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Description

Afghan songs and dances for string sextet and youth ensemble.

Youth/amateur ensemble (Interludes only): 5 open instrumentation parts (3 treble, 1 alto, 1 bass) plus keyboard.

 

I Bahar-e nastaran-bihag (Radio Piece)

Interlude 1/ Introduction (Youth ensemble), Sextet Movement 1 (Professional)

II - Shirin dokhtar-e maldar (Sweet Nomad Girl)

Interlude 2, Sextet Movement 2

III - Watan Jan (Dear Homeland)

Interlude 3, Sextet Movement 3

 

On 11 December 2014, several young musicians from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music were performing at the Istiqlal School, home to the French Cultural Centre in Kabul. The venue was targeted by a suicide bomber with devastating results, leaving a number of students (and ANIM’s founder and Director, Dr. Ahmad Sarmast) with severe injuries. Despite these most challenging of circumstances, ANIM continues to provide an extraordinary learning environment for all its students regardless of gender, ethnicity or social circumstances. They are committed to assuring musical rights, rebuilding lives through music, training future music educators, establishing intercultural dialogue and to reviving and preserving Afghan Music.

Gulistan-e Nur: The Rosegarden of Light is dedicated with great admiration to Dr. Ahmad Sarmast and to the students and staff of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, particularly remembering those who were injured in the 11 December attack.

The work is also dedicated to Kevin Bishop and members of the pioneering ensemble Cuatro Puntos who are dedicated to global co-operation and peace through the teaching, writing and performance of music worldwide. Cuatro Puntos gave the premiere on 24 September 2015 at the Lutheran Church of St. Mark, Glastonbury, Connecticut, USA.

Gulistan-e Nur: The Rosegarden of Light was commissioned with generous support from the Arts Council England International Development Fund and the Ambache Charitable Trust.

Details

Categories
Duration
26 minutes
Premiere
Cuatro Puntos, Lutheran Church of St. Mark, Glastonbury, Connecticut, USA, 24th September 2015.
Scoring
2 Violins, 2 Violas, 1 Violoncello, 1 Double bass, 5 Unspecified Ensemble
Composition date
2015

Recordings

The Rosegarden of Light ANIM Junior Ensemble of Traditional Instruments, Kevin Bishop (viola), Ensemble Zohra, Cuatro Puntos 1st June 2016

Performances

18 February 2018

Stonington, New London County, Connecticut, USA

Kevin Bishop and Steve Larson (violas)

Cuatro Puntos sextet and Ensemble Zohra (ANIM, Afghanistan)

7 February 2018

Eastern Connecticut State University, USA

Cuatro Puntos

16 October 2017

Kinosaurus, Jalan Kemang Raya 8B

Kemang, Jakarta

Ensemble Zohra (ANIM) with Cuatro Puntos

16 October 2017

Kineforum, Taman ismail Marzuki

(Behind Galeria Cipta 3)

Jakarta

Ensemble Zohra (ANIM) with Cuatro Puntos

16 October 2017

Kineforum, Taman ismail Marzuki

(Behind Galeria Cipta 3)

Jakarta

Ensemble Zohra (ANIM) with Cuatro Puntos

15 October 2017

Villa Tjokro

Tuga Utara, Cisarua

Ensemble Zohra (ANIM) with Cuatro Puntos

29 September 2017

Woman XXI - International Conference on Woman 

Porto, Portugal

A lecture by Penny Brandt (USA) "Harmonic Transgressions: Transnational Activism by Women Composers.” 

23 June 2017

Briswest Centre, Brisbane, Australia

Cuatro Puntos and Ensemble Zohra

18 June 2017

Nova, Carlton, Melbourne, Australia

Cuatro Puntos and Ensemble Zohra

17 June 2017

Sydney State Library, Australia

Cuatro Puntos and Ensemble Zohra

29 January 2017

Broadcast on Antena 2 / The Geography of Sound (Portugal)

Cuatro Puntos (US sextet)

Ensemble Zohra (youth ensemble from Afghanistan National Institute of Music)

Kevin Bishop (solo viola)

6 June 2016

Institute of Cultural Diplomacy, ICD House of Arts & Culture, Genthiner Straße 20, 10785 Berlin

Cuatro Puntos with youth ensemble

4 June 2016

Unitarian Chapel, St. Saviourgate, York Late Music Concert Series

Cuatro Puntos

2 June 2016

St Peter's Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Cuatro Puntos with Veronica Doubleday and John Baily

1 June 2016

Deptford Town Hall, Goldsmiths College London

Cuatro Puntos

30 May 2016

The Silk Mill Studios, Frome, Somerset

Cuatro Puntos

29 May 2016

Friends Meeting House, Brighton Fringe Festival

Cuatro Puntos with Veronica Doubleday and John Baily

28 May 2016

Swanage School, Purbeck Arts Weeks Festival

Cuatro Puntos with youth ensemble

11 April 2016

Groton School, Groton, MA

Cuatro Puntos with children ensemble

10 March 2016

University of Connecticut

Cuatro Puntos

15 January 2016

Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford, Connecticut.

Cuatro Puntos
(Video: Ensemble Zohra, Afghanistan National Institute of Music.)

11 November 2015

US Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan

Afghanistan National Institute of Music Chamber Orchestra
Cond. Camilo Jauregui

7 November 2015

Trinity Episcopal Church, 120 Sigourney St., Hartford, Connecticut

Avery Ensemble and Cuatro Puntos

5 November 2015 University of Hartford, Bloomfield, Connecticut Avery Ensemble and Cuatro Puntos
10 October 2015

Four performances at: Nyaug Elementary School, South Glastonbury, Connecticut Buttonball Lane School, Glastonbury, Connecticut Burns Academy, Hartford, Connecticut Emerson-Williams School, Wethersfield, Connecticut

Cuatro Puntos

27 September 2015 St. Paul's On the Green Church: Norwalk, CT, USA Cuatro Puntos and Avery Ensemble
26 September 2015 Trinity College, Hartford, CT Cuatro Puntos and Avery Ensemble
26 September 2015 Clarendon Hill Church: Boston, MA, USA Cuatro Puntos and Avery Ensemble
25 September 2015 Memorial Middle School in Middlebury, Connecticut, USA Cuatro Puntos and Avery Ensemble with students from Memorial Middle School
25 September 2015 Goodwin College, East Hartford, Connecticut, USA Cuatro Puntos and Avery Ensemble with students from Goodwin College
25 September 2015

Glastonbury High School: Glastonbury, CT, USA

Cuatro Puntos and Avery Ensemble

24 September 2015

Lutheran Church of St. Mark, Griswold Street, Glastonbury, Connecticut, USA

Cuatro Puntos and Avery Ensemble with local school children

22 September 2015

Memorial Middle School: Middlebury, CT, USA

Cuatro Puntos

21 September 2015

Memorial Middle School: Middlebury, CT, USA

Cuatro Puntos