The International Contemporary Ensemble will present a collaboration with the Iranian Association of Women Composers in October

The International Contemporary Ensemble’s 20th anniversary season continues with Peyvand (پیوند), a concert of works organized by members of the Iranian Female Composers Association (IFCA) on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at the NYU Skirball Center. Peyvand (پیوند), the Persian word for connectedness, presents works related to this theme, including the world premiere of C Ce See by Niloufar Nourbakhsh. Nourbakhsh founded IFCA with Anahita Abbasi and Aida Shirazi in 2017 as a platform to support, promote and celebrate unheard musical voices from the Iranian diaspora through concerts, public performances, installations, interdisciplinary collaborations and workshops. .

In Nourbakhsh’s new work, C Ce See, she expresses the importance of social and artistic connectivity through a custom kinetic sculpture, designed by Roxanne Nesbitt, which brings together the tones and colors of violins, violas and cellos in a sound united by a single lock of hair in perpetual motion. C Ce See marks the first work of the Cheswatyr Commissions – Composers Now’s new composer-commissioning and mentoring initiative – with support from the Cheswatyr Foundation. Nourbakhsh was mentored by famed Prix de Rome winner Suzanne Farrin. The initiative champions living composers and commemorates and celebrates arts philanthropist Cece Wasserman.

The program, directed by Steven Shick, also includes the world premiere of Inexorable Passage by Nina Barzegar, the American premiere of Within the Hadal and Epi by Anahita Abbasi, the New York premiere of Crystalline Trees by Aida Shirazi and other works by Golfam Khayam. , Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi, Nasim Khorassani and Bahar Royaee. Niloufar Shiri joins the program as a solo kamancheh player.

The Ensemble’s season continues on Friday, October 28, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. Target Margin Theater in collaboration with members of Rhythm Method. The concert features the world premiere of a new work by Lewis Nielson for voice and string quartet performed by flautist, soprano and sound artist Alice Teyssier and members of Rhythm Method; and the world premiere of a new string quintet by Kevin Ramsay as part of the 2021-2022 “Call for __” command program.

Performance details:

Peyvand (پیوند)
International Contemporary Ensemble
Saturday October 15, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
NYU Skirball Center | 566 LaGuardia Place | New York, NY
Tickets: $20
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Note: All members of the public must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a COVID-19 booster shot (if eligible for the booster per CDC criteria). Documentation should include name, date of birth, dose dates and vaccine manufacturer. The documentation must be in English. All members of the public will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible), with an FDA-cleared or WHO-listed vaccine. All spectators must wear a properly fitted mask at all times.


Golfam Khayam – Lost Wind (2019)
Kimia Koochakzadeh-Yazdi – What the Body Says (2021)
Nasim Khorassani – Growth (2017)
Nina Barzegar – Inexorable Passage (2020, world premiere)
Anahita Abbasi – in the Hadal and the Epi (2019, US premiere)
Bahar Royaee – Water shell distortions on the lake, downwind (2021)
Aida Shirazi – Crystalline Trees (2020, New York premiere)
Niloufar Nourbakhsh – C Ce See (2022, World Premiere)


International Contemporary Ensemble
Isabel Lepanto Gleicher, flute
Joshua Rubin, clarinet
Emmalie Tello, clarinet
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Ross Karre, percussion
Erika Dohi, piano
Josh Modney, violin
Hannah Levinsonalto
Michel Nicolas, cello
Kyle Motl, double bass
Niloufar Shiri, Kamancheh
Steven Shick, conductor
Roxanne Nesbitt, designer
Paige Seber, lighting designer

About the International Contemporary Ensemble

Committed to cultivating a more curious and engaged society through music, the Ensemble Contemporain International – as a curator and performer at the highest level – amplifies the creators whose work propels and challenges the way music is made and lived. The 39 members of the Ensemble are presented as soloists, chamber musicians, curators and collaborators with the greatest musical artists of our time. Works by emerging composers have anchored the Ensemble’s programming since its founding in 2001, and the group’s recordings and digital platforms shine a light on the many voices that weave together the music’s present.

Described as “America’s most important new music group” (The New Yorker), the Ensemble has become a major force in new music over the past 20 years, having created more than 1,000 works and having been a vehicle for the workshop and performance of thousands of works by student composers across the United States. The Ensemble’s collaborating composers – many of whom were unknown at the time of their first collaboration with the Ensemble – fundamentally shaped its creative philosophy and went on to have highly visible and influential careers, including MacArthur Fellow Tyshawn Sorey; longtime Ensemble collaborator, founding member and 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner Du Yun; and Ensemble founder, 2012 MacArthur Fellow and first flautist to win Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Prize, Claire Chase.

A recipient of the American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award and the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the International Contemporary Ensemble was also named Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year in 2014. The group was Artist-in-Residence at Lincoln Center’s Mainly Mozart Festival (2008-2020), Ojai Music Festival (2015-17) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2010-2015). In addition, the Ensemble has presented and performed at festivals in the United States such as Big Ears Festival and Opera Omaha’s ONE Festival, as well as abroad, including GMEM-Centre National de Création Musicale (CNCM) in Marseille, Vértice at Cultura UNAM, Warsaw Autumn, International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, and Cité de la Musique in Paris. Other performance stages include the armory on Park Avenue, the ice floes of Greenland’s Diskotek Sessions, warehouses in Brooklyn, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and boats on the Amazon River.

The International Contemporary Ensemble advances music technology and digital communications as a tool of empowerment for artists of all backgrounds. Digitice provides high-quality video documentation to collaborating artists and provides access to an in-depth archive of composer workshops and performances. The Ensemble regularly engages new listeners through free concerts and interactive, educational programming with core funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Curricular activities include a partnership with the New School’s College of Performing Arts (CoPA), as well as an intensive summer program, called Ensemble Evolution, where topics of equity, diversity and inclusion build new bridges and pathways for the future of creative sound practices. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the Ensemble’s exclusive piano supplier. Read more on and watch over 350 videos of live performances and documentaries on

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