New England Conservatory, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, presents this event as part of a residency by students and faculty from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.
Inaugurated in 2010, the Afghanistan National Institute of Music was founded by Dr. Ahmad Sarmast to rebuild music education in Afghanistan after years of war and repression. Integral to the school’s music program is a high-quality academic education, ensuring that students are able to achieve success at the highest level internationally as musicians, music educators, academics and specialists. The institute, located in Kabul, is committed to providing a dynamic, challenging, and safe learning environment for all students, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or social circumstances. ANIM focuses on supporting the most disadvantaged group in Afghan society – the orphans and street-working children – by helping them attain a vocation that will allow them to reach their full potential, while contributing to their emotional health. Through the provision of an internationally accredited curriculum, graduates will have the skills, creative vision and confidence to contribute to the artistic, social, and cultural life of Afghanistan and to the revival of Afghan music traditions. ANIM is the model for future music schools to be built throughout Afghanistan.
Now embarked on its first international tour, ANIM comes to NEC to showcase its students and programs and to learn and be inspired by the work of the Conservatory and to foster international exchange. Tonight's concert features Afghan musicians in small and large ensembles, playing both traditional and western classical music, sometimes in collaboration with NEC students.
Afghan folk song Tashki
Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble
Mohammed Murad Sarkhosh, leader
Afghan folk song/Avery Waite Gunjeskak-e Teloee
Young String Ensemble
Avery Waite, leader
Indo-Afghan traditional Raga
Sitar and Sarod Ensemble, Irfan Muhammad Khan, leader
Muhammad Ehsan Irfan, assistant leader
The following works are performed by the Afghan Youth Orchestra
William Harvey, Lio Kuokman '14 G.D., conductors
Awal Mir/Salim Sarmast Da zemong Ziba Watan
Nafees Ahmad Khan/William Harvey Raga Bhopali
Farshad Fayzi, sitar
Maurice Ravel/William Harvey Bolero
ANIM musicians side-by-side with students from New England Conservatory
Afghan folk song/Salim Sarmast Shakoko jan
top photo: Afghan Youth Orchestra conducted by William Harvey