'Ostina-bush-to' receives its Cypriot premiere

Sat. September 2nd, 2017 |8:30pm

Paphos, CY

Excerpts from Woman at Point Zero presented by Shubbak Festival, Royal Opera House & Abu Dhabi Festival

Thu. July 13th, 2017 |7:30

London, UK

In this special, one-evening concert, The Royal Opera joins forces with Shubbak Festival to showcase works by five composers from the Arab world. Shubbak is London’s major biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture, connecting London audiences with the best of Arab culture across visual arts, film, music, theatre, dance, literature, architecture and debate. This evening in two parts will share and celebrate short works by five composers, centring on the premiere of scenes from Bushra El-Turk’s new opera Woman at Point Zero.

Woman at Point Zero is based on the seminal novel by Egyptian author, feminist and doctor Nawal El Saadawi – an allegorical tale of historical female oppression in Egypt that questions what true freedom and empowerment can mean for women today. Preceding extracts of Woman at Point Zero are the UK premieres of chamber works by the four participants of The Royal Opera and Shubbak’s inaugural Arab Composer Residency programme: Amir ElSaffer (Iraq/US), Nadim Husni (Syria/Poland), Bahaa El-Ansary (Egypt) and Nabil Benabdeljalil (Morocco).

Marionette for flute and piano Cairo premiere

Sun. April 30th, 2017 |pls check website

Cairo, EG

Cairo Contemporary Music Days 2017 – Carte Blanche II -
Marionette performed

Eating Clouds for String Quartet Cairo premiere

Thu. April 27th, 2017 |8pm

Cairo, EG

Carte Blanche
Cairo Contemporary Music Days 2017

In Collaboration with Goethe-Institut Cairo and the Foreign Cultural Relations Sector

(Vilnius - Cairo) - (Cairo - Vilnius)
LENsemble (Lithuania) - The Egyptian Contemporary Music Ensemble
Conductor Vykintas Baltakas

Justina Repekaitė: Dumtakah world premiere for Derbouka, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Violoncello ( World Premier)

Bushra el Turk: Eating Clouds - String Quartet

Amr Okba: Utopia for Solo Clarinet

Gamal Abdel Rahim: Meditation for solo Violin

Vykintas Baltakas: Music of Falling Sounds for Violin and Electronics

Arturas Bumšteinas: Heap of Language for Solo Violoncello and String Quartet

Egidija Medekšaitė: for String Quartet and Tape

Streetwise Opera premiere 'The Flower Seed' premiered at Middlesbrough Central Library

Thu. March 16th, 2017 |7pm

Middlesbrough, UK

7pm, Thursday 16 March 2017
Central Library
Tickets: FREE

Join Streetwise Opera's Middlesbrough performers for an inspiring hour of music. The concert includes a preview of a new opera chorus, composed by Bushra El-Turk with lyrics by local performers, which has been created as part of our Britten-inspired 15th anniversary season*.

The evening also features opera extracts, a short video and even a fun and informal audience sing-along! This is a great chance to hear Streetwise Opera's performers and find out more about our work.

Taqsim aala Taqsim for solo cello performed at the Egyptian European Contemporary Music Society

Mon. February 27th, 2017 |tbc

Cairo, EG

Women Composers of Our Time. February 27 – March 2, 2017 in Cairo

'Marionette' for flute and piano performed at Vilnius Town Hall (Rotuše)

Thu. December 1st, 2016 |tbc

Vilnius , LT

Giacinto Scelsi Kya (1959), Bushra el Turk - Marionette (UK -Lebanon) 2008, Hassan Taha: The Dice Player für Stimme (Syrien), Amr Okba - INTEGRATION (Egypt) Amr Okba - Utopia - solo Clarinet, Ahmed Madkour - White Shroud für Ensemble ( Egypt 2011),Vykintas Baltakasʼ Lift to Dubai (2009) (Lithuania

Najat Suleiman Voice
Sherif el Razzaz Clarinet
Vykintas Baltakas Conductor

Athelas Sinfonietta performs 'Murmurations' in Le sublime - Ørken, ånder og sort sol Den Sorte Diamant, Det Kgl. Bibliotek

Tue. November 1st, 2016 |20h00

Copenhagen, DK

I foråret lod Athelas sig inspirere af den spektrale orient, og vi er slet ikke færdige med musik, der er skrevet af komponister udenfor den vestlige kulturkreds eller er inspireret af musik fra resten af verden.

