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Guest Singer on Christina Goh’s “Double Trinome”, Released Today


( Photo by: Christina Goh )



“Double Trinome”, the new EP by French composer, singer, and poet Christina Goh, is released today! The EP features special trio versions of two of Christina’s compositions, “C’est un jeu” (with musical guests G.K. Noland and Catherine Capozzi) and “Ut Fortis” (with musical guests Mary Bichner & David Perraudin). The EP is free and can be downloaded via the Christina Goh website right here:



https://utfortis.christinagoh.com/deux-trios-pour-lespoir-et-un-opus



And here is the press release, translated from French to English:


“Vocalists Christina Goh, Mary Bichner, GK Noland and guitarists David Perraudin and Catherine Capozzi cover two tracks from the Ut Fortis show. Double trinomial because in this opus, guitars and vocals express their emotions in the same way.

“To say thank you to all those who have followed over two years the realization of the international and solidarity show bringing together artists from totally different universes.

“Your choice: High resolution download directly and exclusively via the Ut Fortis site but also future listening on your favorite platforms.”




Mary recorded her vocals while visiting Tours, France in June 2021 for the “Ut Fortis” live concert.



THANK YOU so much to the wonderful Christina Goh for inviting Mary to collaborate on this beautiful EP, and we hope you all enjoy “Double Trinome”!



Christina Goh’s “Ut Fortis” Project in French Newspaper La Nouvelle République; Concert Rebroadcast by TV Tours Val de Loire on July 11th




On June 23rd 2021, the French newspaper La Nouvelle République published a write-up on Christina Goh’s powerful and meaningful live concert centered on the topic of suicide prevention, the “Ut Fortis” project. Mary is honored to be mentioned in the article, which discusses “Ut Fortis” as well as Christina’s and Mary’s music work together.



Here a link to the original article in French:
https://www.lanouvellerepublique.fr/tours/musique-en-couleur-pour-prevenir-le-suicide



And here is an English translation of the article:



“On June 9, the VIES 37 network (Living and intervening together in the face of suicide) organized a masterclass at the Institut de Touraine with Mary Bichner, guest composer of the Ut Fortis artistic project. Originally from Boston, she is the author of the Synesthesia Suite, with the Boston Museum of Sciences, and the composer of the opera The Memoirs of Antonina on Queen Marie Antoinette. In this context, a series of poetry workshops were conducted by the poet Christina Goh, initiator of Ut Fortis, with the students of the Institute. This is the first time that they have been together on stage in France, brought together by this solidarity project for suicide prevention. Colors are everywhere in the creations of Mary Bichner, synaesthete, synaesthesia being that particularity that allows some people to “see” music, to associate letters or tastes with colors. The final show will be broadcast in July, and from September, made available free of charge and on request to structures that so wish. — http://www.utfortis.com



As mentioned in the write-up, a televised re-broadcast of the concert will air on TV Tours Val de Loire on Sunday, July 11th at 2:45PM Eastern Time [ET] / 8:45PM Central European Summer Time [CEST]; featuring performances by Christina Goh, Catherine Capozzi, Gotham Aymar, G.K, Les Passeurs de Legendes, Maxime Perrin, Noah Preminger, Jacques Moury Beauchamp, and Mary Bichner. You’ll be able to stream the broadcast on July 11th @ 2:45PM ET / 8:45PM CEST via TVTours website right here:



https://www.tvtours.fr/



Thank you so much to La Nouvelle République for this article, and for spreading the word about “Ut Fortis”! And thank you so much to TV Tours Val de Loire for bringing “Ut Fortis” to the airwaves — we hope you will join us for the broadcast!



Travelogue: Ut Fortis Concert June 11, Institut de Touraine Masterclass June 9, and Studio Concept Prod Recording Session June 8 in Tours, France


(“Ut Fortis” Concert Finale / Photo by: Sabine Soury-Poussard)


From June 5th-13th 2021, Mary was honored to visit the city of Tours, France to perform in composer Christina Goh’s Ut Fortis concert; a multi-media, multi-artist event centered on the important topic of suicide prevention. While in Tours, Mary was also honored to give a presentation of her work at the Institut de Touraine as part of their masterclass series, as well as record vocals for the Christina Goh song “Ut Fortis” at David Perraudin’s Studio Concept Prod. Here are some photos from the week:




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JUNE 8TH, 2021: “UT FORTIS” RECORDING SESSION AT DAVID PERRAUDIN’S STUDIO CONCEPT PROD:


(Christina Goh records the French-language verse of her composition, “Ut Fortis”)



(Mary records the English-language verse of the Christina Goh composition, “Ut Fortis”)



(A post-recording session selfie with Julien Legado, Gotham Aymar, David Perraudin, and Christina Goh!)



