INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE joins with the Iranian Female Composers Association (IFCA) to present an evening of works related to the theme of Peyvand (پیوند), the Persian word for Connectivity, and features a world premiere by Niloufar Nourbakhsh for eight musicians, commissioned by Cheswatyr Commissions, a new joint initiative of the Cheswatyr Foundation and Composers Now. 

IFCA, co-founded by Anahita Abbasi, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, and Aida Shirazi, is a group of artists who have combined their experiences and creativity to create a platform for otherwise-unheard musical voices from the Iranian diaspora, and build and support a growing community of female and non-binary identifying composers. IFCA has formed connections with dozens of female and non-binary identifying composers from the Iranian diaspora. 

International Contemporary Ensemble strives to cultivate a mosaic musical ecosystem that honors the diversity of human experience and expression by commissioning, developing, and performing the works of living artists. The Ensemble is a collective of musicians, digital media artists, producers, and educators who are committed to creating collaborations built on equity, belonging, and cultural responsiveness. Now in its third decade, the Ensemble continues to build new digital and live collaborative environments that strengthen artist agency and musical connections around the world. 

Composers Now, founded and led by Pulitzer Prizewinning composer, pianist, conductor and activist Tania León since 2011, empowers all living composers, celebrates the diversity of their voices and honors the significance of their artistic contributions to the cultural fabric of society. Its programs include: the Dialogues, Composer Curator and IMPACT series; the annual New York City-wide Festival; creative residencies; commissioning awards; and composer mentoring and career development opportunities for composers at a variety of points along their career trajectories.


  • Audience members must be 5 years of age or older to enter the theater.
  • Audience members must show a valid government-issued photo ID.
  • All audience members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a COVID-19 booster shot (if eligible for the booster based on CDC criteria). Documentation must include name, birthday, dates of doses & vaccine manufacturer. Documentation must be in English.
  • All audience members will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible), with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine.
  • It is strongly recommended that audience members wear a well-fitted mask while in the theater.

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NYU Skirball’s programs are made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and by Howard Gilman Foundation, FACE Foundation, General Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA, Collins Building Services, Consolidated Edison, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and Marta Heflin Foundation, as well as our valued donors through memberships and commissioning fund support.

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Sat, Oct 15 @ 7:30pm