Samira R. Noorali is a Palm Springs-based writer and musician who began her love affair with the arts early in life.
In her youth, she was intrigued by the notion of loss and wrote poems on subjects such as grief, healing and the process of transition. Her musical sensibilities were also influenced by these multilayered ideas and emotions as she studied piano, choral music, opera and Hindustani classical music. Her most recent compositions showcase a cross-culture and cross-genre sound incorporating Eastern and Western elements.
Noorali has performed as a pianist and vocalist at recitals, large inaugural events, charity events, political rallies, museums, churches, state parks, music festivals and has even provided back-up vocals as a part of an eight-piece choir for a Salim-Sulaiman concert at Roy Thompson Concert Hall in Toronto. From 2010-2012, she directed the Ismaili Music Ensemble for performances at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, International Festival (iFest) Houston and private concerts, while composing and performing as a pianist in the World Fusion band, Inyle. Most recently she performed in the Closing Ceremonies of the Jubilee Games 2016 in Dubai in an ensemble directed by Salim Merchant of the Salim-Sulaiman duo, and as a solo singer-songwriter at the JG Global Village at Dubai’s World Trade Center.
In July 2017, Noorali sang in a cultural music ensemble in Aiglemont, France under the direction of Hussein Janmohamed.
Noorali is currently involved in a documentary-based stage theatrical production entitled “Stories: Our American Journey” which will be going on tour throughout the United States in May 2018. Before taking on the role of “Co-Director” alongside Farah Alwani, her primary role in the show was as its Playwright and Musical Director/Composer.
In 2006, Noorali earned her Bachelor’s degree with a double major in English-Creative Writing and Psychology from University of Houston. A well-rounded writer, Noorali won academic awards for appellate legal writing while a Juris Doctor candidate at Pacific McGeorge School of Law and even served as a Staff Writer for the online publication, ITL News. After publishing a collection of poetry called “A Simple Rebirth” she published several poems in literary and lifestyle magazines. She has also taken up writing journalistic pieces for various websites and won a TV screenwriting contest through ABC/Disney and the Muslim Public Affairs Council along with 11 other talented writers. Her book, “A Simple Rebirth” has taken on new form as a theatrical production with a cast of nine featuring a beautiful, original musical soundtrack. It has played at Pandora’s Box in Dallas and Notsuoh Theater in Houston.
Noorali provides lectures and workshops on writing and music has presented her work at universities, addictions clinics, trauma groups, conferences, libraries, literary events, art shows, retreats, corporate luncheons, grocery stores and many more unique venues! She has also taught music lessons to people of all ages for many years and deeply enjoys providing a unique and innovative perspective on music to her students. Check this website or her Facebook page for information on upcoming events!