June 15, 2023
From Iraq, a story of triumph
Iraqi composer and multi-instrumentalist Ameen Mokdad was trapped in hiding under the brutality of ISIS for two years in Mosul, Iraq. During that time he survived and told his story by writing an extraordinary repertoire of music…in secret.
Now, after a years-long visa battle, Ameen Mokdad joins the New London Community Orchestra, Cuatro Puntos Ensemble, and Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet to tell his story live and in person to American audiences for the first time.
Join us on June 15 for a powerful music-and-dance performance of Ameen Mokdad’s The Curve, a collection of 19 original pieces composed during Mokdad’s years in hiding from the Islamic State. The 19 songs form a soundscape that transverses a range of emotions: fear, defeat, hope, and rebirth.
The Curve has had live performances around the world since its creation and has enjoyed truly international status, with appearances in films, airtime on NPR, and streaming success that puts it in the top 7% of all albums on Spotify.
Featuring full orchestra and original ballet choreography by Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet artistic director Elisa Schroth, don’t miss this exciting and groundbreaking cross-cultural collaboration—the grand finale of a ten-concert tour.