Born in 1990 in Boston. Lives and works in New York, USA.
Julien Touafek is a multidisciplinary composer/vocalist/writer of French-Algerian ethnicity currently based in New York. He is a composer of classical and popular styles, with recent commissions for compositions for Juilliard’s PUFF! Wind Quintet and New York Youth Symphony’s Jazz Band Classic. His musical about the French-Algerian war, “Land of the Setting Sun”, received a staged reading at the Between the Seas Festival in August 2011.
He is currently a composition fellow with the New York Youth Symphony for their 2011-12 Season. His string quartet (Untitled) will have its premiere at the highSCORE New Music Center in Summer 2012 in Pavia, Italy. As a vocalist, Julien has appeared in numerous regional musical theatre and opera productions. He has been selected as an Emerging Artist for Oberlin Conservatory’s “Oberlin in Italy” program this June 2012 and currently studies with baritone Randall Scarlata. A published author, Julien’s most recent work was presented at the 2011 Southampton Writers Conference.
LAND OF THE SETTING SUN: A NEW MUSICAL
A pied-noir woman exiled to Paris after the French-Algerian war tells the events that broke her family apart and changed her way of life forever through the framework of her own memories. The revolt in Algiers began on “All Saint’s Day”, November 1, 1954 and continued until the proclamation of Algerian independence in 1962, “Land of the Setting Sun” presents the pieces of a history intimately linked to a conquering empire and the forces that destroyed one of the last remaining colonies in the last fifty years. A multimedia musical experience that speaks of family, love, cultural fragmentation and the irreversible consequences that follow.