Tod Machover’s Fasnacht adventures

Postings by Tod Machover from Lucerne, Switzerland 

February 16, 2015. Here’s my full Fasnacht costume – provided by friends at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL, as well as the (very loud) scene right outside my hotel window – at 12:30 pm. People told me that this medieval, super-quiet and discrete hotel would become one of the epicenters of Fasnacht…and boy, were they right!!!!

Here I am in my full Fasnacht costume, provided by friends at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL. About to go out and explore now:) — at Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann

Here I am in my full Fasnacht costume, provided by friends at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL. About to go out and explore now:) — at Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann

 The scene outside my hotel - just arrived - in Lucerne, with zoot-suited sax and brass players serenading a motley crew. There's apparently a big blast-off at 2 pm, so I am going to try to find that now.


The scene outside my hotel – just arrived – in Lucerne, with zoot-suited sax and brass players serenading a motley crew. There’s apparently a big blast-off at 2 pm, so I am going to try to find that now.

Out on the streets at Fasnacht, Lucerne. Crazy and funky, and a total confetti mess. Got great audio recordings, and the best things seem to be happening in the side streets…as always. Just warmed up a bit and am on my way out there again!! Continue reading

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February notes: Back from Detroit

Tod Machover posted:

Just back from a couple of days in Detroit for the next installment of workshops, meetings, presentations, and generally-intense-and-beautiful-experiences that are all part of the crazy mix that will become SYMPHONY IN D with the Detroit Symphony in November (2015). What a powerful city, full of vivid and passionate people, architectural richness as well as decay, talent everywhere, and edgy sound – the musical, the everyday, and the extraordinary – bursting with energy and potential. It is such a privilege to spend time in Detroit, which is starting to feel very much like a second home.

Some haunting photographs Tod took of Detroit’s Michigan Theater:

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Chomsky memories!

From Tod Machover’s Facebook page:

Had dinner with David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet on Sunday, and afterwards came across this lovely photo from our “Chomsky Suite” project from a few years ago. Unforgettable!

— with Jeffrey Zeigler and Noam Chomsky at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Here are movements 2+3 (out of 5) of Tod Machover’s “Chomsky Suite” performed by the Kronos Quartet with guest soloist Noam Chomsky! Watch HERE.

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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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A Symphony for Perth

Between the Desert and the Deep Blue Sea: A Symphony for Perth was composed from October 2013 to February 2014 for Carolyn Kuan and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, on commission from the Perth International Arts Festival. The 25-minute work is a musical, sonic portrait of Perth and surrounding areas, and was created in collaboration with people from Perth of all ages and backgrounds (based on a creative model I developed for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Edinburgh International Festival, both in 2013, designed to cultivate careful listening to the world around us to discover its hidden music).

Between the Desert and the Deep Blue Sea is a four movement work, played without a break, which conveys Perth’s dramatic geography, the simultaneous complexity and calm I have found there, and the enormous sense of potential and ‘unanswered questions’ that the city and region suggest. You can read more about the ideas behind the piece here and watch a brief trailer for A Symphony for Perth below:

I have travelled rather widely over the years, but I had never been to Perth (nor the rest of Australia) when Continue reading

Photos from Paris

Photos just in from the opening of VOCAL VIBRATIONS a few days ago in Paris. Here are a few to give a taste; will post more soon. The installation is on at Le Laboratoire through September, so I hope you’ll have a chance to experience it between now and then.http://www.lelaboratoire.org/en/archives-18.php (9 photos)

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