in Dubai, Sharjah & Abu Dhabi • Professors and instructors from the Premiere Music College of Prague (PMCP).

Acknowledgements, Prizes & Gifts: The Grand Prize winner will perform in the Winners’ Concert and in 14th Emirates Peace Music Festival. • Selected Prize recipients will perform a solo at the Prize Winners’ Concert • Special trophies for Grand prize, 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners • Gifts and/or certificates will be given to ALL participants • Grand Prize recipient receives a Scholarship to attend the Summer Course in Prague (value EUR. 1500).

Fees: The competition fee will be 450 Dirhams, to be paid upon submission of the application before 15 December 2017. • Whoever needs piano accompaniment will be charged 300 Dirhams (one Rehearsal and Performance) • All fees are non-refundable.

Key Dates in February 2018 along with the Dubai Venues:-

Feb. 5th – 8th, 2-7 pm: Master classes at the National Conservatory Dubai, Reuters Building.

Feb. 9th, 1 – 6 pm Round 1 of the Competition at Conference Center, Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium.

Feb 10th, 9-2 pm: Round 2 of the Competition at Conference Center, Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium.

Feb. 11th, 10 am: Awards Ceremony & Media City Press Conference at CNN Building Lobby.

Feb. 11th, 7 pm: Prize Winners’ Concert at the Conference Center, Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium.

Master Classes: –

In conjunction with the competition, we are offering Master Classes which will be taught by guest professors from our European affiliate, the Premiere Music College of Prague (PMCP). Besides being very experienced teachers, they are superb performers, and will be joining EYSO and Prize recipients at the Prize Winners’ Concert.

The Master Classes will be held from Monday 5th to Thursday 8th February, 2018 between 2 pm and 7 pm.. (A detailed schedule will be sent via email). The venue is the National Conservatory Dubai, Dubai Media City – Reuters Building, 6th floor.

Fees: Private Master Classes -AED 225 per session (30 minutes each). Multiple sessions may be booked, (maximum 3 per student). Small Group Theory Master Classes • AED 600 for six lessons (30 minutes each) • The six lessons will be completed in 3 days (double lesson daily per level) • Group will be divided into smaller groups based on current Theory Grade level • Topics include Music Theory, Hearing Aural and Melodic and Rhythm Dictation for all the levels. Spaces can only be confirmed once all fees are paid in full (by 15 Dec 2017).

For more information, or to register your interest, contact Mr. Riad Kudsi, Conductor/Director Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra (EYSO).
Mobile: +971506335270  Email:

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?

“All About the Jazz!” Zest Garden, Al Ain Rotana, 8 pm. Fri. 17th Nov.

All About The Jazz Roundabout BillboardHere’s the Al Ain Rotana Hotel’s billboard advert for the AAMF’s “All About the Jazz! concert, which will be held in its Zest Garden area. The Desert Jazz Duo will be joined by the Swing Revue Band.

Our thanks go out to Audi for its corporate sponsorship of this event! For tickets, priced at AED. 49, call +971 3754 5111 .