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.

Zoom registration link: https://zoom.us/…/tJAkdO6vpjksHNSIuN7-UxtBE77-uPrhjIxR

Hildegard Vol. 1 Release

Out today on National Sawdust tracks. With Niloufar Nourbakhsh Inti Figgis-vizueta Emma O’Halloran X. Lee, Kayla Cashetta Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir produced by Jeffrey Zeigler conducted by the brilliant Lidiya Yankovskaya with the NS Ensemble (shout outs to Jeffrey Zeigler Chris Grymes Allison Loggins-Hull Miranda Cuckson Ian Rosenbaum Sugar Vendil Kathy Tagg Oran Etkin Madeleine Healyand Refugee Orchestra Project and design by Zan Emerson. Such thanks to Alexander Sanger for his vision and the Toulmin Foundation. And our judges! Du Yun Angelica Negron Joan La Barbara Gavilán Rayna Russom Tania J. Leon and producer Eve O’Donnell score design Bahar Royai Marc Urselli




Library of Congress: Boccaccio Project

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.

Niloufar Nourbakhsh is paired with Jannina Norpoth with the support of PUBLIQuartet


Interview with Washington Post on Boccacio Project

New York Times feature

Niloufar’s work on the journey of Iranian Female composers’ Association’s formation is featured in the New York Times. You can read the full article HERE. 

Immense Thanks to Ryan Ebright for capturing the essence of IFCA so accurately and beautifully.


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“We the innumerable” OPERA

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



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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

@Thomas Albanese
@Carlo Bunyi
@Chao Ma
@David Mather

Music Director: Dmitry Glivinskiy
Sound Board & Tech Manager: Sam Beebe

Translations by Sholeh Wolpe, Sin: selected poems of Forugh Farrokhzad

Smithsonian Museum with ICE ensemble

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 🙂

Van Magazine Featuring IFCA

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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 RoyaiKimia Koochakzadeh-YazdiSarrSewFarzia Fallah, Elnaz Seyedi, Shiva FesharekiAftab DarvishiGolnaz ShariatzadehRojin Sharafi, Lily Shababi, Homa Samiei, Anahita Abbasi, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Aida Shirazi.

One Week With Nashville Symphony


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