Wonderful interview with Tonya Matthews – director of the Michigan Science Center, PhD in biology, and truly brilliant poet and performance artist – on the occasion of the PBS premiere of the Dennis Scholl/Marlin Johnson documentary on the SYMPHONY IN D project. Tonya speaks beautifully about her work and about describing Detroit in words and music. Read the full interview here: THIS FRIDAY at 8 PM | Symphony in D, A Symphony by Detroit for Detroit
The Emmy-award-winning “Symphony in D” documentary, directed by Dennis Scholl and Marlon Johnson,aired at 8pm October 13 on Detroit’s DPTV. In an article in Broadway World, the Tod Machover symphony is described as an “audacious project…It received an awe-inspiring world premiere, led by DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin, at Orchestra Hall, playing to an enthusiast crowd and rave reviews – including one critic who called it “an extremely powerful love letter to Detroit.””
Read more at Broadway World, Documentary to Profile Detroit Symphony’s SYMPHONY IN D Tonight on DPTV
From Tod Machover’s Facebook
A new City Symphony—based on the model that we created over the past several years and mentored, but not created, by our team at the MIT Media Lab—premieres in Miami on October 21. Called Project 305, the new collaborative work has been organized by the New World Symphony with support from the Knight Foundation, with the composition – called “Miami in Movements” – created by composer Ted Hearne and videographer Jonathan David Kane. It is really exciting to see our symphony model moving out into the world, and I can’t wait to hear the final performance. More on that soon, and great article from Broadway World.
New World Symphony
The Atlantic’s CityLab blog reports on Tod Machover’s two new city symphony projects, in Miami and Philadelphia. You can read it here: Turning Street Noise Into a City Symphony.
“Like so many things in our culture, there’s a growing gap between experts and ordinary people, and I thought music is such a great laboratory to show how things can be different,” says Machover. “So I wanted the project to be a representation of connecting people—no matter what their background was in music—as equals.”
Composer Tod Machover’s ground-breaking “city symphony” projects, which involve entire urban communities in collaborating to create sonic portraits of their cities, is making its next stop in Miami. Machover has created city symphonies in Toronto, Edinburgh, Perth, Lucerne, and Detroit, but he encourages other artists to take hold of the idea and spread it to more communities. With support from the Knight Foundation, the first such project took place earlier this year in Akron, Ohio. In Miami, Machover will oversee Project 305, which will be shaped by composer Ted Hearne and filmmaker Jonathan David Kane for the New World Symphony. (View Project 305 trailer above.) Continue reading
For your listening pleasure, here’s an excellent version of the “Symphony in D” recording. And here’s a new press release just out about the symphony and Tod Machover’s “Composer of the Year” award.
“Imagination is the strongest tool we have. The reason that we make music is of course to reach our audiences, but also to change the world, and nothing less than that is worth doing.” -Tod Machover
Symphony in D, the symphony written for and by the people of Detroit, premiered November 20 and 21 by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and was lauded by the press for its uniqueness of sound and for bringing vast numbers of people from all different communities together through music and technology. Anticipated by nearly every local publication and a great many nationally and internationally, the “love letter to Detroit” (Hyperallergic) was commissioned by the DSO and conducted by Leonard Slatkin, resulting in “big, amassing smorgasbords that invariably proved exhilarating” (Musical America) and “made Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand look like a chamber piece” (Classical Voice North America). Read articles from TheNew York Times, BBC World Service, Associated Press, USA Today, andMusical America….
Musical America 2015 honorees from left: Mark Padmore, Jennifer Koh, Gil Rose, Tod Machover and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Named 2016 Composer of the Year by Musical America, Tod Machover has captivated audiences worldwide with innovative musical technologies of his own invention and brilliant, passionate scores. Machover, alongside the other outstanding Musical America awardees, was honored at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall on December 8. Mark Swed, music critic at the Los Angeles Times, describes Machover as “the true futurist,” his work as “a vast network of musical neurons enthusiastically making connections between musical traditions, past and present, not normally joined,” in his feature article written for Musical America.
Here’s a 5-minute audio clip just released from the BBC World Service that presents the highlights from the full 12-minute interview about SYMPHONY IN D – recently premiered with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra – that was broadcast last weekend. Good way to hear a discussion about (and sounds from) the project without scrolling through a full BBC program…just click and listen here!