“A Participatory Experiment to Watch”

Image Source: Knight Foundation

Image Source: Knight Foundation

The Nonprofit Quarterly discusses the Detroit Symphony’s “Symphony in D” project as part of a broader trend to harness technology to engage communities in arts and culture.

Gone may be the days of the thought that “art is not for me,” as our arts organizations continue to engage audiences through a variety of ways beyond attendance at a museum or gallery. We have expanded our thinking to identify that it is just as important to bring art out into our communities as it is to bring the residents of the community into our venues. The Detroit Symphony is a great model for this, as they are actively involving their community in the creation process in addition to opening the gates of access to their community.

Read the full article: DSO’s “Symphony in D”: A Participatory Experiment to Watch

Interview: “Model D”

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Tod Machover writes:

Great new interview about the SYMPHONY IN D project for Detroit, by Walter Wasacz in “Model D.” Walter says I am “friendly, down to earth, even” – gee, I HOPE so:) – and I’m thrilled that my dear friend and brilliant musician/writer Wesley Strick also got mentioned in the article; his name came up because Walter had written for Creem Magazine which started in Detroit; that was one of Wes’ first writing gigs (although from Manhattan), although he is now better know as one of Hollywood’s most prominent screenwriters. Anyway, this interview captures much of the spirit of the Detroit project; will be back there next week to meet more people, hear more sounds, AND attend the Detroit Tigers’ Opening Day game…..binaural microphones in hand (or in-ear, to be precise!).

Read the full article here.

Fensadense workshop

From Tod Machover’s Facebook page:

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Finished a great rehearsal period for FENSADENSE in Lucerne today with a fun and imaginative video shoot by Oliver T. Becker for a video trailer for the project. These 10 fabulous players from the Alumni Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL Academy were a great pleasure to work with, and I can’t wait to go home to finish the piece, to exchange ideas with everyone over the next few months, and to meet up again in Lucerne in August. Truly wonderful experience! 

Fensadense workshop

Hyperscore workshops in Lucerne

An update from Tod Machover:

Just came back from doing two Hyperscore workshops in Lucerne as part of my Symphony for Lucerne project for the LUCERNE FESTIVAL. It is always so rewarding to see young people imaginatively and fearlessly express themselves through their own original compositions, and especially through pieces that share something about their lives and their surroundings. Many gems, and 100% lovely kids and brilliant, devoted teachers.

Tod Machover auf Besuch im Schulhaus Moosmatt mit seinem Hyperscore-Projekt.

Tod Machover auf Besuch im Schulhaus Moosmatt mit seinem Hyperscore-Projekt.

Tod Machover auf Besuch im Schulhaus Moosmatt mit seinem Hyperscore-Projekt.

Tod Machover auf Besuch im Schulhaus Moosmatt mit seinem Hyperscore-Projekt.

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Improv with Lucerne musicians

From Tod Machover’s Facebook page

Very full day in Lucerne today, with a variety of activities connected to my residency this summer at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Improvisation workshop with brilliant and creative young musicians at the Music Conservatory, Hyperscore workshops, rehearsals for FENSADENSE, and a public workshop of A SYMPHONY FOR LUCERNE, with a sneak preview of a section of the piece. The bright sun was out and all the colors of this glorious city were enhanced. On a day like this, you can see why so many artists – including Wagner, who spent 8 years (and wrote Tristan) here – have been drawn to Lucerne again and again.

 

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Another side of Lucerne

By Tod Machover

Visited Sedel last evening, a former “men’s prison”, converted in the early 1980’s into a rehearsal and performance complex for wild and experimental music. Musicians rent 1, 2 or 3-block former prison cells as practice space, and hang out in small communal spaces and a crazy basement club area which also hosts frequent indie music events. The place felt like a super-compressed, pre-gentrified Manhattan East Village, and was full of mystery and life, with both booming and barely-audible music seeping through the doors of old prison cells. I was hosted by the amazing Fredy Studer, a legendary drummer, as radical and sonically inspiring as ever. Sedel is an incredible contrast to the picture perfect nature and civilization of the rest of Lucerne, and all the more essential for that.

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Celebrating Boulez

by Tod Machover

Tomorrow is Pierre Boulez’s 90th birthday. There is an excellent article today in Zurich’s Tages-Anzeiger; a must-read if you speak German. It talks eloquently about Boulez’s FOUR careers: composer, director (of IRCAM), conductor, and teacher/mentor. The article includes an excellent interview about Boulez with Michael Haefliger, director of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL with which Boulez has had such a close association and where he founded and directed the Lucerne Academy. There is a grand tribute to Pierre and his music at the Lucerne Festival on August 23rd; I am writing a new piece – RE-STRUCTURES for Two Pianos and Electronics – for that occasion.

Pierre Boulez

Pierre Boulez

Read the Tages-Anzeiger article here.

 

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