Sophia Subbayya Vastek
Pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek, described by Second Inversion as playing with "passion and profound tenderness", maintains an active career as a concert pianist and keyboardist/performer, educator, interdisciplinary collaborator, and event producer. She is committed to the never-ending exploration of the role of music as a force for good, and exploring how mining her own stories can lead to a deeper listening of the stories of others.
Performing has taken Sophia to South Africa, Mexico, the Kennedy Center, the United States State Department, The Apollo Theatre, and National Sawdust, among many others. She has also been presented at The NoiseGate Festival, Queens New Music Festival, Artscape, and Arts Letters & Numbers.
Sophia’s debut album was newly released on innova Recordings with music by Michael Harrison, Donnacha Dennehy, and John Cage. Featuring vocalist Megan Schubert and tabla player Nitin Mitta, produced by multiple Grammy-winning engineer Adam Abeshouse.
In addition to her work with Music of Reality, Sophia is also one half of Tilted Arc, an electroacoustic duo that creates across genres, with electronic sound artist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Sam Torres. Together, they create, perform, and produce electroacoustic music and build installations. They released their first album, “Ghost in the Square”, in 2017.
Sophia is indebted to her teachers, colleagues, collaborators, and friends who continue to teach her how to ask questions and truly listen. She is based in Troy, NY where she lives with her partner Sam and their cat MagnifiCAT.
David Ibbett is a British composer based in Boston. He has found musical inspiration in many places - songs, symphonies, pop, classical and the electronic - and bringing these strands together is his ultimate aim. His interest in science began with his father, Dr. Roger Ibbett, who is a research chemist at Nottingham University.
David composes works for instruments and ensemble, often featuring live electronics. Projects span from chamber music (Albion Trails, 2009, BBC Symphony Octet) to inter-arts collaborations (Project 51, contemporary dance score for The Place Resolutions, 2012) and works for instruments and electronics (Beauty from Nothing EP, 2016). In all projects, he seeks a deep collaboration with musicians, scientists, artists and performers.
"The music is like Mozart mashed up with Club Beats and Electronica" Original Gravity Concert Series
“[Without Words], really appealed to us and we have taken it into our repertoire. It is the only commission on our CD and we love it. It has really pushed us technically, and opened doors to new ideas and compositions” Living Room in London
Venues David has performed at include:
Aldeburgh Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Barbican Total Immersion, Yamaha Artists Salon, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Nonclassical, Banff Centre, Wigmore Hall, SEAMUS, Spitalfields Festival, Logos Foundation, Boston’s The Record Company, NYCEMF Festival, EMM Festival, Original Gravity Concert series, Seven Bridges Project, City of London Festival, Bath Festival, Faster Than Sound concert series
Jessica Smith is a flutist, flute teacher, and arts administrator living in the Greater Boston Area. A native of Michigan, Jessica has performed in bustling Detroit, besides the waters of Lake Michigan, and amid the trees of Upstate, NY.
Jessica strives to perform and teach from the heart, always approaching new projects with love, compassion, and dedication. As a strong advocate for contemporary concert music, Jessica strives to support composers, artists, and organizations that promote engagement and appreciation of music.
Alongside Nick Merillat, Jessica performs in the flute and percussion duo, InertiaTwo. The duo strives to promote the eclecticism of music available for flute and percussion by playing works new and old. InertiaTwo also aims to push the genre further through experimentation, composition, improvisation, and live electronic enhancement.
When not making music and teaching, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and her small pups, Lyla and Luna. She enjoys crafting, hiking, reading, and discovering.