2017/18 SEASON
Upcoming Events

May 4, 2018 - Through the Eyes of a Child
7:00 PM

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

Proceeds from this event will be given to the International Rescue Committee in Baltimore to support their work providing affordable immigration and citizenship legal services.  Learn more at rescue.org

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, Jonathan Harvey, and including a world premiere by David Ibbett.

PERFORMERS: Ledah Finck, violin/viola | Irene Han, cello | Jennifer Hughson, clarinet | Sean McFarland, guitar | Adam Rosenblatt, vibraphone | Nonoka Mizukami, drum set | Sophia Subbayya Vastek, piano | Melissa Wimbish, voice | David Ibbett, electronics


May 5, 2018 - Music of Reality: Looking Ahead

House Concert
7:30 PM
Private Home in Washington, DC

Sophia and David, Music of Reality's Co-Directors, will host a house concert and discussion about the intersections of music and science, with a special sneak-peak at Music of Reality's next season!  Performances to include highlights from their past season.  The evening will include wine and dessert.

If you are interested in attending, please send us a message through our contact page.

2017/18 SEASON
Past Events

April 5, 2018 - What the Waves Brought

Co-presented by Yamaha Music School of Boston

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, Dr. Matthew Kleban of the NYU Physics Department (Dir. Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics), and Ché Pérez, architect and poet.

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

 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