Digital Concert Hall
Portraits of Home
Portraits of Home is a series of three music videos that bring to life the music and stories of three diverse creators. The pieces touch on themes such as the newcomer experience, the meaning of home, and what Toronto means to people who create a new life here. Each video, filmed at a beautiful outdoor Toronto location, features the choir and collaborators performing the pieces.
Portraits of Home includes works created or adapted for the Amadeus choir by composers Natalie Fasheh, Pouya Hamidi and Waleed Abdulhamid. Each composer has taken a profoundly personal approach when crafting their piece, drawing inspiration from the intersections of their identity as a newcomer in Canada.
The choir has had the fantastic opportunity to collaborate with the composers throughout the rehearsal process, helping to develop a deeper understanding of the music and the stories they will be sharing.
Portraits of Home is one of Amadeus’s most personal and profoundly moving projects yet and hopes to inspire audiences to reflect upon the meaning of home.
by Natalie Fasheh
“We can think of freedom as a collective experience we can achieve together.” — Natalie Fasheh
“For Freedom” is written by Palestinian-Jordanian composer Natalie Fasheh. It features Levantine vocalists Shireen Abu-Khader, Raneem Barakat, and Natalie, alongside the Amadeus Choir conducted by Nila Rajagopol.
By Pouya Hamidi
“To me this song is about remembering where we come from, as immigrants, like myself.” — Pouya Hamidi
Hafez is written by composer Pouya Hamidi with text by Toronto-based Persian-Canadian poet Bänoo Zan. Hafez tells the story of displacement, diaspora, and migration.
By Waleed Abdulhamid
“Maisha’ means life and we’re going through a lot in life.” — Waleed Abdulhamid
Maisha Magumu is written by composer Waleed Abdulhamid and encourages us to respect one another and make life easier.