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New Performance: Weird, Fantastic & Sublime on 05/10/15 (part of ArtWeek Boston)




Mary is thrilled to have been invited to perform at "Weird, Fantastic & Sublime" at Oberon on Sunday, May 10th! The event will be "a live literary menagerie of New England area writers of speculative fiction", featuring live readings and appearances by Khadeja Merenkov, Kythryne Aisling, Gaia Weise, Amy Macabre, Athena Giles, Imogen Binnie, Ashley Almeida, DJ DayGlow, and more; hosted by K. Tempest Bradford, and produced by Kelsey Jarboe.

For this performance, Mary will play a 20-minute musical set, in which she will nerd out about both Mozart AND Sailor Moon!

The event is also part of ArtWeek Boston. Here are all of the details!:

05/10/15: WEIRD, FANTASTIC AND SUBLIME AT OBERON
WHEN: Sunday, May 10th @ 8:00pm (21+ w/ ID)
WHERE: Oberon (2 Arrow Street, Cambridge MA)
TICKETS: $15.00-$20.00 [ BUY TICKETS HERE ] (21+ w/ ID)

See you there!

Performance at Andrea Clearfield's Salon this Sunday, 03/29/15



WOOHOO! Mary is delighted to announce she will be returning to composer Andrea Clearfield's incredible Salon concert series this Sunday, March 29th in Philadelphia, PA! Mary will play two of her original vocal-and-piano compositions, and the evening will feature performances by an amazing line-up of musicians including Nancy Steltmann, John Bleuel, Linda Li-Bleuel, Bar Scott, Katherine Fahey, Burke Sampson, Diane Badie, Sojourne, Loop 2.4.3, Matt Davis, Peter Guadioso, Rich Rudin, Andrew Malanowicz, and even Boston's Jaggery!

The concert is RSVP-only; for more information please visit the Salon website.

Thanks and hope to see you in Philly ! <3

2/26/15: Press Page Updated: Reviews in The Boston Globe, New England Theatre Geek, and More



The press page has been updated with various articles and interviews, including new write-ups about Mary's compositions for the Wheelock Family Theatre production of Pinocchio.

Here are some quotes!

"[C]omposer and musical director Mary Bichner's delicate musical interludes...create an entrancing backdrop." -- The Boston Globe

"The composed incidental music by Mary Bichner...is a delight to the senses." -- New England Theatre Geek

More concerts and upcoming projects to be announced shortly -- please stay tuned! :)

Composer and Music Director of Wheelock Family Theatre's "Pinocchio" Jan 30th-Feb 22nd



Maryis excited to announce that she will be serving as composer and music director for Wheelock Family Theatre's new production of Pinocchio, directed by Steven Bogart, from Jan 30th to Feb 22nd. This re-telling is set in Japan and inspired by Kabuki, Noh and Bunraku theater.

In preparation for composing the score, since May of 2014 Mary has being studying Japanese classical composition with the incredible composer and shamisen/koto virtuoso Sumie Kaneko. Mary is also excited to announce that Sumie will be performing with us on shamisen in the musical ensemble for all dates except 2/4 through 2/8! The musical ensemble will also feature Mary on piano and flute, the amazing Christopher McClain on viola and the wonderful Molly Zenobia on percussion, as well as the awesome actor/cellist Jeff Song who will be playing his cello from stage while simultaneously acting in the play. The cast and crew are amazing and barring any snow emergencies the show opens this Friday -- we do hope you'll join us! <3

Tickets, dates, and other info can be found here: http://www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org/feature-performance.aspx

Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet at Arisia 1/17/15



Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet are thrilled to announce their next concert - a Sailor Moon-inspired musical set during the awesome Boston sci-fi/fantasy convention Arisia! The concert will take place on Saturday, January 17 @ 4:30pm in the Grand DE Ballroom of the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel (425 Summer Street, Boston MA). The ensemble will perform the contents of Mary's new Sailor Moon-inspired EP "Now The Spell Is Broken", as well as theme songs and instrumental music from the series specially arranged for double-viola string quartet. For this event, Planetary Quartet will feature the amazing line-up of Abby Swidler (violin), Christopher McClain (viola), Anna Stromer (viola) and Nick Dinnerstein (cello).