'The Nut Case of Songs' performed by soprano Sarah Dacey and pianist Kate Halsall at St Ann's Church, Manchester

Fri. September 16th, 2016 |12:30

Manchester, UK

Programme to include works by Manchester composers Philip Cashian, Elspeth Brookes and Camden Reeves. Other works included by Judith Weir (Master of the Queen’s Music), Tansy Davies, Kerry Andrew and Bushra El Turk.

Kleines Sommerfestival Remiese

Sun. July 10th, 2016 |11:00

Munich, DE

Die türkischen Zwillingsschwestern Ferhan & Ferzan Önder sind eines der führenden Klavierduos weltweit. Regelmäßig sind sie u.a. Gäste bei den Salzburger Festspielen, Lucerne Festival, Schleswig- Holstein Festival, Herbstlichen Musiktagen Bad Urach, im Musikverein Wien, Konzerthaus Wien, Leipziger Gewandhaus, Wigmore Hall London und Mariinsky St. Petersburg.

'Murmurations' performed by Athelas Sinfonietta in Borups Højskole

Sat. March 19th, 2016 |16:00

Copenhagen, DK

Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra performs 'Of Laughter and Forgetting'

Fri. February 19th, 2016 |8pm

Beirut, LB

Beirut Premiere. Pianist Tala Tutunji

Latvian Radio Choir and Ensemble Saraband performs 'Lisaniki' at St Peter's Church as part of Canticum Canticorum

Fri. November 6th, 2015 |7:00pm

Riga, LV

The opening concert of the 75th jubilee year of Radio Latvia. Saraband. Canticum Canticorum

Latvian Radio choir
Sarband ensemble:
Doğan Dikmen, voice (Turkey)
Efstratios Psaradellis, lyra (Greece)
Salah Eddin Maraqa, qanun (Jordan)
Vladimir Ivanov, percussion (Bulgaria/Germany)
Conductor Kaspars Putniņš

Santa Ratniece, Mārtiņš Viļums (Latvia), Lasse Thoresen (Norway), Toivo Tulev (Estonia), Bashra El-Turk (Lebanon/UK)

Silk Moth Opera premieres at 20th Century Theatre as part of Nour Arts Festival

Sun. November 1st, 2015 |7:30pm

London, UK

Through music, gastronomy and text, this one-woman performance raises powerful questions: what is her role in this horrific ‘tradition’? Is she a victim, submissive, or coldly complicit? Based on a series of workshops and interviews conducted in partnership with IKWRO, the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation, this new work tackles a controversial and sensitive issue, created by a team of internationally renowned artists and performers.

Performed by the cross-genre ensemble, Ensemble Zar (up to 4 performers) and the London-based Palestinian soprano, Enas Massalha (La Scala Milan, Carnegie Hall New York), the British-Lebanese composer, Bushra El-Turk, will explore the blurred boundaries between the art forms. Collaborators include writer Eleanor Knight (Tete a Tete, ROH2), choreographer Maria Koripas (European Chamber Opera, English Touring Opera), set and costume designer Giulia Scrimieri (Tete a Tete Opera Festival, BBC TV) and the theatre director Michael Moxham (BBC Proms, ROH)

This performance is funded by the Arts Council England and Nour Arts Festival.

Ensemble Zar perform at BBC Broadcasting House London - at the World Piazza

Fri. October 30th, 2015 |5pm

London, UK

Ensemble Zar perform a 45-minute set as part of the BBC Arabic Film Festival 2015

Oslo International Church Music Festival with the Latvian Radio Choir and Ensemble Saraband

Wed. March 11th, 2015 |7:30

Oslo, NO

'Lisaniki' for mixed voices and Turkish ensemble will be performed.

Christine Marchais performs 'Ostina-bush-to' at the Budapest Music Centre

Tue. March 3rd, 2015 |Evening

Budapest, HU

Christine Marchais performs 'Ostina-bush-to'

Latvian Radio Choir/Saraband Ensemble Workshops in Riga

Sun. October 19th, 2014 to Wed. October 22nd, 2014 |-


Kensington Palace - Arabian Interlude at the Palace

Tue. September 2nd, 2014 |8:00pm

London, London

Ensemble Zar arabised arias and Lebanese songs plus my piece, Guardami for soprano,tenor and ensemble.

