VT017 | Farangis Nurulla-Khoja: unspoken experience

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Punctuated with some excerpts from the work she created in 2022 – inspired by the poem “Absences” by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (a piece the composer dedicates to the refugees of our time) – Tajik-Canadian composer Farangis Nurulla-Khoja (Dushanbe, 1972) kindly shares some thoughts on nomadism and memory.


excerpts of Daughter of Absence [2022] | Turning Point Ensemble; Owen Underhill > conductor; Isidora Nojcovic > cello.

2 responses to “VT017 | Farangis Nurulla-Khoja: unspoken experience”

  1. It seems obvious that sounds will be of the utmost importance for a composer. But here, Farangis Nurulla, does something beyond and rather interesting; her melodious, soothing voice, her poetic approach to a subject dear to her heart, transports us with her all the more effectively. We become her for a moment, we see with her eyes. Then we “become” one refugee and yet another one. She is able to make us inhabit the Other and her/his sensibility, drawing us irresistibly, while also conjuring our very own memories, since we are all nomads of one kind or another, if only of our travels through time… All the while, her music, in the background, disquieting, angular, urgent, allows for no complacency. In fact, as I reflect on it, Mrs. Nurulla’s composition here does not seem to be the music alone, but rather the whole intervention, with a most effective composition within a larger composition. I was quite smitten…

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