Near East In America Cultural exchanges that shape our country
American culture is, by definition, an amalgamation of global influences. The broadly defined region of the Near East contributes endless ideas and talent to the ever-changing cultural tapestry of our country. The region is also instrumental to the interests and experiences of Cuatro Puntos. This program will highlight some cultural exchanges which have taken place between Cuatro Puntos and artists of the Near East. We will present works by Iranian-American composer Reza Vali and Israeli-American composer Gilad Cohen. Egyptian composer Mohammad Aly Farag visited Cuatro Puntos in Connecticut in 2015, giving us his Rhapsody. Lastly, Cuatro Puntos' travels to Afghanistan and collaborations with musicians from the greater region have resulted in new works influenced by Afghan and Indian music. Cuatro Puntos will be joined by acclaimed Egyptian pianist Mohamed Shams.
THE PROGRAM Reza Vali: Love Songs for piano quartet Reza Vali: Three Calligraphies for string quartet Mohammad Aly Farag: Rhapsody for piano and strings Kevin Bishop: Jaunpuri (Morning Song) for string quartet (world premiere) Sadie Harrison: The Oldest Song in the World for two violas (world premiere) Kevin Bishop, arr.: Three Folk Songs from Afghanistan for quartet and zerbagali Gilad Cohen: Ten Variations for oboe, strings, and piano