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Jul012013

Az Samad Solo Europe Tour 2013

[July 24 2013 Update]

Back in KL after 29 days on the road for my first ever solo Europe tour! 

It was filled with epic performances, teaching, travels and friends.

Thank you to everyone who made my first ever solo Europe tour so beautiful. Special thanks to Yin for coordinating the whole tour logistics and planning. 

[Highlights include]

10 performances
6 guitar classes
1 six-hour recording session
2 YouTube video recording sessions
1 radio interview 
3 newspaper appearances 
met 2 amazing guitar luthiers 

...and during some chill-out time, attended: 

  • 1 musical in London (Matilda)
  • 5 concerts (Djavan, Elvis Costello, Cold Porter, Shibusashirazu Orchestra and a school holiday children's performance too!)
  • Fingerstyle Guitar performances featuring Thomas Leeb, Jon Gomm, Mike Dawes, Alex Kabasser and so many epic guitarists at the annual Thomas Leeb Guitar Bootcamp in Austria
  • Went for 2 rides on the Nocky Flitzer mountain ride in Austria 


Also, I visited the George Lowden Guitar Factory in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland for the first time, had an epic tour by Johnny Lowden & performed for the amazing folks there with Mickey Murphy.

Performances all over including in the UK (Brighton, Blackburn, Darwen) Northern Ireland (Newry), Haarlem (near Amsterdam), Turrache Höhe (Austria) and Berlin (Germany).

Uber happy!

Thank you everyone!!! 

 

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Follow the 2013 Solo Europe Tour live on twitter @azsamad & instagram @azsamad

Photo albums of the tour are on Facebook:
Saying hello to London!  (Wed, June 26)
Open Mic @ Medusa Bar, Brighton (Thurs, June 27) 
Nick Benjamin Workshop in Lewes, UK (Fri, June 28)
Richard Moss & Az Samad Live at Sprout Cafe, Blackburn, UK  (Sat, June 29)
Bukhara - taste of the east (Sun, June 30)
Chef Mossie (Sun, June 29 - Wed, July 3)
Richard Moss & Az Samad live at Number 39 Hopstar Brewery Tap, UK (Mon, July 1)
Richard Moss and Az Samad Live At Number 39 - Photos by Derren Lee Poole (Mon, July 1) 
Recording at The Grand, Clitheroe, UK with Richard Moss (Tues, July 2) 

[Quotes from the audience at Number 39 Hopstar Brewery Tap]

"We get a lot of good music in Darwen, and especially at 39, but nights like this are rare. Thanks very much to Richard Moss (always a pleasure) and Az Samad (a treat), and for Gary and 39 for a special night." - Nigel Lewin [permalink]

A great night of music by two very talented musicians. - Derren Lee Poole [permalink]

What an absolute pleasure... It was magical. Blew me away... Richard Moss & Az Samad were something else! What beautiful performances. You guys deserve much recognition, you have something very special. You moved me many times. It was a joy. - Leona Holden [permalink 1] [permalink 2] [permalink 3]

What an amazing night, so glad we came :) It was a priviledge to hear such emotive music, me and Nigel are glad we bought a C D, much luv from us  x - Heather Hook [permalink]

Another Amazing night ....Thank you for sharing ..It was AWEsome xx - Andrea Holden [permalink]

More photo albums:

Recording at The Grand, Clitheroe, UK with Richard Moss (Tues, July 2)
A Visit to George Lowden Guitars! (Fri, July 5)
iurFM Radio Interview with Mickey Murphy & Az Samad (Fri, July 5)
Mickey Murphy & Az Samad Live at Amplified Bar, Newry, NI (Fri, July 5)
House Concert in Haarlem, Netherlands (Mon, July 8)
Student Concert @ Thomas Leeb Guitar Bootcamp 11 July 2013 (Fri, July 12)
George Lowden on Lowden Guitars (Fri, July 12)
Thomas Leeb Guitar Bootcamp Teachers' Concert (Wed, July 10)
Djavan Live in Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam (Sun, July 7)
[NEW] Teaching at Thomas Leeb's Guitar Bootcamp in Austria 2013 (Sun, July 14)
[NEW] Matteo Alderete & Az Samad Live in Artenschutztheater, Berlin (Fri, July 19)

Videos from the tour: 

The C Factor | Az Samad (Live in Austria at Thomas Leeb Acoustic Guitar Bootcamp) 

Performing my medley of P. Ramlee songs at Amplified Bar, Newry, Northern Ireland:

 

From the house concert in Haarlem, Netherlands:

 

Duet with Berlin guitarist Matteo Alderete:

Duet with Northern Ireland guitarist Mickey Murphy at the George Lowden Guitars workshop at Downpatrick:
 

 
Az Samad in a duet with multi-instrumentalist Richard Moss at Sprout Cafe, Blackburn UK. This is the first performance of Az's 2013 Solo Europe Tour. — with Richard Moss and Az Samad at Sprout Cafe.

From the performance at Number 39 - Hopstar Brewery Tap, Darwen, UK with Richard Moss.

Duo Videos with Richard Moss:

2013 Europe Solo Tour  

[Blackburn]
Sat, June 29: Richard Moss & Az Samad | Sprout Vegetarian Cafe | 7:00 PM |

Mon, July 1: Richard Moss & Az Samad | Number 39 Hopstar Brewery Tap | 9:00 PM |

[Ireland]
Fri, July 5: Mickey Murphy & Az Samad | Amplified, Newry | Time TBA |

[Amsterdam]
Mon, July 8: Private House Concert | Time TBA 

[Austria]
Sat-Fri: July 6-12: Residential Acoustic Guitar Workshop with Thomas Leeb, Mike Dawes & Az Samad | Turracher Höhe, Austria | Fees: 300/750/850 Euros | SPACES STILL AVAILABLE

Sat-Fri: July 13-15: Residential Acoustic Guitar Workshop with Thomas Leeb, Jon Gomm, Mike Dawes, Az Samad & George Lowden | Turracher Höhe, Austria | Fees: 300/750/850 Euros  | SOLD OUT


Fri, July 19: Concert with Matteo Alderete | Artenschulztheater, Berlin, Germany | 

Sat, July 20: Guitar Workshop with Matteo Alderete | Berlin, Germany |

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