Large Ensemble Works

Adrift On The Winedark Sea (2017) for clarinet & orchestra

WORK IN PROGRESS (completion date approximately April 2017)

Commissioned by clarinetist Kinan Azmeh

for the Deutsches Symphony Orchestra

Duration  ca. 20′ – 25′

Premiere date: late 2017 T.B.A.

Untitled work (2017) for clarinet & chamber orchestra

WORK IN PROGRESS (completion date approximately November 2017)

Commissioned by clarinetist Daniel Barenboim

for the clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and the Pierre Boulez Ensemble

Duration  ca. 20′ – 25′

Premiere date: 2018 T.B.A.

Armenian Dances (2016)

Duration  ca. 12′ 30″

Instrumentation: 2(picc.).2.2.2-4.3.3.0-timp.3perc-hp-str

Commissioned by the Landmarks Orchestra, this work is a suite in two parts of folk melodies from Armenia. The first movement is based on a melody titled Donagan Haiastan (Festive Armenia) and  by Armenian composer Khatchatur Avetisyan. The second movement is based on melodies from the Vasbouragan, a region that was part of Western Armenia before WWI and is now part of Eastern Turkey.  Read a short blog about the history of this region.  Premiered on August 17th 2016; Boston, MA USA @ DCR Hatch Shell. Details here. Read the review here.

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Hewar for takht & orchestra (2015)

Premiere date September 19, 2015 in Detroit, MI.

Score & parts purchase or rental available in Fall of 2015.

View score here.

Instrumentation: takht (nay, oud, qanun, violin, 2 hand percussion & double bass) Orchestra: 2(picc.).2.2.2-4.3.3.1-timp.2perc-hp-str

Hewar (pronounced heh-wahr) is the Arabic word for ‘dialogue.’

This is a commissioned work for the National Arab Orchestra and the Michigan Philharmonic.

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Due to union restrictions, audio & video of the premiere are only available through private e-mail. Please e-mail: info(at)kr_music(dot)com for details.

Dabke (2014)

Instrumentation: String Orchestra.

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Excerpted performance from July 1st 2015 by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, conducted by  Fawzi Haimor.

Browse score here.

Score and parts available for hire through ECS/Canticle Distribution.  For rental quotes contact Caitlin Custer: ccuster(at)ecspublishing(dot)com

Upcoming performances of Dabke in March and May 2017 in Hamburg and Kassel, Germany. For more details visit the Concert Calendar page.

Dabke is a folk dance and a type line dance from Palestine, Syria and Lebanon, that is typically performed at joyous occasions.  The leader of the dance line, called a hawaash, directs the movements of the dancers behind him.  There are many variants of this dance that involve men and women and the rhythms that accompany it. This movement is based on a six beat dabke rhythm called sudaasi. Dabke is an arrangement of the third movement of Kareem Roustom’s A Voice Exclaiming; a work for triple string quartet that was originally commissioned for the Kronos Quartet and Providence R.I. based Community MusicWorks.

 

Ramal (2014) – Orchestra

Instrumentation: pic.2.2.2.bcl.2.cbsn-4.3.3.1-timp.2perc-hp-cel-str

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Score and parts available for hire through ECS/Canticle Distribution.  For rental quotes contact Caitlin Custer: ccuster(at)ecspublishing(dot)com

Daniel Barenboim on Ramal “Roustom… has written a very brilliant rhythmical piece, extremely well orchestrated.”

Ramal is a commissioned work for the West-Eastern DIVAN Orchestra. The first performance was given at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires on August 11th 2014 by the West-Eastern DIVAN Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Barenboim. Subsequent performances by the same took place at the Teatro Colón August 13th, the Lucerne Festival on August 17th, the BBC Proms on August 20th and the Salzburg Festival on August 22nd , 2014.

Duration ca. 12 minutes. View original score here.

View the revised score here. The revised version will be premiered on February 11th by the Malmo Opera Orchestra under Ralf Kircher.

Read a letter of recommendation for Ramal and Kareem Roustom from maestro Daniel Barenboim here.

New York Times Ramal is “propulsive, colorful and [an] immediately appealing creation.”Full article here.

The Guardian described it as “was arrestingly quirky and postmodern… This was music with lots of personality”Full article here.

The Telegraph ” Ramal was refreshingly decisive. The transitions… were so ingenious, and the whole thing shaped with such irresistible momentum” Full review here.

The Independent “Roustom’s Ramal was a natural companion piece to the colouristic, richly-textured Ravel – a sort of anti-Boléro, whose jagged rhythms and fretful unease spoke of conflict silenced elsewhere in the evening. Nervy strings bustled fractiously, punctuated by low brass mutterings and squalls of tuned percussion.” Full review here.

Dabke for wind ensemble (2015)
Instrumentation: 2(picc.)2.ca.3.bcl.2-2asx.tsx.bsx.-4.3.3.1-cbs-timp.3perc.
Duration ca. 7′

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Performed at the Kennedy Center by the College of William & Mary Wind Ensemble under Paul Bhasin.

View the score here.

Score and parts available for hire through ECS/Canticle Distribution.  For rental quotes contact Caitlin Custer: ccuster(at)ecspublishing(dot)com

Commissioned by the College of William & Mary Wind Ensemble Dabke is an arrangement of the third movement of Kareem Roustom’s A Voice Exclaiming; a work for triple string quartet that was originally commissioned for the Kronos Quartet and Providence R.I. based Community MusicWorks. The wind ensemble version of Dabke was premiered by the William & Marry WindEnsemble on March 29th, 2015 at the Kennedy Center under the direction of Dr. Paul Bhasin.

Dabke is a folk dance and a type line dance from Palestine, Syria and Lebanon, that is typically performed at joyous occasions.  The leader of the dance line, called a hawaash, directs the movements of the dancers behind him.  There are many variants of this dance that involve men and women and the rhythms that accompany it. This movement is based on a six beat dabke rhythm called sudaasi.

Upon Eastern Breezes (2007) This work has been removed from the active repertoire list and is no longer available for performance.

– Instrumentation: Clarinet, Oud, Arabic percussion, Arabic violin, Cello and Orchestra.
Commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Education Department and premiered by the Philadelphia Orchestra February 2007.
Duration 8 minutes.