PAPER PIANOS/ with Alarm Will Sound, directed by Nigel Maister
Wins 2017 MAP Fund Grant
Led by Artistic Director Alan Pierson with stage direction by Nigel Maister, Alarm Will Sound is commissioning an evening-length work from composer Mary Kouyoumdjian. Paper Pianos will explore the refugee experience through the life of pianist Milad Yousufi who was forced to flee Afghanistan to avoid persecution. Incorporating recorded dialogue from interviews with Mr. Yousufi, as well as photographic and animated images, Paper Pianos will dramatize the emotional plight of displacement and resettlement experienced by refugees throughout the world.
Intensely moving, boldly beautiful, this could be the future of a new kind of documentary”
BECOME WHO I AM / with Chicago Sinfonietta and Anima Singers
Become Who I Am will receive its Chicago premiere in March 2018 with the Chicago Sinfonietta and Anima Singers for the Sinfonietta's 30th anniversary and on an evening celebrating women composers. The work is a musical documentary exploring youth's take on gender inequality, personal confidences, and insecurities. Read more about the celebration at the Chicago Tribune.
I Can Barely Look, commissioned by Brooklyn Youth Chorus/WQXR for BYC and International Contemporary Ensemble [ICE], premiered at BAM. An exploration of how we, particularly youth, sympathize with the Syrian refugee crisis. Members of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus were presented with a collection of media-circulated photos of Syrian refugees. They were asked to respond to a series of questions about the photos, and their responses were then used to create the libretto for this work.
Header photo by Dominica Eriksen