In order to attend the concert you must be registered for Arisia on Saturday (either via a day or weekend pass); here is info on registration!: http://www.arisia.org/Registration

And for general info on Arisia plus the rest of the convention's incredible schedule, check out their main page here!: http://www.arisia.org

Thanks so much and we can't wait to see you there! :)

Luv,
Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet

(PS - If you are not in the Boston area but would like to see us at an anime/sci-fi event near you, feel free to write you favorite convention and let them know! :D We LOVE to travel and would love to perform in your city! <3)

11/10/14: Press for Now The Spell Is Broken  EP



Here are some of the lovely things people around the web are saying about Mary's new Sailor Moon-inspired EP, Now The Spell Is Broken!:

Review on the Mary Sue

Review on MissDream.Org

Review on EvanMacIsaacDotCom (video review)

Now The Spell Is Broken was also on the Bandcamp bestsellers list in the classical category for the week of Oct 27th and the week of November 3rd.

Thank you one and all!

10/27/14: New EP, "Now The Spell Is Broken", released today


Hooray! "Now The Spell Is Broken", a new EP inspired by season 5 of the Sailor Moon anime, has been released today! You can listen to and/or purchase the album via Mary's band camp page, or by using the player below:



The four-track digital album features amazing performances by Planetary Quartet collaborators Abby Swidler (violin), Chris Baum (violin), Christopher McClain (viola), Anna Stromer (viola) and Nick Dinnerstein (cello); as well as special guest vocalist appearances by Singer Mali and Petaluma Vale. Mixed, mastered and co-produced by Peter Moore, with artwork by Kristilyn of Zombie Romance.

Thanks and hope you enjoy! <3

10/23/14: Guest Conducting for Gem Club during CMJ Sub-Pop Showcase at the Knitting Factory


On October 23rd, Mary is honored to be making a guest appearance with the incredible band Gem Club during their performance at the CMJ Sub-Pop Showcase! Mary will serve as guest conductor of a string trio alongside Gem Club lead singer/songwriter/pianist Christopher Barnes and cellist Kristen Drymala. The event will take place at the Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 on Thursday, Oct 23rd @ 8:00pm (doors @ 7:30). Please visit the Gem Club website for more information, or click HERE to purchase tickets. See you there! :D

10/6/14: New EP, "Now The Spell Is Broken" coming on October 27th, 2014


Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet will release "Now The Spell Is Broken", a digital EP, on October 27th, 2014. The EP will be available for purchase via Mary's Bandcamp page, and will feature original musical works inspired by the anime Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon. Click HERE to listen to the first single, "Throw Stones"; and click HERE to watch the "Throw Stones" music video.

More info coming soon! <3

10/5/14: Performance at Poe Statue Unveiling on October 5th, 2014


Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet are delighted to be performing at the unveiling of Boston's brand new Edgar Allan Poe statue, commissioned by The Edgar Allan Poe Foundation and sculpted by Stefanie Rocknak!

WHEN: Sunday, October 5th @ 12:30pm (doors @ 12:00pm)
WHERE: Georgian Room @ Park Plaza Hotel (50 Park Plaza, Boston MA)
TICKETS: FREE (seating is limited to the first 400 guests - please arrive early!)
QUARTET PERFORMERS: Abby Swidler (violin), Christopher McClain (viola), Anna Stromer (viola), and Nick Dinnerstein (cello)
DETAILS: The ensemble will play two of Mary's Edgar Allan Poe-inspired compositions during the pre-unveiling program. The pre-unveiling program will feature sculptor Stefaine Rocknak, WBUR arts reporter Andrea Shea, professor and author Nadia Nurhussein, author Matthew Pearl, author Megan Marshall, independent scholar Rob Velella, director of the Boston Art Commission Karin Goodfellow, Poe Foundation of Boston chair Paul Lewis, and Poe Studies Association President Philip Edward Phillips. The statue unveiling itself will take place at 2pm in Poe Square, just a 3-minute walk from Boston Park Plaza. We hope you can join us! <3

