Contemporary music with a global cast
The 2018–19 season of the innovative annual performance series MIT Sounding continues to blur musical boundaries. Curated by Evan Ziporyn, faculty director of the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST), this season of MIT Sounding presents unique artists who push the envelope of their respective genres, creating new evolving music for the 21st century.
Infinite Harmony: Jacob Collier at MIT
$25 general admission and $10 for MIT community
Following the success of his 2016 MIT large-scale concert and subsequent New England Emmy-winning documentary about that event, two-time Grammy winner Jacob Collier returns to MIT for a new concert experience including music yet to be heard along with selections from his celebrated debut album “In My Room.”
With the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, three MIT choirs (Concert Choir, Chamber Chorus, William Cutter, Director, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Laura Grill Jaye, Director), a symphony orchestra comprised of MIT and area music students, and Collier’s new band, this premiere event includes innovative collaborative arrangements.
Co-produced by MIT’s Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) and MIT Music and Theater Arts, Music Director Frederick Harris, Jr. collaborates with Ben Bloomberg, Peter Torpey and the MIT musical community and beyond exploring Jacob Collier’s latest creative wonders.
More about Jacob Collier at MIT
Image: Jacob Collier, “Imagination Off the Charts,” MIT, 2016. Photo: L. Barry Hetherington.
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.
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.