Atlas Ensemble with a new work - Conservatorium van Amsterdam

Sun. August 31st, 2014

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

New work for the Atlas Ensemble - violin, erhu (China), kamancha (Azerbeijian)

2nd public workshop with Sarband, Latvian Radio Choir & seven contemporary composers: «Maqam & Song of Songs»

Thu. July 31st, 2014 to Sat. August 2nd, 2014 |-

Riga (Cultural Capital of Europe), Latvia


Mon. June 23rd, 2014 to Sat. June 28th, 2014



Birmingham Symphony Hall with Ensemble Zar

Wed. June 4th, 2014 |1:30

Birmingham, UK

Interview/Talk on my music at Senate House, Institute of Musical Research by Dr Richard Dumbrill

Wed. May 28th, 2014 |5:00-6:30pm


ICONEA seminar

Speakers Richard Dumbrill interviews the acclaimed Lebanese composer Bushra al-Turk 28 May 2014, 17:00 - 18:30
Event Type:SeminarVenue:Room 246 (Senate House)Venue Details:
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

Near and Middle Eastern archeomusicology.

Free of charge and open to the public

Talk at Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Wed. May 14th, 2014 |6:00


'The Kiss' Uk premiere by soprano Sarah Dacey and pianist Belinda Jomes

Wed. May 7th, 2014 |6:30

London, UK

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group workshops 'Murmurations' for 15 players

Thu. May 1st, 2014 |5:30-8:30pm

Birmingham, UK

At Bramall's Edgar Concert Hall, Birmingham University.

'Mawwal' performed by University of Cardiff Contemporary Music Ensemble cond. Robert Fokkens

Tue. March 4th, 2014 |7pm


'Ostina-bush-to' for Piano Solo is performed at le Centre du Patrimoine Musical Libanais (CPML)

Tue. January 21st, 2014 |7pm

Beirut, Lebanon

Le Centre Sportif, Culturel et Social
Et le Centre du Patrimoine Musical Libanais (CPML) du Collège Notre-Dame de Jamhour Ont le plaisir de vous annoncer
La sève du cèdre, bouquet de musiques libanaises Christine Marchais, piano
Marc Sieffert, saxophone
Mardi 21 janvier 2013 à 19 h

BBC Hardtalk and BBC World Service at New Broadcasting House

Fri. October 25th, 2013

London, UK

Selected as one of 100 Women to speak about Women's issues 100 years on, on BBC's flagship programme Hardtalk and BBC World Service

'Tanit' performance installation with the London Sinfonietta and artists from Central School of Art and Design plays again

Fri. October 4th, 2013 |tbc

London, UK

This highly acclaimed performance installation as part of the London Sinfonietta's 'Hidden' project plays again as part of Dance Umbrella.

Maria Zachariadou performs world premiere of solo cello piece at St Stephen's Walbrook

Tue. October 1st, 2013 |1pm

London, UK

1 October, London: Solo Cello piece commissioned by Maria Zachariadou
World premiere - 13:00 until 14:00.
St Stephen's Walbrook (St Stephen's Church, 30 Walbrook, London, EC4N 8BN)
Admission Free

Visby Composers Centre

Sun. September 22nd, 2013 to Sun. October 6th, 2013

Visby, Sweden

2-week International Composers Residency

Latvian Radio Choir and Saraband Ensemble Workshop

Tue. September 17th, 2013 to Thu. September 19th, 2013

Marseille, France

Beginning of 2 year long workshop

Theatre Production of Scorched at Theatro Technis

Wed. July 10th, 2013 |7:30pm

London, UK

London Symphony Orchestra workshop new piece at LSO St Luke's

Thu. April 11th, 2013 |1:30

London, UK

Birds Eye View Film Festival presents: Live Score to the Adventures of Prince Achmed (U) 65 mins

Fri. April 5th, 2013 |7pm

London, UK

Birds Eye View shines a light on the extraordinary new work by female Arab directors making headlines at the world’s leading film festivals. Visit for more information.