"Meet the Instruments" Children's Concert at the Somerville Public Library on 09/28/14 (Presented by the Somerville Arts Council & Massachusetts Cultural Council)




How does a flute make its sound? Where did the piano get its name? Join Somerville composer and 2014 Somerville Arts Council grant recipient Mary Bichner as she shares fun facts about her favorite musical instruments as part of a lively, family-friendly concert! The program will consist of traditional children's songs, catchy radio hits re-imagined for acoustic instruments, and more!

WHEN: Sunday, September 28th @ 3:00pm
WHERE: Somerville Public Library - Main Branch (79 Highland Avenue, Somerville MA)
TICKETS: FREE (all ages!)
PERFORMERS: Mary Bichner (piano, guitar, vocals, flute, tambourine), Christohper McClain (viola, viola da gamba), and Tony Leva (upright bass, trumpet)

"Meet the Instruments" was made possible by a generous grant from the Somerville Arts Council and Massachusetts Cultural Council -- thanks SAC and MCC! <3

July 10th-August 10th: Arranger, Music Director and Band Leader for The Nora Theatre Company's Production of "Her Aching Heart"



Mary is delighted to be serving as the arranger, music director and band leader for The Nora Theatre Company's brand new production of Bryony Lavery's "Her Aching Heart", appearing at the Central Square Theater (450 Mass Ave, Cambridge MA) from July 10th through August 10th. Here's a synopsis!:

"Passion. Riding Crops. Nuns. Harriet and Molly just happen to be reading the same pulpy romance novel - Her Aching Heart. Transported by their imaginations into the Victorian world of the trashy tale, they embody the willful aristocrat, haughty Harriet Hellstone and the sweetly pure country maiden Molly Penhallow. A bodice-ripping affair ensues, filled with imaginatively absurd characters, swept up by passion and romance of historic proportions. With two actresses portraying every character - including the men who long for them - Bryony Lavery has crafted a satirical romantic potboiler, complete with songs and miracles, spoofing gender cliches and stereotypes with hysterical results." 

The production will be directed by Lee Mikeska Gardner and stars Lynn Guerra as Harriet and Aimee Rose Ranger as Molly. Featuring new music composed by Veronica Barron, arrangements by Mary Bichner, and a host of live musicians including Rachel Panitch, Christopher McClain, Sue Buzzard and special guests.

Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.centralsquaretheater.org/season/14-15/her-aching-heart.html

Mary is looking forward to participating and performing in this amazing production! <3

JUNE SHOWS: For the Record on June 12th, PortConMaine on June 21st

Mary is excited to play not one but TWO shows with the amazing Planetary Quartet in June 2014!

First up will be an appearance at Jaggery's live album recording concert, "For the Record", at Club Oberon in Cambridge MA on Thursday, June 12th @8pm. Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet will open the evening with a 30-minute set of Mary's original works arranged for double-viola string quartet and vocalist. Tickets are $10 (standing) and $12 (seated), and can be purchased via this link at the Club Oberon website.

Then, on June 21st @12:00pm, Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet are thrilled to be musical guests of honor at PortConMaine 2014! The ensemble will be playing a Sailormoon-themed concert featuring the contents of Mary's forthcoming Sailor Moon-inspired EP (due out in August 2014) as well as theme songs, image songs, and instrumental pieces from the Sailor Moon anime specially arranged for double-viola string quartet. Click here for information on purchasing a registration badge for PortConMaine!

Hope to see you there! <3

Vitamin String Quartet rendition of "Home" on the Season Finale of Modern Family

Mary is honored to be part of the incredible Vitamin String Quartet collective. The string quartet arrangement of "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros that Mary arranged for the Vitamin String Quartet has been selected as the soundtrack for the final scenes of the recent Modern Family episode, "The Wedding - Part 2". For a limited time, the entire episode is streamable courtesy of Hulu:



You can listen to the track in its entirety via this video link from the official VSQ YouTube page:



Congratulations Vitamin String Quartet and thank you for having Mary as part of your amazing collaborative! And thank you to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros for composing such a beautiful song! <3

05/04/14: Released today - "Alice's Evidence" EP now available (and Happy Birthday, Alice Liddell!)

