Showing posts with label Bushra El Turk. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bushra El Turk. Show all posts

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Chamber Music from the Arab World Event at Lincoln Center in New York Today (Jan 12, 2013)


NEARER TO EAST: Chamber Music from the Arab World
Saturday, January 12, 2013, 2:30 p.m.
Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium
111 Amsterdam Avenue at W. 64th Street, New York City

Free Admission

Link to NYPL concert listing

Composers whose works will be performed include Bushra El-Turk, Kareem Roustom, Zaid Jabri, Kinan Azmeh, Karim Al-Zand, Halim El-Dabh and Mohammed Fairouz.

Performers include Lunatics at Large Ensemble and special guests Kathleen Tagg, piano, Laura Falzon, flute and Rupert Boyd, guitar and soprano Christine Moore.

Many great musicians and other artists have appeared at the Bruno Walter, including James Levine, Renata Scotto, Elliott Carter, Pete Seeger, Bobby Short, Suzanne Farrell, and members of the Met Opera and NY Philharmonic, to name a few, so we are happy to have been invited to perform in this venue. In February of 2011, the Library honored the great Egyptian composer Halim El-Dabh in a musical celebration of his 90th birthday.

Here is the link with all the information: http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2013/01/12/nearer-east-chamber-music-arab-world?nref=62993 and the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/185130871627486

This event has gained interest on WNYC/WQXR, the No.1 public and classical radio station in New York and will be broadcast.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Bushra El Turk's Latest News and Upcoming Concerts



Bushra El Turk is an award-winning young British-born Lebanese Composer with an amazing talent for classical music. Bushra El-Turk's ironic and allegorical musical vocabulary derives as much from theatre, dance and literature as it forebears her Lebanese roots, life as a Londoner, and love of folk music.

Bushra began to study the 'cello and piano from a young age at the Centre for Young Musicians and then went on to study composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Julian Philips, where she graduated with a Bachelor and then gained a Master in Composition with Distinction, supported by a PRS Foundation Scholarship.

She has written various works for the concert hall, both performed and broad-casted on radio and television both in the UK, across Europe and the Middle-East.

She has had a particularly fruitful artistic partnership with choreographer Aya Jane Saotome, with whom she has exchanged surreal and absurd themes in music and movement with the dance productions Tende(r)age and Peck! at The Place Theatre in London.

Most notable theatre productions include I Capture the Castle (dir. Christian Burgess) and Twelfth Night (dir. Christopher Luscombe).

Recent projects have included her piece, Kilamuwa I of Zenjirli, based on early Phoenician text, for Orkest de Ereprijs after being selected to participate in the 13th International Young Composers Meeting with Louis Andriessen in the Netherlands following on from a recent invitation to the Sentieri Selvaggi International Composers Masterclass in Milan with Julia Wolfe, Metaphysical Enemy, a piano duet commissioned by Sounds Underground and a piece for flute and piano commissioned by Wissam Boustany.

Her string quartet, Eating Clouds, was among the five selected pieces in the University of Aberdeen International Music Prize and was performed by members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in April.

She was pleased to be invited to participate in the 'Composing for Voice' scheme with Opera Genesis at the Royal Opera House in London.

AWARDS:
Won PRS for Music Foundation's 'Women Make Music Award' to work on Metta Theatre project.
Lebanese Composers CD out in France which features 'Ostina-bush-to' for solo piano
October 6th 2012 - Bushra to present her scores to the President of Lebanon for the inauguration of the Centre du Patrimoine Musical Libanais (CPML)
To start an AHRC-funded PhD in Composition from October


UPCOMING CONCERTS:
1st September, 2012 at 8pm, Atlas Ensemble (28 players) perform 'Dramaticule IV' for 26 non-western and western instruments as part of Atlas Festival , Amsterdam

1st November 2012 at 8pm, University of Princeton performs Eating Clouds as part of Fertile Crescent Women Festival, Princeton, USA

7th November, 2012 at 7:30pm, Dante Quartet, Robert Plane, clarinet and Benjamin Frith, piano, perform 'Dramaticule II' in a concert for Music from Lebanon at St John's Smith Square, London

20th November to 1st December, 2012, 'Arab Nights' in a Metta Theatre production at Soho Theatre and then touring the UK incl. Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre. London, Manchester, etc

30th November, 2012, new commission for the Bramall Festival, Birmingham, UK

12th January 2013, concert at the Lincoln Center, New York City, USA

11th April, 2013, 1:30pm the LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA to perform a new piece as part of LSO Panufnik scheme, conducted by Francois Xavier-Roth at LSO St Luke's, London

For more info see http://www.bushraelturk.com/

Here is a video (audio) of Bushra el Turk - Hall showreel - بشرى الترك

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Arabic Fusion with Dennis O'Neill Ft. Bushra El-Turk, Tala Tutunji, and Others.

