Nilou in the Middletown Press

EAST HADDAM — I-Park, New England’s leading open-air and closed-studio laboratory for creative pursuits in the arts and in nature, presents Detroit-based Akropolis Reed Quintet at a pair of all-premiere concerts, first at I-Park on Saturday at 7 p.m, then at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn, N.Y. Monday, Aug. 6, 7:30 pm.

Read the entire article HERE

5Q interview with Nilou!

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Niloufar Nourbakhsh is a versatile composer and pianist who has collaborated with Symphony Number One, Spark and Echo Project, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and many others. She has written for string quartet and orchestra, as well as for fixed media and voice, including her composition “An Aria for the Executive Order,” which is a response to the Trump administration’s Muslim ban. Aside from composing and performing, Nilou keeps busy as founder and organizer of the Iranian Female Composers Association (IFCA), which endeavors to bring together and promote the work of female-identifying composers, both from and living in Iran.

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EDR Foundation announces winners

Many Thanks to Emilio del Rosario Music Foundation for announcing “F I X E D HbeaRt” written for piano and live electronics as the First Prize Winner of emerging composers competition. Performance will be in Chicago as part of Thirty Ears Festival – August 2018!

Metropolis Ensemble
Nilou performing HbeaRt with Pianist Erika Dohi


Video Premiere on ICIYL

Screen Shot 2018-06-05 at 12.09.31 AM.png“What is love? What is your biggest fear? Would the miracle ever come? Pamela recorded her voice in response to my questions, giving guidance to a friend like a sister or a mother.” Video premiere from a collaboration between Teletextile, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, and Naomi Moser:

I-Park Foundation Residency!

This summer, composers Theo ChandlerNatalie DraperMichael GilbertsonNiloufar Nourbakhsh and Octavio Vazquez will spend two weeks at I-Park in an intensely collaborative exchange with the Akropolis Reed Quintet, rehearsing and refining new concert works for a pair of all-premiere performances in Connecticut and New York City.

for more info click HERE

Nilou is among 16 finalists


Submissions were accepted from around the world through December 1, 2017. A panel of composers – including Ashley BathgateFelipe Pérez Santiago, and Mattie Kaiser – helped select sixteen of these compositions to move on to the live performance “Smackdown.” Invoke will perform the compositions in four rounds, and record all finalist pieces.

Kaleidoscope MusArt Concert Series


Happy to announce I have received special citation award for powerful and sincere musical expression of perennial and current, individual and collective humanistic and existential topics: “HbeaRt” for piano and live electronics.

  • Niloufar Nourbakhsh: “HbeaRt” from F I X E D HbeaRt for Piano and Live Electronics/Fixed Audio Media**

** To be programmed in Kaleidoscope MusArt’s 2018-19 concert season.

Woman XXI International Conference in Portugal


Many thanks to Penny Brandt (Connecticut University) and her translator Miguel Campinho for including excerpts from An Aria For The Executive Order as part of her conference paper Harmonic Transgressions: Transnational Activism by Women Composersgiven at the Woman XXI International Conference in Porto, Portugal on 29 September 2017. The lecture also included discussion of work by Tawnie Olson, and Sadie Harrison.

UTCMF: Knoxville, Tennessee

Live Stream is now available for University of Tennessee Contemporary Music Festival 2017: Kocham Trio presents White Helmets, as white as death” 

Eun Hae Grace Oh, flute
Micaela Fruend, viola
Jiwon Kim, violin



A PIANO MINI SERIES – Metropolis Ensemble



World Premiere of “F I X E D” Commissioned and performed by Pianist Erika Dohi alongside works by Andy Akiho, Anthony Davis, and Wadada Leo Smith, as well as Pianist Guy Mintus. For more info click HERE 

Photos by Michael Yu