Live Score to The Adventures of Prince Achmed at the Purcell Room, Southbank

Thu. March 7th, 2013 |7:30pm

London, UK

The world premiere of a live score by rising star contemporary composer Bushra El-Turk, accompanying Lotte Reiniger's ground-breaking film 'The Adventures of Prince Achmed', the world's first feature-length animation.

Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra performs 'Le Fantome de Rebecca Griffiths' for Wind, Brass and Percussion

Fri. January 18th, 2013 |20:00

Beirut, Lebanon

Lincoln Center - Nearer to East - 'Marionette' USA Premiere

Sat. January 12th, 2013 |2:30pm

New York, NY USA

Laura Falzon (flute) and Kathy Tagg (piano)
Composers represented in this performance include: Karim Al-Zand, Kinan Azmeh, Halim El-Dabh, Bushra El-Turk, Mohammed Fairouz, Zaid Jabri, and Kareem Roustom. Other performers include Christine Moore, soprano, Rupert Boyd, guitar Kevork Mourad, visual artist



Jen Herman, Viola
Hamilton Berry (guest) Cello
Jonathan Engle, Flute
Arthur Moeller, Violin
Ben Ringer, Clarinet

'Arab Nights' at Royal Exchange

Thu. December 6th, 2012 to Sat. December 8th, 2012 |tbc

Manchester, UK

Shahrazad needs to survive for just one more night. Can her stories save her? An Arabian Nights for a modern age, responding to events of the Arab Revolutions in this potent and compelling collection of short plays by writers from around the world. Riding the waves of change currently breaking across the Middle-East, this extraordinary new production explodes with vivid story-telling, live music and puppetry.

This production will run for four weeks at a leading off-west end London venue in Autumn 2012, followed by two weeks of regional touring to the North of England and Midlands – dates and venues to be announced. Supported by English Touring Theatre.

Writers currently attached include Hassan Abdulrazzak (young Iraqi playwright whose plays include Baghdad Wedding for the Soho and The Prophet for the Gate), Chirine El Ansary (Egyptian storyteller), Ghalia Kabbani (Syrian journalist and writer whose novels include The Mirror of Summer and Secrets and Lies, Tania El Khoury (Lebanese live artist), Raja Shehadeh (Orwell Prize-winning Palestinian writer based in Ramallah, West Bank, author of Palestinian Walks and A Rift in Time) and a young Iranian playwright who cannot be named for political reasons. Music by young Lebanese Composer Bushra El Turk. Costumes by Iraqi Designer Rajha Shakiry.

London Sinfonietta 'Hidden Spaces' project at the Southbank Centre

Sun. December 2nd, 2012 |4pm onwards

London, UK

Solo Violin Premiere, collaboration with Central School of St Martins.

'Arab Nights' at Soho Theatre, London

Tue. November 20th, 2012 to Sat. December 1st, 2012 |tbc

London, UK

Dante Quartet, Robert Plane (cl) and Benjamin Frith 'pno' perform 'Dramaticule II' at St John's Smith Square

Wed. November 7th, 2012 |7:30pm

London, UK

as part of Music from Lebanon concert, also featuring music by Houtaf Khoury, Abdalla El Masri, Boghus Gelalian, Bechara El Khoury and Toufic Succar.

'Eating Clouds' for String Quartet at Princeton University 'Fertile Crescent' Festival

Thu. November 1st, 2012 |8pm

Princeton, NJ USA

Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra performs 'Le Fantome de Rebecca Griffiths' for Wind, Brass and Percussion

Thu. October 18th, 2012 |20:00

Beirut, Lebanon

Atlas Ensemble perform 'Dramaticule IV' for 22 non-western and western instruments performed at the Atlas Festival

Sat. September 1st, 2012 |7:30pm

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Cadogan Hall - 'Eastern Voices, Western Echoes' - World Premiere of a piece for piano and orchestra and Guardami and arabised arrangements of opera arias

Mon. February 20th, 2012 |7:30pm

London, UK

A work for Piano and Orchestra commissioned by The Peace and Prosperity Trust plus 'Guardami' for vocal duet and orchestra and arabised arrangements of opera arias

'Rapture' for violin, flute, piano performed at Tufts University, Distler Performance Hall

