grants


“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


“Synesthesia Suite” MIT Team Awarded Grant by The Council for the Arts at MIT




We are so honored and grateful that the MIT team of our “Synesthesia Suite” concert series was awarded a grant by the fantastic Council for the Arts at MIT!


The Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT) was founded in 1972 by MIT President Jerome B. Wiesner to support the arts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. With its enthusiastic advocacy for all the arts at MIT, the Council’s mission is to act as a catalyst for the development of a broadly based, highly participatory program in the arts, firmly founded on teaching, practice, and research at the Institute, and to conduct arts-related fundraising activities on behalf of MIT.


Through the generosity of CAMIT, our MIT team was provided with the funding and resources necessary to create “Neoperceptions”, a collection of entirely new LED-based, synesthesia-displaying technologies that will premiere during our “Synesthesia Suite” concerts at Boston’s Museum of Science on April 4th. We are so grateful to CAMIT for their kindness and support, and for making this new technology and concert series possible!


For more information on this wonderful organization, please visit their website right here!:


http://arts.mit.edu/camit/


Thank you so much again to CAMIT, and looking forward to the premiere of “Neoperceptions” during “Synesthesia Suite” on April 4th! <3


Spring 2019 Concert Dates Announced





Happy New Year, one and all! <3 Now that 2019 is finally here, it's time to announce Mary's spring concert schedule!:

First up, on Thursday April 4th, Mary is honored to return to the Charles Hayden Planetarium for the “Synethesia Suite” concert series in collaboration with the Museum of Science Boston, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Arizona State University. This one-night only immersive musical experience will feature live performances of Mary’s compositions paired with stunning visuals directly inspired by her polymodal synesthesia, allowing audience members to “hear” color and “see” sound just as Mary does when she listens to music. Most exciting of all, the visuals for this latest concert in the series will be presented in two exciting and innovative forms: a collection of dazzling 360-degree videos created by the Museum’s award-winning artistic team for the Planetarium’s fulldome, as well as an entirely new synesthesia-displaying LED-based technology (including interactive LED synesthesia costumes!) created by the renowned scientists of MIT Media Lab and ASU’s SciHub especially for this concert. Entitled the HyLighter, this new technology will be created under the direction of theoretical physicists Frank Wilczek (Nobel laureate and Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics) and Nathan Newman (Lamonte H. Lawrence Professor in Solid State Science). Tickets for this show will go on sale starting Thursday January 10th via this link (purchasing tickets for this event in advance is highly recommended — the previous concerts in the series sold out a full month before the concert date!).


Then, on Sunday May 5th, Mary is delighted to premiere a new collection of synesthesia-influenced woodwind-quintet-and-vocal-works presented as part of “Senses of Summer”, the sprawling season two finale of the innovative Pindrop Sessions classical music series. Presented by Aeronaut Brewery, WGBH Boston, and WCRB Classical Radio Boston; the Pindrop Sessions are “a classical-ish performance series taking place the first Sunday night of every month at the AERONAUT taproom in Somerville, shining light on the ridiculous pleasure of collective listening.” The concert will feature a gorgeous performance of Samuel Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915 as well as Mary’s new woodwind-and-vocal works performed by the incredible Phoenix Ensemble and the exquisite soprano Margot Rood. Tickets for this event are avaialble now, and can be purchased via this link (purchasing tickets for this event in advance is highly recommended also — the series has a history of quickly selling out!).


More information for each show can be found on Mary’s Peformances page, as well as the event pages found here (April 4th show) and here (May 5th show).


THANK YOU so much to the Museum of Science Boston, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Arizona State University, Aeronaut Brewery, WGBH Boston, WCRB Classical Radio Boston, Phoenix Ensemble, and Margot Rood for inviting Mary to collaborate on these amazing and sure-to-be-synesthesiatastic concerts!


Wishing everyone a warm and lovely winter, and can’t wait to see you in the spring! <3



The Synesthesia Suite concert project is funded in part by the Council for the Arts at MIT.


2017 Iguana Music Fund Grant Recipient




Mary is honored to announce that she haas been selected for a 2017 Iguana Music Fund grant by the wonderful Iguana Music Fund and Club Passim!


Here is more information on this wonderful program from the official Iguana Music Fund website!:


“The Iguana Music Fund is an annual grant program predominantly funded by a generous anonymous donor, plus the help of Passim, sponsorships, and community donations.


“Each year the Iguana Music Fund gives approximately $40,000 in grants to individual artists in amounts from $500 to $2,000 each. Grants are used for projects and expenses to aid in artists’ career growth, and range from recording projects to community programs to specialized equipment or instruments.


“The Iguana Music Fund was established in 2008 after a generous anonymous donation was given with the intention of helping artists pursue their musical goals. Artists often have the talent and ideas to create incredible music, but they do not always have the financial capacity to do so. To help musicians overcome financial limitations, the Iguana Music Fund awards annual grants to artists with a residential or tour-based affiliation to New England. Since 2008, more than $300,000 in grants has funded more than 160 projects.”



Thanks to the generosity of the Iguana Music Fund and Club Passim, Mary’s grant award will cover the funds for all travel expenses to and from her composer residency at the The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico in September-December 2018.


THANK YOU so much to the Iguana Music Fund and Club Passim for this great honor, and for all of your support of musicians in New England and beyond! And congratulations to all of the 2017 winners!


For more info on this fantastic organization, please visit the official website here!:

http://passim.org/iguana/