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Music of Reality: Beauty from Nothing

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Date(s) - Wed. Apr. 26, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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EP launch of Beauty from Nothing.

6:00 PM - Pre-concert discussion on the intersection of the arts and sciences with Robert Kirzinger of the BSO and cosmologist Dr. Cora Dvorkin
7:00 PM - Concert

On Wednesday, April 26, Music of Reality presents a multidisciplinary event that will explore the beautiful questions in cosmology through music and lecture, as well as celebrate the release of their debut EP ‘Beauty from Nothing’.

Cosmologist Dr. Cora Dvorkin of Harvard will present talks that explore these big, open questions: studying the cosmic microwave background to uncover the physics of inflation, dark matter, and primordial gravitational waves.  The talks will be interwoven with performances by acoustic and electronic musicians – each inspired by different questions and exploring different implications for our place in the universe.

Preceding the event, there will be a pre-concert discussion on the intersections of the arts and sciences with Dr. Dvorkin and Robert Kirzinger of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  All are welcome to attend and there will be a brief Q&A session following the discussion.

PERFORMANCES by Transient Canvas, DJ collective Table Manners, pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek, and electronic musician David Ibbett.

LECTURE: Dr. Cora Dvorkin – “The Beautiful Questions in Cosmology”

MUSIC written by David Ibbett, Steven Snowden, Mischa Salkind-Pearl, Johannes Maria Staud, and including commissioned miniatures by Mischa Salkind-Pearl, Robert Honstein, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Jason Charney, and Stefanie Lubkowski.

Tickets are $15/$10-students and can be purchased in advance here.

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Music of Reality is a multi-disciplinary concert series that combines art, science, music, and any and all interdisciplinary dialogue to celebrate the beauty of reality.  

We invite scientists, philosophers, and other great minds from the cutting-edge to share their knowledge and passion as part of an integrated performance with artists, musicians, and composers.  

We create a space where those who are passionate about discovery can come together, from all angles, and find points of convergence and new discovery.

Co-Directors:

Sophia Subbayya Vastek – pianist

www.sophiavastek.com

Pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek is an active performer and visual artist based in New York City.  Performing has taken her to South Africa, Mexico, The Kennedy Center, the United States State Department, the Canadian Embassy (DC), Polish Cultural Institute (DC), The Apollo Theatre, Tenri Cultural Institute, and DiMenna Center, among many others.

Sophia’s debut album will be released later this year, featuring raga-based works by Michael Harrison, as well as music by John Cage and Donnacha Dennehy.  Guest artists include tabla player Nitin Mitta, Michael Harrison on tambura, and vocalist Megan Schubert.  Produced by multiple Grammy-winning engineer Adam Abeshouse.

Sophia is one half of Tilted Arc, a new electroacoustic duo with electronic sound artist and multi-instrumentalist Sam Torres.  Other upcoming projects include aiding in the development of a new music program at Arts Letters & Numbers.

David Ibbett – composer

www.davidibbett.com

David Ibbett is a British composer based in Boston. His music explores a fascinating conflux between the worlds of the classical, contemporary, acoustic and the electronic. By working to fuse key elements from a host of contrasting styles, David aspires to create art music that is rich, direct and dramatically deep.

Projects span from chamber music (Albion Trails, 2009, BBCSO Octet for BBC Radio 3) to inter-arts collaborations (Project 51, contemporary dance score for The Place Resolutions, 2012) and works for instruments and electronics. David’s research focuses on sampling techniques as an integrative force in electroacoustic compositions. Recent works include Islands (2014) for cellist Gregor Riddell with BEAST (Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre), Branches (2015) for the Transient Canvas ensemble & Music of Reality (2016), a series of pieces for instruments and electronics in collaboration with pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek.