Reasons to get excited for “Peyvand”:

  1. We love community building! The Iranian Female Composers Association (IFCA) aims to build and support a growing community of composers from the Iranian diaspora. This time, it brings us an evening of works related to Peyvand, the Persian word for connectivity. 
  2. We love representation! Historically, a gender imbalance has been visible in Iran’s national and international new music scene. As a response to this gap, IFCA features the work of Iranian female and non-binary composers.
  3. International Contemporary Ensemble joins IFCA in this exploration of social and artistic connectivity — since its founding in 2001, the Ensemble has grown as a collective of musicians, digital media artists, producers and educators who create collaborations built on cultural responsiveness, equity and belonging. 


Learn more about International Contemporary Ensemble, and Iranian Female Composers Association (IFCA).

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Get Into It

“Peyvand” brings together works from nine composers. Learn more about each of them & IFCA.

New York Times | May 18, 2020

Finally, a Stage for Female Composers From Iran

“We have so much access to amazing musicians here,” Ms. Nourbakhsh said. “It’s important for us to be able to connect that to people who don’t have that access.”

Get Thee to the LIbrary

Recommended readings to get you in gear for the show.

Ruth Hellier, editor. Women Singers in Global Contexts: Music, Biography, Identity (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois Press, 2017)

Haideh Moghissi, Populism and Feminism in Iran : Women’s Struggle in a Male-Defined Revolutionary Movement (London: Palgrave Macmillan Limited, 2016)

Nima Naghibi, Women Write Iran: Nostalgia and Human Rights from the Diaspora (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017)

Extra Credit

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Representation Matters

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