Bushra El-Turk’s MARIONETTE for flute and piano will be given its US Premiere by flutist Laura Falzon and pianist Kathleen Tagg on Saturday, January 12th, 2013 at the Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center, New York.  The performance is part of a program titled ” Nearer to East–Chamber Music from the Arab World”.

Award-winning British born Lebanese Composer Bushra El-Turk’s  music  is imbued with  influences of her Lebanese roots and straddles Eastern and Western idioms which seek to question Eastern cultural principles in contemporary Western contexts.  Her work has been performed by ensembles that include the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestr, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and  the London Sinfonietta. Bushra El-Turk has been selected to write for the London Symphony Orchestra as part of the LSO Panufnik Scheme 2012/13.

Bushra_y544The composer explains that this MARIONETTE, for flute and piano, “is someone who bites the strings to free himself from the constraints and doctrines of society, religious authority and all those who impose their beliefs on him for control.This piece depicts this struggle against these doctrines by the three ‘Nos’ one says in Lebanese dialect of Arabic, ‘hu’u’, ‘tut’ and ‘la” which is incorporated in the different contexts of the piece.”


Marionette was written in 2008 and received it’s World premiere performance in London by Wissam Boustany in June of the same year.  On Sat January 12th, 2013, New York based  flutist Laura Falzon will perform its US Premiere. Falzon will be joined by pianist Kathleen Tagg .  Both flutist and pianist have premiered many new works.  Between them they have worked with many composers which include Halim El Dabh, Shirish Korde, Pierre Boulez, Jake Haggie, Muhammed Fairouz, Reza Vali, Kevin Volans and many more.
 The performance will be part of a program titled ” Nearer to East–Chamber Music from the Arab World” which includes chamber works by Karim Al-Zand,  Kinan Azmeh, Halim El-Dabh, Bushra El-Turk, Mohammed Fairouz, Zaid Jabri, and Kareem Roustom.  Performers include  Laura Falzon, flute, Kathleen Tagg, piano,  Christine Moore, soprano,  Rupert Boyd, guitar  Kevork Mourad, visual artist, and, Lunatics at Large ensemble.


The  Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Center, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023-7498

Tickets: Free


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