(Photo by: Christina Goh)
“Nectar!”, the new album by composer, vocalist, poet, and performer Christina Goh, is released today!
Originally conceived by Ms. Goh as a live concert that was canceled in May 2020 due to the pandemic, the new “Nectar!” album is a cast recording of the show’s international line-up; featuring performances by Christina Goh, Gotham Aymar, David Perraudin, Les Passeurs de Légendes, Catherine Capozzi, Maxime Perrin, Jacques Moury Beauchamp, Noah Preminger, and Mary Bichner.
Mary is honored that two new duet versions of her previous compositions, Finale (originally released on “Now the Spell is Broken”) and Love-Song (originally commissioned by The Friends of Mount Auburn for Mary’s two-year composer residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery) are included on the album. These never-before-released versions feature beautiful vocal and poetry performances by Ms. Goh on both tracks.
To purchase your copy of “Nectar!” please visit the official Christina Goh site for complete information:
Thank you so much to Ms. Goh for inviting Mary to take part in this incredible new album, and to everyone who joins us for “Nectar!” :)
Mary is honored to have been asked to collaborate with the amazing composer, singer, poet, and performer Chirstina Goh on Christina’s latest album, Nectar!, which will be released on October 9th, 2020.
Originally conceived by Ms. Goh as a live concert that was canceled in May 2020 due to the pandemic, the new Nectar! album is a cast recording of the show’s international line-up; featuring performances by Christina Goh, Gotham Aymar, David Perraudin, Les Passeurs de Légendes, Catherine Capozzi, Maxime Perrin, Jacques Moury Beauchamp, Noah Preminger, and Mary Bichner.
The show was also created by Ms. Goh to discuss the important topic of suicide prevention, and the album’s first single “Fleur d’eau” was released on World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept 10th. You can listen to the track in full, as well as watch a music video for it, featuring Christina Goh and Les Passeurs de Légendes, at the link below. (***CONTENT WARNING: Please note that the music video for “Fleur d’eau” includes both sung and visual allusions to suicide, in the context of suicide prevention.***) If you or someone you care about is in need of resources regarding suicide prevention, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-273-8255 [US], as well as a their website, https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ .
Mary is honored that two new versions of her previous compositions, Finale (originally featured on “Now the Spell is Broken”) and Love-Song (originally commissioned by The Friends of Mount Auburn for Mary’s two-year composer residency there will be included on the album; featuring beautiful vocal and poetry performances by Ms. Goh on both tracks.
For more details, including purchasing information, please visit the official Christina Goh homepage at the following link:
Thank you so much to Ms. Goh for inviting Mary to take part in this powerful new project, and looking forward to the official release of Nectar! on October 9th, 2020!
Here is a message from Mary!:
‘[UPDATE on 6/21/20: Although the premiere has passed, the show will be online permanently — you can watch it any time via the link below! <3 Thank you SO much to the Museum of Science Boston, #MOSathome, and the Lowell Institute for making this incredible virtual concert series possible, and for inviting me to collaborate with them! <3]
Greetings everyone! I wanted to post a message to let you know that my SubSpace Session virtual concert, in collaboration with the amazing Museum of Science Boston, airs this evening, Thursday June 18th at 7:30pm EST! This virtual concert is completely free, and will feature five of my compositions (performed previously by myself as well as my fantastic friends from Planetary Quartet and East Coast Scoring Orchestra) paired with stunning music videos created by the Museum’s award-winning planetarium team. As with our previous live collaborations, the imagery in each video will be directly inspired by my synesthesia, allowing you to “see” the synesthetic colors I experience when performing my music. Here is the link where you can watch the show, which will go live at 7:30PM EST!:
And here is the direct link to the YouTube page!:
I also wanted to write you with a special request: If you are planning on attending this virtual concert (or even if you can’t make it), it would mean so much to me if you would pledge to join me in taking at least one concrete action in support of Black Lives Matter and antiracism this week. If you want to help but are unsure of how, here is a WONDERFUL list of resources by the awesome Patricia Elzie that I am very grateful for which includes links for petitions, donations, antiracism reading lists and much much more — thank you Patricia for this fantastic list!:
Thank you to one and all, and sendings lots of love!
(Photo by: Jonathan Beckley)
Greetings all and hope that you are safe and well!
Mary is honored to announce that she will be collaborating once more with the amazing Museum of Science, Boston for an incredible virtual music experience on Thursday June 18th, as part the SubSpace Sessions and #MOSathome.
The event will feature five of Mary’s compositions (performed previously by Mary and her wonderful friends from Planetary Quartet and East Coast Scoring Orchestra) paired with stunning music videos created by the Museum’s award-winning planetarium team. Much like previous live collaborations with the Museum, the imagery in each video will be directly inspired by Mary’s synesthesia, allowing the viewer to “see” the synesthetic colors Mary experiences when performing her music.
Best of all, this concert will be free and viewable anywhere in the world via the Museum’s website!
