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!

An AAMF 2017 update

AAMF 2017 UPDATE:-

Following on from the successful opening events of the “Creating with Music” Workshops and the “Garden City Classics” concert there are more AAMF 2017 events to go out and enjoy!

AAMF 2017 Open Mic Nite v2This Friday, 10th November, Sandy Buckner will be hosting the “Open Mic Night” at the Danat Al Ain Resort Hotel’s Luce restaurant.

On Thursday, 16th November, the AAMF returns to La Dolce Vita venue with the “Acoustic Vibes!” concert.

All About the Jazz!” will be hosted by the Al Ain Rotana Hotel on Friday, 17th. November.

And, the “Young Hands & Voices” concert at the Al Ain Academy‘s auditorium on Salem Street, in the Al Sarooj district of Al Ain will be held on Friday, 24th November.

Look out for more details of the remaining AAMF 2017 events – coming soon!

AAMF ‘Garden City Classics’ concert clips from La Dolce Vita!

 

In this clip, soloist Jennifer Eastwood is accompanied on piano by Stephen Aston

 Our thanks go to Omar of La Dolce Vita for making these video clips available.

La Dolce Vita will be the venue for the AAMF’s “Acoustic Vibes!” concert on Thursday, 16th November. Admission is free of charge again. The doors open from 5:30 pm. for a 7 pm start. Don’t miss it!

The ‘Garden City Classics’ concert begins at La Dolce Vita!

The opening concert of the AAMF 2017, the ‘Garden City Classics, was held at La Dolce Vita venue on 3rd November, 2017.

Congratulations go to Derek Jung of Al Ain Chamber Orchestra for arranging this concert’s programme, and to the AAMF Director, Teresa Murray, for all her organisational efforts!

This video clip features the opening performances by Al Ain Choral Society with Stephen Aston on piano and Derek Jung on clarinet.

And our thanks go to La Dolce Vita for hosting this concert free of charge and for posting the video above. The video clip of the concert below was posted by Teresa Murray…

Natalia Tykhonova to perform at ‘Garden City Classics’ on 3rd Nov.

Natalia Tykhonova croppedWe are pleased to announce that Natalia Tykhonova will be accompanying mezzo-soprano Dr Sherri Weiler during the performance of two pieces by Rachmaninov at the AAMF’s ‘Garden City Classics concert this Friday, 3rd November.

Born in Ukraine, Natalia got a Masters degree from the Donetsk Conservatory named after S.Prokofiev in 2006. She has won prizes and awards at several international and Ukrainian festivals and competitions. And, Natalia has performed with a variety of chamber orchestras and jazz bands. She has taught music for over 17 years now.

Natalia has lived in the UAE since 2011. Currently, she is an instructor at the American University of Sharjah.

Don’t forget that the ‘Garden City Classics‘ concert starts early at the La Dolce Vita venue! The event begins at 6:30 pm.. And there is no charge for admission. Don’t miss it!

“Garden City Classics” this Friday, 3rd Nov, La Dolce Vita, Al Ain

The opening concert of the Al Ain Music Festival 2017– “Garden City Classics“- is this Friday, 3rd November, at La Dolce Vita venue, Al Ain.

The Al Ain Chamber Orchestra and Al Ain Choral Society will be joined by special guest performers, including Dr Sherri Weiler and the duo, Ilya Netkach and Natalia Purochenko.

American-born mezzo-soprano Sherri Weiler received her vocal training at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati (MM) and her doctorate in vocal performance and pedagogy from Florida State University (DM).
Sher6In March 1992 Weiler represented the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska, on a cultural exchange to Magadan, Russia, and was subsequently selected by Mstislav Rostropovich to sing the mezzo-soprano solo in Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with the National Symphony. These experiences helped instill a great love for and appreciation of Russian vocal literature. The singer coached Russian language and song literature for twelve years with Moscow Conservatory piano professor Svetlana Velichko; the two have a compact disc of 19th-century Russian vocal literature on the Centaur label, released in 2001, Russia: Golden Century of Song.
In Anchorage, Weiler performed the Verdi Requiem with bass Jerome Hines, Mendelssohn’s Elijah with soprano Erie Mills, and a Schubert bicentennial recital with pianist John Wustman. She has appeared with the Florida State Opera, Anchorage Opera, Sacramento Opera, Cleveland Opera, and Opera West in roles including Mrs. Grose (Britten’s The Turn of the Screw), Iolanthe (Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe), Mercedes (Bizet’s Carmen), and the Mother in Menotti’s two operas The Consul and Amahl and the Night Visitors. Other roles include Marie of the Incarnation in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites (2005) and La Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica (2007), and the singer has given recitals for the University of Toledo, Willamette University and Portland State University, the Oregon Music Teachers’ Association, Anchorage Opera, Anchorage Festival of Music, the University of Alaska Anchorage, Florida A&M University, and Shorter University.
Dr. Weiler is currently Associate Professor of Music at the American University of Sharjah where she teaches applied voice, class piano, general music, and musical theatre preparation.

Ilya Netkach (violin) and Natalia Nechepurenko (piano) is an instrumental duo project, born recently in Al Ain.
Ilya-Netkach-&-Natalia-Nechepurenko-DuoIlya and Natalia met at the House of Arts Institute, where they work as violin and piano teachers, and after a few successful performances here in Al Ain they decided to create this duo in order to realise their potential and just to play good instrumental music.

Both are professional and experienced musicians. Ilya Netkach is an experienced violin teacher and concerting violinist, who composes and records his music, preferable in jazz and fusion genres. Prior to coming to Al Ain, he worked three years as a violin teacher in the number of schools in Qatar and Bahrain, where he become known as performer and jams participant. On May 2016 In 2016 his band received first place in the Battle of the Bands in Bahrain.
Natalia Nechepurenko is a highly skilled classical pianist. She is laureate and winner of a number of Ukrainian and International Festivals and Competitions, where she was performing solo and as a soloist with the orchestra, as well as she’s got good teaching experience working at Donetsk State College Music in Ukraine, as well as private piano tutor. From 2014 Natalia was working as a performing pianist on a number of cruise lines around the world.

We regret to announce that Khaled Badrieh and his Arabistica band won’t be performing at the concert this Friday. However, we hope that they will be returning to Al Ain again in the near future.

Please note the early start time for this AAMF concert. It begins at 6:30 p.m., and admission is free. Don’t miss it!

Al Ain Chamber Orchestra to play at ‘Garden City Classics’ on Fri. 3rd Nov. at La Dolce Vita, Al Ain

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The Al Ain Chamber Orchestra will be performing at the AAMFGarden City Classics” concert on Friday, 3rd November. The venue is la dolce vita, Al Ain.
Please note that this AAMF 2017 concert starts at 6:30 p.m.
There is no charge for admission. So, why not register your interest at the “Garden City Classics” Facebook Events page by clicking on this link? –

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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!