Music of Reality is a multi-disciplinary concert series that combines art, science, music, and any and all interdisciplinary dialogue to celebrate the beauty of reality.
We invite scientists, philosophers, and other great minds from the cutting-edge to share their knowledge and passion as part of an integrated performance with artists, musicians, and composers.
We create a space where those who are passionate about discovery can come together, from all angles, and find points of convergence and new discovery.
Sophia Subbayya Vastek
Pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek is an active performer and visual artist based in New York City. Performing has taken her to South Africa, Mexico, The Kennedy Center, the United States State Department, the Canadian Embassy (DC), Polish Cultural Institute (DC), The Apollo Theatre, Tenri Cultural Institute, and DiMenna Center, among many others.
Sophia's debut album will be released later this year, featuring raga-based works by Michael Harrison, as well as music by John Cage and Donnacha Dennehy. Guest artists include tabla player Nitin Mitta, Michael Harrison on tambura, and vocalist Megan Schubert. Produced by multiple Grammy-winning engineer Adam Abeshouse.
Sophia is one half of Tilted Arc, a new electroacoustic duo with electronic sound artist and multi-instrumentalist Sam Torres. Other upcoming projects include aiding in the development of a new music program at Arts Letters & Numbers.
David Ibbett is a British composer based in Boston. His music explores a fascinating conflux between the worlds of the classical, contemporary, acoustic and the electronic. By working to fuse key elements from a host of contrasting styles, David aspires to create art music that is rich, direct and dramatically deep.
Projects span from chamber music (Albion Trails, 2009, BBCSO Octet for BBC Radio 3) to inter-arts collaborations (Project 51, contemporary dance score for The Place Resolutions, 2012) and works for instruments and electronics. David’s research focuses on sampling techniques as an integrative force in electroacoustic compositions. Recent works include Islands (2014) for cellist Gregor Riddell with BEAST (Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre), Branches (2015) for the Transient Canvas ensemble & Music of Reality (2016), a series of pieces for instruments and electronics in collaboration with pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek.