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"The Conference of the Birds Unfeathered" at the Montalvo Arts Center

Friday, April 27, 2012, 8 p.m. at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California

Featuring Haleh Abghari (voice), Laurie San Martin (composer), Chris Froh (percussion); with Dana Harel (set design).

Haleh Abghari

Laurie San Martin and Haleh Abghari are joined by percussionist Chris Froh to present a new work inspired by Farid al-Din Attar's 12th century poem, "The Conference of the Birds." Haleh Abghari and Laurie San Martin began collaborating on this project while in residence at the Lucas Artists Programs at Montalvo Arts Center, where they were joined by visual artist Dana Harel.

Composed with a new musical and theatrical form of storytelling for voice, percussion, and computer processed sounds, the performance - by Abghari and Froh, joined by the Empyrean Ensemble - draws on Korean pansori and Iranian traditional music, as well as bird songs and Western classical music.

The story follows a group of birds who venture through extreme challenges to find a leader. Aspects of the original story are woven together with other stories in a satirical and dramatic show.


  • Iris Charabi-Berggren, video artist collaborator
  • Matilda Hofman, conductor
  • Thomas J. Munn, lighting designer
  • Merry Conway, stage director
  • Jordan Cohen, stage manager

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TICKET PRICES : $20 General Admission | $15 Members | $8 Students with ID
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    Haleh Abghari is a native of Iran and makes her home in New York City. The New York Times hailed her work in Georges Aperghis' Recitations for Solo Voice as "a virtuoso and winning performance," and the Washington Post described her voice as ". . . high, dry, sweet and piercingly pure soprano." Her portrayal of King George III in Eight Songs for a Mad King by Peter Maxwell Davies with the New York New Music Ensemble was cited as one of the “Performances of 2007” by MusicWeb International.

    In addition to working with numerous living composers, Abghari has collaborated on many projects and installation-performance pieces with visual and performance artists. Her awards include a Fulbright Scholar Grant to work on the vocal music of György Kurtág in Budapest. Her major teachers were Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Adrienne Csengery, and Paul Hillier and she pursued her studies in music at The University of California at Davis, Peabody Conservatory, The Mannes College of Music, and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. She works as a music programmer and host for WNYC (NYC’s public radio station.)

    2009-10 season activities include: Soloist in Four Settings by Melinda Wagner at the Monadnock Music Festival; Guest soloist with the New York New Music Ensemble in a 75th birthday concert for Mario Davidovsky; an appearance at the San Francisco MOMA with animation artist Martha Colburn; artist-in-residence at the University of California at Davis, premiering a work written for her by Eric Moe; and a concert of music by Georges Aperghis with Bent Frequency in Atlanta.


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