PRIMAVERA II the rabbits is the second of six albums in a momentous series encompassing 81 world premieres for solo cello. This digital album presents 13 new commissions by The Primavera Project for groundbreaking, multi-GRAMMY nominated cellist Matt Haimovitz. Each composer responds to Sandro Botticelli’s enigmatic painting, Primavera, and the prophetic large-scale triptych, Primavera 2020, by world-renowned contemporary artist Charline von Heyl.
The album takes its name from the rabbit trilogy motif in Charline von Heyl’s work. In Primavera 2020, the rabbits join the dancing graces, referencing centuries of symbolism: eternity, rebirth, fertility, and vitality. Niloufar Nourbakhsh depicts this communal ecstasy in her Cyclical Rabbits, incorporating Persian modes and oud-like strumming.
This is a digital-only album, not available as a physical product.
Taking home the $2,500 Spotlight Prize was composer Niloufar Nourbakhsh for creating ANIM composition residency. In conjunction with the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, Nourbakhsh mentored seven young female instrumentalists in Kabul to compose music for members of the Zohra Orchestra.
These pieces premiered on New Music USA’s youtube page and is available to watch:
This program was made possible with the partnership of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) and support of Turn the Spotlight Fellowship, New Music USA, New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers Program, and members of the Zohra Orchestra. Site Coordinators: Dr. Benjamin Wu, and Qudrat Wasefi Video and Audio Recordings Engineers: Qudrat Wasefi and Najib Angar Video Editor: Qudrat Wasefi Audio Mix and Master: Niloufar Nourbakhsh and Siavash Kaveh Creative Director: Niloufar Nourbakhsh
Since August 2021, all members of the Zohra Orchestra have been evacuated alongside other students, faculty, and staff of ANIM.
Amanda Gookin’s Forward Music Project 2.0: In this Skin is released on Bright Shiny Things. Niloufar’s “Veiled” for solo cello and live electronics is included in this compilation. For more information, refer to the following LINK.
21 for ’21, Composers and performers who sound like tomorrow:
The 29-year-old pianist and composer (and Ensemble Decipher member) first popped up on my desktop as a contributor to the Library of Congress’s pandemic-response Boccaccio Project. Her entry, “A Shared Solitary” — a searing solo work for violin and electronics, performed by Jannina Norpoth of the PUBLIQuartet — felt like a line drawing of a far more complex musical universe.
New works by Stacy Garrop, Michael Gilbertson, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Theo Chandler, and Jeff Scott with the poetry of Marsha Music.
The Detroit-based Akropolis Reed Quintet, whose playing has been described as “shot through with tenderness and grace” by the San Francisco Chronicle, releases its fourth album on April 9 on New Focus Recordings. The record, entitled Ghost Light, is an exploration of darkness and light, life-cycles, colors and spectrum, and how the past surrounds us in our daily lives.