Please check with the organization before going to any event. In this podcast for the Keenan Institute for the Arts at UNC, Abigail Washburn shares insight on leadership for artists. Coming from a multi-religious household, I am constantly aware that there are many paths to spirituality”, A Songbird Speaks, The Red Elephant Foundation, July 14, 2017, “Hindustani and Western music are different in many ways: Hindustani music focuses deeply on melody and rhythm, and has a degree of complexity in these two areas that is not idiomatic to Western classical music (due to the structure of the Western notation system). Much of the work’s charm lies in the ease with which she moves between these styles, particularly in the work’s final bars, which are thoroughly Western but for a brief, final raga allusion.”, -Allan Kozinn, San Francisco Classical Voice, Review of The Blue Room, San Mateo Daily Journal, September 2, 2017, “Esmail’s music is often angular, a little like Shostakovich. In this livestream performance, Houston Symphony is shining a spotlight on extraordinary women composers, past and present. With the encouragement of her composition teacher, she applied to Juilliard for composition and was awarded one of only two available slots. Sadly, I didn’t add my musical voice to the Elijah McClain Violin Vigil held … … Hard hitting brass chords are followed by moments of guilt cried forth by oboe and clarinet solos. Reena Esmail (born 1983), pianist and composer Florence Kirsch Du Brul (1915–2005), concert pianist and educator Elisenda Fábregas (born 1955), Spanish-born American pianist and composer Her music was performed in Great Britain, Europe, and the United States. The text comes from a variety of translations of ancient saint-poet Kabir’s writings, and from the Isa Upanishad. In this livestream performance, Houston Symphony is shining a spotlight on extraordinary women composers, past and present. “Especially compelling was “The Light Is the Same” by the Indian-American composer Reena Esmail. And it was comforting to realize that this strife does not come from the religious teachings themselves. If it is physically impossible for me to be in both places at once, I’m able to create that world through my music.”, Composer Reena Esmail Talks About Her World Premiere with the Richmond Symphony, NPR, April 13, 2019, Bridging Cultures With the SDSO, SDPB Radio, January 30, 2019, Composer Reena Esmail Interview on Classical WMHT-FM, May 3, 2017, Reena Esmail on Finding Your Niche, The Portfolio Composer, February 18, 2016, Albany Symphony Opening Night Gala Concert, WAMC, September 23, 2016, PC Does What:  How to Use Your PC to Make Music, October 2015, Reena Esmail Composers Now Interview, 2014, Reena Esmail, Cultivate Fellow Interview, 2013, Reena Esmail Interview with the Oral History of American Music at Yale University, 2012. To a background track of an, playing a sustained drone, Harrington’s solo violin’s dark tone relished the twists and turns of the colorful slow-ish raga theme. I start from these questions, and the music that emerges is my attempt to create this resonance between the musicians.”, Composer Reena Esmail Talks About Her World Premiere with the Richmond Symphony, , The Portfolio Composer, February 18, 2016, Albany Symphony Opening Night Gala Concert, PC Does What:  How to Use Your PC to Make Music, Reena Esmail Interview with the Oral History of American Music at Yale University. III, Beyond the Binary: The Intersection of Gender and Cross-Cultural Identity in Reena Esmail's Life and Choral Works. Can "High Art" Be Inclusive? Acclaimed local composer Reena Esmail embodies the pioneering and diverse spirit of the 19/20 Composer’s Showcase with her Teen Murti, which reflects her Indian American heritage by combining traditional raag rhythms with Western techniques for a sonorously magical experience. I would happily hear the piece again.”, Review of Dadra in Raga, Seen and Heard International, October 12, 2016, “More compelling, Reena Esmail’s spookily evocative arrangement of the celebrated Hindustani violinist N. Rajam’s Dadra in Raga Bhairavi created an extraordinary seven minutes. “In my case, my audiences are often other musicians and classical music lovers, but they are just as often people experiencing homelessness and incarceration in Los Angeles. I have dear friends who are battling addiction and homelessness, who are immigrants in danger of being deported, whose children have been shot and killed. But she also draws on melodic and rhythmic elements of Hindustani music, which she approximates with glissandi, pizzicato, and other techniques. Coming through the familiar lens of violins, viola and cello however, it is clearer to westerners how subtle and sophisticated this music can be.”, Review