A 21st century opera house for Boston?



Check out Tod Machover’s letter to the editor of the Boston Globe, in response to a recent Globe article “Boston overdue for a proper opera house“:

With a clean slate, with the leadership of BLO and others, and with the participation of the area’s vital artistic and academic communities, Boston could design and build the first great opera house of the 21st century — post-multimedia, organically shape-shifting, massively connectable, an “instrument” rather than an icon, ideal for reimagining tradition while creating explosive new experiences — that would embrace the public, energize the art form, and be a beacon of inspiration to the region, the country, and the world.

Read the full letter here.

Brazilian TV spot on Lucerne Symphony project

This clip just appeared on Brazilian TV (Cultura TV, São Paulo) about Tod Machover’s LUCERNE SYMPHONY project. They interviewed Tod a few weeks ago when he was at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL, and this has some nice footage and sound of what the team did (and are doing) over there. So check it out and practice your Portugese!!!

Slide show from REMIX Summit

From Tod Machover’s Facebook page:

Gave a Keynote yesterday at the REMIX Summit in NYC, hosted by Bloomberg. Heard some great presentations from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Jake Barton of Local Projects, Cindy Gallop of IfWeRanTheWorld, and many others. Saw many old friends and met new ones. And was astonished at the exciting, fresh Bloomberg HQs building in Manhattan.

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Deutsche Welle on Lucerne Festival (Video)

Excellent TV piece on the LUCERNE FESTIVAL by Deutsche Welle, Germany’s equivalent of the BBC World Service. A segment on the SYMPHONY FOR LUCERNE project starts at 3:40. Check it out – and practice your German – at http://www.dw.de/take-five-folge-4-lucerne-festival/av-17890526


Pictures from Lucerne

Tod Machover is in Lucerne, Switzerland, for ten days to begin work on “A Symphony for Lucerne.” He’s running around meeting many different groups in the city, auditioning musicians and recording the “sounds of Lucerne.” There was a nice notice in the New York Times about Tod’s residency for the 2015 Lucerne Festival.

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Tod Machover named Composer in Residence for 2015 Lucerne Festival

Via Kirshbaum Demler and Associates

Tod Machover, composer, inventor and MIT Media Lab Professor, has been named Lucerne Festival’s 2015 Composer in Residence. As he has done for the cities of Perth, Edinburgh and Toronto, Machover will compose a collaborative symphony for the city of Lucerne to capture its life, spirit and culture in music. Beginning August 20, 2014 Machover will be in Lucerne for ten days exploring the energy of the city and gathering sounds and musical ideas submitted by the residents of Lucerne that define the city’s unique qualities and traditions. Recordings of conversation in a bustling café, the sound of water from Lake Lucerne or the many rivers that run through town, a factory or boat whistle, glasses clinking in a pub and children playing in a park, are some of the sounds that might be woven into a musical tapestry to create A Symphony for Lucerne.” This musical portrait of Lucerne receives its world premiere September 5, 2015, conducted by Matthias Pintscher.

Read the full press release with other Tod Machover news here.

Packing up for Lucerne

In a couple of days Tod Machover will be flying to Lucerne Switzerland to dig into his next “City Symphony” project, a new orchestral work commissioned by the Lucerne Festival. “A Symphony for Lucerne” will premiere on 5 September 2015, performed by the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY Orchestra, conducted by Matthias Pintscher. Please visit the project blog and heck out the trailer below!


Upcoming “I hear Lucerne” Events

Street Studio with Tod Machover
23/8/2014 11:0013:00

Street Studio with Tod Machover
24/8/2014 16:0018:00

Workshop with Tod Machover
25/8/2014 19:3021:00

Street Studio with Tod Machover
26/8/2014 04:0018:00