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Sound On Global: Palaver Strings presents “Elements”

Time & Date

Saturday, April 29, 2023, 2:00 pm

This event is in person only. Doors open at 1:00 p.m.

Event Location

WBUR CitySpace890 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215Open in Google Maps

Ticket Price



This year our Sound On concerts are going global! Join us for a new spinoff to our popular series which will feature instrumental artists across all genres from classical to jazz to everything between. You’ll continue to meet fresh faces experiencing a meteoric rise as well as tried-and-true musicians who are creating their most resonant work to date.

Musician-led string ensemble Palaver Strings presents “Elements,” a program featuring award-winning clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and percussionist Brian Adler that explores the fluid space between improvisation and composition, drawing on classical, jazz, and Syrian folk elements.

“Elements” features three pieces by Azmeh, including the premiere of a new piece for strings, his “Suite for Improviser and Orchestra” and “In The Element,” originally scored for string quartet and clarinet. “In The Element” takes its name from the experience of a warm summer run in the rain, and speaks to broader themes of feeling in (or out) of one’s element musically and culturally.

These themes are echoed in Kareem Roustom’s “Dabke for String Orchestra” and Brian Adler’s “Rudram,” based on a Vedic chant that he heard growing up in an ashram.


  • Kareem Roustom: Dabke
  • Kinan Azmeh: “Syrian Dances” (Commission for Palaver Strings)
  • Kinan Azmeh: In the Element
  • Rudram (arr. Brian Adler)
  • Kinan Azmeh: Suite for Improviser and Orchestra (w/ percussionist)

CitySpace Tickets
Premiere: $25.00 (includes reserved seating in the front of the theater)
General: $15.00
Student: $5.00 (must present a valid student ID upon arrival)

Ways To Save
WBUR Sustainers and Members save $5.00 on in-person tickets to this event. To apply the discount to your ticket purchase online, you’ll need to enter a promo code. You can get your code by emailing

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