AAMF 2015 Concert Videos now on show!

AAMF Colour Splash small A fine selection of AAMF 2015 concert videos are now on show at the AAMF‘s own youtube channel!

So, why not take a look? – For the full selection, go to:-


Here is a small taster from 3 of the AAMF 2015 concerts…

Angelina Lynne & the ‘Garden City Jazz Band’ to open Friday’s AAMF ‘International Jazz Concert’

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Angelina Lynne is a classical, pop and jazz singer, with excellent technical and language skills. She has a great deal of experience in folk music from Spain, New Zealand and other countries. She is also an accomplished piano player.

Angelina will be joined on stage at 8 pm this Friday, 27th November, at the Hili Al Rayhaan Hotel byAngelina Lynne photo I the newly formed Garden City Jazz Band. They are performing the “International Jazz Evening“‘s opening set.

Angelina’s new band members are:-

Dan Turcanu, bass guitar-
Dan is trained in classical composition and he’s already very experienced in various styles of arrangements, such as jazz and Arabian, for diverse ensembles. He is the Director of the Al Ain Chamber Orchestra, (AACO).

Derek Jung, clarinet-
Derek is a music teacher at AAESS. He studied clarinet in the U.S. and is an enthusiastic performer of chamber music and modern pieces in the AACO. He aspires to develop skills as an arranger and a composer.

Robert Loxton, clarinet-
Robert is a university teacher at the Higher College of Technologies, (HCT). He’s a very enthusiastic performer, and passionate bass singer with various vocal groups.

Teodor Iliescu, bassoon-
One of the best bassoon player’s of his generation; he is also a skilled piano player; passionate baroque music singer; and a jazz and pop voice coach.


Angelina Lynne

Terrie Parkman, piano-
Terrie is the main pianist and at the core of the AACO. She’s a very dedicated pianist and an educator with years of experience. Terrie is eager to extend her artistic creativity by approaching new styles and genres.

Ahmed Attalah Medji, percussion-
Ahmed is highly talented percussionist; a self-taught musician who combines the Arabic style of percussion with pop and jazz rhythm patterns; and,

Elke Vogel Adham, flute-
Elke is a computer and programming teacher at HCT. She’s a dedicated flute player and is passionate about jazz and classical music. She inspired the creation of the AACO. Elke is also a great supporter of the AAMF!

SOLE-Agency-Sing-Revue-Full-BandThe Garden City Jazz Band‘s set will be followed by the Swing Revue Band (photo above), and then the Desert Jazz Duo (photo below); both down from Dubai for this event.

Desert Jazz Duo on steps

Admission is free – so no tickets are required.

Don’t miss this final event of the memorable AAMF 2015 series!

Congratulations AAMF Workshop organisers!!

Creating with Music Workshop2Our hearty congratulations go out to the organisers of the first two AAMF Workshops, Paola Conte at the Al Ain English Speaking School; and Gabriele Malzahn, the Director, and her staff at the House of Arts!IMG_3553

It’s clear from these photos, as well as the very positive feedback these
organisers have already received, that both the “Creating with Music” and the “Meet the Artist” Workshops held last Saturday were extremely successful events!

IMG_3543We express our gratitude to flautist, Camilla Hoitenga, as well, for providing the very engaging presentation session that afternoon.

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An educational, entertaining and enjoyable day!

The first AAMF Jazz Evening this Friday 27th Nov.

International Jazz Evening Combo poster

The final event of this year’s AAMF series is the “International Jazz Evening” on Friday, 27th November.

It will feature sets by the freshly home-grown ‘Garden City Jazz Band‘, led by Angelina Lynne and Dan Turcanu; the swinging ‘Swing Revue Band‘; and the cool ‘Desert Jazz Duo‘. The latter two bands are both coming down from Dubai for this concert.

The stage setting for this extremely promising first ever AAMF jazz event is poolside. That pool is on the Floor 1 level of the superb Hili Al Rayhaan Hotel, in Al Hili District , Al Ain. The hotel’s website is at:- https://www.rotana.com/…/unitedar…/alain/hilirayhaanbyrotana

We are hoping for a rousing and fitting climax to this year’s Al Ain Music Festival!

Start time is 8 pm. Admission is free -so no tickets are required.
Don’t miss it!

