New England Conservatory's Intercultural Institute schedules visits by world music practitioners. These offerings deliver culturally definitive music techniques, genres, and instruments played by musicians who have spent their lives understanding and mastering their specific arts.
Emmy-nominated composer Kareem Roustom presents examples of his recent film and concert music in a discussion of musical representations of the Middle East. Roustom, an Emmy-nominated composer whose credits range from the Kronos Quartet to Shakira, will present and discuss music from his recent film scores and concert music works. Some of the film scores Roustom will discuss are the Sundance film festival hit "May In The Summer" (directed by Cherien Dabis) and his very recent score to the documentary "1913: Seeds of Conflict." Roustom will also play excerpts and discuss recent concert music works including "A Voice Exclaiming" (2013), a work for triple string quartet that was commissioned for the Kronos Quartet and Providence RI based Community MusicWorks chamber players and their students, as well asTraces (2013) a work for piano sextet that reflects upon and mourns that loss of life in the tragic civil war in Syria.
A quote from Sally Pinkas about Traces:
"From its opening scream, throughout its expansive narrative and shimmering ending, Roustom's TRACES tells a tale of sorrow, loss, and anguish. In marvelous character delineation the three protagonists-- clarinet, strings and piano, each assumes a distinct role in an extended play. The work's four sections-- a pensive opening, a dynamic second section, a third of wistfully undulating music, and an energized Coda which gradually diminishes, create a tight dramatic universe. Both soloistic and orchestral, drawing its language from European as well as Middle-Eastern roots, TRACES leaves the listener and the player alike, deeply moved. I find it hard to speak objectively about the work, as I cannot anymore separate the emotion from the structure: this, perhaps, is its greatest achievement."
A quote from David Harrington, founder and first violinist of the Kronos Quartet, about A Voice Exclaiming:
"I think that with A Voice Exclaiming, Kareem Roustom has made a vivid, thought-provoking new piece that reflects hope in the time we live in, and the immense possibility for positive change as well as its awesome uncertainties and dangers. My belief is that with A Voice Exclaiming and the Kronos Quartet residency in Providence, made possible through the bold collaboration between FirstWorks and Community MusicWorks, we will discover a fresh dimension to concert touring and find a new way for us to relate to musical communities throughout the country."
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