Praise for “Philadelphia Voices” and Ben Bloomberg!

Music critic Bernard Jacobson in his review for Seen and Heard International writes that “Philadelphia Voices” “comes across as a creation open to the world and indeed drawing on an omnivorous variety of materials ranging from the literary, by way of quotations from our contemporaries, to evocations of visual, social, and traditional elements that vividly express the character of this one specific corner of the world. Continue reading

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Tonya Matthews speak about Symphony in D

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

“Symphony in D” documentary aired on DPTV

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

New World Symphony’s Project

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 City Symphony projects featured in The Atlantic

New World Symphony

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.”

Miami “city symphony” announced

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