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
Become Who I Am to be presented at the New York Philharmonic's 2016 Biennial
Residency with Alarm Will Sound & The Mizzou International Composers Festival this summer
Cal Performances to present the West Coast premiere of Silent Cranes with Kronos Quartet
06/09/16 | Become Who I Am + Brooklyn Youth Chorus/Hotel Elefant
NY Philharmonic Biennial presents at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater; New York, NY; tickets
07/30/16 | Paper Pianos, mov. 1 "You are not a kid" + Alarm Will Sound
The Mizzou International Composers Festival presents at Missouri Theatre; Columbus, MO; tickets
08/27/16 | Bombs of Beirut & Groung [Crane] + Kronos Quartet
European Solidarity Center presents at European Solidarity Center; Gdansk, Poland; 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.