Born in London, Bushra El-Turk has written over 50 works for the concert hall, the stage, film, TV and live art performance. Her work is often defined by the integration of musics and musicians from different cultural traditions, and the compulsion to highlight and challenge socio-cultural issues. Her works blur written and improvisational elements, forbearing the influence of her Lebanese roots all the while leaning towards the theatrical, creating works that are '...ironic...', '...arresting...' and of 'limitless imagination'.
Latest Projects - 2021
YCAT (Young Classical Artists Trust) in partnership with the Cosman-Keller Art & Music Trust commissioned Bushra El-Turk to write a string quartet for the inaugural YCAT Hans Keller Artist, the Adelphi Quartet, which premiered at Wigmore Hall in May 2021.
Program notes for the piece:
Saffron Dusk (2021)
This piece is dedicated to the victims and the families of those who lost their loved ones in the Beirut non-Atomic bomb explosion of 4th August 2020 where over 200 lives were lost and over 7000 of those injured and lost their homes. My recent trip to Beirut in March 2021, seeing the ruins and destruction for myself and hearing the stories of those who had just survived it by seconds, brought those feelings back. After writing this piece, I preyed through the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish, which has become a habit, to find the words that match the feelings of the grief I felt during that time in order to title this piece.
NEW OPERA COMMISSION
LOD Musiektheater commissions Bushra to write a chamber opera based on Nawal El-Saadawi's Woman at Point Zero, directed by Laila Soliman, libretto by Stacy Hardy and documentary film by Aida El-Kashef. Kanako Abe will conduct Ensemble Zar who will join singers Nai Barghouti and Dima Orsho on stage.
W@P.0 has won the FEDORA Prize for Opera Innovation