“I will not be sad in this world” reprised

The piece I wrote for Marya Martin’s Flutebook for the 21st Century will be played again by Marya at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival on Sunday August 5th at 6:30 pm. She played it very beautifully at the premiere this spring, so it will be great to hear her do it again.

Here’s the link for more information about the concert, and here’s a link to Sahan Arzruni’s review of the piece.

here’s a link to a demo where I am singing the flute part:


playing and talking about Sang at the Merc

On Tuesday 26 June at 6:30 pm, I’m going to play a recording of Sang, my big choral piece that premiered in LA earlier in June, and talk about the texts, from the 10th century epic Shahnameh, or Book of Kings, by Ferdowsi, and additional Biblical texts in Hebrew and Greek. We will also have an informal conversation about intercultural collaboration, and the intersections of Persian and Western traditions of music-making. The Mercantile Library is at 17 E. 47th Street, and admission is free. Here’s some more information.

Sang premiere in LA

I’ve been working for the last year on a piece for the incredible Los Angeles Master chorale with guest virtuoso Persian musicians Manoocheehr Sadeghi on santur and Pejman Hadadi on percussion. The new piece, Sang, will premiere at Disney Hall in Los Angeles on 3 and 7 June 2007, the second concert also being the inauguration of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary Chorus America conference. Learn more about it here, and join me in LA if you’re anywhere in the neighborhood!

I am writing to you from a far-off country

Koch has released Maya Beiser’s recording of I am writing to you from a far-off country with text by Henri Michaux, vocals by Alexandra Montano, and Maya playing multiple overdubbed cello parts and reciting the text. I am very proud of this record, and hope you have a chance to hear it soon. here’s the link to purchase it on Amazon.