Beloved of the Sky

Dancing in Plague Time: Cantos Y Cuentos Performs and Livestreams Beloved of the Sky in Atlanta

Dancing in Plague Time

Atlanta-based string quartet, Cantos Y Cuentos, will be performing my string quartet, Beloved of the Sky, on October 24, 2020. The performance will be broadcast via livestream starting at 2pm.

The programme includes:

Coalescence by Nicole Chamberlain
Beloved of the Sky by Iman Habibi
Dancing in Plague Time by Rod Moulds
Quartet No.6: Ma by Matthew Whiteside
Kaleidoscope by Bryan Wysocki
Violin: Jonathan Urizar
Violin: Tracy K. Woodard
Viola: Martha Oceguera
Cello: Kyna Elliott

Sustainable Quartet – Emily Carr String Quartet Performs Beloved of the Sky at Inner City Farms

Sustainable Quartet – Concerts on the Farm, Vancouver, BC
August 29, 2020 at 6pm

On Saturday, August 29th at 6pm, The Emily Carr String Quartet and pianist Annie Yim will present a concert at Inner City Farms in Vancouver, BC, featuring Iman Habibi’s Beloved of the Sky, as well as Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 135 in F major, and Joaquín Turina’s The Prayer of the Bullfighter.

Written for and dedicated to the Emily Carr String Quartet, Habibi’s Beloved of the Sky is a multi-movement piece that takes its inspiration from several of Emily Carr’s paintings, including Scorned by Timber, Beloved of the Sky.

Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets!

Concerts on the Farm is a new summer festival of open-air concerts over two days on an organic farm in the idyllic Southlands in Vancouver, featuring live hour-long performances by guest musicians.

This Festival is inspired by the joy of summer harvest and sustainable farming at Inner City Farms. At a time when the coronavirus pandemic has separated us and our connections have become virtual, Concerts on the Farm brings together the essentials that awaken our senses: the sights and sounds of a bountiful green farm and live classical music.

Safety of the audience, the performers and the volunteers will be a priority, with social distancing standards maintained and appropriate sanitation facilities provided. See our complete COVID-19 safety protocol below.

Please arrive 30 minutes before concert start time to enjoy a tour of the farm. Seating will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own blanket for open seating on the grass. There is free on-street parking in the area. Please note that tickets are non-refundable and the Festival will take place rain or shine.

Balourdet String Quartet

Cancelled Due to COVID-19: Balourdet Quartet Performs RevolutionStreet at Le Jolla Music Society

This Event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 advisory.

Award-winning Balourdet Quartet will perform Habibi’s composition, RevolutionStreet, at Le Jolla Music Society’s summer festival. Entitled The JAI II, the concert is curated by Gabriela Lena Frank, and it also features music by her, as well as Akshaya Tucker, and Michael Thomas Foumai.

These intimate concerts in The JAI will highlight the creativity of Latin GRAMMY® Award-winner and Guggenheim Fellow, Gabriela Lena Frank, as she puts the spotlight on an inspiring array of emerging composers from the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music. GLFCAM, an award-winning non-profit organization founded in 2017, fosters the creative and professional development of emerging composers from around the world through close mentoring and readings with master performers.tCalifo

Emily Carr String Quartet – World Premiere of Beloved of the Sky – Metchosin, BC

My dear friends at the Emily Carr String Quartet will be giving the world premiere of my string quartet, Beloved of the Sky. Inspired by the paintings of Emily Carr, the piece was written for the quartet. I started writing this piece in 2014 during a residency program at Art Spring on Salt Spring Island with the Emily Carr String Quartet.  Several other projects and a doctorate program at The University of Michigan ensued, which prevented me from dedicating enough time to finalize this project. In the meantime, JACK Quartet and The Calidore String Quartet also presented  workshops of the in-progress Beloved of the Sky at The University of Michigan.

I am happy to see this piece return home to Emily Carr String Quartet for its world premiere. Entitled “Different Trains: a tribute to the Kronos String Quartet.” The program includes: “Fratres” by Arvo Pärt, “Beloved the Sky” by Iman Habibi (World Premiere), “Four for Tango” by Astor Piazzolla, arrangements for string quartet by Osvaldo Golijov and Steve Reich’s “Different Trains.” There will be three performances. Admission is $25 for adults, free for students:

November 21st – 7:30pm – St. Mary of the Incarnation – Metchosin, BC
November 24th – 2:30pm – St. Paul’s United Church – Sidney, BC
November 26th – 7:30pm – St. John the Divine – Victoria, BC

For more information, see below or visit Emily Carr String Quartet.

Music in Color: Orchestra of St. Luke’s Premieres a Commissioned Work – Manhattan

At a concert presented by Carnegie Hall, Orchestra of St. Luke‘s premieres Uproot, a new work by Iman Habibi. The piece is commissioned in conjunction with Gabriela Lena Frank Academy of Music. Curated by Gabriela Lena Frank, the concert features music by composers of color. In 2018, the Music in Color series presented the life and music of Florence Price, the first African-American female composer to have her work performed by a major American orchestra.

Other works on the program include:
GABRIELA LENA FRANK Selections from String Quartets Leyendas, Quijotadas, and Milagros
CHOU WEN-CHUNG Leggierezza from String Quartet No. 1, “Clouds”

There will be 5 related concerts presented in the 5 boroughs of New York City, each featuring a similarly commissioned work:

Flushing Town Hall, Gallery
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Queens, NY 11354
Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 2 PM

RestorationART at the Billie Holiday Theatre
1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Sunday, March 24, 2019 | 2 PM

Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, Black Box Theatre
450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451
Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 7 PM

Snug Harbor
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
Sunday, March 31, 2019 | 2 PM

Harlem School of the Arts, Gallery
645 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10030
Thursday, April 4, 2019 | 6 PM

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Uproot Co-Commissioned by OSL and GLFCAM

Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music (GLFCAM) have joined forces to commission several chamber works from composer fellows of GLFCAM, including works by Iman Habibi, Christine Delphine Hedden, Marco-Adrián Ramos, Anjna Swaminathan, and Matthew Evan Taylor.

Iman Habibi’s work, Uproot for String Quartet, will be premiered on April 4th, 2019 at Harlem School of Arts, at a recital presented by Carnegie Hall.

For more information, please see the event listing:
Music in Color: Premiere of Uproot by Orchestra of St. Luke’s Presented by Carnegie Hall

Del Sol Quartet

Illuminations: Del Sol String Quartet Premieres RevolutionStreet

San Francisco’s critically-acclaimed Del Sol String Quartet presents a program focusing on young Iranian and Iranian-American composers, including Iman Habibi’s RevolutionStreet. The piece was written for and refined during workshops with Chiara String Quartet, while Iman was a composer fellow at the Gabriela Lena Frank Academy of Music. Del Sol will also perform Ben Johnston’s String Quartet No. 4, Amazing Grace, as well as works by three UCI graduate students.

The concert is sponsored by the Jordan Center for Persian Studies, and the department of music at The University of California Irvine. It will take place on Friday, March 1st, 2019 at Winifred Smith Hall at 8pm. Admission is free!