January 19th 2013 World Premiere of “Hanjale” for solo cello

January 19th 2013 – World premiere of “Hanjale” for solo cello by cellist Jason Calloway. January 19, 2013 at 8PM. Harold Golen Gallery. 2294 NW 2nd Ave, Wynwood Art District, Miami FL, 33127.   Details here. This work is part of a series of solo and duet pieces I’m writing as musical reflections on the ongoing tragedy that is Syria.  Other works include “Letters Home” 2012 (Clarinet and viola or cello) and “A Muffled Scream” 2013 for solo clarinet.  All three scores including a solo Mandolin version of “Hanjale” are available here.

All proceeds from sheet music sales will be donated to Mercy Corps who are operating at Syrian refugee camps in the region.

‘Buhur’ by Roustom @ NY Public Library concert January 12th, 2013

Nearer to East – Chamber Music from the Arab World

Saturday, January 12, 2013, 2:30 p.m. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium

Avoiding exotic and orientalist clichés, this thoughtful program of contemporary classical music from the Arab world and beyond brings together a collection of passionate, eloquent, and bold works reflecting the past yet speaking in the idioms of the present.

Composers represented in this performance include: Karim Al-Zand,  Kinan Azmeh, Halim El-Dabh, Bushra El-TurkMohammed FairouzZaid Jabri, and Kareem Roustom.


Christine Moore, soprano – Kathleen Tagg, piano

Laura Falzon, flute – Rupert Boyd, guitar –

Kevork Mourad, visual artist



Jen Berman, Viola

Hamilton Berry (guest) Cello

Jonathan Engle, Flute

Arthur Moeller, Violin

Ben Ringer, Clarinet


“Budrus” Wins the PUMA Creative Impact Award 2012!

Congratulations to director Julia Bacha and everyone at Just Vision on winning this major award for a documentary film that has “made the most significant positive social or environmental impact.”  Read more about the award here.  Also, congratulations to the makers of the excellent Gasland for their Jury Commendation.

My score to Budrus is available here.

Roustom signs publishing deal with ECS

I’m thrilled to announce the beginning of a publishing relationship with ECS publishing.  The first work to be published is “Hot Tea, Mint and Olives” (S.S.A. and piano) with poetry by Ibtisiam Barakaat.  My new home at ECS is here.  You can hear audio of “Hot Tea, Mint and Olives,” as performed by the Boston Children’s Chours, here.

“The Iran Job” to premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival 6/15/2012

“The Iran Job” is a new documentary by director Till Schauder and it tells the story of American pro basketball player Kevin Sheppard, who signed on to play for the upstart Iranian Super League team A.S. Shiraz as one of two non-Iranian players. Basketball, a decidedly American sport, is huge in Iran!

Excerpts of my score for The Iran Job are here.

Details about the festival screenings are here. here.

Coro Allegro wins ASCAP/Alice Parker Award for The Son of Man Premiere 6/15/2012

The 2012 Chorus America/ASCAP Alice Parker Award award goes to Coro Allegro, an adult volunteer ensemble in Boston led by David Hodgkins. The ensemble collaborated in a world premiere by Kareem Roustom that expanded the singers’ musical world as well as exposing their audience to a brand new compositional voice. Details about the award here. You can hear the final movement of the The Son of Man, with text by Kahlil Gibran, here.

Nearer to East: Contemporary Chamber Music from The Arab World and Beyond

“Nearer to East: Contemporary Music from the Arab World and Beyond” Featuring the NY city based Ensemble Lunatics At Large. Please join me for this very cool line up of composers in Boston on February 11th.  Works by Mohammed Fairouz, Zaid Jabri, Karim Al-Zand, Bushra El-Turk, Kinan Azmeh, and yours truly.  Tufts campus, at the beautiful Distler Hall, 7:30 p.m.  For more info. click here.