Welcome! Musiqa Explorer invites young people and students of all ages to explore the science, history and art that goes into our award-winning productions.
Ignoble Dances was written by Karim Al-Zand and commissioned by flutist Matthew Roitstein with the generous support of a consortium of flutists from the United States and abroad. Members of the consortium premiered the work in the 2021 and 2022 seasons, with the first performance by Matthew Roitstein and pianist David Roitstein at the National Flute Association’s 2021 convention. Musiqa was proud to present this film in the fall of 2021. Watch Ignoble Dances here and – in the process – learn more about dance traditions from around the world and throughout history.
In 2021 Musiqa collaborated with Open Dance Project to create two new films, directed by Houston artist James Templeton. “Still We Tend” was choreographed by ODP Artistic Director Annie Arnoult at the newly opened Houston Botanic Garden to music by Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté. Watch “Still We Tend” here and learn more about string quartets and music from Mali in a special module designed for elementary school students.
Musiqa began its 2020-2021 season with the world premiere of a new work celebrating the human obsession with the night sky and the universe. Composer Trevor Weston’s “Stars” utilized stellar seismology research recordings to create a new interpretation of the “music of the spheres.” The text was drawn from the poem of the same name by Robert Hayden, the first African-American writer to hold the office of Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (since renamed U.S. Poet Laureate.) Watch Stars and learn more about Robert Hayden, astronomy and the universe in multiple modules designed for students of all ages.