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.
This month, I CARE IF YOU LISTEN and American Composers Forum will host a series of Zoom roundtable discussions on gender equity in the contemporary arts as part of our shared UNEVEN MEASURES series. Through interviews, collaborative essays, artist-curated playlists, and live discussions, UNEVEN MEASURES marks the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment while recognizing the complexity of women’s suffrage and barriers to participation that still exist today. The last roundtable, ADVOCATING FOR GENDER EQUITY, will take place on Monday, October 19, 2020, 5:00pm EDT, 4:00pm CDT, 3:00pm MDT, 2:00pm PDT. The panelists will be: Sarah Cahill, Terri Lyne Carrington, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Nirmala Rajasekar, and Aiden Kim Feltkamp.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we draw on Boccaccio’s example to offer some musical responses. We have asked 10 pairs of composers and performers to write and perform brief solo works to be premiered online over the course of 10 weekdays in June.
Our remarkable team had a successful vocal score reading at Opera America in February. Here are a few pictures from the event, and stay tuned for the workshop on June 9th, Opera America. Pictures are by Anahita Rouzbeh. Watch the Trailer HERE
IRAN, 2009, In the wake of a manipulated election, protests and civil unrest have overtaken the city. A young couple, Roya & Siavash support the calls for justice but where Siavash is enthusiastic about joining the protests, Roya is afraid of the violence of the regime. The couple ventures into the streets, adding their voices to the protests. But the protest is broken up by violent militias and Roya end up in a cell questioned by Maryam and the Chief Interrogator.