sound new music listening club: Nilufar Habibian

  • Free event

Our online listening club is held monthly from 7-8pm on a Friday and is a chance to come together regularly to listen to new music and find out more about a selection of contemporary composers.

We will invite a variety of different guest hosts who will explore the music of a new contemporary composer each session. You'll be invited to spend some time listening to one of the composer's works before we meet, but there will also be an opportunity to listen to the work during the session if you don't get around to it beforehand.

Like a book club but with less homework!

For this month's listening club we'll be exploring a 'Az Nahayate Tariki' by Nilufar Habibian.  

Az nahāyate tāriki (From the deep end of darkness) was commissioned by the Three Choirs Festival in 2023 for performance at For Anna Magdalena by soprano Carolyn Sampson and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani.

This dynamic and dramatic workis a song cycle consisting of three different songs using Persian language poems by an Iranian modernist female poet, Forough Farokhzad. This piece was inspired by the "Woman, Life, Freedom" movement in Iran and is dedicated to all the brave and freedom-loving Iranian women.

@ Three Choirs Festival 

Biography - Nilufar Habibian

Nilufar Habibian is an Iranian-British composer of acoustic and electronic music, a qanun player, and an improviser. Alongside concert music, her interdisciplinary collaborations have included scores for contemporary dance and film.

She received her BA in Music from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2017. During her undergraduate studies, she was awarded the Brian Dennis Memorial Prize in composition. Having received the Guildhall Scholarship Award in 2017-2018, she completed her Master’s in Composition at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

She also pursued another Master’s program in composition at Anton Bruckner University in Austria under the supervision of Carola Bauckholt. In March 2023, she won the first prize in the Lions Composition Competition for trombone and piano.

Her piece “Az Nahayate Tariki” was shortlisted for the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Chamber Scale Composition Award 2023 in the UK.

@ Nilufar Habibian

Programme Notes 

Download here: Az Nahayate Tariki

Please register in advance by clicking BOOK on the right hand side. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session.

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