An ensemble of singers on stage.
Elena Ruehr, Gretchen Henderson and Roomful of Teeth at Kresge Auditorium, 2014. Photo: L. Barry Hetherington.

Cassandra in the Temples: Ignored prophetess commands attention in Elena Ruehr & Gretchen Henderson’s new opera for Roomful of Teeth

When the gods hand you a gift, they also hand you a whip for self-flagellation, to paraphrase Truman Capote. The Cassandra story typifies the blessing-and-coeval-curse topos. Apollo gives Cassandra the gift of prophecy to seduce her. When she refuses, he … Continued

A man holds percussion mallets in front of his face.

MIT Sounding: New Annual Music Series

MIT Presents New Music Series: MIT Sounding Featuring World Premieres, Reconstructed Classics, and Grammy Award winning musicians in new concert series For the 2014-15 season, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) inaugurates the innovative annual performance series MIT Sounding, curated by … Continued

A guitarist, bass clarinetist, and singer rehearse.

EVIYAN Premieres as part of CAST Spring Sound Series

The musical trio EVIYAN was born in vocalist-violinist Iva Bittová’s house in the woods of the Hudson Valley after a few bowls of mushroom soup. In that rustic setting, performer-composers Bittová, Gyan Riley and Evan Ziporyn came together for the first time to create the kind of loose musical tapestries — weaving elements of the classical, folk, jazz, minimalist and global traditions — that debuted to high acclaim on Saturday, March 2 at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium. “It felt like a family reunion,” says Ziporyn, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music and Faculty Director of the Center for Art, Science & Technology.

A student holds a microphone up to another student blowing across the top of a wine bottle.

Glass Music

A couple of weeks ago, CAST Visiting Artist Mark Stewart brought an electronic looper to the MIT Glass Lab to record and overlay sound loops. In composing their collective piece for the CAST Marathon concert, each member of the Glass Orchestra will add the sound of their instrument (one at a time) to the loop until they have a richly textured piece. In this photo, Kenny Cheung (Postdoctoral Associate, Media Lab) and Mason Glidden (BS, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science ’14) add blown-bottle sounds to the looper.