2018-19 MIT Sounding


April 1-8, 2019

CAST Visiting Artist BIC is a Haitian singer, songwriter and poet whose prior work with Nick Montfort, Professor of Digital Media, and Michel DeGraff, Professor of Linguistics, helped create digital literary art in Kreyòl.

The cross-pollination of Kreyòl linguistics, poetry, computer science and music will continue at MIT for one week in April 2019. As part of MIT Sounding, BIC will perform his work in collaboration with musicians, dancers and performers from MIT and the greater Cambridge area.


More about BIC at MIT.

Harbison’s 80th at Jordan Hall

Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) performs works by Institute Professor John Harbison in honor of his 80th birthday.

April 7, 2019 / 3:00pm
Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough St, Boston, MA

Image: Jordan Hall. Credit New England Conservatory.

Joel Fan


Piano Recital

April 18, 2019
MIT Killian Hall, Building 14W-111
160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

Celebrated for his exuberant virtuosity and a bold repertoire that embraces piano classics and inspired discoveries of contemporary and world music, Joel Fan reinvents the piano recital by illuminating the rare and unexpected—creating, in the words of the Baltimore Sun’s critic Tim Smith, “one of the most satisfying piano performances I’ve heard.”

Fan will perform a bold selection of works by MIT composers as part of MIT Sounding, and will collaborate with composition students as they develop their own new works in April 2019.

More about Joel Fan at MIT.

Image: Joel Fan, courtesy of the artist.

Jacob Collier at MIT

Special Orchestral Concert Celebrating the release of Collier’s “Djesse Vol. 1” and his return to MIT

December 8, 2018 / 7:00pm
MIT Kresge Auditorium, Building W16
48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

2018-19 Rick and Terry Stone Concert 

Celebrating the December 7th worldwide release of  “Djesse Vol.1”—the follow-up recording to the 2017 double Grammy-winning “In My Room”—Jacob Collier preempts his “Djesse” world tour with a one-of-a-kind performance on December 8 at MIT, an artistic home-away-from-home for him over the past several years.

This unique concert features the MIT JC Orchestra (comprised of MIT and Berklee College musicians), MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble, MIT Concert Choir and Chamber Chorus, Rambax MIT (Senegalese drumming ensemble), Suzie Collier (Jacob’s Mom), and other special guest musicians from Boston and Los Angeles.

Jacob Collier’s new album is the first of four volumes being released throughout 2019. The December 8th concert features most of “Djesse Vol. 1” including the first live performance of “With The Love In My Heart,” adapted by Jamshied Sharifi, plus rarely heard orchestral arrangements along with musical surprises.

Jacob’s return to MIT follows the success of his 2016 large-scale concert and subsequent New England Emmy-winning documentary about that event, “Imagination Off The Charts: Jacob Collier Comes to MIT.

Co-produced by MIT’s Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) and MIT Music and Theater Arts, Music Director Frederick Harris, Jr. collaborates with MIT’s master audio technologist and key Collier associate Ben Bloomberg, media experience artist Peter Torpey, and other MIT artists including Laura Grill Jaye (MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble director), William Cutter (MIT Choirs conductor), and Senegalese drumming master Lamine Touré (Rambax MIT director).

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More about Jacob Collier at MIT

Image: Jacob Collier, Djesse Vol. 1 album cover, courtesy of the artist.

Spider’s Canvas / Arachnodrone

February 16, 2019 / 9:00pm
February 17, 2019 / 3:00pm
February 18, 2019 / 7:00pm
MIT Building W97
345 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA

February 26-April 2019
MIT.nano, MIT Building 12-3207
The Immersion Lab
60 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA

The live concert of Spider’s Canvas / Arachnodrone is a co-creation of composer and MIT CAST Faculty Director Evan Ziporyn, composer/visual artist Christine Southworth ’02, sound artist Ian Hattwick, spider researcher Isabelle Su, in collaboration with artist Tomás Saraceno, whose originating idea provides the basis of the concert, and MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department Head and McAfee Professor Markus Buehler.

The concert premiered in November 2018 as part of Saraceno’s acclaimed carte blanche exhibition ON AIR at Palais de Tokyo in Paris curated by Rebecca Lamarche Vadel, with the programme supported by Festival d’Automne, Paris.

This project emerged from myriad interactions between different disciplines, in an effort to work together—and extend the boundaries of disciplinary knowledge and practices—toward new understandings of emergent human and non-human entanglements. The technical development of this musical instrument was inspired and made possible by the Spider Web Scan—a novel scientific apparatus and technique for generating precise 3D scans and digital models of complex spider webs—first created by Saraceno in 2009/2010 in collaboration with the TU Darmstadt, and more recently refined in Saraceno’s ongoing collaboration with the MIT Laboratory for Atomistic and Molecular Mechanics (led by Markus Buehler). Based closely on a tent-web made by a semi-social South American Cyrtophora citricola spider, the work is not simply interdisciplinary, but quite literally an interspecies collaboration.

Spider’s Canvas is a co-production of MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, MIT Music & Theater Arts, MIT Civil & Environmental Engineering.

To see excerpts of the Paris performances, please visit arachnodrone.com.

MIT News:
Spider web music: An inspiring harmony of art and science

The Washington Post:
‘Spider’s Canvas/Arachnodrone’: A web of otherworldly music

CAST Blog:
A Three-Dimensional Spider Web Soundscape Comes to Life

Image: Spider’s Canvas performance during Tomas Saraceno’s exhibition ON AIR at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France on November 23, 2018. Photo courtesy of Aurelie Cenno/Palais de Tokyo.