It's here, hurrah! Just in time for Alice Liddell's birthday, Mary has released "Alice's Evidence", a brand new EP! "Alice's Evidence" features a (slightly abridged) dramatic reading of Chapter 12 of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, paired with a musical accompaniment composed by Bichner arranged for flute, violin, clarinet, cello and harpsichord. Head over to Mary's Bandcamp page or have a listen via the player below!:



"Alice's Evidence" was made possible by a grant from the Somerville Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council (Mary Bichner - 2014 SAC Artist Fellowship Grant Recipient) and features an amazing cast including Singer Mali (Alice), Mika Cooper (Narrator), Tee Jay (King of Hearts), Edrie (Queen of Hearts), Jojo Lazar (White Rabbit), Rob Velella (Knave of Hearts), Peter Moore (Juryman), Molly Zenobia (Alice's Sister), Maria Johnson (flute), Warrick Moses (clarinet), Abby Swidler (violin), Nick Dinnerstein (cello) and very special guests the Jury Chorus: Sophia Cacciola, Michael J. Epstein, Allix Mortis, Ria, John Doherty, Ants Colney, David Brown, Jess Fox, Ian Adams, and Len Tower Jr. Thank you one and all! <3

The album art was created by visual artist Kristilyn of Zombie Romance, and features a portrait of each actor and musician drawn in the style of their Alice in Wonderland counterpart (click the thumbnails below for the full sized versions!):

    

Audio was recorded by Mary Bichner; and mixed/mastered by the wonderful Peter Moore.

To stream and/or purchase the digital EP, simply visit the following link: http://marybichner.bandcamp.com/album/alices-evidence

Thanks for listening and feel free to let Mary know your thoughts! Hope you enjoy! <3

04/01/14: New EP, "Alice's Evidence", to be released on 05/04/14



Classipop composer Mary Bichner is excited to announce the release of "Alice's Evidence", a new digital EP celebrating the Lewis Carroll classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, on Sunday, May 4th, 2014. The EP will feature a (slightly abridged) dramatic reading of Chapter 12 of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, paired with a musical accompaniment composed by Bichner arranged for flute, violin, clarinet, cello and harpsichord.

"Alice's Evidence" was made possible by a grant from the Somerville Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council (Mary Bichner - 2014 SAC Artist Fellowship Grant Recipient). Thank you SAC & MCC! <3

The EP's voice actor cast features a veritable who's who of the Boston indie music scene including: Singer Mali of Jaggery as Alice, Edrie of Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys as The Red Queen, Mika Cooper of What Time Is It Mr. Fox? as the Narrator, Jojo Lazar of Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys as the White Rabbit, Peter Moore of Count Zero as the Juryman, Tee Jay of 92 Protons/Walter Sickert and the Army of Broken Toys as the King of Hearts, solo artist Molly Zenobia as Alice's Sister, and more.

The album art is being created by visual artist Kristilyn of Zombie Romance, and will feature a portrait of each actor and musician drawn in the style of their Alice in Wonderland counterpart.

"Alice's Evidence" will be released on Sunday, May 4th, which is the birthday of "real-life Alice" Alice Liddell. The EP will be available in digital format via Bichner's Bandcamp page.

