Review of Philadelphia premiere of ‘Embroidered Verses’

This past Sunday, December 5th saw the world premiere of my ‘Embroidered Verses’ for The Crossing choir, under Donald Nally, and the Al-Bustan takht ensemble. It was a very special concert that featured another new work by composer Kinan Abou-Afach and the powerful and emotive voice of Dalal Abu Amneh. David Patrick Stearns described the evening as “West meets East on a lofty plateau” and wrote that “Roustom’s [Embroidered Verses] was particularly adept at sidestepping musical expectation with gestures that would suggest one direction and then hang a left.”  Read the full review here.

I’m also very happy to report that we made a studio recording of both new works, as well as an audio/video recording of the concert. A beautifully designed CD will be available Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture. More details available soon.

 

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‘Tesserae’ for brass quintet to be premiered in Buenos Aires by the West-Eastern Divan Brass

My new work, ‘Tesserae’ for brass quintet, will be premiered on August 2nd in Buenos Aires by the West-Eastern Divan Brass quintet. The premiere will be followed by two more concerts on August 5th & 6th.

Centro Islámico República Argentina / Avenida San Juan 3053.
Domingo 2 de agosto a las 20:30 horas.
Concierto de cámara. Duración aproximada 45’.
Quinteto de metales de la Orquesta West – Eastern Divan

Templo Libertad / Libertad 769.
Miércoles 5 de agosto a las 19:30 horas.
Concierto de cámara. Duración aproximada 45’.
Quinteto de metales de la Orquesta West – Eastern Divan

Catedral Metropolitana / Avenida Rivadavia y San Martín.
Jueves 6 de agosto a las 19:30 horas.
Concierto de cámara. Duración aproximada 45’.
Quinteto de metales de la Orquesta West – Eastern Divan

Programa Musical Conciertos por la Convivencia
(Será el mismo para las tres presentaciones)

Mini Overture, de W. Lutoslawski
Contrapunctus I., de J.S Bach
Locus Iste, de A. Bruckner
Rondo for brass quintet, de Lior Shambadal
Tesserae for brass quintet, de Kareem Roustom
Monunmental Etude, de Steven Verhelst
Kleiner Zirkusmarsch, de Jan Koetsier
Suite Americana, de Enrique Crespo
Estampas de Palermo, de José Carli

More details Details here.

Malmo Opera to give Swedish premiere of Ramal in 2015

February 11, 2015 Swedish premiere of Ramal for orchestra by the Malmo Opera orchestra under maestro Ralf Kircher. Details here. Ramal was originally commissioned by Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in 2014 and was premiered in Buenos Aires. Subsequent performances by maestro Barenboim and WEDO took place at the Lucerne Festival, the BBC Proms and the Salzburg Festival in August of 2014.

Great review of ‘Ramal’ for orchestra from Classical Source

“Significantly more intriguing (and impressive) was Kareem Roustom’s Ramal (also from this year), a 12-minute piece that reflects on the violence in Syria…  Roustom defies categorisation. Long-breathed Kareem Roustom takes to the stage after the UK premiere of his Ramal at the BBC Proms 2014. Photograph: Chris Christodoulou melodies vie with radiant harmonies before a suddenly dark Mussorgskian chord clouds the sound-picture. The music has a tendency to congeal into near-consonances, without ever emerging properly into the light. The whole experience was consistently fascinating.” Read the full review here.