Nilou is a music graduate and a Global Citizen Scholarship recipient of Goucher College as well as a Mahoney and Caplan Scholar from Oxford University, where she studied Mathematics and Music Composition. She has participated in numerous festivals as a pianist and a composer including New Paltz Piano summer and Atlantic Music Festival. Among her teachers are Arash Abbasi, Lisa Weiss, Jerffrey Chappell, Kendall Kennison, and Laura Kaminsky. Nilou currently lives in NYC and is working at Jazz At Lincoln Center’s education department. She will be attending Purchase Conservatory to pursue her Master’s degree as a composition student and a chamber music piano assistant. Her latest piece will be premiered in Seal Bay Festival by Cassatt Quartet.
LISTEN: to the lighthouse for soprano, mezzo-soprano, piano, violin, percussion
Violin: Lisa Casal-Galietta
Percussion: Maiko Hosoda
Soprano: Lisa Flanagan
Mezzo-Soprano: Karen Hayden
Piano: Niloufar Nourbakhsh
This piece is inspired by Virginia Woolf’s novel, To The Lighthouse. After finishing this novel, I could not stop thinking about the story and the world that Woolf had created. I felt that I had stepped into a timeless bubble where everything was floating in water: a world that was ruled by liquid, shifting feelings. In such watery existence, nothing seemed like a statement anymore, everything is fluid, when life is so short.