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Program 721: Iranian Female Composers Association +

KALW Broadcast Date: November 20, 2022 | Host: Joseph Bohigian

The first half of this program features music by members of the Iranian Female Composers Association. IFCA plays an important role of promoting music by Iranian women in Iran and the diaspora to counteract the suppression of women’s voices in their homeland. The program includes music by two of IFCA’s founders, Aida Shirazi and Niloufar Nourbakhsh, as well as members Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi and Martyna Kosecka. Following this, we move to music by other composers from the region including Anoush Moazzeni (Iran), Shumaila Hemani (Pakistan), Zeynep Gedizlioğlu (Turkey), Eren Gümrükçüoğlu (Turkey), and Vache Sharafyan (Armenia).

Program Audio

30-Second Spot

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Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi

Title: Marsbar x Klub
Composer: Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi
Performers: N/A
Recording Title: Marsbar x Klub
Record Label: Private recording

Siamanto sitting in a wooden chair.

Title: Blood Moon
Composer: Aida Shirazi
Performers: Anoush Pogossian, clarinet; Movses Pogossian, violin; Varty Manouelian, violin; Cara Pogossian, viola; Eddie Pogossian, cello
Recording Title: Blood Moon
Record Label: Private recording


Title: Ruba’i
Composer: Martyna Kosecka
Performers: N/A
Recording Title: Ruba’i
Record Label: Requiem Records

An opera singer in a green shirt.

Title: Threshold of Brightness
Composer: Niloufar Nourbakhsh
Performers: Contemporaneous, Kamna Gupta (music director), Shannon Delijani (Forough), Leela Subramaniam (Turan), Jordan Rutter (Kamyar), Justine Aronson (Soprano Doll), Silvana Chu (Alto Doll), Kannan Vasudevan (Tenor Doll), Adam Richardson (Bass Doll)
Recording Title: Threshold of Brightness
Record Label: Private recording

Anoush Moazzeni

Title: Dissolving into the Pluriverse
Composer: Anoush Moazzeni
Performers: Anoush Moazzeni
Recording Title: Dissolving into the Pluriverse
Record Label: Private recording

Forgotten Ways of Thinking, Shumaila Hemani

Title: Forgotten Ways of Thinking
Composer: Shumaila Hemani
Performers: N/A
Recording Title: Forgotten Ways of Thinking
Record Label: Self released

Listening to Istanbul, Seda Röder

Title: Along The Wall
Composer: Zeynep Gedizlioğlu
Performers: Seda Röder
Recording Title: Listening to Istanbul
Record Label: Self released

Pareidolia, Eren Gümrükçüoğlu

Title: Pareidolia
Composer: Eren Gümrükçüoğlu
Performers: JACK Quartet; Conrad Tao, piano; Zulfugar Baghirov, clarinet and tenor saxophone; and Thom Monks, percussion and drum set
Recording Title: Pareidolia
Record Label: New Focus Recordings
Catalog Number: FCR343

On the Fortieth Day, Vache Sharafyan

Title: The Sun, the Wine & the Wind of Time
Composer: Vache Sharafyan
Performers: Gevorg Dabaghyan, duduk; Bagrat Vardanyan, violin; Aram Talalyan, cello; Vache Sharafyan, piano
Recording Title: On the Fortieth Day
Record Label: Traditional Crossroads
Catalog Number: CD 6003

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