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Mark Grey & Niloufar Talebi

Composer & Librettist

Mark Grey & Niloufar Talebi


Mark Grey
Originally from San Francisco, Mark Grey made his Carnegie Hall debut as a composer with Kronos Quartet in 2003. His solo, ensemble and orchestra music has been performed in many venues such as the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, and Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, among others.

During a two month period in the spring of 2011, Mr. Grey received three world premieres in three of the world’s great concert halls. The first work was for soprano Jessica Rivera and The MEME Ensemble, titled Ātash Sorushān (Fire Angels), which premiered at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. The libretto for this work was created by poet Niloufar Talebi. The second work, titled Mugunghwa (Rose of Sharon), premiered at The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Finally, Mr. Grey was commissioned by The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to write a fanfare for orchestra celebrating Robert Spano’s Tenth Anniversary as Music Director and Donald Runnicles’ Tenth Anniversary as Principal Guest Conductor.

Over two decades as sound designer, professional relationships have led Grey to work with and premiere major concert and opera works for composers John Adams, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Peter Eotvos and Paul Dresher. Grey was the first sound designer in history to design for The New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall in 2002 (Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls).

During his attendance at the California State University at San Jose, both B.A. and M.A. degrees were awarded in Composition and Electro-Acoustic Music under the direction of former International Computer Music Association President and electro-acoustic music pioneer Allen Strange, along with composer Pablo Furman.

Niloufar Talebi
Niloufar Talebi is a writer, librettist, award-winning translator, and a multidisciplinary and theater artist. She is the editor and translator of “BELONGING: New Poetery by Iranians Around the World” (North Atlantic Books, 2008). She is also creator/performer of poetic theatrical works, Four Springs (2004), Midnight Approaches (2006), ICARUS/RISE (2007), The Persian Rite of Spring (2010), and everyonedies (2012).

Ms. Talebi is writing the libretto of her first opera, Abraham in Flames, to workshop at John Zorn’s Stone Residency (May 2014). Her requiem libretto, Epiphany, created with composer Paola Prestini and visual artist Ali Hossaini, premieres with the Young People’s Chorus of NYC (2015/16).

Ms. Talebi is currently a Resident Artist with American Lyric Theater in NYC and is Founding Artistic Director of The Translation Project. Ms. Talebi’s work has been presented by venues such as Carnegie Hall, Cal Performances, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, SF International Poetry Festival, Riverside Theatre, and the Hammer Museum. Her work has received national accolades from the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, SF Classical Voice, and Huffington Post.

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