Stay tuned for more updates soon! :o)

03/07/14: Just Desserts wins Best Musical Score at the 2014 San Diego Film Awards



Thank you so much to the San Diego Film Awards for selecting Mary's musical scoring of the short film "Just Desserts" for this year's Best Musical Score! Many thanks to the cast, crew and production team of "Just Desserts" for inviting Mary to take part in such a wonderful film, and congratulations to fellow "Just Desserts" collaborator Caroline Amiguet for winning Best Actress for her gorgeous performance. Thank you, one and all! <3

03/06/14: Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet Performing at Anime Boston 03/22/14



Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet are SO excited to be performing a Sailor Moon-themed concert panel at this year's Anime Boston! The ensemble will perform the contents of Mary's forthcoming Sailor Moon-inspired EP (due out in early August 2014) as well as theme songs, image songs, and instrumental pieces from the Sailor Moon anime specially arranged for double-viola string quartet. Here are the details!:

WHEN: Saturday, March 22nd 2014 @ 4:30PM
WHERE: Anime Boston @ Hynes Convention Center (900 Boylston St, Boston MA)
TICKETS: Click HERE for registration info for AnimeBoston (all ages)

See you there, everyone! <3

03/01/14: Mary named March 2014 Somerville Artist of the Month


Mary is honored to have been selected as the March 2014 Somerville Artist of the Month by the Somerville Arts Council!

Click here to read Mary's Artist of the Month interview on the SAC website:

http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org/artistmonth/bichner

Thank you, Somerville Arts Council! <3

02/19/14: Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet to Perform as Musical Guests of Honor at PortConMaine 06/21/14

Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet are SO excited to be performing a Sailor Moon-themed concert as musical guests of honor at this year's PortConMaine! The ensemble will perform the contents of Mary's forthcoming Sailor Moon-inspired EP (due out in early August 2014) as well as theme songs, image songs, and instrumental pieces from the Sailor Moon anime specially arranged for double-viola string quartet. In the name of the moon, they will rock you!

06/21/14: Mary Bichner & Planetary Quartet at PortConMaine
WHEN: Saturday, June 21st 2014 (time TBA)
WHERE: PortConMaine @ the DoubleTree (363 Maine Mall Road, Portland ME)
TICKETS: Click HERE for registration info for the Con (all ages)


Hope to see you there! :o)

01/27/14: Somerville Arts Council Music Artist Fellowship Grant

Thank you so much to Somerville Arts Council and Massachusetts Cultural Council for selecting Mary for a 2014 Music Artist Fellowship Grant! Through the SAC and MCC's generosity, Mary is honored to be able to continue composing new works, planning new concerts, and recording new music releases within Somerville's vibrant and inspiring arts community. Mary is also in the process of planning a community benefit event in conjunction with the SAC & MCC -- more details coming soon!

Thank you so much to the Somerville Arts Council, Mass Cultural Council, and the beautiful Somerville arts community! <3
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01/07/14: "Throw Stones" reviewed on Geekosystem (and tweeted by TheMarySue!) <3

Woohoo! Thank you so much to the lovely folks over at Geekosystem for this bodacious write up about "Throw Stones", Mary's art song inspired by the Sailormoon character Galaxia! Read the full article by clicking on the picture below:

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The article was also radly retweeted by awesome girl geek culture blog The Mary Sue!:

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And by the way, here are some more lovely "Throw Stones" write-ups from last year:

"Throw Stones" reviewed on Hunger TV
"Throw Stones" reviewed on Now This Sound Is Brave
"Throw Stones" reviewed on The Absolute

Thank you to one and all! <3 <3

12/20/13: Videos from Sailor Moon Shoujo Spectacular

HOORAY! Here are some lovely videos of Mary and her new double-viola string quartet ensemble, Planetary Quartet, performing at the Sailor Moon Shoujo Spectacular on Dec 1st. Performances include the Outer Senshi Transformation Theme, Route Venus, a live audience singalong of the Sailor Moon theme song, Finale (an original song based on the final episode of the TV series that will be on Mary's forthcoming Sailor Moon-inspired EP), Nehelenia Fukkatsu / Galaxia's Theme, and the Deathbusters Theme.


