My Refuge Is Humanity – Celebrating Immigrants & Refugees


A whole group of artists from MN and beyond have all come together in support of its diverse communities through song, speech, and art. Conductor Ahmed Anazaldua will be leading a chorus to perform and premiere works which reflect the rich cultural diversity of the USA, including my new SSAA and handbell choir work O, Cupbearer a setting of a Rumi quatrain, sung in Farsi. I will also be performing as part of the initiative.

Daniel Sabzghabaei selected as Composer Fellow for The Intimacy of Creativity Festival 2017

Daniel was selected out of a pool of 160 applicants to be a Composer Fellow for The Intimacy of Creativity‘s inaugural Contemporary Song Festival, coordinated by internationally acclaimed composer Bright Sheng. Daniel will be performing his song cycle Four Glimpses of Desire at the festival in Hong Kong, and will also be collaborating on performances of the work with on-the-rise tenor Jonathan Blalock, fresh off of premiering the title role in Mark Adamo’s Becoming Santa Claus at the Dallas Opera. Daniel will be in residence at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology: HKUST from February 26 – March 6.

Daniel Sabzghabaei selected as Winner of The Esoterics POLYPHONOS 2017 Award (National Composer)

A panel of four judges reviewed a strong and numerous pool of anonymously submitted scores to settle upon the winners of three separate awards: one national (U.S.) composer, one international composer, and one young composer under the age of 30. Daniel was selected in the National Composer category, and will receive a US$1,000 commission for a 5-minute new work that The Esoterics (Eric Banks, cond.) will premiere at the POLYPHONOS Concert in October of 2017 in Seattle, Washington.