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KSU Residency, collaboration with Zakir Hussain and Kronos Quartet, and #MessiahProject17 — December 2017

2017 was the wildest travel year of my life — I just completed my last travels of the year a few days ago! Since January, [...]

By | 2018-07-16T17:33:23+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments


Hi Friends! Just a quick one to let you know that I finally caved in and have a professional page on Facebook. It's way easier [...]

By | 2016-09-02T17:56:26+00:00 September 2nd, 2016|News|0 Comments


Excited to have been the subject of this mini-documentary about using technology to compose for the PC rebranding campaign PC Does What https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuR4_dAZXL0

By | 2015-11-17T01:05:36+00:00 November 17th, 2015|News|0 Comments


Next season is shaping up to be very exciting! Here are some of the highlights: I will be doing three very different residencies next season: [...]

By | 2015-06-06T19:35:43+00:00 June 6th, 2015|News|0 Comments


What a spring it’s been! The projects I announced in the last post are almost reaching completion. I’m writing this in the midst of listening [...]

By | 2015-06-06T19:38:27+00:00 May 28th, 2015|News|0 Comments


In addition to being a composer, I am also a Co-Artistic Director of Shastra, an organization that cultivates the work of musicians who connect Indian [...]

By | 2015-06-06T06:02:09+00:00 April 28th, 2015|News|0 Comments


It's been an exciting 2015 so far! I am working on three pieces premiering this spring: Pasadena Master Chorale has commissioned a large, evening-length work [...]

By | 2015-02-15T00:51:51+00:00 February 14th, 2015|News|0 Comments


Every time the holidays roll around, I always daydream about arranging Christmas carols. This season I finally had the chance to make it happen! Last [...]

By | 2014-12-09T07:32:12+00:00 December 9th, 2014|News|0 Comments


Last Friday, I was part of a Street Symphony concert for the first time. Street Symphony is an incredible organization, made up of some of [...]

By | 2014-11-27T22:07:29+00:00 November 22nd, 2014|News|0 Comments


Last week I returned from a whirlwind trip to the east coast -- we had three days of recording bansuri, sarangi and tabla for "Radha" [...]

By | 2014-11-08T22:58:44+00:00 November 8th, 2014|News|0 Comments


Welcome to my newly redesigned site, www.reenaesmail.com! We're still in the process of finishing it up (though, that is the nature of websites - they [...]

By | 2014-11-09T23:59:46+00:00 October 10th, 2014|News|0 Comments


In May, I graduated from my doctoral coursework at Yale, and relocated to Los Angeles. After thirteen years on the east coast, I'm excited to [...]

By | 2014-11-10T00:00:40+00:00 July 23rd, 2014|News|0 Comments


I'm looking forward to writing original scores for two new films this season: RADHA is a new film by young Indian-American filmmaker, Rupeshi Shah, which [...]

By | 2014-10-09T23:31:02+00:00 June 26th, 2014|News|0 Comments


This spring has been quite eventful! I just got back from Los Angeles where I played piano on The Singer and The Songwriter's album release [...]

By | 2014-11-10T00:02:48+00:00 May 13th, 2014|News|0 Comments


I'm excited to be working on a few very unique projects this May: a collaboration with violist Matthew Dane - I will be writing a [...]

By | 2014-10-09T23:32:15+00:00 February 22nd, 2014|News|0 Comments


So honored to be the featured composer on Marc Peloquin's piano series KeyedUp Music Project at Tenri Cultural Institute in NYC last night, and to [...]

By | 2014-11-10T00:04:38+00:00 February 9th, 2014|News|0 Comments


My TEDxSkidRow talk from September is live! I talk about singing songs on long Indian train trips, and musical identity. Watch it here!

By | 2014-11-10T00:05:12+00:00 December 13th, 2013|News|0 Comments


A wonderful new recording of my String Quartet (Ragamala) is available here. The piece was recently performed and recorded by Melanie Clapies, Jessica Oddie, Ksenia [...]

By | 2014-10-09T23:18:34+00:00 November 24th, 2013|News|0 Comments


I'm excited to be writing a new work for the Albany Symphony's chamber orchestra to be performed at the end of this season (May 2014). [...]

By | 2014-11-10T00:06:48+00:00 November 9th, 2013|News|0 Comments


September was a crazy and wonderful month! I spoke at TEDxSkidRow (will post a link to that talk as soon as it's available!) and just [...]

By | 2014-11-10T00:08:11+00:00 October 1st, 2013|News|0 Comments


Three new videos are out that feature me and/or my music! (both are available on the media page) The CULTIVATE Program (at Copland House) made [...]

By | 2014-10-09T23:15:54+00:00 August 27th, 2013|News|0 Comments


Thank you to the Flux Quartet who premiered my new String Quartet at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival last week! The piece was performed [...]

By | 2014-11-10T00:09:34+00:00 August 13th, 2013|News|0 Comments


Next season already promises to be exciting! Performaces in Houston and Chicago, and a full concert featuring my music in New York. And I'm also [...]

By | 2014-10-09T23:13:58+00:00 August 5th, 2013|News|0 Comments


I'm excited to be writing a new piece for the Pasadena Master Chorale and my dear friend, pianist Crystal Rivette next season! The piece will [...]

By | 2014-10-09T23:13:29+00:00 June 17th, 2013|News|0 Comments


A portion of my new song cycle "Anjuman Songs" is being premiered at a wonderful event at the Ruskin Museum in Los Angeles, CA on [...]

