Karim Al-Zand


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Rice University
Shepherd School of Music
MS 532
6100 Main St.
Houston TX 77005-1892
(713) 348-3740

upcoming events

October 2, 3, 5, 2014; 8:00pm
City Scenes
Houston Symphony

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CD RELEASE Tagoriana on Albany Records. more info image

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imageThe music of Canadian-American composer Karim Al-Zand (b.1970) has been called “strong and startlingly lovely” (Boston Globe). His compositions are wide-ranging, from settings of classical Arabic poetry to scores for dance and pieces for young audiences. His works explore connections between music and other arts, and draw inspiration from diverse sources such as 19th century graphic art, fables of the world, folksong and jazz. The themes of some of his pieces speak to his Middle Eastern heritage as well. Al-Zand’s music has enjoyed success in the US, Canada and abroad and he is the recipient of several national awards, including the Sackler Composition Prize, the ArtSong Prize, the Louisville Orchestra Competition Prize and the “Arts and Letters Award in Music” from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He holds degrees from Harvard and McGill Universities and is currently on the faculty of the Shepherd School of Music (Rice University) in Houston. Al-Zand is also a founding member of Musiqa, Houston’s premier contemporary music group, which presents concerts featuring new and classic repertoire of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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The Art of Conversation:

Chamber Music, Volume 2

Includes recordings of Imaginary Scenes, Capriccios, Variations, The Art of Conversation, and Four Fables and performances by Yung-Hsiang Wang (violin), Tali Morgulis (piano), Ivo-Jan van der Werff (viola), Brian Connelly (piano), Eric Siu (violin), Michelle Cheramy (flute), Maiko Sasaki (clarinet), Kana Mimaki (piano), Enso String Quartet.

Available at Albany Records, amazon.com and iTunes.


All scores are available from www.lulu.com and amazon.com

Parts, perusal scores and recordings are available directly from the composer.