is a composer with projects ranging from concert works to multimedia collaborations and film scores. As a first generation Armenian-American and having come from a family directly affected by the Lebanese Civil War and Armenian Genocide, she uses a sonic palette that draws on her heritage, interest in music as documentary, and background in experimental composition to progressively blend the old with the new. [read more]
WORDS ON HER MUSIC
"eloquently scripted" and "emotionally wracking" - The New York Times
"utterly moving... well-crafted, thoughtful, and engaging from beginning to end"
- I Care if You Listen
"What attracted me to Mary Kouyoumdjian's music was the sound pallette, the personal aspect, and I think it was a sense of her desire to bring her life and her family's experience into music. For me, Bombs of Beirut is one of the really amazing pieces that's ever been written for Kronos."
- David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet
NEWS + EVENTS
Alex Ross writes about the NY Philharmonic Biennial presentation of Become Who I Am in The New Yorker
Commission by Music of Remembrance to be performed by members of the Seattle Symphony
Recipient of MAP Fund support for a new work with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus
10/20/16 | Children of Conflict: "A Boy and a Makeshift Toy"; Michael Hall; Bowling Green State University New Music Festival presents at Bryan Recital Hall; Bowling Green, OH; tickets
11/12/16 | Aghavni [Doves]; Sugar Vendil; Scholes Street Studio presents at Scholes Street Studio; Brooklyn, NY; tickets
12/03/16 | Silent Cranes; Kronos Quartet; Cal Performances presents at Zellerback Hall; Berkeley, CA; tickets
Selections from Kouyoumdjian's Roulette/Jerome Foundation Artist Residency "Silent Cranes" concert, for the centennial of the Armenian Genocide, featuring: Silent Cranes performed by Kronos Quartet with projection art by Laurie Olinder; Everlastingness, from opera-in-progress Gorky, with lyrics by Royce Vavrek; Dzov Yerku Kooynov [Sea of Two Colors]; and This Should Feel Like Home performed by Hotel Elefant.