Selected Press

Art et Poésie de Touraine [France]

October 1, 2023 (Autumn 2023 Issue)

Biographical article penned by Mary at the invitation of Art et Poésie Touraine for their Autumn 2023 issue, describing her synesthetic composition process and travels in France. Written in English by Mary and translated into French by Art et Poésie de Touraine.

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Mount Auburn Cemetery Artist in Residence Program

July 28, 2023

Video interview about Mary’s 2016-2017 Mount Auburn Cemetery composer residency.

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National Geographic

June 10, 2022 (Summer 2022 Special Issue, “The Brain”)

“When Mary Bichner composes music, she’s transcribing the auditory language of the colors around her, something most people’s brains can’t do. […] From 2016 to 2017, she was the composer-in-residence at [Mount Auburn Cemetery]…the environment was ideal for a brain delighted by color.”

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WGBH

April 1, 2022

“[V]ibe out at the Museum of Science for a Parnassian program featuring composers Mary Bichner and Christina Goh as they present musical settings of poems by esteemed lyrical laureates, including Yves Bonnefoy, Emily Dickinson and Phillis Wheatley.”

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BBC Music Magazine [UK]

November 1, 2021 (Nov 2021 Issue)

“Mount Auburn has run an artist-in-residence programme since 2014, billed as the first of its kind at an American cemetery. Mary Bichner, a Boston composer, took its second residency in 2016-17. […] In two chamber suites, Bichner captured impressions of flower gardens and dells, autumn foliage and stained-glass windows.”

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La Nouvelle République [France]

June 23, 2021

“Le 9 juin [2021], le réseau VIES 37 (Vivre et intervenir ensemble face au suicide) a organisé à l’Institut de Touraine une masterclass avec Mary Bichner, compositrice invitée du projet artistique Ut Fortis. […] Dans ce cadre, une série d’ateliers poétiques ont été menés par la poétesse Christina Goh, initiatrice de Ut Fortis, avec les étudiants de l’Institut. C’est la première fois qu’elles étaient ensemble sur scène en France, réunies par ce projet solidaire de la prévention du suicide.”

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TIDAL

April 9, 2020

“‘When I play piano, the individual keys light up in their respective colors,’ [says Bichner]. Ditto for letters and numbers: ‘A typical phrase looks like this’, she demonstrates, typing those words using a kaleidoscopic array of letters.”

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MassLive

March 31, 2019

“… Aeronaut Brewery will close the second season of the Pindrop Sessions with ‘The Senses of Summer’, which was written by Boston-based composer Mary Bichner. ‘The Senses of Summer’ draws upon Bichner’s unique experience of sound-to-color synesthesia, — meaning she ‘sees’ splashes of specific colors when she hears certain pitches.”

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