SEASON III | speakOUT
CONCERT I

SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 AT 7:30PM

(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY

Tickets: $15 advance/$20 at the door

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Contemporary music ensemble Hotel Elefant enters its third season with selections from HANNIS BROWN, MARY KOUYOUMDJIAN, MATT MARKS, and LEAHA MARIA VILLARREAL. Focusing on the curatorial theme of “speakOUT,” these personal and political pieces anchor the music of Iranian-born composer SAHBA AMINIKIA, their featured composer of the evening.

SAHBA AMINIKIA
Shetābān (In Haste)

Kallie Ciechomski, viola

One Day; Tehran

Andie Tanning Springer, violin I
Kallie Ciechomski, violin II
Gillian Gallagher, viola
Caroline Bean Stute, cello

Sooge Sohrab (The Tragedy of Sohrab)

Josh Perry, percussion
Hannis Brown, guitar

HANNIS BROWN
Sewing Room Daguerreotype (World Premiere)
Commissioned by Hotel Elefant

Domenica Fossati, flute
Nicholas Gleason, percussion
Hannis Brown, guitar
Andie Tanning Springer, violin
Gillian Gallgher, viola
Caroline Bean Stute, cello
Peter Bussigel, electronics
Meg Zervoulis, conductor

MARY KOUYOUMDJIAN
Samar’s Song (World Premiere)
Commissioned by Hotel Elefant

Josh Perry and Nicholas Gleason, percussion
Andie Tanning Springer, violin

MATT MARKS
This Will Hurt Someone Arranged for Hotel Elefant
Commissioned by Hotel Elefant

Matt Marks, voice
David Friend, piano
Hannis Brown, ukulele
Andie Tanning Springer, violin
Gillian Gallagher, viola
Caroline Bean Stute, cello

LEAHA MARIA VILLARREAL
Piano Trio I

David Friend, piano
Andie Tanning Springer, violin
Caroline Bean Stute, cello

In-concert interview with Sahba Aminikia, moderated by James Holt

Running time for the concert is approximately 90 minutes without intermission.

About Sahba Aminikia

"As strongly influenced by his native country’s idiom yet also undeniably informed by classical training and the world of academic new music—a healthy balance."—SF Classical Voice

Born in 1981 in Tehran, Iran, Aminikia studied music composition in Russia at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory under Boris Ivanovich Tishchenko, a post-graduate student of Dimitri Shostakovich. In his homeland, he studied under renowned Iranian pianists Nikan Milani, Safa Shahidi, and Gagik Babayan. He was perhaps most influenced by work with his first teacher and renown composer, Dr. Mehran Rouhani, a post-graduate of Royal Academy of Music and former student of Sir Michael Tippett.

He received his Bachelor of Music and his Master of Music with honors from San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Dan Becker, David Garner, and David Conte where he was the proud recipient of Phyllis Wattis Foundation scholarship. He has also received lessons from Conrad Susa, Richard Danielpour, John Corigliano, Oswaldo Golijov, and John Adams. Aminikia is currently a faculty member at San Francisco Academy of Art University while maintaining his career as a freelance composer.

He is the recipient of many various commissions from theatre troops to contemporary classical ensembles, film scores, Persian traditional music groups to jazz bands, including Kronos Quartet, Symphony Parnassus, San Francisco Conservatory of Music New Music Ensemble, Mobius Trio, Delphi Trio, and Living Earth Show, and has collaborated with artists such as Rashin Fahandej and Taraneh Hemami and sees these as opportunities to further establish a unique communication between himself and international audiences.

His third string quartet, A Threnody for Those Who Remain, commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Kronos Performing Arts Association, was described by Financial Times as “An experience not to be easily forgotten.”

One of his most recent projects was a second commission for Kronos Quartet called Tar o Pood (Warp and Weft) which was based on actual recordings of Persian carpet-weavers work songs. Aminikia was recently appointed as the 2014 Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival’s Fellow Artist Composer through which his most recent piece, Shabo Meh (Night and Fog) was commissioned and was world-premiered by the SF–based piano trio, Delphi Trio.