Performances

Exhibition Rooted in Iran Dec 17-Jan 9, 2022

HilbertRaum, Berlin, Germany

Many thanks to Ruth Wiesenfeld for preparing the exhibition ‘Rooted in Iran' in collaboration with the Iranian Female Composers Association within the framework of her ongoing project Towards Sound. In this exhibition, sketches of my composition process along with sound samples and interview excerpts will be presented at HilbertRaum, Berlin, Germany from December 17, 2021 to January 9, 2022.

If you don't live in Germany and unable to visit in person, you can see the exhibition online at: http://www.towardssound.org/rooted-in-iran.html

Triptyque

A proud, recently retired woman and her adult daughter square-off in a grand but faded Montréal apartment. It’s a familiar and tiresome routine for the two of them, but today their complex give-and-take will open a door to an entirely unexpected, terrifying, and potentially wondrous future neither are fully ready to enter. Vanishing Point is a 30-minute opera for soprano, mezzo-soprano, and Pierrot Ensemble instrumentation that I created in collaboration with librettist Nika Khanjani. We have taken elements from our shared history as Iranian immigrants to craft a challenging piece of complex and nuanced emotional shifts, a whiplash of tenderness and bitterness, and a sober question of whether we can reframe a crisis into an opportunity to show up fully present for someone we love even as we watch them slip away. Densely crafted around themes of loss, migration, and unresolved trauma, it asks audiences to bring their attention, patience, and empathy to an emotional canvas that is perhaps uncommon in traditional opera.

We have designed this opera as a vehicle exclusively for BIPOC performers. On the premier performance, Dr. J. Marchand Knight and Fredericka Petit-Homme will embody two women who, like many Iranian immigrants to North America, resist aligning themselves with any simple and reductive category—especially when facing the universal challenges and heartbreak of the loss of identity through dementia.

The world premiere of my opera, Vanishing Point, will take place at Salle Bourgie, Montreal, Quebec on October 10, 2021 at 7:30 pm (EDT).

Link: https://thepointofsale.com/tickets/trytique

Update:

If you missed the performance you can access the full program here until March 2022:

https://lepointdevente.com/billets/trytique?fbclid=IwAR382BSRRJjl9OJyXM…

RISE (Online)

A movement of my song cycle, Dance in Your Blood, will be performed by: Anne Harley (soprano) and Gayle Blankenburg (piano) at this wonderful concert of vocal chamber music by rising female composers and poets from the Iranian diaspora, featuring a world premiere by Aida Shirazi, songs by Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Niloufar Iravani, and Bahar Taheri, and poetry recitation to Shirazi’s music, by female poet and playwright Sholeh Wolpé.

📌Link to the online event: https://fb.me/e/2CDr4UXtc

 

Towards Sound: Rooted in Iran (online exhibition)

Many thanks to Ruth Wiesenfeld for preparing the exhibition ‘Rooted in Iran' in collaboration with the Iranian Female Composers Association within the framework of her ongoing project Towards Sound. As the exhibition cannot open as planned in Hilbert Raum in Berlin in January 2021 dues to Covid 19 regulations, she created an online version instead. Check out the link below: http://www.towardssound.org/rooted-in-iran.html