An Emmy for “Symphony in D” documentary

Congratulations to Dennis Scholl, Marlon Johnson and Tod Machover for taking home an Emmy for Best Cultural Documentary for the film of SYMPHONY IN D at the Michigan Emmy Awards last night! Check out the trailer above. Dennis Scholl and Marlon Johnson picked up the awards in Detroit (photo below). Tod had to stay home to work on his next opera, but he wrote to his co-producers: “Congratulations to the whole team. This was such a great collaboration, one I will never forget.”

Listen up! Great recording of Symphony in D (video)

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….

2016 Musical America honorees from left: Mark Padmore, Jennifer Koh, Gil Rose, Tod Machover and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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.

Fragment of “Fensadense”

Video from Saturday night’s spectacular premiere of FENSADENSE at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL. This segment (shot by me at the back of the hall with my iPhone 6…so not Oliver T. Becker quality:) is substantial (about 9 minutes long) and goes from the middle of our version of Hey Jude (including a saturated freak-out) through the first part of FENSADENSE. The brilliant performers, all alumni from the Lucerne Festival Academy, are Péter Szűcs (bass clarinet), Jack Adler-Mckean (tuba), Lucia Carro Veiga (percussion), Cecilia Bercovich (viola), Holly Nelson (violin), Emilio Guarino (double bass), Justin Lepard (cello), Michael Mahnig (piano), Marina Kifferstein (violin) and Rozenn Le Trionnaire (clarinet). Enjoy!!!!

Lucerne youth dig into Hyperscore

Wonderful new (short) video about the Hyperscore workshops we are doing in Lucerne as part of the EINE SINFONIE FUER LUZERN project that premieres at this summer’s LUCERNE FESTIVAL. Amazing young people from around the city are working on original compositions that reflect aspects of Lucerne. These will be transcribed for instruments (some transcriptions by the students themselves, a first!), and featured in their own “40-minute Concert” and also incorporated into my Symphony. Check out the clip to see how the process works, and to see how great these young people are…..and how exciting and fresh their music is. Recorded at Jugendmusikschule, Luzern.