Now on YouTube, “Chomsky Suite”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXfXy771K8w Chomsky Suite (2011) was composed by Tod Machover for Noam Chomsky and the Kronos Quartet as part of the FAST Festival in celebration of MIT’s 150th anniversary. It was premiered at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium on April 11, 2011 during the Festival’s New Music Marathon, curated by Evan Ziporyn. Machover says of the work: “I …

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Noam Chomsky and Kronos Quartet at MIT

Three major pieces by Tod Machover will be streamed internationally over the next week: CHOMSKY SUITE on May 8 at 7PM, A TORONTO SYMPHONY on May 9 at 7PM, and PHILADELPHIA VOICES on May 16 at 8PM (all US EDT).

25 years ago, predicting the digital revolution

Here's a fascinating article published by American Cinematographer in March, 1995, covering a Media Lab symposium on "Digital Expression." A star-studded panel, including Quincy Jones, Peter Sellars, Peter Gabriel, Jane Alexander, and Laurie Anderson, discussed how interactive digital technology might transform the arts, break down barriers, and transform the relationship between artists and audiences. Many …

Notes from Jeju Island, Korea

Tod Machover was visiting Jeju Island, South Korea, last week to participate in the Peace Workshop and Concert, a landmark in music-for-peace activities, and a major step forward for our SYMPHONY FOR THE KOREAS project (a collaboration with Hyung Joon Won and the Lindenbaum Organization).....plus a wonderful opportunity to perform both Flora and Gammified, back-to-back. …

“Schoenberg” in Vienna

Volksoper Wien has announced that Tod Machover’s “Schoenberg in Hollywood” will be receiving its European premier in April of 2020 in a new production by Helen Malkowsky with a cast that includes Lauren Urquhart and Jeffrey Treganza. Gerrit Prießnitz conducts the chamber work. It will be fascinating to see the opera in this legendary house interpreted by artists …

Kronos Quartet to premier Tod Machover’s “GAMMIFIED”

As a part of its important initiative to support the future of the string quartet, the globally-renowned Kronos Quartet will perform the first public performance of GAMMIFIED by American composer Tod Machover, through the expansive 50 for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire commissioning and education project in partnership with Carnegie Hall and others. Utilizing cutting-edge research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, …

Music for the Koreas

Tod Machover just returned from a five-day visit to South Korea to meet with violinist Won Hyung-joon, director of the Lindenbaum Festival Orchestra. Won has been trying for two decades to bring together musicians from South and North Korea as a way to promote peaceful reunification between the two countries. After seeing a documentary about …