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

December 9 at MIT Media Lab, “The Artist: Means, Meaning and Impact in the 21st Century”

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Interesting “debate” at the MIT Media Lab on Dec.9 that Tod Machover be moderating and speaking at – “The Artist: Means, Meaning and Impact in the 21st Century”. Final event of the DeVos Institute series on “Generation Elsewhere: Art in the Age of Distraction”. Full info and registration at www.devosinstitute.net/GenerationElsewhere. Press release at http://web.media.mit.edu/~tod/media/pdfs/The-Artist_Means-Meaning-Impact_PressRelease.pdf.

Two Machover concerts this fall

colorado_aspensIf you’re in Colorado or Vermont this fall, mark your calendars for these upcoming Tod Machover concerts!

  • Thursday, September 29, 7:30-9:00 PM. Packard Performance Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre Street, in Colorado Springs. Machover, performs with Susan Grace and guests. More info here.
  • Friday, October 14, University of Vermont, Burlington. 2:30 PM, talk on “Robotic Operas, City Symphonies, and Beyond,” sponsored by the UVM Burack President’s Distinguished Lecture Series. Concert at 7:30 pm, sponsored bythe UVM Humanities Center and the Department of Music & Dance. More info here.

Here is the program for the Colorado Springs concert: Continue reading

Tod Machover on City Symphonies at the Lincoln Center Global Exchange conference

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From Tod Machover’s Facebook page:

“Speaking tomorrow at Lincoln Center’s fascinating Global Exchange event that explores the potential for the arts to raise awareness of – and change behavior towards – some of the world’s most intractable problems. Will be presenting information about our City Symphonies past, present and future, as well as giving some first-time glimpses of some of the newest things we are cooking up at the MIT Media Lab.

Convocation 2016: Northwestern University Bienen School of Music

Composer Tod Machover addressed the class of 2016 at the Bienen School of Music convocation June 18. Recently named 2016 Composer of the Year by Musical America, Machover has been called “America’s most wired composer” by The Los Angeles Times and a “musical visionary” by The New York Times. He is widely recognized as one of the most innovative and influential composers of our time and is also celebrated for inventing new technologies for music. Trained as a cellist, he studied composition with Elliott Carter and Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School and was the first Director of Musical Research at Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM in Paris. Machover is the Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media at the MIT Media Lab where he also directs the Opera of the Future Group. Since 2006, Machover has been visiting professor of composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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Next stop: Philadelphia

Co-honorees at last evening's Musical America award ceremony at Carnegie Hall. From left, Mark Padmore, Jennifer Koh, Gil Rose, Tod Machover and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Co-honorees at last evening’s Musical America award ceremony at Carnegie Hall. From left, Mark Padmore, Jennifer Koh, Gil Rose, Tod Machover and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

The music world has been abuzz with news about Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s appointment as music director of the Metropolitan Opera. He will succeed James Levine, who has served in that role for four decades. Simultaneously, the 41-year-old Québécois conductor has also renewed his contract as music director for the Philadelphia Orchestra. In its press release, the Philadelphia Orchestra mentioned that “a commission by Tod Machover, featuring different “voices” from the community, is planned within the next few seasons.” Nézet-Séguin and Machover met each other last December when both were honored by Musical America (as Artist of the Year and Composer of the Year, respectively). Stay tuned!

Press release: Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin Makes Renewed Commitment to The Philadelphia Orchestra, Extending Tenure through 2025-2026 Season

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