JUNE 9TH, 2021: “COMPOSITION AND SYNESTHESIA” MASTERCLASS PRESENTATION AT THE INSTITUT DE TOURAINE

(Top photo: Mary meets with the Institut’s president, Thierry Peltreau / Middle photo: Masterclass at the Institut de Touraine / Bottom photo: A post-event party with new friends at the Institut!)



JUNE 11TH, 2021: “UT FORTIS” CONCERT AT THE UNIVERSITÉ DE TOURS

(Photo by: Sabine Soury-Poussard)



(Photo by: Sabine Soury-Poussard)



(Photo by: Sabine Soury-Poussard)



(Photo by: Sabine Soury-Poussard)



(Photo by: Sabine Soury-Poussard)



(Photo by: Sabine Soury-Poussard)


For even more photos from the “Ut Fortis” concert by the wonderful Sabine Soury-Poussard, please visit the official page right here!




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THANK YOU so much to Christina Goh, VIES 37, the Institut de Touraine, the Université de Tours, Thierry Peltreau, Gotham Aymar, G.K, Catherine Capozzi, everyone in the amazing group Les Passeurs de Legendes, Maxime Perrin, Noah Preminger, Jacques Moury Beauchamp, filmmaker Baptiste Auffray and his team, lighting designer Eric Lachery and his team, the Université de Tours audio team, David Perraudin, Julien Legado, IoT translators Ruby and Chandra, all of the IoT staff and students, and everyone who joined us for the week’s events! It was a joy and an honor to share this time with you!




Merci beaucoup! <3



“Lyra” Single Released Today


(Album art by: Kristilyn Ink)





Guess what — “Lyra” is released today! You can download it as an MP3 via pay-what-you-wish-pricing (featuring AMAZING album art by the incredible Kristilyn Ink) on Mary’s Bandcamp page, watch the GORGEOUS video created for it by the Museum of Science Boston’s award-winning planetarium team on Mary’s YouTube page, and download the sheet music (also via pay-what-you-wish pricing) at the Sheet Music Shop.


“Lyra” is a pop song for alto, piano, and double-viola string quartet about recognizing someone in your present as being a soulmate from a past life, but living with the pain of THEM not recognizing YOU (which seemed a fitting theme for Valentine’s Day). The chords used in the song are meant to synesthetically match the colors of the stars found in the Lyra constellation, as well as the Ring Nebula, via Mary’s personal synesthesia color palette.


“Lyra” was composed as part of Mary’s ongoing collaboration with the incredible Museum of Science, Boston as part of their Synesthesia Suite: Live concert series, and was premiered at the Charles Hayden Planetarium on November 30th 2017. Here’s the BEAUTIFUL video that the Museum’s award-winning planetarium team made for the 2017 concert, which you can now view anytime you want on Youtube!:





Thanks to one and all, wishing you a space-y Valentine’s Day, and hope you enjoy “Lyra”! <3


New Single, “Lyra”, To Be Released on Feburary 14th

Photos by Jonathan Beckley (www.jonathanbeckley.com)




Sunday, February 14th 2021 will bring the release “Lyra”; a pop song for alto, piano, and double-viola string quartet about recognizing someone in your present as being a soulmate from a past life, but living with the pain of THEM not recognizing YOU (which seemed a fitting theme for Valentine’s Day). The chords used in the song are meant to synesthetically match the colors of the stars found in the Lyra constellation, as well as the Ring Nebula, via Mary’s personal synesthesia color palette.


“Lyra” was composed as part of Mary’s ongoing collaboration with the incredible Museum of Science, Boston as part of their Synesthesia Suite: Live concert series, and was premiered at the Charles Hayden Planetarium on November 30th 2017.


Staring Feburary 14th, you will be able to download the track (featuring gorgeous album art by the incredible Kristilyn Ink) on Mary’s Bandcamp page, watch the synesthesia-inspired music video (created by the amazing planetarium team at Museum of Science, Boston) on Mary’s YouTube page, and download the sheet music (so you can make your own cover version, if you wanna) via the sheet music shop. Both the audio track and sheet music will be via pay-what-you-wish pricing, and links will posted here on the news page starting at midnight on the 14th.


Thanks to one and all, and wishing you a space-y Valentine’s Day! <3


New versions of “Finale” and “Love-Song” included on Christina Goh’s “Nectar!” album, released today


(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:



http://www.christinagoh.com



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!” :)



Inclusion on Christina Goh’s new “Nectar!” album (release date October 9th, 2020)






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:




https://conceptmusic.christinagoh.com/nectar




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!