By | 2014-10-09T23:13:06+00:00 May 26th, 2013|News|0 Comments


I guess when it rains it pours with recordings... in the past week, there have been a number of wonderful recordings of my music: Kimball [...]

By | 2014-10-09T23:11:26+00:00 April 26th, 2013|News|0 Comments


There's a new recording on the site! Jhula Jhule, my new piece for violin and piano (commissioned by MuSE Ensemble in NYC) was recorded by [...]

By | 2014-10-09T23:11:41+00:00 April 5th, 2013|News|0 Comments


I am excited to be writing for the Flux Quartet this summer, as part of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. My residency will be [...]

By | 2014-10-09T23:10:09+00:00 November 2nd, 2012|News|0 Comments


Today is the first day of a very exciting tour of India, Singapore and Malaysia by pianist Kimball Gallagher. He will be performing my new [...]

By | 2014-10-09T23:09:24+00:00 October 26th, 2012|News|0 Comments


Two premiers of my work are coming up this weekend: On August 5th, my new work तसवीर (Tasveer), for clarinet, violin, cello and piano will [...]

By | 2014-10-09T23:08:34+00:00 August 1st, 2012|News|0 Comments


I am excited to be a part of Copland House's new program for emerging composers, CULTIVATE, this August! Read the full press release here.

By | 2014-10-09T23:08:04+00:00 June 2nd, 2012|News|0 Comments


I am back in the United States after a wonderful year in India! I'm excited to be a part of so many upcoming projects for [...]

By | 2014-10-08T07:32:01+00:00 May 26th, 2012|News|0 Comments


This weekend is the west coast premier of my large choral work White Key by the incredible San Francisco-based vocal ensemble, Volti! An article about [...]

By | 2014-10-08T07:29:59+00:00 March 2nd, 2012|News|0 Comments


I am incredibly honored to have been chosen to receive the Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which will involve [...]

By | 2014-10-08T07:29:17+00:00 February 29th, 2012|News|0 Comments


A short interview I did last year with the Oral History of American Music at Yale University is now available on the media page. Check [...]

By | 2014-10-08T07:28:32+00:00 February 3rd, 2012|News|0 Comments


I am so honored to have been selected as one of 21 INK Fellows for the INK Conference in Jaipur, December 8-11! Also, my article [...]

By | 2014-10-08T07:27:39+00:00 November 9th, 2011|News|0 Comments


I have a number of speaking engagements coming up in the next few months! I'll be speaking at a INK Salon (the INK conference is [...]

By | 2014-10-08T07:26:19+00:00 October 28th, 2011|News|0 Comments


Moved into my new place in New Delhi for the year, have started studying Hindustani vocal music with Gaurav Mazumdar, and played tanpura in his [...]

By | 2014-10-08T07:25:04+00:00 September 8th, 2011|News|0 Comments


Heading up to Bennington, VT for a weeklong residency at Chamber Music Conference East, and the incredible Susan Botti! My new work, Silence, for chamber [...]

By | 2014-10-08T07:24:17+00:00 August 7th, 2011|News|0 Comments


I now have a MM, Composition from Yale School of Music! Thank you so much to all my incredible teachers and colleagues -- it has [...]

By | 2014-10-08T07:23:28+00:00 May 23rd, 2011|News|0 Comments


Aria, my piece for Hindustani vocalist and orchestra received Yale School of Music's 2011 Ezra Laderman Prize for the best composition written for voice.

By | 2014-10-08T07:22:50+00:00 May 1st, 2011|News|0 Comments


I am excited to announce that I received a Fulbright grant to spend the 2011-2012 year studying Hindustani Classical music in India. More details to [...]

By | 2014-10-08T07:21:39+00:00 April 11th, 2011|News|0 Comments


Some exciting performances are coming up in the next month! I will be playing the piano in two pieces on the March 24th New Music [...]

By | 2014-10-08T07:21:20+00:00 March 17th, 2011|News|0 Comments


I am honored to be part of a very exciting project of conductor Tian Hui Ng and the Haverford College Chamber Singers called Recalling Ariadne. [...]

By | 2014-10-08T07:20:11+00:00 February 8th, 2011|News|0 Comments


I was honored to be invited to be a Composition Fellow at the Chamber Music Conference East this summer! Also, the recording of Aria is [...]

By | 2014-10-08T07:18:39+00:00 January 6th, 2011|News|0 Comments


My new orchestral work Aria for hindustani classical singer Meena Shivaram and the Yale Philharmonia will be premiered on December 9th, at 8PM in Sprague [...]

By | 2014-10-08T07:17:55+00:00 December 1st, 2010|News|0 Comments


Yale Daily News printed a story about Roshni, the South Asian Cultural Show, and put in a nice word for the Hindi a capella group [...]

By | 2014-10-08T07:16:47+00:00 November 16th, 2010|News|0 Comments


The new recording of my Piano Quintet from New Music New Haven is up! Listen here (it's the second recording, all the way at the [...]

By | 2014-10-08T07:14:54+00:00 October 15th, 2010|News|0 Comments


audio and video for the Indeterminacy and Improvisation concert is now up on the MUSI347 site -- check out Answering, my piece for dancers and [...]

By | 2014-10-08T07:16:04+00:00 May 5th, 2010|News|0 Comments


Reena has been commissioned by Norfolk Chamber Music Festival to write a new work for piano quintet.

By | 2014-09-29T20:29:24+00:00 January 15th, 2010|News|0 Comments