Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Karim Al-Zand Papers MS 632

source dnr Phillips, Dereth
Title: Karim Al-Zand papers
Dates: 2001-2015
Abstract: This collection contains various concert programs, posters, and cards from composer Karim Al-Zand's professional files.
Identification: MS 632
Quantity: .5 Linear Feet1 box
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

The music of Canadian-American composer Karim Al-Zand (b.1970) has been called “strong and startlingly lovely” (Boston Globe). His compositions are wide-ranging in influence and inspiration, encompassing solo, chamber, vocal and orchestral works. From scores for dance, to compositions for young people, to multi-disciplinary and collaborative works, Al-Zand’s music is diverse in both its subject matter and its audience. It explores connections between music and other arts, and draws inspiration from varied sources such as graphic art, myths and fables, folk music of the world, film, spoken word, jazz, and his own Middle Eastern heritage. Al-Zand’s music has enjoyed success in the US, Canada and abroad and he is the recipient of several national awards, including the Sackler Composition Prize, the ArtSong Prize, the Louisville Orchestra Competition Prize and the “Arts and Letters Award in Music” from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a founding and artistic board member of Musiqa, Houston’s premier contemporary music group, which presents concerts featuring new and classic repertoire of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In his scholarly work, he has pursued several diverse areas of music theory, including topics in jazz, counterpoint, and improvisation (both jazz and 18th century extemporization). Al-Zand was born in Tunis, Tunisia, raised in Ottawa, Canada and educated in Montreal (McGill University, BMus 1993) and Cambridge (Harvard University, PhD 2000). Since 2000 he has taught composition and music theory in Houston at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University.

(biography taken from Karim Al-Zand's website)

Scope and Contents

This collection contains various concert programs, posters, and cards from composer Karim Al-Zand's professional files.


Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from the Karim Al-Zand Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Index Terms

Composition (Music)
programs (documents)
Al-Zand, Karim
Phillips, Dereth

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Karim Al-Zand papers, 2001-2015, MS 632, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Programs 2001 - 2015

Box Folder
1 1 Moonlight on the Ganges 2001-10-24
2 brand. new. music 2005-10-05
3 The Shepherd School of Music 30th Anniversary Gala 2006-02-04
4 city scenes 2007-02-16
5 Guest Composer Stephen Jaffe 2009-11-20
6 Cabinet of Curiosities 2011-02-04
7 Tagoriana: songs on poetry of Rabindranath Tagore 2012-01-10
8 Quelques Fleurs: new music by Karim Al-Zand 2013-02-06
9 New Music by Karim Al-Zand 2015-02-05

Series II: Oversize Materials 2011-2013

map-drawer Folder
192 1 Posters 2011-2013