Described as “cosmic jazz” (Boston Music Intelligencer) and “like Mozart mashed up with Club Beats and Electronica” (Original Gravity), pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek and electronic artist David Ibbett present an electro-symphonic journey of growth and discovery - bridging the worlds of classical chamber music with electronic beats and sampled sounds of the universe. Consisting of works by David for piano and live electronics, they will perform a preview of this brand-new program at Arts Letters & Numbers, musically exploring such terrain as the fractal patterns of nature, the growth of an embryo, bleached coral reefs, and rising seas and a changing global climate.
This event is free with donations gratefully accepted. The concert will be followed by a Q&A with the artists, and the option to stay around for longer conversations. We are looking forward to see you on February 3rd!
David Ibbett is a British composer based in Boston. His music explores a conflux between the worlds of the classical, contemporary, acoustic and the electronic. By working to fuse key elements from a host of contrasting styles, David aspires to create art music that is rich, direct and dramatically deep.
David co-directs Music of Reality with pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek, a performance series that combines music and science in live performance. The series has collaborated with physicists, biologists, engineers, sociologists and oceanographers to produce multimedia events. Stemming from these events, David has composed a series of works for piano and electronics, including his Beauty from Nothing (2016), Phenomena of Growth (2017) and Floods and Tears (2018).
His projects are crafted as close collaborations with touring ensembles, including Branches for Transient Canvas, Without Words for Living Room in London and Here and Nowhere Else for the Boston Percussion Group. His music has been performed at: Aldeburgh Festival, Aspen Festival, Barbican Centre, Noisegate Festival, Yamaha Artist Salon, Huddersfield Festival, National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh Festival, Nonclassical, Banff Centre, Logos Foundation, NYCEMF, EMM Festival, Original Gravity, Music of Reality, Seven Bridges Project, City of London Festival, Bath Festival, LSO St Luke’s, and Kings Place.
Pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek, described by Second Inversion as playing with "passion and profound tenderness," maintains an active career as a concert pianist, keyboardist, educator, interdisciplinary collaborator, and event producer. She revels in the tiniest moments of beauty and joy and seeks to surprise herself and listeners with connections both odd and common. She is interested in music that is unexpected, music that speaks, music that astonishes and confounds, music that binds, and music that heals.
Sophia’s debut album “HISTORIES” was released on innova Recordings, produced by multiple Grammy-winning engineer Adam Abeshouse. Performing has taken her to such places as South Africa, Mexico, France, and around the United States, including at the Kennedy Center, the United States State Department, The Apollo Theatre, and National Sawdust. Alongside composer David Ibbett, Sophia is a co-founder of Music of Reality, a Boston-based, interdisciplinary concert series and space for cross-cultural discovery that collaborates closely with researchers, scientists, and musicians. They released an EP last year ("Beauty from Nothing") and are currently collaborating on a full-length album. Sophia is also one half of Tilted Arc, an electroacoustic duo with Sam Torres.
Sophia is based in Troy, NY, where she lives with her partner Sam and their perfectly proportioned, three-legged cat MagnifiCAT. She is on the music faculty at College of St. Rose in Albany, NY and also maintains an active private teaching studio. Sophia is indebted to her mentors, colleagues, collaborators, and friends who continue to teach her how to ask questions and truly listen.