Sat. February 11th, 2012 |7:00pm


'Nearer to East' - Contemporary Chamber Music from the Arab World and Beyond

'The Wolf' for Tenor, Jazz Mezzo, Qanun, Panflute, Sopranino Recorder/Duduk, Erhu, Viola da Gamba, Contrabass and Percussion

Fri. January 13th, 2012 to Sun. March 25th, 2012 |Please check website

Various, the Netherlands

'Ostina-bush-to' for solo piano performed at Association Femmes et Musique in Paris

Thu. December 15th, 2011 |9:15pm

Paris, France

'Ostina-bush-to' at UNESCO, PARIS as part of Les Compositeurs Libanais Launch

Tue. December 6th, 2011

Paris, France

to inaugurate Lebanese Composers Guide Book

'Reflections' - part of Theatre/Dance/Music Production on Child Abuse

Fri. November 18th, 2011 to Sat. November 19th, 2011 |Evening

AMMAN, Jordan

'You'd Better Learn Your Alphabet, Dear' - part of Composers Association of Slovenia

Sat. November 5th, 2011 |7:30pm

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Atlas Ensemble perform 'Dramaticule III' at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam

Sat. September 3rd, 2011 |2:00-5:00

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

'Dramaticule III' is a tableax written for sarangi (india), kemenche (Turkey), kamancha (Azerbeijian), erhu (China), violin, viola, cello, double bass and sho (Japan).

'Marionette' performed at the Inauguration of the Brunel Institute for Contemporary Middle-Eastern Music at LSO St Lukes

Wed. July 6th, 2011 |'Marionette' performed at the Inauguration of the Brunel Institute for Contemporary Middle-Eastern Music

London and Online Globally, UK

This new Institute will be the first of its kind in the world. As well as archiving, and acting as a resource for, Middle-Eastern contemporary music, it will act as a hub for bringing into dialogue Middle-Eastern and Western music and musicians

2pm: Conference
The Integration of Middle-Eastern and Western Music
Chaired by Professor Peter Wiegold with guest speakers including Christopher Fox (UK), Zaid Jabri (Syria) and Amr Okba (Egypt).

How composers have approached an integration through shared or appropriated languages or harmony, rhythm, scales/maqam and form including issues of process, values and ownership.

Tickets: £15 (£10 concessions)

7.30pm: Concert
Acclaimed contemporary ensemble notes inégales, directed by Peter Wiegold, is joined by traditional Middle Eastern musicians and Egyptian singer Merit Ariane Stephanos in world premières of music by Kareem Roustom (Syria), Zaid Jabri (Syria) and Peter Wiegold, with UK premières of music by Halim El Dabh (Egypt), Özkan Manav (Turkey), Bushra El Turk (Lebanon) and Samir Odeh-Tamimi (Palestine/Israel)

Tickets: £12, £15 (£10 concessions)

Joint tickets for conference and concert: £22 (£15 concessions)

Resonance FM 6:00-7:00pm:discusses her music and the impact of the events in the Middle East on the culture of these countries

Wed. March 30th, 2011 |6:00-7:00pm

London and Online Globally, Global

30th March: Resonance FM 6:00 - 7:00pm: - Merit Ariadne Stephanos will be hosting a show with composers Bushra El Turk and Amr Okba discussing their music and the impact of the events in the Middle East on the culture of these countries

Christine Marchais performs 'Ostina-bush-to' at Eglise Bonsecours

Sun. February 6th, 2011 |7:30pm

Paris, France

Eglise Bonsecours, rue Titon 75011 Paris métro Faidherbe Chaligny:
Musiques Libanaises: Christine Marchais piano Marc Sieffert Saxophone, chorale: K Haddad, Zad Moultaka, B El Khoury, Thèmes Syro maronites (Père Louis Hage)Toufic Succar .....and Bushra El-Turk

BBC Radio 3 and EBU Radio broadcasting

Mon. January 24th, 2011 |To be Announced...7:00pm perhaps?

On your Radios, Everywhere

Pascal Rophe conducts music written by north African composers or inspired by the landscape including Bushra El-Turk's Mosaic, Tarik O'Regan's Rai, Saint-Saens's Suite Algerienne, Bartok's Dance Suite, Antheil's Decatur At Algiers and Amr Okba's Charon-Pluto. Recorded for future broadcast on Radio 3.