More details will follow soon, but in the meantime feel free to visit the following link for more info and to register for the event:
THANK YOU so much to the amazing Museum of Science team for inviting Mary to take part in this exciting collaboration, to the awesome Planetary Quartet and East Coast Scoring Orchestra, and to all who will join us virtually on June 18th — can’t wait to connect with you all soon! <3
Greetings everyone and hoping this message finds you safe and well. 💕
Due to the current COVID-19 world crisis, and to protect the health and safety of all of the concert’s audience members and staff, the “Ut Fortis” concert originally scheduled for May 26th has been canceled and will be rescheduled for the spring of 2021. For more information and updates, please visit the official site here:
Mary is extremely grateful to composer, vocalist, musician, performer, and Ut Fortis founder Christina Goh for inviting her to take part in this incredible and meaningful concert series, and she looks forward to performing in the rescheduled spring 2021 show.
Wishing everyone good health and safety, and hope to see you all again soon!
Greetings all and wishing everyone good health and safety. 💕💕💕
Mary is honored to be featured in a new article on the TIDAL blog today entitled “Chords Become Colors: Inside Synesthesia”, alongside fellow musical synesthetes such as the amazing CHIKA, Andy Partridge, and Eric Slick. You can read the full article here:
Thank you so much to author Morgan Enos and TIDAL for including Mary in this wonderful piece!
Hugs to one and all, and hope to see you all again soon! 💕💕💕
Mary is honored to be performing as part of UT FORTIS; a beautiful and meaningful evening of music and art created by composer, vocalist and instrumentalist Christina Goh.
The event will take place in Tours, France; and will feature performances and appearances by Christina Goh, Catherine Capozzi, Les Passeurs de Legendes, Maxime Perrin, Gotham A., Jacques Moury Beauchamp, and more.
Tickets are free, and can be obtained via the following link:
Additional details coming soon — please stay tuned! We hope you will join us for UT FORTIS!
Greetings, everyone! Here is a message from Mary about last month’s shows at the Museum of Science, Boston!:
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When your show is so fun that you forget to take a selfie! 💕 Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone who joined us for this year's Synesthesia Suite, and to all of the amazing people that made it possible! It was an honor and a joy to perform for you as always! Huge and heartful thanks to everyone at the @museumofscience (including James, Jason, Jake, Caity, Mark, Dani, Darryl, and more!) for every aspect of this awesome collaboration, including the GORGEOUS new fulldome visuals (i LOVED them they were amazing! 😍🌈✨🎶); to the phenomenal Planetary Quartet (Sonia Deng / @shonegerr -violin, Anna Stromer / @annastromerr – viola I, Carrol Lee / @carrol.vla – viola II, and Timothy Paek / @homesliceablecellist – cello) for dazzling us all with their musical magic; to my fantastic assistant for the show @porcelaindalya and incredible hair/makeup artist extraordinaire @mayalandi for their extreme awesomeness, and to all who joined us in the audience for both shows! ❤️🎶✨🌈✨🎶 I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience this magical evening with all of you, and am VERY excited for the future of this series (more info on this soon! :)). Thank you so much again to one and all and YOU ROCK!! 💞✨🎶🌈♥️🎶✨🎸🎻🎻🎻🎻🎹🎤🌌♥️🌈💞❤️🌈♥️ (photo @anachronistique 📸💕) #MaryAtMOS #museumofscience #boston #synesthesia #visualmusic #planetarium #planetaryquartet #marybichnerandplanetaryquartet #violin #violinist #viola #violist #cello #cellist #somuchawesome #THANKYOU!💕💕💕
(Photo by: Jonathan Beckley)
Tickets for the 7:30pm of Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet’s synesthesia-inspired concert at the Charles Hayden Planetarium on Thursday, February 27th have sold out, so the Museum of Science Boston has added a second show at 9:00pm for the same date! Tickets for this new 9:00PM show can be purchased via the following link (the Museum anticipates this 9:00pm show selling out as well so we highly recommend obtaining tickets in advance!):
Don’t miss this one-night-only immersive musical experience, featuring live performances of Bichner’s compositions paired with stunning visuals created by the Museum’s award-winning team that are directly inspired by Mary’s polymodal synesthesia, which will allow audience members to “hear” color and “see” sound just as Mary does when she listens to music.
Here is complete info on the show!:
02/27/20 “SYNESTHESIA SUITE” WITH MARY BICHNER AND PLANETARY QUARTET AT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
When: Thursday, February 27th 2020 @ 7:30pm & 9:00PM
Where: Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science, Boston (1 Science Park, Boston MA 02144)
Tickets: $20 General Admission
Ticket Link: https://mos.org/public-events/synesthesia-suite
FB Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/440307490192225
Performers: Mary Bichner (Composer / Vocals / Piano / Guitar), Sonia Deng (Violin), Anna Stromer (Viola I), Carrol Lee (Viola II), Timothy Paek (Cello)
Thank you one and all, and can’t wait to see you under the dome once more! <3