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COMPOSITION

CHORAL PERFORMANCE

INTERVIEWS

NURUN ALA NUR: LIGHT UPON LIGHT

2010 |  Through Canada Council for the Arts Grant to Professional Musicians | Premiere by the Elmer Iseler Singers | Lydia Adams, Conductor

GATHERINGS

2004 | With Russell Wallace | Commission by Westcoast Sacred Arts | Premiere by Youth Peace Choir at Musical Tribute for His Holiness Dalai Lama | Hussein Janmohamed, Conductor

MOMBASA MATATU MEDITATION

2005 | Commission by The Esoterics | Eric Banks, Conductor | Premier by The Esoterics

Nurun ala Nur -
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Gatherings - Excerpts - Vancouver Peace Choir
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Mombasa Matatu Meditation - The Esoterics, Conductor Eric Banks
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Mombasa Matatu Meditation was inspired by a transformative experience I had while teaching at the Aga Khan Academy in Mombasa, Kenya. The academy was located near the Likoni Ferry, where the honking sounds of waiting matatus (passenger vans that jettison from lane to lane, and honk to get through traffic) are juxtaposed against the azan, and awakened my senses. At first confusing and overwhelming, this cacophony of sounds gradually revealed an inner beauty and unity that reminded me of the importance of carrying the constant remembrance of Allah in one’s heart, even within the busyness of one’s material life (represented by the honking matatu sounds). Inshallah, through this remembrance one maintains a sense of peace, awareness, and clarity in each moment of being. Mombasa Matatu Meditaiton is featured on The Esoterics Ru'ia CD (Sacred Visions Inspired by Islam.)