Turning Point Ensemble (TPE) created a successful partnership with Canadian/Tajik composer Farangis Nurulla-Khoja a few years ago, and it continues with the upcoming Sounds Unheard; a full in-depth program of Nurulla-Khoja’s music through a portrait concert.
“We are especially excited to present the premiere of a major new work, Phantasmagoria, composed for TPE and the warm rich voice of mezzo soprano Marie-Annick Béliveau. The music of Farangis Nurulla-Khoja is a special world merging and transcending the experience of different cultures and the poetry and extremes of human experience from displacement to the unknown.” – conductor and Artistic Director Owen Underhill.
The collaboration between Turning Point Ensemble and Farangis Nurulla-Khoja began in 2014 when TPE commissioned her to compose a new piece entitled, Le jour ma nuit, included in the program. The portrait concert also comprises Un Voyageur, a new work for solo trombone performed by TPE’s Jeremy Berkman and Ni di ‘ici ni d’ailleurs, dedicated to displaced individuals all over the world who have left their homes in the hope of finding equilibrium elsewhere.
Inspired by her own experience as a displaced person, it has an evolutionary quality, with sounds gradually changing during the course of the piece through subtle adjustments in technique.
“I am extremely happy to continue our fruitful collaboration by writing a major work for Turning Point Ensemble. Phantasmagoria is inspired by José Saramago’s novel Blindness in which the characters gradually get effected by an epidemic of blindness. I want to look at Saramago from the point of view of our existence here and now. While reading the novel, I discovered a different kind of time. I call it ‘the time within the wrinkle’, because you go inside a point in time and you discover that what you thought to be just a small detail is actually a whole physical presence of a universe of multiplicities, of heterogeneous happenings.” – Nurulla-Khoja.
Her work as a contemporary music composer focuses on vocal intonations and its unique ability to influence our perception and understanding of our surroundings.
Sounds Unheard plays Saturday, May 11 at 2pm and Sunday, May 12 at 7:30pm at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St. Vancouver