New Music from the Islamic World


Acclaimed as the “city’s leading showcase for vital new music by emerging composers” (The New Yorker), MATA has repeatedly proven itself to be New York’s most dedicated new music ambassador. On July 8 at New York’s DiMenna Center, MATA kicks off its 20th anniversary season by launching a new initiative: “New Music from the Islamic World,” a three-year biannual concert series featuring composers from Muslim-majority nations.

Executive Director and concert curator, Todd Tarantino, writes: “MATA has always been an organization committed to breaking boundaries and expanding the idea of what constitutes contemporary concert music. In this series, we want to assert that concert music, too, is a thriving part of an exciting and emergent global Islamicate culture that is thoroughly modern and possessed of a cosmopolitanism that is not Euro-Centric.”

Watch the live stream from our July 8th concert, The Tyranny of Separation:


Zaid Jabri (Syria): Beati Pacifici / In Memoriam Rachel Corrie  (2010)
Shergo Dakouri (Kurdistan): (2013) Beyati  (American Premiere)
Aida Shirazi (Iran): Lullaby for Shattered Angels (2014) (American Premiere)
Idin Samimi Mofakham (Iran): Homage a’ Abolhasan Saba (2012) (New York Premiere)
Arash Yazdani (Iran): Aphorism (2016) (American Premiere)

Performed by

FOM: The Friends of MATA
Martha Cargo, flute
Michelle Farah, oboe
Carlos Cordeiro, clarinet
Dirk Wels, bassoon
Ashley Jackson, harp
Mike McCurdy, percussion
Isabelle O’Connell, piano
Pauline Kim, Jacob Ashworth, violins
Stephanie Griffin, viola
Maria Hadge, cello
Pat Swoboda, bass
Sharon Harms, soprano
Carl Bettendorf, conductor

Jim Rosenfield, executive producer