Michael Abels is an immensely talented composer and someone I’m honored to call a dear friend and colleague. I first met Abels when he was commissioned to compose a work celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sphinx Organization in 2007.
I was first introduced to composer, performer and scholar Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol in 2012. Elbow deep into creating a concert program for A Far Cry with the theme of religious mysticism, I was searching for a new work reflecting on mysticism within Islam.
The son of Lebanese icons singer Fairuz and composer Assi Rahbani, Ziad Rahbani may have been destined from birth to become an artist in his own right. I grew up listening to his music and watching his plays, which have had a big impact and influence on me.
Celebrating 50 years since its founding, Fundación Encuentros is an organization devoted to the creation and promotion of contemporary music, especially from Argentina and other countries across Latin America.