If you don’t like the world,” advises pianist and composer Joelle
Khoury, “create one.” Sitting cross-legged on the dimly lit, carpeted
stage of the French Institute’s Salle Montaigne auditorium, Khoury
gestures furiously as she speaks. She pauses frequently for a jokey
aside or a shared laugh with collaborators Alexandre Paulikevitch and Chaghig Arzoumanian.