Artistic Statement

Why do we create art?  Why do we study the farthest reaches of the universe?  And why are we constantly searching and pushing our intellectual and emotional borders in a never-ending reach outwards?  While we search for more definition in our understanding of reality, art grasps at that which is indefinable.  At its core, Music of Reality aims to demonstrate that these pursuits converge at a point of focus, and, in fact, are one and the same.

Music of Reality is a concert production series founded by Baltimore-based pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek and Boston-based composer David Ibbett. Our mission is to present events that combine current research, art, and music in thoughtful and stimulating ways. We invite scientists, social anthropologists, educators, and other great minds to share their knowledge and passion as part of an integrated performance with artists and musicians. 

We collaborate with people who are passionate about communicating their work to a general audience, with the idea that their research or artistic practice should be accessible to everyone.  We are committed to presenting an exciting and diverse array of musical performances, and connecting this programming to our topics through a range of angles - such as commissioned new works, existing works, and a variety of new media.

Each of our events explores a specific topic of research drawn from an ever-increasing spectrum. We began with particle physics and cosmology, journeyed into biology, engineering, and now seek actively for collaborations in any area of sincere inquiry into the world. We work with our community to explore new territory and their interests - and we maintain an open call for ideas and collaborations on our website at all times.

In each event, Music of Reality aims to provide a space where those who are passionate about discovery can come together and find new points of convergence - instigating sparks of creativity that fire in all directions.