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Fri, Sep 08


Merrimans' Playhouse

Kabir Dalawari Quartet

Touring from Chicago, the Kabir Dalawari Quartet will be presenting music from his upcoming record "Last Call" set to release early 2024.

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Kabir Dalawari Quartet
Kabir Dalawari Quartet

Time & Location

Sep 08, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Merrimans' Playhouse, 401 E Colfax Ave, Suite 135, South Bend, IN 46617, USA


About the Event

TICKETS are $10 General/$5 Student. End time is estimate.

Touring from Chicago. Kabir Dalawari will be presenting music from his upcoming record "Last Call" set to release early 2024.

Kabir Dalawari - drums

Kyle Brooks - saxophone

Nicholas Olynciw - piano

Jesse Lear - bassist

Kabir Dalawari is a drummer, composer and educator based in Chicago, Illinois. As a bandleader, Dalawari has showcased his various bands at Chicago's best venues such as: Andy's Jazz Club, Evanston SPACE, California Clipper, Constellation Chicago and many more. As an educator, Dalawari holds faculty positions at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School and People's Center for Cultural & Contemporary Arts, where he leads ensemble rehearsals and teaches private lessons. Dalawari's debut album "Awareness" released in March 2022 and continues to receive both national and international acclaim. His second Album "Last Call" is set to release early 2024. Dalawari's artistic vision is to blend traditional Jazz Language with a contemporary approach inspired by his studies on Black American and North Indian music.

Kyle Brooks is a saxophonist, composer, and educator who performs a broad array of music for a broad array of audiences. While currently a doctoral student in Jazz Performance at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music, Brooks has wasted no time in his blossoming career creating his own musical portfolio with original music of his own, in addition to collaborating with musicians all over the country to not only provide experiences in new music, but also constantly bringing the joy of classic music of the 20th and 21st centuries to audiences abroad. With roots tracing back to the bustling music scene in Chicago, Brooks has lived in Northwest Ohio, and then near Indianapolis respectively, constantly working in different musical entities that span Jazz, Rock, Salsa, Bollywood, Folk, Electronic Music, and more. These facets, combined with Brooks’ passion for education, particularly teaching music lessons to young students in underserved communities, provide him with a wide-ranging connection with people of different walks, which then translate into the very musical personality he brings to each performance.

Chicago-based pianist & educator Nicholas Olynciw is a rising voice in jazz music. Winner of the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition and the American Jazz Piano Competition Bösendorfer Prize, Nicholas earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas where he was a member of the Grammy-nominated One O'clock Lab Band. He received his master’s degree from Western Michigan University where he was awarded the 2019 Downbeat Award for Best Graduate Jazz Instrumental Soloist. Nicholas teaches with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic while maintaining an active private studio. He has held residencies at the Carriage House on Mackinac Island, Michigan, and the Knickerbocker Bar in New York City and has performed with artists such as trumpeter James Morrison and bassist Foley.

Jesse Lear is an up and coming acoustic and electric bassist, composer, arranger, educator, and audio engineer in the Chicago area. His aim as a musician is to create accessible music deeply rooted to the visceral, human experience to inspire movement and dance. Jesse draws connections between jazz, Afro-Cuban, rock, pop, classical, and other styles to creatively craft songs into a magnetic, musical journey. His artistry as a musician is emboldened by the works of Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, and Avishai Cohen, as well groups such as Earth, Wind, & Fire and Steely Dan. Jesse received his bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies at Northwestern University. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, he began exploring composition and arranging as well as audio engineering. These three fields, in addition to his groove-driven bass playing, have taken him to performance venues across the country that include the Gary Marshall Theater in Los Angeles, Prudential Hall (NJPAC) in New Jersey, and to the 2020 Detroit Jazz Festival.

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from the Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services Private Trust Foundations, which include grants from the Stanley A. and Flora P. Clark Memorial Community Trust Foundation (2020-2021; 2022-2023 seasons), the John, Anna, and Martha Jane Fields Memorial Trust Foundation (2021-2022; 2022-2023 seasons), and the Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust (2021-2022; 2022-2023 season). Special concert event support provided by the Arts Midwest Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund grant (2022-2023 season). Activities are made possible in part by the Arts Organization Support (AOS), Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency (2023-2024 season).

Concerts and events made possible, in part, with support from The Esther and George Jaruga Charitable Foundation (2020-2023 seasons).

The Student and Home Grown Series concerts made possible, in part, with support from the ArtsEverywhere Grant from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, and the Arts Project Support Grant and the Arts Recovery Grant through the Indiana Arts Commission.


  • General

    $10 Advanced or Door

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  • Student

    $5 Student/Discount

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