9D3 is an experimental music researcher from the MIT Media Lab. In the academic field he was rewarded for publishing avant-garde musical instruments at various conferences, where he is also known for introducing the idea of fragile instruments, a series of instruments that can only be played through the act of destruction. Although he’s still currently a graduate student pursuing his Ph.D at the Responsive Environments group, 9D3 is also looking to go outside the boundaries of academia with his music as a live Techno performer. His passion towards drum machines was recently combined with his obsession in modular synthesizers, propelling him into an ephemeral sonic journey that can only be summoned in the presence of a great crowd.
AZA is a multi-instrumentalist and performer whose music is deeply rooted in the African American musical tradition. Hip-Hop, reggae, gospel, calypso, soca, soul, and jazz have all had a profound influence on the development of his musical style. He draws inspiration from a wide range of artists such as Bob Marley, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kirk Franklin, Bill Withers, Robert Glasper, and John Legend.
AZA has been performing professionally for over 10 years, with some notable performances being Jazz at Lincoln Center, Arts at the Armory, Regattabar, and The Middle East. He has been fortunate to perform with artists such as John Legend, and Angelique Kidjoe.
AZA strives to make music that is relevant for the culture but that will also take listeners to a higher place of consciousness, action, and peace. In addition to his musical accomplishments, he is a student in the MD/PhD program at Harvard Medical School. He received his PhD in Neuroscience at MIT in 2016 and is currently finishing his MD.
Billy Dean Thomas
Billy Dean Thomas, AKA “The Queer B.I.G” is a Hip-hop recording artist and composer born and raised in Harlem, but currently residing in Boston. Billy challenges the music industry with polyrhythmic flows that align with intersectional feminism, social justice and the difficulties of growing up in NYC. Billy Dean is also an “artrepreneur” with a passion for building models to support artistic sustainability and finding ways to incorporate the artists voice within institutional structures. After sharing their story on ABC’s the View and releasing their debut EP “Rocky Barboa” they have been invited as a guest to perform at The Brooklyn Museum, The Isabella Stewart Gardner, The Museum of Fine Arts and WCVB’s channel 5 news. This year they have been nominated for two Boston Music awards, were selected as The Boston Foundations 2018 Lab Grant recipient and have been selected to be a MASS MOCA resident Artist.
Darien Carr (Rico Alice) is a multitalented musicmaker whose music explores extremely raw and introspective topics through vulnerable lyrics and unfiltered, artfully crafted musical landscapes. In addition to music, Darien has graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Urban Space and Music Culture.
Check out their recent project, With Models, here: https://ricoalice.bandcamp.com/releases
David Su is a musician, game developer, and researcher. Currently he is a research assistant in the Opera of the Future group at the MIT Media Lab. David recently released Yi and the Thousand Moons, a short video game musical which won Best Style at the 2017 Bit Awards and was nominated for Audio Design at the 2017 TIGA Games Industry Awards. Previously he worked on artificial intelligence for film scoring at Amper Music and did audio software engineering for drum sensor technology at Sunhouse. As a songwriter and drummer David also makes music with singer-songwriter Dominique Star and folk-pop group Morningsiders. His work has been featured in Rolling Stone, PC Gamer, A.V. Club, Stereogum, Noisey by VICE, and the International Computer Music Conference; he has performed at venues such as Lincoln Center and events such as SXSW. David is especially interested in creating new interactive musical experiences.
11 year-old violinist Fiona Khuong-Huu has been incredibly received around the world in competition. In 2017-18, Fiona was the first place winner at the Grumiaux International Violin Competition and was a prizewinner at “Il Piccolo Violino Magico” in Italy. At the end of last season, she won the Juilliard Concerto Competition for the Pre-College Division and performed Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater with the Pre-college Symphony Orchestra in Lincoln Center. In 2014, Fiona began studying with Professor Li Lin and joined The Juilliard Pre-College Division along with her sister Hina in 2017. The duo often perform together and enjoy being onstage with one another. In 2016, Hina and Fiona picked up the first prize and the Journalists Prize at the Osaka International Music Competition in the duo category. This past summer, they performed in Maine in a 4th of July concert with NPR’s “From the Top” alumni and in Brussels at the Bozar with the Flanders Symphony Orchestra.
Nate Tucker, musician and composer, is based in Boston at the BCA Artist Studio Building. Tucker works regularly with some of the city's finest artists and arts institutions. As a performer you can catch Nate Tucker performing with collective ensemble, DanceNite, consisting of DJs, musicians, visual artists and dancers. Tucker can also be seen as a core percussionist for Juventus New Music Ensemble and DJing the Donkey Show at American Repertory Theater's Club Oberon from time to time.
NEON BLK began in Boston as an experiment in analog and digital production. Steeped in rock, funk, and R&B, Dhy Edwardsberry started developing groove-heavy demos before developing them into fully fledged pop songs. Lyrically and musically, the NEON BLK is as individualistic as it is decidedly for the masses.
