New work for organ, voice and electronics in Montreal May 16th

MontrealSymphonyHall_OrganTod Machover’s newest work, “Of Experience,” has its world premiere this Saturday, May 16th, at the Maison symphonique de Montréal. Composed for the hall’s pipe organ, narrator and electronics, the piece was commissioned by the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. The work is inspired by the essays of Montaigne, and is part of a program celebrating the cultural riches of the Renaissance.

7:00 p.m. Pre-concert talk at Foyer Allegro. Host: Matthieu Dugal. Guests: Jean-Willy Kunz, OSM organist in residence, and Tod Machover, composer

Concert 8:00 p.m.

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Lucerne youth dig into Hyperscore

Wonderful new (short) video about the Hyperscore workshops we are doing in Lucerne as part of the EINE SINFONIE FUER LUZERN project that premieres at this summer’s LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Amazing young people from around the city are working on original compositions that reflect aspects of Lucerne. These will be transcribed for instruments (some transcriptions by the students themselves, a first!), and featured in their own “40-minute Concert” and also incorporated into my Symphony. Check out the clip to see how the process works, and to see how great these young people are…..and how exciting and fresh their music is. Recorded at Jugendmusikschule, Luzern.

“Death and the Powers” now available on DVD

DATP_DVDCoverA DVD of Dallas Opera’s highly successful 2014 production of Tod Machover’s robotic opera, Death and the Powers, is available beginning April 22 through the MIT Media Lab. Only a limited number of copies are on sale and can be purchased at CD Baby here.

Death and the Powers received its world premiere September 24, 2010 at L’Opéra de Monte-Carlo – Salle Garnier. In addition to the Dallas Opera production, Machover’s opera has been performed at Chicago Opera Theater and at Boston’s Majestic Theater, a joint production with Harvard’s American Repertory Theater and the MIT Media Lab. The work was named a 2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Music for both its score and the innovative technology created by Machover and his Opera of the Future Group at the MIT Media Lab.

“Death and the Powers doesn’t point the way to a new era of opera. It’s there. Now.” Philadelphia Inquirer

“Passionate intensity. Full-bodied arias in a post-organic world.” Wall Street Journal

For more reviews of Death and the Powers, click here.

Documenting “Symphony in D”

From Tod Machover’s Facebook page:

Spent the last two days doing a fun – but strenuous – video shoot for a documentary about our SYMPHONY IN D project for Detroit. Led by producer (and Knight Foundation director-of-arts) Dennis Scholl and director Marlon Johnson (who has filled many of our visits to Detroit), our various projects at the MIT Media Lab as well as my composition and experimentation process at home and in my barn studio were quite thoroughly covered. Can’t wait to see what Dennis and Marlon make of all this footage…The SYMPHONY IN D world premiere is in November, so the documentary will come out after that. To be continued…(literally:).

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“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