of Teen Murti, The Peoples Critic, October 2, 2013, “The haunting mystery of its opening passages evolved into pulsing rhythms from opposing sections of the strings. And how can I help them share their values with one another? Partway into the second and last movement, a staccato theme builds up in the orchestra as the violin darts around it. Prokofiev’s Five Melodies, originally composed as songs without words for soprano, sing hauntingly on the violin, and Fauré’s effervescent sonata exudes lyricism and brilliance. Each issue highlights the breadth of perspectives found in each year’s class of … This season Elissa returned to Pacific Symphony as soprano soloist in the premiere of Michael Daugherty’s To the New World, and also appeared with the Los Angeles Master Chorale in the west coast premiere of Reena Esmail’s This Love Between Us at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Yale composer Reena Esmail (left) was so moved by Carol Muske-Dukes' (right) poem, "White Key," she set it to music, which will be performed by Volti in San Francisco early March. In an attempt to stop her from wandering freely outside the royal palace, the Krishna temple, to which she makes regular pilgrimage, is locked. In other sections, the Baroque strings provided a transparent wash of ethereal sustained chords as a background for the singers, or for solo moments by the winds.”, In a divided world, composer Reena Esmail finds unity in music, Los Angeles Times, November 17, 2018, “I’m asking Indian and Western musicians to work together. She took as her inspiration lines of the 13th-century Sufi poet Rumi: “Religions are many/ But God is one/ The lamps may be different/ But the light is the same.” With highly ornamented lines reminiscent of Hindustani singing, “Reena Esmail conceived a beautiful amalgamation in “My Sister’s Voice” with the Hindustani singer Saili Oak and the always impressive soprano Fitz Gibbon. “The idea behind Lift Your Voice is that tonight at 7 p.m. all the participants come outside their homes – backyard, front yard – and we’re all going to play this specific melody all at the same time,” said Greg Schwaegler, organizer of Lift Your Voice. The text comes from a variety of translations of ancient saint-poet Kabir’s writings, and from the Isa Upanishad. First and foremost, I am indebted to Reena Esmail. When Reena transferred to LACHSA, her focus was on piano; she wanted to be a concert pianist, and she had the talent and dedication to do so. Please check with the organization before going to any event. was provided to UNT Digital Library Sign up for our periodic e-mail newsletter, and get news about our collections, new partnerships, information on research, trivia, awards, and more. Supports: Poor People's Campaign (combating systemic racism, poverty, and ecological devastation) Ani Liu, Interdisciplinary Artist Ani Liu is a research-based artist working at the intersection of art & science. Many events have been canceled or postponed due to coronavirus concerns. Ensemble Peri @ Seoul Arts Center Recital Hall Program Notes. Beyond the Binary: The Intersection of Gender and Cross-Cultural Identity in Reena Esmail's Life and Choral Works, The exciting composition moved on to take, ’s “Gul-e-dodi” (Dark Flower; video of another performance of the composition below) from her, ’s illustrious career, cut short when the poet was murdered by her husband in 2005.”, “Sometimes she introduced propulsive, polymetric vamps to accompany the tabla and sitar. Other performances in the 19/20 season include Haydn’s Creation with Pacific Chorale, Clara … Muske-Dukes photo by Carlos Puma. During the pandemic, the couple has been making recordings from their living room in Kingston, NY, when not gardening or taking daily walks around the Hudson Valley. I’m more excited about Reena and her compositional voice than just about anybody that I’ve worked with in recent years. Thank you also to RobinSukhadia, Rajib Karmarkar, Saili Oak, and Amy Ferguson for your perspectives, which willhugely benefit future musicians that perform Esmail's works. Reena Esmail’s “Saans (Breath)” for Piano Trio will be performed on Sunday, August 18, the festival’s closing date. Or are we also trying to attract different audiences? Note: Results may vary based on the legibility of text within the document. This song for mezzo soprano, piano and violin was originally the fifth movement of my oratorio, eponymously titled This Love Between Us. To a background track of an oud playing a sustained drone, Harrington’s solo violin’s dark tone relished the twists and turns of the colorful slow-ish raga theme. This solo violin piece by Reena Esmail really blew me away when I first heard it. Vijay, a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant