An interdisciplinary concert series that integrates live music, lecture presentations, visual art, surround sound electronics and live science demonstrations in an immersive experience

multiverse

concert series

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MULTIVERSE 

is an interdisciplinary 

concert and event series 

combining music and science

in live performance

we believe the endeavors 

of art and science 

stem jointly

from our innate passion

for discovery

 
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2019-2020 Season

 
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Multiverse: Exoplanetary
October 6th, Somerville Armory

A Discovery Day of workshops and music celebrating NASA-Smithsonian’s Spectrum Lab Website
with Roy Gould, Biophysicist

  • Workshops at 3pm

  • Spectrum Lab Exclusive Preview at 4pm

  • Shadows of Exoplanets Concert at 5pm

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WORKSHOPS: Music and Movement with Integral Steps

LECTURER: Roy Gould of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

PERFORMERS: Headliner: Marvento Duo, with Emma Shubin, Julia Connor, Elizabeth Sterling, Amelia Sie and David Ibbett

MUSIC: Emma O’Halloran, Yuko Uebayashi, George Rochberg, Arvo Pärt, Joseph Schwantner, David Ibbett, plus redshifted music from Voyager’s Golden Record

 

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Multiverse: Hidden Worlds
7:30pm, November 14th
Charles Hayden Planetarium
Museum of Science, Boston

 
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Explore the unseen beauty that exists in our present world during this multimedia experience that fuses together live music, science and stunning planetarium visuals. From the fractal patterns of nature to the dance of living cells, prepare to be immersed within these hidden worlds and discover the splendors that are all around us.

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LECTURERS: Irmgard Bischofberger of the MIT Fluids Lab, Alexey Veraksa of UMass Boston

PERFORMERS: live electrosymphonic music for piano and chamber ensemble

MUSIC: compositions by resident composer David Ibbett

Fluid dynamics researcher Irmgard Bischofberger, resident composer David Ibbett and cell biologist Alexey Veraksa will guide you on a narrated journey through the structures of life and non-life, revealing how the principles of chaos and order interact to produce the symmetry and flux of our surrounding world.

Experience the Multiverse Concert Series when it comes to the extraordinary realm of the Charles Hayden Planetarium this Fall for one night only.

 
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Multiverse: Black Hole Symphony
April 2020

A journey through time and space
narrated through music, art and science

Featuring the work of black hole researchers from Boston and beyond, interwoven with music, visual and live performance art

 
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Multiverse: Concert for the Sycamores
June 2020
Memorial Drive near JFK Park

Green Cambridge, River Bend Park Trust, and Multiverse present “Concert for the Sycamores”, a musical celebration of the heritage trees on Memorial Drive and the work to preserve them for future generations.

Learn about Green Cambridge’s work while enjoying classical and electronic music in the company of the surrounding historic London Plane sycamores.

More info about the Heritage Trees and at greencambridge.org


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Multiverse Director, Composer in Residence

Photo: Nile Scott

Photo: Nile Scott

David Ibbett is a composer of electrosymphonic music. He has found musical inspiration in many places - songs, symphonies, pop, classical and the electronic - and bringing these strands together is his ultimate aim.

His passion for combining science and music began with his father, Dr. Roger Ibbett, who is a lifelong research chemist.

David received his Bachelors at Clare College Cambridge, and his Masters at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Julian Anderson. In 2015, he completed his doctorate at the University of Birmingham (UK) with Jonty Harrison and Scott Wilson.

David’s music is performed nationally and internationally, with projects spanning from chamber music [Albion Trails, 2009, BBC Symphony Octet] to collaborations in dance [Project 51, dance score for The Place Resolutions, 2012) ] and works for instruments and electronics [Beauty from Nothing, 2016]. His passion for electronic music began in 2008 when he undertook a residency at the Aldeburgh Music Festival with Jonathan Harvey – an inspirational teacher and pioneer in the field.

In all projects, David seeks a deep collaboration with musicians, scientists, artists and performers. Since 2015, David has been producing concerts of music and science with Music of Reality and Multiverse Concert Series. He has collaborated with physicists (Dr. Mathew Kleban, NYU), biologists (Dr. Paul Garrity, Brandeis), engineers (Dr. Irmgard Bischofberger, MIT), sociologists (Dr. Clara Han, Johns Hopkins) and oceanographers (Dr. Sarah Davies, BU). For these concerts, David has composed a series of works for piano and electronics, including Phenomena of Growth (2017), Floods and Tears (2018), and Cellular Dance [2019] a full length ballet with cell biologist Dr. Alexey Veraksa of UMass Boston.

In tandem with his composing, David mentors young composers at Ibbett Music, the Yamaha Music School of Boston and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His students have performed at Yamaha’s NJOC, the BBC Proms, and placed first in the MMTA composition competition.


Press and Communications Intern

Joanna Vandyke is a junior at the University of Massachusetts Lowell studying Chemistry with interests in Bioinformatics. She plans on pursuing her Ph.D in Chemistry with special interests in renewable energy and cost effective plastics. She spends her days nannying and tutoring her peers in Organic Chemistry.


Josh Ostrower

Audio/Visual Intern

Josh Ostrower is a sophomore in high school who studies electronics and piano with David Ibbett. He is a film and music enthusiast!