March Moderns: Songs for Muska 

World Premiere: 03.29.19 (8:00pm), Friday

Bates Recital Hall
2406 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78712
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Jocelyn Hagen

Songs for Muska by Jocelyn Hagen (2017-2018 American Prize winner) masterfully unites music and poetry written by young Afghan women and is scored for choir, violin, cello, and harp. Hagen’s musical textures and colors sing in the settings of landays (2-line Pashto folk poems) translated by Eliza Griswold in I Am the Beggar of the World and Farzana Marie’s translations of poems by young Afghan women collected in Load Poems Like Guns.  

Afghan poet Somaia Ramsih, author of “Load Poems Like Guns,” “For Nadia,” and  “And the Word Null” (all set in Songs for Muska)  and poet/translator Farzana Marie will join us for the performance. All the poems are included in Load Poems Like Guns.  Hagen also drew on landays collected in  Eliza Griswold’s I am the Beggar of the World.

Farzana Marie

Somaia Ramesh

Beyond the Music

Watch Farzana Marie and Somaia Ramesh read from Load Poems Like Guns  here

Explore the origin and meaning of Landays and view Seamus  Murphy’s captivating photographs of Afghanistan at these webpages:

Artists Performing
Conspirare Singers