Tala Tutunji (Piano) and Bushra El-Turk (Composer) are among the many talents who are included in this special event/concert which takes place concert on the 20th of Feb, 2012 in England. See details below the poster.


OPERA AND ARABIC FUSION
Dennis O'Neill tenor
Toby Purser conductor
Bushra El Turk composer

Join legendary tenor Dennis O'Neill and a host of leading young Middle Eastern and Western operatic talent for an inspirational evening of music from the Western and Arabic Worlds.

The concert also features the premiere of a classical, contemporary work by young composer Bushra El-Turk.
Tickets:
£30, £25, £20, £15 (British Pounds)

Available online by clicking here,
or by phone from Cadogan Hall Box Office:, England.  (020) 7730 4500

The evening is presented by the Peace and Prosperity Trust to raise funds for the ‘Patient Relief Fund’ for St John's Eye Hospital in Jerusalem, and to promote aspiring young artists. 


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bushra El Turk: Classical Composer Influenced by Her Lebanese Roots


Bushra El-Turk's music of '...ironic...', '...arresting...' and 'limitless imagination' forebears the influence of her Lebanese roots and life as a Londoner.

Bushra El Turk: Composer with Lebanese roots




















Bushra El-Turk (b.1982) was born in London where she studied 'cello with Ingrid Perrin and Robert Bailey, piano with Catherine Riley and composition with Simon Speare at the Centre for Young Musicians. She then went on to study composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Julian Philips, where she graduated with a Bachelor and then gained a Master in Composition, supported by a PRS Foundation Scholarship, with Distinction.

She has written various works for the concert hall, most recently with her piece Le Fantôme de Rebecca Griffiths for Wind, Brass and Percussion performed at the City of London Festival and a concert in aid of the children of Lebanon at St John's Smith Square which included her piece, Ta'atallat Loughatul Kalami for singing cellist and piano.

She has had a particularly fruitful artistic partnership with choreographer Aya Jane Saotome, with whom she has exchanged dealings with the surreal and absurd in music and movement with the dance productions Tende(r)age and Peck! (The PlaceTheatre, London).

Most notable theatre productions include I Capture The Castle (dir. Christian Burgess) and Twelfth Night (dir. Christopher Luscombe).

Recent projects have included a piece for Orkest de Ereprijs after being selected to participate in the 13th International Young Composers Meeting with Louis Andriessen in the Netherlands following on from a recent invitation to the Sentieri Selvaggi International Composers Masterclass in Milan with Julia Wolfe.

Her string quartet, Eating Clouds, was among the five selected pieces in the University of Aberdeen International Music Prize and was performed by members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in April 2007.

She was pleased to be invited to participate in the 'Composing for Voice' scheme with Opera Genesis at the Royal Opera House in London.

Her collaborations include the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House, OrchestUtopica, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Manchester Camerata, Ensemble Nox, Opera Holland Park, Orkest de ereprijs and Wissam Boustany amongst others.

With the pianist Tala Tutunji, she has established the Chelsea Music Academy, a centre for music education, inter-cultural events and research specialising in Middle-Eastern and Western idioms, which was launched at the start of 2010. Please check out: www.chelseamusicacademy.org

For more, see http://www.bushraelturk.com/

MY FAVORITE BUSHRA COMPOSITION:
An amazing piece titled "Ta'attalat Loughatul Kalami" based on Ahmad Shawki's love poem to Zahlé (her home town in Lebanon).   It premiered in July 2006 with the mezzo/cellist Cordelia Weil and pianist Phil Richardson.

Bushra's Influences:

.. Shostakovich, Sofia Gubaidulina, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Schnittke, Tchaikovsky, Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Bartok, David del Tredici, Ravel, Henri Dutilleux, J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Berio, Xenakis, Haydn, Richard Ayres, Oliver Knussen, Jonathan Harvey, Simon Holt, Peter Sculthorpe, György Kurtág, Astor Piazzola, Ginastera, Thomas Ades, Julian Philips, Mauricio Kagel, Louis Andriessen, Valery Gergiev (cond.), Gabriel Garcia Marquez (lit.)Fernando Pessoa (lit.), William Shakespeare (lit.), Tarab Music (classical Arabic), Eastern European Folk Music, Indian Music, Milan Kundera ..

For more, see http://www.bushraelturk.com/
Also see http://www.compositiontoday.com/bushra_el-turk/default.asp?p=1

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