winner, is a regular member of the Strings Festival Orchestra. Hard hitting brass chords are followed by moments of guilt cried forth by oboe and clarinet solos. Partway into the second and last movement, a staccato theme builds up in the orchestra as the violin darts around it. Indian-American composer Reena Esmail works between the worlds of Indian and Western classical music, and brings communities together through the creation of equitable musical spaces. Indian-American composer Reena Esmail brings to life a colorful folksong and lullaby passed down through her family’s generations. Review of This Love Between Us, Los Angeles Times, November 17, 2018, “She is so at home in the different styles. My job as a composer is to create environments where people who are experiencing these circumstances firsthand can be heard, where their personal experience can inform others directly, and where the warmth of a personal relationship can be built.”, Reena Esmail’s egalitarian songs, Live Mint, March 3, 2017, “While writing this composition I spent a lot of time with the text from the different religions in India, like Buddhism, Sikhism, Christianity, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, Hinduism, and Islam. Reena Esmail; Singers; Orchestra; Administration; Board of Directors; plan your visit. The Strad, August 22, 2018, “Do we just want the same audience to accept new composers who are different from what they know? Reena-thank you for your generosity of time and for your candor in our interviews. In an attempt to stop her from wandering freely outside the royal palace, the Krishna temple, to which she makes regular pilgrimage, is locked. Vijay, a MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant winner, is a regular member of the Strings Festival Orchestra. In January 2015, Edson created LED with her husband, composer and musician, Andrew Stensaas. Indian-American composer Reena Esmail works between the worlds of Indian and Western classical music, and brings communities together through the creation of equitable musical spaces. The Black Lives Matter movement resonated deeply in me, but out of health concerns I didn’t join friends and colleagues in marches and demonstrations. . Wherever I am, there is always a part of me that longs for the other place. Why did you decide to underwrite this project? Yang accompanied with a reasonable facsimile of the sound of a tabla, playing on the body and strings of her cello. And how can I help them share their values with one another? Esmail photo by David Fung. She took as her inspiration lines of the 13th-century Sufi poet Rumi: “Religions are many/ But God is one/ The lamps may be different/ But the light is the same.” With highly ornamented lines reminiscent of Hindustani singing, Esmail wove textures that seemed like the musical equivalent of translucent silk, rustling in a gentle breeze.”, Review of Meri Sakhi Ki Avaaz, The Daily Gazette, June 3, 2018, “Reena Esmail conceived a beautiful amalgamation in “My Sister’s Voice” with the Hindustani singer Saili Oak and the always impressive soprano Fitz Gibbon. In recent seasons, Esmail has worked with the Kronos Quartet, Albany Symphony, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Salastina Music Society, SOLI, and American Composers Orchestra. The Program . It’s live only — no recording — so be ready to watch via a live-broadcasting link. This theme is so catchy that I heard someone whistling it during intermission. (I’m definitely adding this piece to my iTunes rotation.)”. Reena Esmail. The Los Angeles Master Chorale announces the appointment of two new members to its board of … (I’m definitely adding this piece to my iTunes rotation. (Esmail will write one movement each year.) Contemporary composers will include Valerie Coleman, Reena Esmail, Shinichi Yuize and others. Her music was performed in Great Britain, Europe, and the United States. This solo violin piece by Reena Esmail really blew me away when I first heard it. Yang accompanied with a reasonable facsimile of the sound of a tabla, playing on the body and strings of her cello. Original version, 2014; version for symphony orchestra, 2016, 2018 ... and in the process brings increasing shame on her mortal husband’s family. Her work has been presented internationally, examining reciprocal relationships between science, technology and their … But after years of study in both Hindustani and Western music, I see that these two traditions, because they are so different, don’t step on one another’s feet. 878 likes. How do I create a space for two groups of musicians from completely different musical traditions, which not only takes into account their training, but also their musical values? “In a lot of situations, I’m the bridge from one culture