Monthly Archives: April 2019


New Interview: “Behind the Music of Agents of the Realm”


(Artwork and video by: Mildred Louis)



In 2018, Mary was honored to compose the music for the Kickstarter campaign of her absolute FAVORITE graphic novel series, Agents of the Realm, by the amazing artist, illustrator, and author Mildred Louis (you can check out the music in the official Kickstarter video above!). And so, when Mildred asked Mary recently if she would like to be interviewed as part of the new Q&A series on Mildred’s Astrea’s Nexus website, Mary was beyond excited! <3 You can read the interview in full below, which includes how Mary first connected with music, setting a schedule for creativity, favorite snacks (honey-flavored graham crackers, of course!), and more!:


https://www.astreasnexus.com/behind-the-music-of-agents-of-the-realm-interview-with-mary-bichner/



And be sure to visit the official Agents of the Realm website to learn more about this incredible graphic novel series and the adventures of Norah, Adele, Kendall, Paige, and Jordan!:


http://www.agentsoftherealm.com



Thank you so much Mildred for inviting Mary to take part in this awesome interview series, and wishing everyone a very happy spring! <3


05/05/19: World Premiere of “Senses of Summer” During Pindrop Sessions Season Finale Concert





It’s almost here! On May 5th 2019, Mary is honored that the amazing Phoenix and soprano Margot Rood will be premiering her new work “Senses of Sumer” during the Pindrop Sessions season finale; in partnership with Aeronaut Brewing Company, WGBH, WCRB, and Tasting Counter! The concert will feature an exciting program including Samuel Barber’s classic musical setting of James Agee’s “Knoxville: Summer of 1915”, a new musical setting of Agee’s text Mary has composed entitled “Senses of Summer” (with synesthetic elements worked into the score based on Agee’s descriptions), and more. For this concert, Pindrop has also teamed up for a special collaboration with the amazing Tasting Counter of Somerville, who will be creating an exquisite three-course tasting menu inspired by the synesthetic elements present in “Senses of Summer”!



More details on this show, including information for purchasing tickets, can be found below:



05/05/19: PINDROP SESSIONS PRESENTS “THE SENSES OF SUMMER”
When: Sunday, May 5th @ 7:00PM
Where: Aeronaut Brewing Company (14 Tyler Street, Somerville MA)
Tickets: $20-$55 — *GET TICKETS HERE* [21+]
Performers: Phoenix, Margot Rood



Thanks one and all, and looking forward to seeing everyone in May! <3


Photos from the “Synesthesia Suite” Concert Series on 04/04/19


(Photo by: Jonathan Beckley)



Hooray! The BEAUTIFUL photos from last week’s “Synesthesia Suite” concert series, shot by photographer extraordinaire Jonathan Beckley, are now online! You can view them via the “Synesthesia Suite: Live” page, or by checking out the gallery below!:


PHOTOS CREDITS: Photos by Jonathan Beckley. LED costumes and dome visuals for #1, #8, and #10-#11 by the Neoperception teams of MIT and ASU SciHub; dome visuals for #3-#7, #9, and #12 by the Museum of Science Boston. Featured performers: Mary Bichner (#1, #3-#4, #7, and #9), Sonia Deng (#3, #6, and #9), Anna Stromer (#2-#3, #6, #8, and #11-#12), Dominick Douglas (#3, #6, and #12), and Timothy Paek (#3, #5-#6, and #12).


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Thank you so much to Jonathan for these gorgeous photos; and to all of the amazing musicians, scientists, artists, organizations, and audience members who made “Synesthesia Suite” possible! <3


“Synesthesia Suite” Concert Series at the Museum of Science — Thank You!

(Post-show selfie! Photo credit: Dominick Douglas)



What a magical night! <3 THANK YOU to all of the amazing musicians, scientists, artists, organizations, and audience members who made last evening's "Synesthesia Suite" concert series such an incredible experience! Huge and heartfelt thank you's to the Boston Museum of Science team (James Wetzel, Lisa Monrose, Jason Fletcher, Dani LeBlanc, Darryl Davis, Wade Sylvester, Annette Sawyer, and Claire Campbell); the MIT team (Frank Wilczeck, Siranush Babakhanova, Thomas Sanchez Lengeling, Brodi Elwood, Alexandra Rieger, Stephanie Brandt, and Terry Kang); The Council for the Arts at MIT; MIT Media Lab; MIT's ACT Facilities, the Arizona State University team (Nathan Newman, Justin Pye, and Brent Smith); Scihub; Planetary Quartet (Sonia Deng, Anna Stromer, Dominick Douglas, and Timothy Paek); our awesome soundperson Joel Simches; our wonderful photographer Jonathan Beckley; our amazing musical assistant Brianna Lueders; our hair/make-up artist extraordinaire Maya Landi; and everyone who joined us in the audience for these concerts -- thank you for sharing your time, talents, and kindness in order to make this dream project a reality!


Many thanks to one and all, and looking forward to the future phases of this exciting collaboration! <3 Cheers and can't wait to share more with everyone (very) soon! <3