Camilla Hoitenga presents Workshop at the HoA on Sat. 21st Nov.

Camilla Hoitenga Workshop flyerThere will be two Al Ain Music Festival Workshops this Saturday, 21st November!

In the morning, Paola Conte holds her “Creating through Music Workshop” at the Al Ain English Speaking School.

And, in the afternoon, there is an opportunity to “Meet the Artist” – with special guest Camilla Hoitenga on her flute. This second workshop commences at 4 pm at the House of Arts, Al Ain.

Admission is free, but space is limited, so kindly call the reception at 03-7626651 or email info@house-of-arts.net to reserve your seat.

Camilla Hoitenga to perform at “East Meets West” on Thursday, 19th November at the Rotana Hotel

Camilla Hoitenga with flute

We are very pleased to welcome Camilla Hoitenga to the Garden City this week.
On Thursday evening, 19th November, she will perform for us at the AAMF’s “East Meets West concert under the stars. The venue is the garden area of the central Rotana Hotel. This free concert begins at 8pm.
And on Saturday, 21st November, Camilla will present a workshop at the House of Arts from 4pm.

Flutist Camilla Hoitenga is at home on stages all over the world, playing not only the C-flute but also the alto, bass, and piccolo flute and other varieties of her instrument.

CH-altoHer repertoire ranges from pre-Bach to post-Stockhausen, from concertos to music for flute alone, and she performs state-of-the-art pieces for live video and electronics and interdisciplinary projects. Her recordings, in particular those with Kaija Saariaho, have won awards in France, Great Britain and in North America.

She has performed concertos written for her by composers such as Kaija Saariaho, Péter Köszeghy, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi and Raminta Serksnyte and worked with conductors like Marin Alsop, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Susanna Mälkki, Alan Gilbert, and Vladimir Jurowski in concert halls and important festivals all over the world.

A frequent guest in Japan, and with a great interest in Japanese culture, she has also premiered dozens of pieces written for her by Japanese composers.Camilla Hoitenga with flute 2

Commissions for her own music and improvisation have come from painters and sculptors (e.g. Mutsumi Okada, Jörg Immendorff) as well as from galleries and museums.

Camilla Hoitenga has taught at the State University of New York and at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen/Duisburg and continues to give masterclasses and workshops on various subjects for musicians of all ages.

Her own flute teachers were Darlene Dugan, Alexander Murray, Peter Lloyd and Marcel Moyse. Further inspiration came especially from her work with Karlheinz Stockhausen in Cologne.

Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA), Camilla Hoitenga now lives in Cologne, Germany. and Sylva, North Carolina.

Her appearance in Al Ain is being sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Abu Dhabi. Eastern Motors Company, the Rotana Hotel and “Oasis Living” magazine are also sponsoring this event. As a not-for-profit operation, we very much appreciate this vital corporate support for all of our music festival’s events.

The concert programme on Thursday evening also features the talents of the Oriental classical group, the Sharqi Ensemble, led by Dr Hasan Wahbah, with Dana Obeid on vocals; plus, music teachers from the House of Arts will be making their contributions once again to this major AAMF 2015 event. The House of Arts‘ management has played the central role in the organisation of this AAMF concert.

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Local orchestra and choir join forces tonight!

Al Ain Chamber Orchestra 2015

The Al Ain Chamber Orchestra and the Al Ain Choral Society are performing a wonderful  “Musical Fantasia” together at 7:30 pm on Friday, 6th November at the splendid Sheikh Khalifa Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Tawam Campus, UAEU.

It will feature a collaboration between the groups on a specially arranged version of  traditional English folk song, “Scarborough Fair.

The choir’s programme includes a range of pieces from other familiar folk songs through madrigals and classical works, including Fauré’s “Cantique de Jean Racine; and more contemporary choral works. The choir will sing in several different languages reflecting their international membership.

Orchestra director Dan Turcanu is also its composer-in-residence, who arranges all the pieces for each instrument. The orchestra’s programme includes The Beatles’ “Michelle, “Girl and “Eleanor Rigby” plus a Brazilian piece, “Tico-Tico no Fubá by Zequinha de Abreu.

Admission is free and so no tickets are required, and early arrival is advisable.

The Google location map for the Sheikh Khalifa Auditorium is available at:-


Support your local musicians!  Don’t miss out on this fine concert!