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AdZel Duo

Classical Music
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“AdZel presents polished committed performances of stunning new works.” (The Clarinet) AdZel Duo has performed and taught at Carnegie Hall, Eastman School of Music, Juilliard School, University of Michigan, Northwestern University, The Costa Rica International Clarinet Festival, The International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest, University of Delaware, The European Clarinet Conference, Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, Zodiac Festival, Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, San Francisco Conservatory, University of California at Irvine, University of Kansas, Rutgers School of Music and the Yale School of Music, among others. Working with the leading voices of contemporary music such as Mohammed Fairouz, Jason Barabba, Annie Guzzo, Forrest Pierce, Sergio Delgado, Ingrid Stolzel, Jennifer Bellor, Beth Wiemann, Rachel Whelan, and others, AdZel is committed to new dialogues in sound and fostering inclusion in classical music.

Their unique performances have been lauded as “truly inspiring” and “beautifully presented.” Blending original music and spoken word, their concerts combine education and music into an modern language that embraces diversity in classical music. Lauded by The Clarinet for “compelling unity of sound and excellent ensemble,” the ensemble is one of the most dynamic ensembles on the music scene today.

Clarinetist Mariam Adam ( is an internationally known chamber musician, soloist, music advocate and educator originally from Monterey, California. She is the Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. Praised for her “virtuosic performances lit by flashes of passion” (Gramophone), she has received rave critical reviews for her work. A founding and former member Imani Winds, she currently lives and works in France and Tennessee and performs across Europe and around the world. She is a Selmer Paris artist.

Dr. Stephanie Zelnick ( is the Professor of Clarinet at the University of Kansas and Principal Clarinet of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. Hailed as “simply sublime” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and lauded for her “crystal clear tone and beautifully shaped phrases” (The Clarinet), she has performed throughout North America, Europe, South America, and Asia as an orchestral, solo, and chamber musician. Her recordings can be heard on the Naxos, Innova, Accademia del Clarinetto labels, among others, and she has been broadcast on multiple occasions on Performance Today and other NPR affiliates. She is a Buffet-Crampon Artist and Clinician.

Primary Program Description

AdZel Duo is committed to excellence and inclusion in classical music. With programs that inspire and remind us all that what unites is is stronger than what separates us, AdZel is delighting critics and audiences with their diverse programs. We are including a sample program below, but can vary this based on audience and age group (we have a K-12 program, as well as one designed for seniors).

AdZel Duo
Mariam Adam and Stephanie Zelnick, clarinets

Clarinets ALIVE!
Clarinet music by living composers

Anne Guzzo (1970-)
Color of Honey

Written for the AdZel Duo in 2011

Sergio Delgado (1993-)
Sonatine à Francis Poulenc


Forrest Pierce (1972-)
Castle Creek Run

Composed for Stephanie Zelnick in 2016

Jason Barabba (1972-)

Composed for the AdZel Duo in 2010

Roberto Sierra (1953-)
Cinco Bocetos


Anne Guzzo (1970-)
Antelope Pavane

Composed for the AdZel Duo in 2014

Mohammed Fairouz (1988-)

Composed for the AdZel Duo in 2011

Program Fee

$500-$1000 depending on number of programs and travel expenses. We prefer to do more concerts in a certain amount of time to be able to consolidate our travel and expenses.

Educational Activity Information

AdZel has been presenting outreach and educational programs since 2009, in fact it’s one of the founding principals of our group. We have educational programs based on standard repertoire and cutting edge pieces written by living composers.

Our offerings include workshops that inspire audiences to:

  • Explore feelings and ideas inspired by music
  • Modulate emotions through music
  • Explore nature and the world around us
  • Appreciate people that are different from us

We also have taken our educational “informances” to audiences on three continents. Topics of these presentations and talks include entrepreneurship, creativity, inspiration, inclusion, and striving for excellence through all of our endeavors.

As two college professors, we are very comfortable giving masterclasses, working with students on their application and interview skills, and helping younger audience with communication. Using a positive and supportive approach, we have worked extensively to promote self confidence and work on public presentation with numerous school groups. We also emphasize mental and physical health with our younger audiences and have a series of talks and workshops that we use with students.

We are committed to our audience interacting with us as active participants in the artistic process. We realize that art and musical performance should be fluid processes. If we wanted every performance to be the same then this could be accomplished by computer programs! Art should be fluid and inclusive. We use our performing and teaching to learn as much from our audiences as they learn from us.

Additional Activity Fee

$200-$600 per activity

Community Activity Information

Community engagement is another important component of our work. We have worked with communities to build unity and foster communication. We conduct workshops and educational talks with communities, exploring art and expression in an inclusive and creative environment. AdZel is committed to the idea that music is important to not just the wealthy segments of communities but to everyone equally. We realize that barriers have prevented many members of our communities from being able to access the arts and art education. We feel strongly that this must be a strong part of any arts organization moving forward and it is one of our founding principles.

We also feel that using music to emphasize commonalities in the human experience instead of differences is as important as the music itself. This is why our programming, outreach, and community programs show that Beethoven and Mozart can be as relevant as today’s composers. We also feel that humor and openness are as important as virtuosic performing and can be incorporated into even the most serious concert event.