March Moderns: Songs for Muska
World Premiere: 03.29.19 (8:00pm), Friday
Conspirare welcomes students! Student tickets: $10.
Pre-concert talk one hour before
Not in Austin? Join us via livestream.
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.
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 PerformingConspirare Singers
- Mela Dailey
- Esteli Gomez
- Gitanjali Mathur
- Stefanie Moore
- Kathlene Ritch
- Alissa Ruth Suver
- Shari Alise Wilson