'Mosaic' performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra at BBC Maida Vale Studios

Fri. January 21st, 2011 |7:00pm

London, United Kingdom

An evening of traditional and orchestral music written by composers from, or inspired by, North Africa, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Arabo- Andalou de Fès. The programme includes traditional music from Morocco, Bushra El-Turk’s Mosaic, Tarik O’Regan’s Raï, Saint-Saëns’s Suite algérienne, Bartók’s Dance Suite, Antheil’s Decatur at Algiers and Egyptian composer Amr Okba’s Charon-Pluto I.

BBC Symphony Orchestra 'Family Orchestra' at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill

Wed. January 19th, 2011 |7:30pm

London, United Kingdom

The Music of the Maghreb
Lincoln Abbotts: Project leader
Bushra El Turk: Composer
Roshi Nasehi: Chorus

Come and play with the BBC SO Family Orchestra and Chorus!

Would you like to join professional musicians in a celebration of North African music? Whether you’ve just started learning an instrument, haven't played for years, have lots of musical experience or none at all, there’s a space for you in the Family Orchestra and Chorus!

World Premiere of 'Guardami' performed at the Banqueting House with the British Lebanese Association

Fri. November 19th, 2010 |2:30pm

London, United Kingdom

Arabised popular operas.

BBC Radio 3 plays 'Mosaic'

Mon. June 14th, 2010 |7:00

London, UK and the World

Listen to Mosaic on the Performance on 3 Programme

'Ain El Roummaneh' performed UNESCO

Wed. June 2nd, 2010 |7pm

Paris, France

Soprano Dima Bawwab and pianist Tala Tutunji perform 'Ain El Roummaneh'

National Gallery for Fine Arts

Mon. February 1st, 2010 |7:30pm

Amman, Jordan

RHIAN DUO - Tala Tutunji (piano) and Tara-Lee Byrne (cello)
peform world premiere of 'Ain er Remmaneh' as part of Wild Scotland Week.

Bridgewater Hall with Manchester Camerata

Sat. January 30th, 2010 |7:30pm

Manchester, UK

BBC Radio 3’s Discovering Music, 5pm – 6pm
Recording of programme focussing on Das Lied von der Erde, free to ticket holders

Bushra El Turk World Premiere of 'Mosaic'
Beethoven Symphony no.6 Pastoral
Mahler arr. Schoenberg-Riehn Das Lied von der Erde

Douglas Boyd conductor
Jane Irwin mezzo soprano
Peter Wedd tenor

This concert presents two highly contrasting views of nature and the earth; Beethoven’s sunnily optimistic view of the natural landscape complete with birdsong, a thunderstorm and a village band, and Mahler’s emotional ‘song-symphony’, based on Chinese poetry and meditating on the mysteries of the earth and life after death.

Ticket Prices
£29.00, £26.00, £21.00, £17.00, £10.00

Booking Information
Telephone: The Bridgewater Hall box office on 0161 907 9000
Part of The Bridgewater Hall’s International Concert Series

This concert is part of a wider celebration of Mahler's music by the three resident orchestras at The Bridgewater Hall taking place between January and June 2010. For more details on the Mahler cycle please visit

BBC Radio 3

Sun. January 17th, 2010 |12:15-13:00


on 'Music Matters' with Tom Service on 'Mosaic' and Mahler

'Eating Clouds' at the 8th Internationales Kulturfestival JUNGE KUNST Christus-Pavillon

Thu. August 27th, 2009 |t.b.a.

Volkenroda, Germany

8th Internationales Kulturfestival JUNGE KUNST will bring composers from Jordan, Israel, Palestine and Lebanon together at the Christus-Pavillon Volkenroda (Former Pavillon from EXPO 2000 Hannover, now in Volkenroda). Iturriaga-Quartet" from Leipzig will perform 'Eating Clouds'

'Metaphysical Enemy' at the Al-Hussein Cultural Centre

Sat. May 30th, 2009 |7:30pm

Amman, Jordan

The Third Space

'Metaphysical Enemy' will be performed by Mikael Kazakavich and Tala Tutunji who will explore the 'spaces in between' in a recital for two pianos. Programme to include works by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Albeniz, Lutoslawski, Babadjanian and Dukas.

