Mark Stewart

In a year-long residency at MIT’s Glass Lab, Mark Stewart – multi-instrumentalist, guitarist, composer and instrument designer – will work with students to create unique glass instruments.


Mark Stewart and Glass Lab Director Peter Houk teach MIT students how to design and build a glass orchestra from scratch – with an emphasis on the new and unconventional.

Throughout the course of the year, students explore the sonic possibilities afforded by the medium of glass, culminating in an ensemble performance in the spring of 2013. Part of The Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the Glass Lab offers MIT students the opportunity to observe first-hand the material principles learned in the classroom. In addition to its popular extracurricular workshops, the Lab also presents lectures, residencies, and special projects, hosting artists of world renown.

Mark Stewart’s New York City “lab” is home to an instrument workshop and sonic salon where traditional and new instruments cohabitate. A founding member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Mark is also a member of Steve Reich & Musicians and the comic duo Polygraph Lounge and has recorded and toured with Paul Simon since 1998.

Learn more about Mark Stewart.

Mark Stewart’s residency is presented by the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology and Music and Theater Arts.

Past Events

CAST Marathon Concert
April 5, 2013
Kresge Auditorium
48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

The four-hour CAST spring concert, following up on 2011’s popular FAST Forward New Music Marathon, features renowned guest artists Hauschka, Pamela Z, Dewa Alit and Mark Stewart performing solo works and with students in MIT’s own Gamelan Galak Tika, Glass Lab Orchestra, Lamine Touré and Rambax. Traversing the spectrum of contemporary musical practice, the marathon will conclude with an unprecedented world fusion version of Terry Riley’s anthem In C, featuring Senegalese drums, original glass instruments, electronics and western instruments.

In the Media

Downtown Magazine: Mark Stewart Talks Upcoming Guitar Mash Benefit at City Winer, Working with Paul Simon and More

The New York Times: Experimentation in a Sonic Salon

Bang on a Can: Mark Stewart

Paul Simon Info: Mark Stewart


Martin Demaine is the Angelika and Barton Weller Artist-in-Residence in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and a Technical Instructor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Glass Lab.

Peter Houk is a Technical Instructor in the MIT Glass Lab.



MIT Campus News: Musician Mark Stewart Comes to the Glass Lab

Blog: The Lab as Observational Art

MIT Glass Lab: Musical Instruments