The Okbari Middle Eastern Ensemble is proud to bring a very special event to Blue on Friday, Jan. 7th at 8 pm. Tickets are $15 and there will be a two purchase minimum to support the venue. Okbari will be joined onstage by a legend in the Middle Eastern music world, clarinetist MAL BARSAMIAN, for an exciting and unique intimate performance. One of the most talented Armenian clarinetists living today, Mal performs frequently with the most renowned Armenian and Middle Eastern musicians from around the country. A graduate with Master’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music, Mal is classically trained in guitar and is also an accomplished ud and saxophone player. Okbari is excited to bring Mal to Maine for this rare performance featuring his remarkably powerful and authentic Middle Eastern clarinet playing in a set of Turkish and Armenian classical and dance music.