Sunday Song presents Jamie Balmer and Ismail Akmuradov on November 10

Sunday, November 10, 2013, starting at 6:00 pm, at First Baptist Church, 633 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, the weekly “SUNDAY SONG” concert series presents  ISMAIL AKMURADOV (clarinet) and JAMIE BALMER (guitar), playing music by Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Fauré, Machado and Ravel.  Tickets are $10 at the door.  For directions to the venue please visit

Ismail Akmuradov, a vivid performer, a sought after musician and educator has established himself as one of the most exciting clarinet players of his generation. Ismail earned his Bachelor’s degree from New England Conservatory and Master’s degree from Boston University, where he primarily studied with William Wrezien, Richard Stoltzman and Ethan Sloane. Some of the Ismail’s artistic achievements include: Finalist, Boston University Kahn Music Career Award, Boston, MA 2012. Prize Recipient, International Clarinet Association Competition, Atlanta, GA, 2008.,Young Artist Award, Arlington Philharmonic Society, Arlington, MA, 2008, Young Artist Award, Sammamish Symphony, Belmont, WA, 2007, Finalist and Diplomat, Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, Notre Dame, IN 2004.  As an active orchestral player, Ismail worked with distinguished music directors and conductors including Benjamin Zander, Hugh Wolff, Ludovic Morlot, Sergio Monterisi, David Hoose and Gustavo Dudamel. He performed with Boston Ballet, New England Philharmonic, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Ismail is a clarinet instructor at Natick and Andover Public Schools.

A dedicated musical collaborator and insightful soloist, Jamie Balmer has recorded and toured extensively with fellow guitarist Joe Ricker as half of the visionary guitar ensemble Duo Orfeo. A graduate of Hampshire College, where he pursued interests in history and cultural theory in tandem with music, Jamie’s studies with Phillip de Fremery – a student of Andrés Segovia and true curator of his legacy – remain a wellspring of inspiration for his work as a musician. That work incorporates teaching as a corollary to performance, and Jamie maintains a large teaching studio in Greater Boston and at the Solomon Schechter School.

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