Here is a playlist containing all 6 videos!:



And here are the videos listed individually in handy dandy list format:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEn_bNUn-dLl7wlM9D_f8F_i_5bdoazQK

Thanks and hope you enjoy! <3


12/1/13: Sailor Moon Shoujo Spectacular

Mary is THRILLED to be performing during the Sailor Moon Shoujo Spectacular! at Cambridge's Club Oberon on Sunday, Dec 1st -- an evening curated by Jade Sylvan, Amy Macabre, Mary Bichner and Meff inspired by everyone's favorite magical girl anime, Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon! Mary will be performing the contents of her forthcoming Sailor Moon-inspired EP (due out in early 2014), including her Galaxia-inspired Throw Stones, as well as image songs and instrumental pieces from the Sailormoon anime specially arranged for double-viola string quartet. The evening will also feature incredible performances by Jade Plays Anime Theme Songs on a Harmonium, Amy Macabre, Why Are Those Girls SO Loud, Fonda Feeling and Lesbian Tank Top. There will also be a costume contest, so be sure to come dressed in your anime finest! Kakko ii!! :)


Here are all of the kawaii details!:

12/01/13: Sailor Moon Shoujo Spectacular
WHEN: Sunday, December 1st @7:30pm [18+ w/ ID]
WHERE: Oberon (2 Arrow St., Cambridge MA)
TICKETS: $15 seated / $10 standing
BUY TICKETS ONLINE: http://americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/sailor-moon-shoujo-spectacular
FACEBOOK INVITE: https://www.facebook.com/events/531298290296138/

Mata ne! <3


11/9/13: Performance at Mt. Auburn Cemetery with Triple Strung Trio and special guests

Mary is honored beyond measure to be performing at the historic and gorgeous Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA on Saturday, November 9th at 3pm. She'll be joined by the incredible Triple Strung Trio, as well as special guests violist Anna Stromer, singer/composer Mali Sastri, singer/composer Molly Zenobia and modern dancer Porcelain Dalya. The performance will take place in Bigelow Chapel, a breathtaking Alice-in-Wonderland-like castle filled with beautiful stained glass windows and stone walls that sing. Our lively program will consist of original classical-meets-pop works, and cherished repertoire with a modern indie twist. Plus, it's two days before Mary's birthday -- come celebrate!! :)

Here are all of the details!:

11/09/13: Mount Auburn Cemetery
WHEN
: Saturday, November 9th @3pm [all ages]
WHERE: Bigelow Chapel @ Mount Auburn Cemetery (580 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge MA)
TICKETS: $15 non-members / $10 members
BUY TICKETS ONLINE: http://www.mountauburn.org/2013/mary-bichner/
FACEBOOK INVITE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1451105918448907

Hope to see you there! <3

10/02/13: New Digital Single - Edgar Allan Poe's "The City in the Sea" for Piano, Cello and Narrator

What better way to kick off the Halloween season than to listen to Mary's new Edgar Allan Poe-inspired digital single, "The City in the Sea", released today! :) The track is a musical setting of Edgar Allan Poe's The City in the Sea for piano, cello, and narration.

The track is available for purchase and digital streaming via Mary's Bandcamp page, here's a link!:



Here is a link to the video, directed by Scott Foley:





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08/01/13: New "Throw Stones" digital single & music video

The digital single and music video for "Throw Stones", Mary's vocal, piano, and double-viola string quartet piece inspired by the Sailormoon character Galaxia, is now available.

The video, directed by the amazing Scott Foley, can be viewed via Mary's Youtube page:




An explanation of how the song relates to the series and character can be found HERE (but please be advised that it contains Sailormoon spoilers).

TShe track itself is also available as a free MP3 download via Mary's Bandcamp page, with cover art by the incredible Kristilyn Stevenson of Zombie Romance:


The song was recoreded, mixed and mastered by Peter Moore and features cellist Nick Dinnerstein (video and recording), violist Anna Stromer (video and recording), violinist Chris Baum (recording only), violist Christopher McClain (video only) and violinist Abby Swidler (video only). Acting coaching by UnAmerika's Sweetheart Karin Webb.