Talk at Shams Theatre, Tayoune

Wed. May 27th, 2009 |7:30pm

Beirut, Lebanon


Meet the composer is a project aiming at acquainting the Lebanese public with Lebanese contemporary composers whether living in Lebanon or abroad. As a first step, various composers will be invited to discuss their experience and share their music through listening/discussion sessions which will sometimes be followed by miniature concerts. The goal of the meetings is to discover a Lebanese contemporary music scene, ultimately leading towards the organization of a contemporary music festival in Lebanon.

Our first meeting will be held in the presence of Lebanese/British composer: Bushra El-Turk
Joelle Khoury will introduce the project, Kinda Hassan will introduce eka3 record label, then we will meet Bushra and listen together to her music. All are welcome.
Refreshments will be served.
For more info: 03-812959

'Rapture' at St John's Notting Hill as part of Notting Hill Mayfest

Wed. May 20th, 2009 |7:30pm

London, UK

Chromatico 'Call for Works' Final Selection
This evening is dedicated to the final stage of the comptetition launched by St John's musicians in residence violinist Alda Dizdari and composer Bushra El-Turk with composer Robert Fokkens. The concert offers a wide selection of curring edge contemporary music, with the violin at the centre, and collaboration with flautist Wissam Boustany, pianist Aleksander Szram and the Chromatico Ensemble (Jessica Burroughs, Richard Russell).

'Dramaticule II' - a nopera in two acts & Ta'attalat Loughatul Kalami@ Lauderdale House, Highgate

Fri. April 3rd, 2009 |8pm

London, UK

Caricatures and Miniatures and … with Ensemble Liquid Architecture.

Dramaticule II, a nopera in 2 acts (4') is a playlet, a Beckettian term, which was originally structured over two comic strips of Mazen Kerbaj but, today, I present them to you in an abstract fashion. Performers follow tasks like little games throughout, ending both acts in fixed fully-written music.

Ta'attalat Loughatul Kalami (5')
The title is taken out of the poem that Ahmad Shawki wrote about Zahle (my father's hometown in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon). Ahmad Shawki is an Egyptian poet who used to write a lot of the lyrics to Oum Kalthoum's songs. The piece was originally commissioned by Cordelia Weil, a mezzo-soprano 'cellist. It is generally in the Hijaz maqam over a softly-pounding pedal tone. We spoke about how far you can communicate in music before the need for words, so we explored the idea of words failing, speech breaking down to meer utterances.

This piece was coincidently premiered on the first day of the 2006 conflict in Lebanon.

Members of Ensemble Liquid Architecture are joined by pianist Helen Reid to present a wide variety of exciting, rarely-played compositions from the contemporary classical repertoire including music by Giacinto Scelsi, Mark Anthony Turnage, Jonathan Harvey, Bushra El-Turk, Simon Speare and Christina Athinodorou.

Bischoff/Weiss presents first solo exhibition by Lebanese artist Aya Haidar with music by Bushra El-Turk

Thu. March 19th, 2009 to Sat. May 2nd, 2009 |Opening Night: Thursday, 19 March - 6-9pm

London, UK

BISCHOFF/WEISS is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by Aya Haidar.


1982 is an installation comprised of several large maps set in Lebanon, illustrating a historically and personally significant year of war. The work exploits hand-marked checkpoints corresponding to a musical apparatus, effectively scanning the maps, emitting a raw, often unpredictable dialect of instrumental sound. Inside, darkness fills the room heightening all senses. 1982 inhibits feelings of fear and loss, enhanced by a curiosity to explore. Illuminating a way through the space, the viewer can divine a route through unknown paths and streets of Lebanon. Discovering a distant land; unearthing a familiar political soil. Rendering 1982 as a visual narrative; reading the land like words.

Aya Haidar worked in collaboration with Lebanese composer, Bushra El-Turk, who did the musical translation of the checkpoint maps. The music is based on an 11-note theme and textural gestures that repeat relentlessly. The violinist Alda Dizdari improvised based on these designated notes, which were then re-structured, based on the density/sparcity of the allocated dots on the map and agreed on the order of the maps to make musical and visual sense.

