A curated program of new solo works composed by members of the Iranian Female Composers Association.
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The concert features the world premiere of Golnaz Shariatzadeh's work fabric of sorrow for saxophone, electronics and animation, commissioned by MATA Presents 2023.
Embodying an array of emotions and reflections - grief, loss, stasis, nostalgia, dream states, and hope - These solo works speak together: each a solemnly sovereign single voice saying what it must.
About Golnaz Shariatzadeh
Golnaz is a composer, improviser and visual artist. She creates sonic spaces inspired by visual forms. Her music explores the unfamiliar territories of the sound and is heavily influenced by film. Her works have been performed by ensembles such as Elision Ensemble, Ensemble Recherche, TAK ensemble, line upon line, NADAR Ensemble and others. She is currently a PhD candidate in composition at Harvard University studying with Chaya Czernowin and Hans Tutschku.
About Thomas Giles
Called “insanely clever” (ClassicFM UK) and “breathtaking” (New York Music Daily), Thomas Giles is a saxophonist working at the intersection of contemporary performance, improvisation, and interdisciplinary collaborations. To date Giles has premiered more than 200 new works, many of which are dedicated to him. Recent premieres include works by Augusta Read Thomas, Marcos Balter, Marc Mellits, and Nicola LeFanu.Giles has enjoyed close working relationships with some of today’s leading composers e.g., Meredith Monk, David Lang, Charles Wuorinen, and the American indie-rock duo Wye Oak.
Frequently performing across the United States and beyond, Giles has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Roulette Intermedium, Constellation Chicago, SFJAZZ, Princeton Sound Kitchen, Harvard University, as well as internationally at Bachfest Leipzig, Heidelberg Kulturzentrum, Münster Musikhochschule, Szczecin International Saxophone Festival, Utrecht Bartholomeus Gasthuis, and the Citè de la Musique de Strasbourg. Giles can be heard on the New Amsterdam, Albany, Lakeshore, Armazi, and Mark recording labels.