San Francisco Classical Voice‘s review of the Sonnets to Orpheus concert:

“Vestiges is unusually creative; I left wanting more…”

https://www.sfcv.org/reviews/left-coast-chamber-ensemble/orpheus-ascends-with-the-left-coast-chamber-ensemble

By Rebecca Wishnia

  The New Yorker writes about MATA inaugural concert from the series of New Music from the Islamic World:

“Lullaby for Shattered Angels,” for the Debussyan combination of flute, viola, and harp), is affecting and well-made.”

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/a-showcase-for-new-music-from-the-islamic-world

By Russell Platt

  Seen and Heard International‘s review of MATA’s inaugural concert from the series of New Music from the Islamic World:

“Lullaby for Shattered Angels (for viola, harp, and flute) had fluidity in the viola/flute partnership, punctuated by a stunning harp part, done with eloquence by Ashley Jackson. Commemorating Kurdish culture, Shirazi’s piece crosses over several nations…”

https://seenandheard-international.com/2017/07/absent-islamic-composers-increase-an-evenings-impact/

By Daniele Sahr

  I Care If You Listen‘s review of MATA inaugural concert from the series of New Music from the Islamic World:

“Beyond a three-note Kurdish lullaby motif, little melody or meter anchored the audience’s temporality. Instead, they were pulled by the piece’s taffy adventure…”

https://www.icareifyoulisten.com/2017/07/mata-new-music-from-the-islamic-world/

By Lana Norris

  Classical Voice America’s review of IFCA and International Contemporary Ensemble’s concert at Mostly Mozart Festival:

“longing for a distant memory dissects the notion of how we recall our receding experiences. The unaccompanied solo for violin (Josh Modney) explores the qualities of sound produced by varying the weight of the bow on the string. Shirazi’s writing makes excellent use of pizzicato effects as a way of interrupting and punctuating sustained passages for dramatic effect.”

https://classicalvoiceamerica.org/2019/08/08/ice-celebrates-gifts-of-iranian-female-composers/

By Xeniya Hanusiak

  I Care If You Listen’s review of IFCA and International Contemporary Ensemble’s concert at Mostly Mozart Festival:

“… Shirazi’s work is a sharply graded and demanding exploration of violin timbre and technique. It is an explosive representation of forgetfulness, and the IFCA founder’s work points to the commandeering character of imagination rather than being lost.”

https://www.icareifyoulisten.com/2019/08/ice-iranian-female-composers-association-mostly-mozart/

By Lana Norris