Videos from “Synesthesia Suite” Concert Series on 04/04/19



Exciting news: videos from the April 4th “Synesthesia Suite” concert series have just been released online! Here are videos for both “Lost” and “Finale” — performed gorgeously by the wonderful Planetary Quartet — which feature two unique technologies displaying Mary’s synesthetic impressions of each song: incredible planetarium visuals created by the amazing Museum of Science Boston and multimedia artist/scientist Thomas Sanchez Lengeling; as well as sound-responsive, LED-infused garments created by the fantastic Neoperceptions Initiative at MIT, presented in partnership with both of these amazing organizations as well as the awesome Arizona State University!:





[ Music and lyrics by: Mary Bichner | Performed by: Mary Bichner (vocals/piano), Sonia Deng (violin), Anna Stromer (viola I), Dominick Douglas (viola II), and Timothy Paek (cello) | Planetarium visuals by: The Museum of Science, Boston | Garment design by: Siranush Babakhanova | Garment audio system by: Brodi Elwood | Garment lighting by: Thomas Sanchez Lengeling and Terry Kang | Software and hardware management by: Thomas Sanchez Lengeling and Brent Smith | Planetarium illumination by: Justin Pye and Brent Smith | MIT/ASU Scientific advisors: Frank Wilczek and Nathan Newman | Audio recorded and mixed by: Joel Simches | Video recorded by: Jonathan Beckley | Video edited by: Brandon Johnson / Allthingsharmony | Special thanks to: The Council for the Arts at MIT / CAMIT ]





[ Music and lyrics by: Mary Bichner | Performed by: Mary Bichner (vocals/piano), Sonia Deng (violin), Anna Stromer (viola I), Dominick Douglas (viola II), and Timothy Paek (cello) | Planetarium visuals by: Thomas Sanchez Lengeling | Garment design by: Siranush Babakhanova | Garment audio system by: Brodi Elwood | Garment lighting by: Thomas Sanchez Lengeling and Terry Kang | Software and hardware management by: Thomas Sanchez Lengeling and Brent Smith | Planetarium illumination by: Justin Pye and Brent Smith | MIT/ASU Scientific advisors: Frank Wilczek and Nathan Newman | Audio recorded and mixed by: Joel Simches | Video recorded by: Jonathan Beckley | Video edited by: Brandon Johnson / Allthingsharmony | Special thanks to: The Council for the Arts at MIT / CAMIT ]




Thank you to everyone who made this magical event possible and to all who joined us, and can’t wait for the next version of the “Synesthesia Suite” concert series in Autumn 2019 — more info to follow soon! <3



New “Projects” Section; New Photos from Mount Auburn Cemetery Composer Residency


(Recording session at WGBH Boston for “Mount Auburn: Spring and Autumn Suites”. Photo credit: Mount Auburn Cemetery )



Greetings all! A new “Projects” section has been added to the website, featuring information and media from Mary’s past and current composing projects including her Mount Auburn Cemetery composer residency, her “Synesthesia Suite: Live” concert series collaboration with Boston’s Museum of Science, and her forthcoming opera The Memoirs of Antonina.


Additionally, a new series of new photos from Mary’s Mount Auburn Cemetery composer residency have just been released — you can view them on the Mount Auburn: Spring and Autumn Suites project page, and also right here!:



Thank you to all of the amazing organizations and artists that make these projects possible! <3 Cheers and wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! <3
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“The Memoirs of Antonina” Preview Concert Videos Released Today


( Artwork and logo by: Chess Albaneze )


Happy Birthday to Marie Antoinette, and Happy #OperaWeek to one and all! In honor of both, the videos from Mary’s The Memoirs of Antonina opera preview concert have just premiered on her Youtube page! You can find a playlist featuring all eight songs from the concert right here:


https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEn_bNUn-dLmMaezxRMp9NcmvPkXCWN2J


And here are the links to each individual video:







Mary will also be highlighting excepts from the concert on her Instagram account throughout the month of November.


THANK YOU to all of the amazing artists who brought these new songs to life!: Helen Zhibing Huang (Marie Antoinette), Emily Thorner (Antonina), Neal Ferreira (Louis XVI), Junhan Choi (Jacques Hébert), Tim Ribchester (Music Director), Emma Terrell (Assistant Music Director), Porcelain Dalya (Assistant Stage Director/Actor), and Jesse Strachman, Michela Micalizio, and Ryan Huemmer (Actors)! And huge and heartful thanks to the awesome Allthingsharmony / Brandon Johnson for crafting these beautiful videos!


For more information on The Memoirs of Antonina, you can visit the opera’s mini-site right here:


https://www.marybichner.com/memoirsofantonina


Thank you to one and all — and Joyeux Anniversaire, Marie Antoinette! <3