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.
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.
Roya: Corrine Byrne
Siavash: Morgan Manifacier
Maryam & Ensemble: Amal El-Shrafi
Chief Interrogator & Ensemble: Mohsen Namjoo
Music Director: Dmitry Glivinskiy
Sound Board & Tech Manager: Sam Beebe
Translations by Sholeh Wolpe, Sin: selected poems of Forugh Farrokhzad
Nilou will serve as core instructor for Young Women Composers Camp 2020.
Application is available until April 15th: https://www.youngwomencomposers.org/application
Thank you Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art and marvelous International Contemporary Ensemble for an inspiring concert. I was so glad to hear work from my colleagues again including Golnaz Shariatzadeh Aida Shirazi and Anahita Abbasi.
Thank you Neil Gladd for the photos 🙂
In November 2019, Katja Heldt from VAN Magazin had an extensive and wonderful conversation with IFCA founders about the story of IFCA and its mission.
Today, we are honored to share with you the final results of the interviews, which is a comprehensive and engaging read. click HERE to read.
Please find the curated playlist of fifteen works by IFCA composers at the end of the article!
Martyna Kosecka, Bahar Royai, Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi, SarrSew, Farzia Fallah, Elnaz Seyedi, Shiva Feshareki, Aftab Darvishi, Golnaz Shariatzadeh, Rojin Sharafi, Lily Shababi, Homa Samiei, Anahita Abbasi, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Aida Shirazi.
Nashville Symphony Composer Lab & Workshop is an opportunity for young composers to hear their music performed by the Nashville Symphony, receive mentoring and feedback from orchestra professionals, and potentially earn a performance of their work on a future Nashville Symphony program.
Jared Miller – Ricochet – Reverb – Repeat
SiHyun Uhm – Ladybug in the Room
Brian Raphael Nabors – Pulse for orchestra
Niloufar Nourbakhsh – Knell
Jack Frerer – On-Again, Off-Again
Many Thanks to Mostly Mozart Festival and International Contemporary Ensemble for hosting Iranian Female Composers Association for a sold-out evening at New York Public Library.
Reviews available from I Care if You Listen and Classical Voice America.
As part of “Media in 2019” panel at the Opera America Conference in San Francisco, California, alongside San Francisco Chronicle critic Joshua Kosman, Opera Philadelphia VP of Marketing & Communications Frank Luzi, founder of Verismo Communications Beth Stewart, moderated by Jeila Irdmusa, Marketing and Communications Manager of Boston Lyric Opera.
ELLEN GROLMAN hosts MUSIC OF OUR MOTHERS, a two-hour weekly radio show broadcasting exclusively classical compositions by women across the centuries. Music of Our Mothers airs live on WFCF, 88.5 FM, Flagler College Radio in St. Augustine, FL on Wednesdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. It also streams live on iheartradio.com.
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OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation’s leading champion for American opera, is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of Discovery Grants from the Opera Grants for Female Composers program, which is made possible through the generosity of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.
About We the Innumerable: After the 2009 presidential election in Tehran, Iran, Roya and her husband, Siavash, become targets of the state for participating in nationwide protests against the election result. Siavash is murdered, and Roya is imprisoned and put under extreme pressure to record a confessional stating that her husband was a Revolutionary Guard force who was killed by the enemies of the state. The opera is the heroic journey of an Iranian woman who protects the truth in the face of fear and violence.
More information HERE
National Sawdust, the renowned Brooklyn music incubator and performing arts venue, has announced the winners of its second Hildegard Competition for emerging female, trans, and nonbinary composers:inti figgis-vizueta of the USA, Niloufar Nourbakhsh of Iran, and Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir of Iceland. All young professionals at the start of their careers, the three winners will be honored in concert on June 4 at National Sawdust, where their newly commissioned works will be premiered by the National Sawdust Ensemble, anchored by cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and making its formal debut under the baton ofLidiya Yankovskaya