Sophia Subbayya Vastek
Pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek, described by Second Inversion as playing with "passion and profound tenderness", lives in the intersections – reveling in the questions, embracing the space between music now and before, and living squarely in the crosshairs of her wildest and most intimate emotional selves. She is committed to the never-ending exploration of the role of music as a force for good, as well as continually 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 Canadian Embassy (DC), Polish Cultural Institute (DC), 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 is 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.
Sophia is also one half of Tilted Arc, an electroacoustic duo with electronic sound artist and multi-instrumentalist Sam Torres. And she lives in Baltimore with her partner and their three-legged cat.
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.
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.