Enjoy, and do let Mary know what you think! :o)

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BIOGRAPHY








Mary Bichner is an award-winning classipop composer with the bizarre musical superpowers of perfect pitch (the ability to recognize notes and chords by name upon hearing them played) and synesthesia (a neurological condition that causes Mary to "see" splashes of specific colors when she hears their corresponding pitches sounded). Called a "musical genius" by CBS News, and invited to Harvard University's prestigious neuroscience lab to be studied for her brain's unusual wiring, Mary creates richly-colored compositions that delight classical enthusiasts and indie-pop rockers alike.

Noted works include "To Helen", an aria setting of the celebrated Edgar Allan Poe poem for alto soloist and piano; "Leave the Earth Behind", a classical-meets-pop album featuring eleven art songs -- each written in a different sub-genre of pop -- for alto soloist, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, harpsichord, bass guitar, drum kit, string orchestra, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, trumpet, and bassoon; and "Alice's Evidence", a suite of incidental music penned to accompany the dramatic reading of Chapter 12 of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland for alto soloist, harpsichord, flute, violin, clarinet, cello and narration.

Noted performances and appearances include: MTV Unplugged (conducting the Vitamin String Quartet for 30 Seconds to Mars), The Philadelphia Museum of Art (Art After 5 Series), Anime Boston (with Planetary Quartet), Boston's Club Oberon (ORG, Bent-Wit Cabaret), NYC's Galapagos Art Space (TALE), The Somerville Theatre (Dream Within a Dream: The Edgar Allan Poe Tour), acclaimed American composer Andrea Clearfield's musical salon, Boston's Davis Square Theatre (Encyclopedia Show), and Boston's Mount Auburn Cemetery (A Visit With Edgar Allan Poe).

In addition to creating her own compositions, Mary has arranged more the 25 pieces for the renowned L.A.-based Vitamin String Quartet, co-arranged 4 string quartet arrangements for 30 Seconds to Mars as part of their MTV Unplugged appearance, and composed lush orchestral accompaniments for a number of indie pop acts including Jaggery, Foolish Ida, and Grammy-award winning songwriter Scot Sax. She has also composed and arranged a number of film scores, musical theatre works and classical works on commission, all which can be found on her C.V. page.

In 2014, Mary was honored to receive a Somerville Arts Council Music Fellowship Grant and was named the SAC Somerville Artist of the Month for March 2014. She was also the recipient of a 2014 San Diego Film Award for her musical score of the short film, "Just Desserts".

2015 brings new commissions, new concerts, and new collaborations - please stay tuned!






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AUDIO

Listed below are a sampling of Mary's albums, singles, and stand-alone pieces. All are available for streaming, purchase, and sometimes FREE download at her Bandcamp page: http://marybichner.bandcamp.com

Enjoy! :)



NOW THE SPELL IS BROKEN [Digital EP, released Oct 2014]



ALICE'S EVIDENCE [Digital EP, released May 2014]



THE CITY IN THE SEA [Digital Single, released October 2013]



THROW STONES [Digital Single, released August 2013]



TO HELEN [Digital Single, released January 2013]




LEAVE THE EARTH BEHIND [Full-Length Album, released November 2010]




UNPREDICTABLE [Digital Single, released July 2009]





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PERFORMANCES







UPCOMING PERFORMANCES


05/10/15 @ WEIRD, FANTASTIC & SUBLIME (ARTWEEK BOSTON)

WHEN: Sunday, May 10th @ 8:00pm (21+ w/ ID)
WHERE: Oberon (2 Arrow Street, Cambridge MA)
TICKETS: $15.00-$20.00 [ BUY TICKETS HERE ] (21+ w/ ID)
NOTES: Mary can't wait to play a 20-minute set, in which she will nerd out about both Mozart AND Sailor Moon, at this amazing event!: Weird, Fantastic, and Sublime is a live literary menagerie of New England area writers of speculative fiction. The cloistered world of books is transformed into intimate theater as authors perform their dreams and nightmares in a showcase of vibrant local, independent, and small press storytelling. Connect directly with your next great read in a galaxy far, far beyond classics and bestsellers, whether it's a poetry chapbook about Desi superheroes, a punk zine about transgender time travelers, or a sprawling epic of richly woven tales about A.I.'s in love. Mature content. Costumes encouraged. Part of ArtWeek Boston.

PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES

03/29/15: Performance at composer Andrea Clearfield's Musical Salone; 01/30/15-0/22/15: Composer, Arranger, Music Director & Band Leader for "Pinocchio" at Wheelock Family Theatre; 01/17/14: Performance during Arisia at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel; 10/5/14: Edgar Allan Poe Statue Unveiling @ Boston Park Plaza Hotel; 09/28/14: "Meet the Instruments" Children's Concert at the Somerville Public Library (sponsored by the Somervilel Arts Council); 07/10/14-8/10/14: Arranger, Music Director & Band Leader for "Her Aching Heart" at Central Square Theater; 06/21/14: Performance at PortConMaine; 06/12/14: "For the Record" at Club Oberon; 03/22/14: Performance at Anime Boston; 12/1/13: "Shoujo Spectacular" at Club Oberon; 11/9/13: Performance at Mount Auburn Cemetery; 9/15/13 & 9/19/13: "Off-Color Cabaret" at Oberon; 08/20/14: Performance at Cloud Club for ORG: Colors; 7/20/13: Performance at Outside the Box Festival; 05/04/13: "Poetry and Performance Art: A Cross-Genre Collaboration"at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival; 04/28/13: Performance at composer Andrea Clearfield's musical salon; 02/28/13: "Beck Song Reader" at the Somerville Theatre; 02/13/13: "Lunar Labyrinth" at Oberon; 01/23/13: Performance @ Gallery 263; 11/19/12: "Encyclopedia: The Visual Spectrum of Colors" at Davis Square Theatre; 10/27/12: "A Visit With Edgar Allan Poe" at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

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PRESS & INTERVIEWS

Date ____________________________Article____________________________ Publication Quotes/Notes
02/11/2015 "Review: Pinocchio @ Wheelock Theatre"
New England Theatre Geek "The composed incidental music by Mary Bichner...is a delight to the senses."
02/10/2015 "Review: Pinocchio @ Wheelock Theatre"
The Boston Globe "[C]omposer and musical director Mary Bichner's delicate musical interludes...create an entrancing backdrop."
10/27/2014 "Review: Now the Spell Is Broken [EP]"
The Mary Sue "It's heartbreaking, and beautiful, and great to sing in the shower when you're home alone (what?)."
07/17/2014 "Interview: Music of the (Aching) Heart"
Central Square Theater Interview with Rebecca Joy and Veronica Barron on serving as the music director/arranger
for The Nora Theatre Company's "Her Aching Heart".
07/17/2014 "Review: Her Aching Heart @ Central Square Theater"
The Arts Fuse "...the score by Veronica Barron [is] flawlessly played by a four-person orchestra under the direction
of Mary Bichner. Their instrumentals and occasional choral music supply witty, jazzy, lyrical
punctuation to the action...in line with Bichner's unerring musicality."
03/01/2014 "Interview: Somerville Artist of the Month [March 2014]"
Somerville Arts Council Interview with the Somerville Arts Council for the March 2014 Somerville Artist of the Month award.
08/15/2013 "Review: Throw Stones [Digital Single]"
The Absolute "Formerly of the ambitious chamber-pop band Box Five, Mary Bichner is continuing to
prove herself as an unstoppable musical force as a solo artist."
08/11/2013 "Review: Throw Stones [Digital Single]"
Hunger TV "...once you've heard her latest single 'Throw Stones' you too will be captivated by her
haunting melodies and mesmerising vocals that combine to form one wonderfully dreamy classipop hit."
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AWARDS

Date Award Organization Notes
03/06/14 Best Musical Score - "Just Desserts"
San Diego Film Awards
San Diego Film Awards
03/01/14 SAC Artist of the Month - March 2014
Somerville Arts Council
Somerville Arts Council logo
01/09/14 SAC Artist Fellowship Grant - Music
Somerville Arts Council
Somerville Arts Council logo





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