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” 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.
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 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.
Please join me on Saturday February 25th for the USA premiere of my new work “Abu Jameel’s Daughter.” Co-commissioned by Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture and the France based Alba Ensemble, “Abu Jameel’s Daughter” is work for narrator and chamber group based on an old Arab folk tale. A foolish young prince, a girl who dreams of life in the palace and seven Djinn sisters all come to life in this dramatic and imaginative modern retelling of an ancient tale. Also, on the program will be my clarinet quartet “Buhur” featuring clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, selections from film scores and other works.
The Boston Globe reviewed the May 15th performance of my oratorio “The Son of Man.” “The music… is pitched toward the impassioned, adapting Arabic-derived scales into a rich, heavily perfumed chromaticism, affording both eerie atmosphere and high-impact drama. Moment to moment, [Roustom’s] invention is prolific.” Read the full article here.
“Roustom’s six settings of poems by Kahlil Gibran from his collection of poetry, Jesus, the Son of Man, are supremely dramatic” Boston Music Intelligencer
My score for Julia Bacha’s excellent and award-winning documentary Budrus is now available online.