Noah won 1st prize at the 2012 International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Switzerland and grand prize at the 2014 10th International Antonio Janigro Competition in Croatia, becoming the first American cellist to be given this distinction. He is a 2016 Davidson Fellow, 2016, and award given by the Davidson Institute For Talent Development for demonstration of an extraordinary accomplishment. He was featured twice as a soloist on "From the Top", an NPR radio program. He was chosen as a 2016 Harmony for Peace Music Ambassador, and gold award recipient as a 2017 YoungArts National finalist. Moreover, he was named a 2018 US Presidential Scholar in the Arts selected by the White House Commission of Presidential Scholars. He soloed with the Princeton Symphony, Russian State Orchestra, Lausanne Sinfonietta, Ensemble 212, Bravura Philharmonic, Next Generation Festival Orchestra and Zagreb Soloists. He was a founding member and principal cellist (2015-2018) of the Heartstrings Cello Ensemble and the founder of the Back to Bach Project. He is currently a freshman at Harvard University.
Oompa is a nationally-acclaimed, Boston-born, poet, rapper, and educator, who is forever representing the queer, black, orphaned, hood kids and them. Oompa is 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion, and a finalist at the 2016 National Poetry Slam. She has been featured in Huffington Post, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, NPR Boston’s The ARTery, Vanyaland, among others.
Oompa's debut album, November 3rd, was named one of Dig Boston's Top 30 Local Albums of 2016 and one of Allston Pudding’s Favorite albums of 2016. With sounds often compared to that of Lauryn Hill and J. Cole, she was nominated for New Artist of the Year at the 2017 Boston Music Awards, is one of Boston Herald’s New Favorites of 2018, is currently working on her highly anticipated, second full-length album.
the reciprocity collaborative
The Reciprocity Collaborative is committed to bringing together creative professionals through research, performance, and community engagement. From lecture-performances to process-based labs, the collaborative aims to challenge disciplinary boundaries of music, dance, and visual arts to create environments for multi-media negotiation, exceeding what individual artists could create on their own. At Hacking Arts 2018, professional dancers Ilya Vidrin and Danielle Davidson, joined by Lead Creative Technologist Peter Martel, will perform with wearable technology designed to augment dancer-audience experience by sonifying partnered movement.
Ria Modak is a freshman in the dual degree program at Harvard University/New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston studying classical guitar. Ria currently studies guitar with Gohar Vardanyan as well as Eliot Fisk and Jerome Mouffe, under whose tutelage she will receive a Master of Music from the NEC. Ria has been recognized by several musical foundations and organizations, including the National YoungArts Foundation, which named her a 2018 Merit Winner, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, which named her and her ensemble winners of their 2014 and 2016 Young Ensembles Program, and the Long Island Classical Guitar Society, which awarded her the first prize in their 2017 National High School Guitar Competition. She recorded Astor Piazzolla's Cafe 1930 with Faustina Housner on NPR's From the Top. She has participated in numerous guitar festivals, including the 2017 Boston GuitarFest, 2016 Southern Guitar Festival, and the 2017 Indiana Guitar Festival. Ria also had the opportunity to play and record with the New York City Classical Guitar Orchestra, which commissions engaging contemporary repertoire by modern composers, for three years. She has performed in masterclasses by remarkable musicians including Benjamin Verdery, Eliot Fisk, Lara St. John, Nora Buschmann, Dr. Jennifer Trowbridge, Brook Speltz, Imani Uzuri, and Michael Brown.
Blending 16 years of training in Vietnamese traditional music with his love for a good groove, SoulGook (Jason R. Nguyen) creates music that complicates the artificial boundaries of traditional and contemporary, old and new, Vietnamese and non-Vietnamese. Having studied for years under a top master of the single-string instrument known as đàn bầu, he applies his fondness for traditional Vietnamese music to a wide range of genre-defying "Đàn Bầu Remixes," including groovy new takes on throwback Vietnamese ballads and cải lương (southern Vietnamese opera)-infused interpretations of pop-chart hits. Let SoulGook musically transport you across the globe, from the shores of the Mekong Delta to the dance floor of the hottest club, all on a single string.
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Tathy Yazigi is a Brazilian performance artist inspired by the aesthetics and order of rites descendants from Africa and by technology as the most recent layer of the mystery. The sciences of the body, the use of natural and technological raw material and the devotion and experimentation of fermentation processes are used to create a space for instinctive exchange. She proposes a zone of slower time to look, breath, remember of the body as an instrument to collaborate in the construction of reality. And of the feminine body as the factory of humanity.
The space will be gradually constructed through artistic procedures from 13th to 14th of October, from 10am to 6pm and specific performances/rites of passage will mark the time at 12pm and 4pm
Nigerian bred artist Wayup Rui was raised in the impoverished borough of South End (Boston, MA). He is also a member of a creative collective, the Krømeheartz; His sound is a fuse of RnB, Rap and Afrobeats. Through his music you’ll grasp his wild and twisted imagination of his worldly lifestyle. With influences like Prince, Michael Jackson, Kanye West, The Dream and Nigerian Musician Chief Richardson Of America. Wayup Rui has been able to gravitate a wave of loyal listeners and supporters overseas, like London, Stockholm, Paris New York, LA and Boston. Wayup Rui has released to critically acclaimed albums. Foreign Tales and Khrømeheartz. Constantly being innovative and creating smooth sounds his fan base is increasing everyday. He is determined to make an impact in people’s lives with his music all over the world. Just like the Musicians that influenced and paved the way before him. He is considered to be the artist of the FUTURE