Two Machover concerts this fall

colorado_aspensIf you’re in Colorado or Vermont this fall, mark your calendars for these upcoming Tod Machover concerts!

  • Thursday, September 29, 7:30-9:00 PM. Packard Performance Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre Street, in Colorado Springs. Machover, performs with Susan Grace and guests. More info here.
  • Friday, October 14, University of Vermont, Burlington. 2:30 PM, talk on “Robotic Operas, City Symphonies, and Beyond,” sponsored by the UVM Burack President’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Concert at 7:30 pm, sponsored bythe UVM Humanities Center and the Department of Music & Dance. More info here.

Here is the program for the Colorado Springs concert: Continue reading

Tod Machover on City Symphonies at the Lincoln Center Global Exchange conference



From Tod Machover’s Facebook page:

“Speaking tomorrow at Lincoln Center’s fascinating Global Exchange event that explores the potential for the arts to raise awareness of – and change behavior towards – some of the world’s most intractable problems. Will be presenting information about our City Symphonies past, present and future, as well as giving some first-time glimpses of some of the newest things we are cooking up at the MIT Media Lab.

Convocation 2016: Northwestern University Bienen School of Music

Composer Tod Machover addressed the class of 2016 at the Bienen School of Music convocation June 18. Recently named 2016 Composer of the Year by Musical America, Machover has been called “America’s most wired composer” by The Los Angeles Times and a “musical visionary” by The New York Times. He is widely recognized as one of the most innovative and influential composers of our time and is also celebrated for inventing new technologies for music. Trained as a cellist, he studied composition with Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School and was the first Director of Musical Research at Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM in Paris. Machover is the Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab where he also directs the Opera of the Future Group. Since 2006, Machover has been visiting professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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Next stop: Philadelphia

Co-honorees at last evening's Musical America award ceremony at Carnegie Hall. From left, Mark Padmore, Jennifer Koh, Gil Rose, Tod Machover and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Co-honorees at last evening’s Musical America award ceremony at Carnegie Hall. From left, Mark Padmore, Jennifer Koh, Gil Rose, Tod Machover and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The music world has been abuzz with news about Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s appointment as music director of the Metropolitan Opera. He will succeed James Levine, who has served in that role for four decades. Simultaneously, the 41-year-old Québécois conductor has also renewed his contract as music director for the Philadelphia Orchestra. In its press release, the Philadelphia Orchestra mentioned that “a commission by Tod Machover, featuring different “voices” from the community, is planned within the next few seasons.” Nézet-Séguin and Machover met each other last December when both were honored by Musical America (as Artist of the Year and Composer of the Year, respectively). Stay tuned!

Press release: Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin Makes Renewed Commitment to The Philadelphia Orchestra, Extending Tenure through 2025-2026 Season

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Machover at Moogfest

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Tod Machover will be speaking on “Hyperinstruments, Robotic Operas, and City Symphonies” this Sunday, May 22, at Moogfest 2016. According to the festival’s website, “Moogfest is a tribute to Dr. Robert Moog and the profound influence his inventions have had on how we hear the world. Over the last sixty years, Bob Moog and Moog Music have pioneered the analog synthesizer and other technology tools for artists. This exchange between engineer and musician is celebrated with a unique festival format where the creative process is understood as a collaboration among many people, across time and space, in commerce and culture.”

“By day, Moogfest is a platform for conversation and experimentation. This mind-expanding conference attracts creative and technology enthusiasts for three days of participatory programming in Durham, North Carolina. By night, Moogfest presents cutting-edge music in venues throughout the city. Performing artists include early pioneers in electronic music, alongside pop and avant garde experimentalists of today.”

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Tod Machover to speak on music and medicine


Composer Tod Machover will be giving a Keynote Talk called MUSIC, MEDICINE AND MEANING at the Mt.Sinai-Louis Armstrong Center symposium “Turned On, Tuned In” in NYC on May 2. Inspired by Marvin Minsky’s seminal paper “Music, Mind and Meaning,” Machover will be building on the Opera of The Future group’s recent work in music, mind and health to predict and project how music can restore health, promote wellbeing, and be a “laboratory for meaning” over the coming years. Looks like a very interesting conference; drop by if you’re in NYC that day. Full schedule here. Register for the conference here.

Catalyst Conversations with Tod Machover and Kevin Esvelt

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You may interested in this public discussion – called Boundaries of the Possible – that composer Tod Machover will be having with biologist and new MIT Media Lab faculty member Kevin Esvelt. Part of the Catalyst Conversations series and co-hosted by MIT’s List Visual Arts Center, it will be held at the Media Lab Complex’s Bartos Theater, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, Mass. on Monday, March 28 from 7-8 pm. Reception to follow.

Kevin and Tod will be discussing the potential for the arts (particularly music) and sciences (particularly biology) to initiate radical, positive social change, both separately and – well – in concert. Full info and reservations here.