Canvasounds 2019-2020 Season, featuring Amalgama

Our Fundraising Mission & Creative Goals -

Starting in the Fall of 2019, CanvaSounds will initiate its new annual season by curating concerts in tandem with NYC-based new music ensembles and soloists. Our first concert, on the 19th of October, will present works of 6 composers by Amalgama ( ) at the Areté Gallery ( ) in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Who We Are - 

CanvaSounds is a group of New York-based composer-artist-curators dedicated to the presentation of new works by guest composers from different cultural and artistic backgrounds. Our objective is to work with passionate new music ensembles to introduce the public to new voices in contemporary music, particularly those which are not commonly represented in the United States. Our core members come from several different countries, each bringing a unique cultural and musical understanding to the curation and production of our concerts, which embody the spirit of multiculturalism and multimedia interaction.

About Amalgama - 

Amalgama is a New York City-based ensemble dedicated to the synthesis of improvisation and notated contemporary classical music. We reinvent the traditional roles of classical concert music in order to create thought-provoking, accessible concert experiences that incorporate interdisciplinary performance and composer-performer collaboration. Each of Amalgama’s seven core members is both a performer and a creator, forging new space in the interstices of these activities.

Our Background -

CanvaSounds began in 2013 as the result of a collaboration between Boston-based composers. Always focused on presenting the voices of underrepresented groups (in the case of our original mission, specifically that of women composers), we found that our members all possessed varied international backgrounds and cultures, and that we were all interested in writing with different musical idioms. To augment and celebrate this diversity, we decided to relate and base our pieces on external media - these sources were initially paintings, which inspired our name, CanvaSounds. We then opened ourselves to collaboration and conversation with artists of varied media, quickly expanding to include those working in photography, poetry, and sound design.

On April 27, 2013 we had our first concert at an art gallery in Boston, playing to a packed house, with many subsequent concerts. In 2018, seeking to renew this mission after a hiatus, Bahar Royai approached composers and colleagues Diana Rodriguez, Lee Gilboa, Stephen Spencer, and George Katehis in reforming CanvaSounds and redeveloping its mission to serve New York City and its surrounding communities.


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  • Niloufar Nourbakhsh  
    • $25 
    • 15 mos
    • $50 
    • 15 mos
  • Jason Eckardt 
    • $50 
    • 15 mos
  • Jordan Chase 
    • $10 
    • 15 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $215 
    • 15 mos
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Fundraising team: Canvasounds (6)

George Katehis 
New York, NY
Aida Shirazi 
Team member
Bahar Royaee 
Team member
Deniz Khateri 
Team member
Diana Rodriguez 
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