2017/18 Season

April 5, 2018 - What the Waves Brought

Yamaha Artists Services
689 5th Ave, #3
New York, NY


This special event will bring together the fields of fluid dynamics, cosmology, and oceanography in an exploration of wave phenomena from all corners of the universe.

LECTURERS: Dr. Irmgard Bischofberger of the MIT Fluids Lab and Dr. Matthew Kleban of the NYU Physics Department (Dir. Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics)

MUSIC: Works by David Ibbett, Robert Honstein, and Tigran Hamasyan, with CMB sonifications made in collaboration with David Ibbett and physicist Matthew Kleban.

May 4, 2018 - Through the Eyes of a Child

Music on the Square series
1025 S. Potomac St, Baltimore, MD

LECTURERS: Dr. Clara Han of Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Andrew Brandel of Harvard University.  Together, they are collaborating on a book that will explore how families inherit the catastrophic loss of a world through war, genocide, and displacement.  In this event, they will discuss these issues through the lens of their own familial histories – the Korean War and the Holocaust.  Not only will they will explore how the familial memory of violence is inherited by future generations, with particular attention to scenes of domestic life, but they will also reflect on the nature of collaboration between individuals who bear different, but related, histories of loss and displacement, and whose biographies are marked by immigration, inequality, and racialization. 

MUSIC: Works by Leonard Bernstein, Missy Mazzoli, Mary Kouyoumdjian, and David Ibbett.


2017/18 Season Past Events

 Paola Rizzoli

Paola Rizzoli

March 9, 2018 - Rising Seas and the Venice Problem

Killian Hall, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
March 9, 2018
7:00 PM

(Tickets are sliding-scale, starting at $10)


LECTURER: Paola Rizzoli, Professor of Physical Oceanography in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

PROGRAM: Dr. Paola Rizzoli will present a lecture on the Venice problem, with implications of climate change, the human and ecological impact, and the nature of the sea.

This concert will be the first in a series of carbon-neutral events presented by Music of Reality, and will include a video presentation from climate psychologist Per Espen Stoknes.

MUSIC: Works by Venetian composers Barbara Strozzi, Claudio Monteverdi, Sigismondo D’India, Benedetto Ferrari, Domenico Obizzi, Carlo Milanuzzi, and Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger, performed by sopranos Camila Parias and Agnes Cox, and Nathaniel Cox on theorbo.  Also featuring music by Tigran Hamasyan and a premiere by David Ibbett, performed by pianist Sophia Vastek.


Nov. 17, 2017 - Phenomena of Growth

 Irmgard Bischofberger

Irmgard Bischofberger

Killian Hall, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
7:30 PM, Nov. 17, 2017

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LECTURER: Irmgard Bischofberger of the MIT Fluids Lab

PROGRAM: Music of Reality presents an interdisciplinary concert featuring the research of Irmgard Bischofberger of the MIT Fluids Lab. Irmgard will present her work on the growth patterns of fluids - the beautiful fractal and crystalline patterns that govern the behavior of liquids, and the larger implications of these formations throughout nature. Talks will be interwoven with projections and music for piano, saxophone, and electronics.

PERFORMERS: Sam Torres, saxophonist and loop artist, pianist Sophia Vastek, and electronic musician David Ibbett, with projections and visual representations of the work of Prof. Bischofberger.

MUSIC: Stainless Staining by Donnacha Dennehy, The Currents by Sarah Kirkland Snider, a set by Sam Torres for saxophone and live electronics, and a new work by David Ibbett