MIRRORS

The Mimesis Ensemble's Artistic and Executive Director, Katie Reimer, released her debut solo piano CD on Arabesque Recordings in September, 2016.  The CD features works by J.S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Philip Glass, and the debut recording of Mohammed Fairouz’s Piano Sonata No. 2, “The Last Resistance.”

 

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SUMEIDA’S SONG

The Mimesis Ensemble released their debut CD on Bridge Records, featuring Mohammed Fairouz's opera, Sumeida's Song, for orchestra and 4 singers.  Features Jo Ellen Miller (soprano), Rachel Calloway (mezzo-soprano), Robert Mack (tenor), and Mischa Bouvier (baritone).  

Conductor: Scott Dunn.  

Grammy award winning producer: David Starobin

Artistic Director: Katie Reimer

 

Opera News selected Sumeida's Song for their Dazzling Dozen best releases of 2013, calling the Mimesis Ensemble's performance "very impressive."

 

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ABOUT SUMEIDA'S SONG

Sumeida's Song, is Mohammed Fairouz's first opera, completed when the brilliant Arab-American composer was 22 years old. The opera is based on Tawfiq al-Hakim's play "Song of Death", a classic in Arab theater. 

Sumeida's Song follows the return of Alwan, a young man, from Cairo to his village in Upper Egypt. He defies his family's expectations that he will fulfill an age-old blood feud. Instead, he reveals that the true purpose of his return is to end the violence, and bring light and enlightenment to his village. For challenging the structure of his society, he pays the ultimate price. 

Mohammed Fairouz's score is an inspired synthesis of the microtonal inflections of Arabic maquam and more traditional western opera. Sumeida's Song comes at a poignant time in Arab history with Alwan posing the eternal question: "Have not our people the same rights in life as others?"

 

Cover art by Salma Arastu

Cover art by Salma Arastu