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Karim Al-ZandThe music of Canadian-American composer Karim Al-Zand (b.1970) has been called “strong and startlingly lovely” (Boston Globe). His compositions are wide-ranging in influence and inspiration, and encompass solo, chamber, vocal and orchestral works. From scores for dance, to compositions for young people, to multi-disciplinary and collaborative works, Al-Zand’s music is diverse in both its subject matter and its audience. His works explore connections between music and other arts, and draw inspiration from varied sources such as graphic art, myths and fables, folk music of the world, film, spoken word, jazz, and his own Middle Eastern heritage. Al-Zand’s music has enjoyed success in the US, Canada and abroad and he is the recipient of several national awards, including the Sackler Composition Prize, the ArtSong Prize, the Louisville Orchestra Competition Prize and the “Arts and Letters Award in Music” from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He holds degrees from Harvard and McGill Universities and is currently on the faculty of the Shepherd School of Music (Rice University) in Houston. Al-Zand is also a founding member of Musiqa, Houston’s premier contemporary music group, which presents concerts featuring new and classic repertoire of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Every year, Chintimini commissions a new work from an American composer. When Dr. Al-Zand was invited to compose for the 2014 festival, he applied to New Music USA for a collaborative project grant in partnership with the Chintimini festival.

The 3 free children’s concerts (FOR CHILDREN) also feature a musical story by Karim Al-Zand.

Chintimini Chamber Music Festival Commission/Residency was supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from the Helen F. Whitaker Fund, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.