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.
National Sawdust, the renowned Brooklyn music incubator and performing arts venue, has announced the winners of its secondHildegard 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
“It’s an apt headline for this program of mostly vocal works, written by a group of Brooklyn-linked composers—including the Iranian Niloufar Nourbakhsh, the Mexican-American Pamela Martinez, and Cerrone, a Long Island native—whose diversity represents the borough’s expansiveness. They convene at Brooklyn Music School on Friday”.—Fergus McIntosh
In the face of division, hashtags, and soundbites, Forward Music Project 2.0: In This Skin commissions five new multimedia works for solo cello and provides space and time for audiences to listen deeply to, interact with, and contemplate the visceral joys and struggles of women.
Since 2004, the Young Composers Competition (YCC) sponsored by Arden and Harry Fisher at the Community Music School of Webster University has recognized and encouraged the efforts of those between the ages of 12 and 21 who are involved in the creative process of composing music. This program, unique to the St. Louis region, is an open competition which has received submissions from St. Louis and throughout the nation. MORE INFORMATION
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.
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.
“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: https://icareifu.li/2J6NfPD