Holy Trinity Sloane Square

Sun. February 1st, 2009 |6pm

London, UK

World Premiere of 'Rapture' performed by Tala Tutunji, Wissam Boustany and a member of the Khoury Trio on February 1st 2009 at Holy Trinity Sloane Square, London, SW1X 9BZ

Australian National Academy of Music

Thu. November 20th, 2008 |7pm

Melbourne, Australia

Marionette' for flute and piano will be performed by the world renowned flautist Wissam Boustany and Leigh Harrold

Belgrade Philharmonic Hall and Belgrade City Hall

Wed. November 19th, 2008 to Sun. November 23rd, 2008 |Various

Belgrade, Serbia

* November 19 - Belgrade City Hall – 8pm - Ta'attalat Loughatul Kalami', 'You'd Better Learn Your Alphabet, Dear'

* November 20 – Belgrade Philharmonic Hall – 8pm - 'Dramaticule 1'

* November 23 - Belgrade Philharmonic Hall – 8pm -'Eating Clouds'

British Flute Society Convention at RNCM

Thu. August 21st, 2008

Manchester, UK

'Marionette' for flute and piano will be performed by the world renowned flautist Wissam Boustany and Aleksander Szram.

OrchestrUtopica perform ’Eating Clouds’ for String Quartet at the Estoril International Festival

Fri. August 1st, 2008 |8pm

Cascais, Portugal

Asociación Cultural Pestalozzi Freire 1882 Belgrano R

Fri. July 25th, 2008 |8pm

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Martin Devoto & Andrea García perform 'Ta'attalat Loughatul Kalami'

St John's Smith Square

Thu. May 22nd, 2008 |7:30pm

London, UK

World Premiere of 'Marionette' for flute and piano will be performed by the world renowned flautist Wissam Boustany as part of Lebanon United event.

St John's Notting Hill

Sat. May 3rd, 2008 |7:30pm

London, UK

Yvette Litchfield (soprano) and Nigel Foster (piano) perform 'La Souris Couine' as part of the Animal Instincts concert.

Amphitheatre 'Pierre Y. Aboukhater' Campus des Sciences Humaines USJ - Rue de Damas

Wed. April 9th, 2008

Beirut, Lebanon

Armen & Suzanne Ketchek perform Metaphysical Enemy for piano duet (as a piano duo) and works by Astor Piazzola.

St John's Notting Hill

Thu. March 27th, 2008 |7:30pm

London, UK

Highlights from the Oxford Lieder Festival
A selection from The Nut Case of Songs will be performed by David Stout (Baritone) and the pianist Sholto Kynoch

St Mary's Church

Sun. March 2nd, 2008 |7:30pm

Southampton, UK

SUWO performed 4 UK premiers of wind orchestra works. 3 by contempory composers: Christina Anthinodorou, Bushra El-Turk and George Christofi with professional clarinetist Richard Russell. A

St John's Smith Square

Wed. January 16th, 2008 |7:30pm

London, UK

Opus for Lebanon: United in Music -Ta'atallat Loughatul Kalami (speech broke down) performed by Cordelia Weil. Proceeds in aid of International Medical Corps UK, Lebanon Appeal (UK Registered Charity No. 1093861)

St Barnabas Church

Sat. November 24th, 2007 |7:30pm

London, UK

Al-Hurrieh (Freedom) Concert for Arab Media Watch. La Souris Couine performed by Yvette Litchfield (soprano)

6th Mediterranean New Generation Composers' Conference - Estoril Music Festival

Mon. July 30th, 2007 |2pm

Estoril, Portugal

as part of Estoril Music Days June-August 2007. Presented own music and another Lebanese composer.

The Aberdeen Prize Gala Concert - The Cowdray Hall, Schoolhill

Sun. April 29th, 2007

Aberdeen, Scotland

Members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform Eating Clouds for String Quartet

Gigant Podium

Fri. March 9th, 2007

Apeldoorn, Holland

Concert featuring works from the selected participants of the 13th Young Composers Meeting, chaired by the composer Louis Andriessen - Kilamuwa I of Zenjirli (based on Early Phoenician text)

Bishopsgate Hall

Tue. February 27th, 2007 |7:30pm

London, UK

Alasdair Beatson (piano) and Iain Farrington (piano) Metaphysical Enemy (WP)
Commissioned by Sounds Undeground

Robin Howard Dance Theatre (The Place)

Mon. January 8th, 2007 |8pm

London, UK

PECK!- Dance Production Aya Jane Saotome/Bushra El-Turk A Collaboration of Music and Dance