into another, and I take that very seriously.”, Q&A with Reena Esmail, Composer & Luna Lab Mentor, Kaufman Music Center, 2018, “I want to be clear: Women and minorities are fully aware that they are just as capable and creative as the people in the majority. “Grounding the new commissions, Reena Esmail’s arrangement of N. Rajam’s, , offered a semiclassical Hindustani work with an underwater quality that had Harrington’s violin sounding like the humming of a woman far in the distance.”, At that point the character changed to become a vivacious dance with complicated rhythms — a South Asian take on John Adams, perhaps — before the work concluded with a return of the opening drone-based rootedness. It then breaks up into fragments that form the basis for most of the rest of the movement. In her … The program starts with music of Reena Esmail, followed by Florence Price’s exuberant String Quartet in A minor … (Esmail will write one movement each year.) Thrilled to have played Reena Esmail’s beautifully crafted and seamlessly gorgeous piece Saans (“Breath”) with Vijay Gupta and Suzana Bartal. The Vault Theater & Event Space. is part of the collection entitled: There are moments of agitated, fast gestures that suddenly turn on a dime, transforming into soft and elegant lines. This Love Between Us, mmt 5 (Trio Version) July 9, 2016 by . This I’d like to thank the following people for their many insights into this conversation, both recently and over the years: Derrick Spiva Jr., Reena Esmail, Simon Woods, Alexander Laing, Vijay Gupta, my husband Philip White, and my work-husband, Kevin Kumar. We decided to support the Master Chorale’s production of TaReKiTa because of our affection for and admiration of Reena, whom we have known for more than 30 years, and because of our love of the Master … After the loss of both her husband and son, she retreated from the public eye and focused more on in-home concerts and composition. I’m more excited about Reena and her compositional voice than just about anybody that I’ve worked with in recent years. “It is interesting to be able to show the Western musicians the light and essence of Indian music and vice versa.”, ‘Winds of Change’ Blow Through Festival, The East Hampton Star, July 18, 2019, “As composers we’re very isolated, we spend a lot of time at a piano looking at some dots, so if you’re a social person you’re always trying to think about ways you can build a relationship through the music that you write.”, Hats Off Gentlemen, A Genius, Serenade Magazine, May 28, 2017, “When I began my career as a composer in 2001, I never imagined that I would be doing the work that I am doing now. III. Read the full article here. In her program note, the composer … _____ Chiarina dedicates this concert to the … Piano teacher Louis Yungling specializes in helping musicians access joy and confidence in practice and performance. dissertation, The Yale Schola Cantorum will combine forces with Juilliard415 to perform Bach’s ‘Magnificat’ and Reena Esmail’s ‘This Love Between Us: Prayers for Unity’. Akshaya's listening recommendation: Reena Esmail. Andrew chose this solo piece by Reena Esmail, performed by Vijay Gupta. accessed January 24, 2021), The exciting composition moved on to take many unexpected twists and turns, somber one moment, and full of surprising tempo changes the next.”, -David Dow Bentley III, The People’s Critic, Review of Gul-e-Dodi, New Haven Independent, April 21, 2014, “Reena Esmail’s “Gul-e-dodi” (Dark Flower; video of another performance of the composition below) from her Anjuman Songs paid stunning tribute to Nadia Anjuman’s illustrious career, cut short when the poet was murdered by her husband in 2005.”, Review of This Love Between Us, Strings Magazine, June 20, 2017, “Sometimes she introduced propulsive, polymetric vamps to accompany the tabla and sitar. With her 2015 Last Night of the Proms opener ARISE ATHENA!Eleanor Alberga cemented a reputation as a composer of international stature. Reena Esmail (born 1983), pianist and composer Florence Kirsch Du Brul (1915–2005), concert pianist and educator Elisenda Fábregas (born 1955), Spanish-born American pianist and composer We’ve studied a story that is only half the truth. Reflecting her Indian-American heritage, the seven movements each set a text from one of the religions practised in India, with corresponding variety of musical intent, from mesmerising ululations, via hints of Baroque choruses to driving exuberant exclamations. “The idea behind Lift Your Voice is that tonight at 7 p.m. all the participants come outside their homes – backyard, front yard – and we’re all going to play this specific melody all at the same time,” said Greg Schwaegler, organizer of Lift Your Voice. Thea Musgrave (born 1928) was a prominent Scottish-born composer whose works include operas, ballet scores, orchestral pieces, chamber music, and vocal and choral works. The only accompanied work, colours are added not only by Juilliard 415, but also the twang of sitar and shimmying tabla rhythms, the naturalness and integrity of Esmail’s music ensuring this is no mere touristic fusion.”, Review of The Light is the Same, The Washington Post, January 31, 2019, “Especially compelling was “The Light Is the Same” by the Indian-American composer Reena Esmail. Testament: In Meera’s stubbornness, she stages a … MIAMI, Jan. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Association Law Group (ALG) commenced by symbolizing some of the worst financially hit HOAs and condos in South Florida at the time of the Fantastic Recession, but now represents some of the top rated luxury brand condominium towers ever created. May 2019; Not only is she a gifted composer; sheis a bright light, a kind soul, a dear friend. Thank you toPayton MacDonald and Somangshu Mukherji for their academic insights.On a personal note, I wish to thank my committee-Allen Hightower, Richard Sparks,and Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden-for their thoughtful feedback and their support of thisproject. American ensemble Imani Winds hosts two on-line panel discussions as part of the launch of its latest recording on Bright She was known for writing works for the keyboard, chamber music, and vocal music. Historic newspapers digitized from across the Red River. She’s obviously fiercely brilliant and a gifted musician, but what makes her music special is the fact that. heads after another direction, drawing on composer Reena Esmail’s Indian heritage and interest in Hindustani music. Learn How rich is She in this year and how She spends money? Musicians all over Naperville participated in a community-wide performance on Saturday from their homes. The haunting mystery of its opening passages evolved into pulsing rhythms from opposing sections of the strings. “The use of the western string quartet was a brilliant stroke – traditional Indian instruments can make this music sound so exotic that it can be hard for the uninitiated to absorb. Esmail was born in Chicago, Illinois. Esmail photo by David Fung. Also learn how She earned most of networth at the age of 37 years old? NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — According to a hottest analyze done by Point.MR, the demand from customers for plane cleaning chemicals is established to witness modest gains in 2021 in excess of 2020, as the airline market gradually rebounds from the recessionary impacts induced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gabriela Lena Frank serves as composer-in-residence with the storied Philadelphia Orchestra and was included in the Washington Post's list of the 35 most significant women composers in history (August 2017). “She is so at home in the different styles. For me, these political causes are not faceless. “Reena Esmail’s “Gul-e-dodi” (Dark Flower; video of another performance of the composition below) from her Anjuman Songs paid stunning tribute to Nadia Anjuman’s illustrious career, cut short when the poet was murdered by her husband in 2005.” -Lucy Gellman, New Haven Independent “Sometimes she introduced propulsive, polymetric vamps to accompany the tabla and sitar. Live jazz is still happening! Thank you to Vijay Gupta and tomembers of his organization Street Symphony-Benjamin Shirley, Christina Collier, and BrianPalmer-for speaking about the power of Esmail's music to impact social change. In recent years, I’ve realized how deeply inspired I am to write music by the very people I write it for. by the UNT Libraries. made possible our recent virtual choir video of TaReKiTa composed by Swan Family Artist-in-Residence Reena Esmail. The following text was automatically extracted from the image on this page using optical character recognition software: ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSFirst and foremost, I am indebted to Reena Esmail. I start from these questions, and the music that emerges is my attempt to create this resonance between the musicians.”, ‘The twain shall meet’ at The Dairy, Boulder Weekly, April 27, 2017, “I worked very deeply within both of these traditions, and the music that I write really aims to combine them and to draw the things that I love from both traditions together,” she says. But when they don’t see themselves represented, it just conveys to them that our field is still too biased to accept them – and that perhaps they should take their talents elsewhere. You have made this project a joy, and I am honored to be the (first) one to write about you in an academic paper. 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