The New York Times described violinist Jennifer Curtis’s second solo concert in Carnegie Hall as “one of the gutsiest and most individual recital programs.” She was celebrated as “an artist of keen intelligence and taste, well worth watching out for.”
Curtis navigates with personality and truth in every piece she performs. Jennifer is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and founder of the group Tres Americas Ensemble. She has appeared as a soloist with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Venezuela and the Knights Chamber Orchestra; performed in Romania in honor of George Enescu; given world premieres at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York; collaborated with composer John Adams at the Library of Congress; and appeared at El Festival de las Artes Esénias in Peru and festivals worldwide.
An educator with a focus on music as humanitarian aid, Jennifer has also collaborated with musical shaman of the Andes, improvised for live radio from the interior of the Amazon jungle, and taught and collaborated with Kurdish refugees in Turkey.
Jennifer joins the Haw River Ballroom’s Culture Mill in Saxapahaw, North Carolina as artist in residence this spring, and will teach a course on the art of interpretation at Duke University next year. She plays on a 1777 Vincenzo Panormo.
Niloufar Shiri is a kamancheh player and composer from Tehran, Iran. Her music carefully weaves the musical and poetic structures of traditional Iranian music with noise and electronics, to produce music that explores the contemporary soundscape of a displaced Iran. She has received many commissions as a composer and has collaborated with numerous ensembles and festivals as a performer and composer including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Long Beach Opera, Mostly Mozart, Ojai Music Festival, Tehran Contemporary Music Festival, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Atlas Ensemble among others. Niloufar’s current projects include a piece for CAMPGround Festival and an album integrating her music with field recordings and feedback loops.
Niloufar received her B.A. with Honors in composition at UC San Diego in 2017 and a M.A. in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology from UC Irvine in 2022. In conjunction with her studies, she has performed research, funded from a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts in 2012, on Iranian classical music under Dr. Hossein Omoumi at UC Irvine. The results of this research can be found at pish-radif.com.