Contemporary music with a global cast
The 2021–22 season of the innovative annual performance series MIT Sounding continues to expand musical boundaries. MIT Sounding presents unique artists who push the envelope of their respective genres, creating new evolving music for the 21st century. This season is curated by Evan Ziporyn, faculty director of the MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) and co-directed by Frederick Harris, Jr.
Maki Namekawa Presents Philip Glass, Keith Jarrett, Joe Hisaishi, Evan Ziporyn
Friday, May 13, 2022 / 7:30pm
Maki Namekawa, a leading pianist dedicated to exploring new works by composers on a global scale, comes to MIT’s Kresge Auditorium to perform the US premiere of Joe Hisaishi’s Piano Sonata No. 1, Philip Glass’s Piano Sonata (which was composed specifically for her), Keith Jarrett’s Ritual, and the world premiere of Evan Ziporyn’s “Music for ‘365 Stories I Want To Tell You Before We Both Die – Part One’”.
The Hisaishi sonata was co-commissioned by MIT’s Center for Art, Science & Technology and Ars Electronica Center.
It Must Be Now! (IMBN!)
Saturday, May 7, 2022 / 8:00pm
Created and led by MIT Sounding series Co-Director Frederick Harris Jr., It Must Be Now! (IMBN!), brings together three leading musicians (Terri Lyne Carrington, Braxton Cook, and Sean Jones) to collectively compose a large-scale work for MIT musicians on the overall theme of racial justice. Collaborating with multimedia artists, MIT students and community members, and others beyond MIT, this two-year project seeks to address racial and social injustices and their confluences. IMBN! explores institutional racism; environmental, economic, and health injustices; police brutality; and abolitionism.
Hearing Amazônia–The Responsibility of Existence
Saturday, November 6, 2021 / 8:00pm
Inspired by Brazilian music influenced by the natural world and by 2020 MIT graduate Talia Khan’s research on natural botanical resins and traditional carimbó music in Santarém, Pará, Brazil.
2020-21 CAST Virtual Visiting Artists Luciana Souza and Anat Cohen, Portugal-born vocalist-composer Sara Serpa, and MIT Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Music Evan Ziporyn join an array of MIT musicians (MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, MIT Wind Ensemble, and MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble) to present a unique program of Brazilian music.
New Resonances: Iva Bittová in Concert
(Postponed due to inclement weather) Friday, February 25, 2022 / 7:30pm
Czech avant-garde violinist, singer, and composer Iva Bittová opens her 2022 Distinguished Visiting Artist residency with a performance celebrating the power and urgency of coming together in song to create hope and nourish our selves and our planet.
This performance explores collaboration, tradition, and improvisation through the music of Bartok, Berio, Czech and Slovak traditions, and Bittova’s own compositions. She is joined by MIT’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by Laura Grill Jaye; violinist and assistant professor of music Natalie Lin Douglas; and clarinetist, professor of music, and Director of Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) Evan Ziporyn. Bittová’s residency continues her creative collaboration with MIT that began in 2013.
MITSO MOVIES MACHOVER is the MIT Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to the art of film music past, present, and future, from classic Hollywood soundtracks to new works that immersively combine live music with visual images. The concert, directed by Evan Ziporyn, culminates in MITSO’s first-ever performance of genre-breaking 2016 Composer of the Year and Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media Tod Machover’s boundary-pushing orchestral music.
Machover’s A Toronto Symphony, the first of his celebrated City Symphony series, is a musical and visual portrait of Toronto, created by Machover in a beyond-crowd-sourced collaboration with the greater Toronto community. In keeping with the site-specific ethos of the work, Machover worked with input from the student musicians of MITSO to further customize the piece for this US premiere performance.
Also featured will be the world premiere of renowned composer and clarinetist Don Byron’s Three Pieces from the Saul Bass Project , which will be performed live with classic film noir title sequences by the legendary Saul Bass (Something Wild (1961), The Shrike (1955), and Walk On the Wild Side (1962)). The program also includes music by John Williams (“Devil’s Dance” from The Witches of Eastwick), Angelo Badalamenti’s brooding themes to David Lynch films, and the US premiere of Harry Manfredini’s Friday the 13th Suite.
Prior to the concert, a composer’s forum will take place featuring Machover, Byron, and Manfredini, moderated by Music and Theater Arts Senior Lecturer and specialist in film music Marty Marks.
MIT Symphony Orchestra, led by Evan Ziporyn
John Williams, “Devil’s Dance” from Witches of Eastwick
Don Byron, Three Pieces from the Saul Bass Project — *World Premiere* (performed live with film)
Angelo Badalamenti, themes to David Lynch films (Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive,Twin Peaks)
Harry Manfredini, Friday the 13th Suite
Tod Machover, A Toronto Symphony — *US Premiere*
MIT Symphony Orchestra, Evan Ziporyn, Director
MITSO: The Night Before
2019-20 Terry and Rick Stone Concert
(Cancelled due to COVID-19)
March 13, 2020 / 8:00pm / Kresge Auditorium
Pre-show Composer Talk / 7:00pm / Kresge Little Theater
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