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Beautiful Questions: Music of Reality EP Release Event

  • The Armory

Pre-Concert Discussion with cosmologist Dr. Cora Dvorkin and Robert Kirzinger on the intersection of art and the sciences.

Lecture: Cosmologist and Harvard professor Dr. Cora Dvorkin on the questions in physics today and our universe origins.

Performances by Transient Canvas, DJ Collective Table Manners, and pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek.

Works by David Ibbett, Mischa Salkind-Pearl, Robert Honstein, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Jason Charney, and Stefanie Lubkowski.

8:00 pm20:00

Solo Concert at An Die Musik

  • An Die Musik

Including acoustic and electroacoustic piano works by David Ibbett, Julia Wolfe, Kate Moore, and Sam Torres.

Exact program TBD

7:30 pm19:30

MoR Impulse + After Party

  • Arts at the Armory


In collaboration with biologist and researcher Paul Garrity of Brandeis University, Music of Reality presents a multi-disciplinary event that will showcase Garrity’s cutting-edge research and its global implications, surrounded by music that delves into the themes of sense, mechanization, and impulse.

This program will include music by David Ibbett, Nico Muhly, James Tenney, and Salvatore Sciarrino.  It will also include sonifications of data from Paul Garrity's research, made by David Ibbett.

Also including miniature works from the Call for Scores by local composers, written in response to the data sonifications.

LECTURE and DEMONSTRATIONS: Paul Garrity – “The Evolution of Sensation”


Sophia Subbayya Vastek, piano (
Stephen Marotto, cello
David Ibbett, electronics (

8:00 pm20:00

Music of Reality at 2016 Noisegate Festival

  • New York University

Friday, Sept. 23, 9:00 PM
Recital Hall (room 303)
35 W 4th St, NYC
NYU, Steinhardt


Cosmic Microwave Background Sonifications - David Ibbett
Talk - Tae Hong Park
Nunataks - John Luther Adams
Omniscience is a Collective - Jaime Reis
Night Music - Stephan Cabell
Talk - Matthew Kleban: "Pure Noise: Discoveries from the Cosmic Microwave Background"
Music of Reality I & II - David Ibbett

Lecture: Prof. Matthew Kleban - "Pure Noise: Discoveries from the Cosmic Microwave Background"


Sophia Subbayya Vastek, piano
David Ibbett, electronics


The inaugural NoiseGate Festival is a collaboration between The United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN-SDSN) Global Arts Initiative, Citygram, Harvestworks, Monthly Music Hackathon, Music of Reality, Kadenze, ThinkCoffee, University of Redlands.  Festival website:!noisegate-festival/z49gr

The theme of the festival centers on the environment in a broad sense, while also aiming to bring awareness to spatial noise, with a particular focus on urban noise pollution.  More information:

7:00 pm19:00

House of Ruth Fundraiser Concert - Private Event

  • Washington, DC

Founded in 1976, House of Ruth helps women, children and families in greatest need and with very limited resources build safe, stable lives and achieve their highest potential. At House of Ruth, women, children and families heal from lifetimes of traumatic abuse.

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Two Piano Music with pianist Sonya Sutton.  Program of works by Lutoslawski, Rachmaninoff, Britten, Milhaud, and Infante. 

Located at a private home in Washington, DC.  If you would like an invitation, send a message to Sophia through the contact form on this website.

8:00 pm20:00

Concert with pianist/composer Michael Harrison

  • Arts Letters & Numbers


Pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek and composer/pianist Michael Harrison will present a program based around the idea of mantras - that through repetition, we see and become change.  With the tradition of Indian classical music as a jumping off point, the program will explore several of Harrison's works, as well as a new canonic arrangement for four hands, by Vastek and Harrison, of Philip Glass' seminal, minimalist masterpiece Two Pages.  Through repetition and layering, each of the works explore this idea of the mantra, all the while creating vastly different sound worlds, and inviting the listener to experience deeply.

This concert will kick-off the Arts Letters & Numbers festival, which will be presenting works, installations, and performances from their workshop this summer. 

3:00 pm15:00

Queens New Music Festival

  • Secret Theatre

Pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek and pianist/composer Michael Harrison join forces in a collaborative program as part of the Queens New Music Festival exploring Harrison’s raga and just intonation-based compositions alongside the music of Philip Glass and Donnacha Dennehy. 

Joining them will be renowned tabla player Nitin Mitta, as well as violinist Mari Kimura who will play an excerpt from Harrison’s new work Harmonic Constellations.

7:00 pm19:00

Beauty from Nothing

  • Spectrum

A concert curated by Sophia Vastek exploring the intersection of science and spirituality.  Featuring the premiere of a new work for piano and live electronics written for Sophia by U.K. born composer David Ibbett, as well as the premiere of a chamber work by Elijah Shiffer.  Other works by Sam Torres and Austin O'Rourke, and including an improvised set by electroacoustic duo Tilted Arc.

7:30 pm19:30


  • Manhattan School of Music

Little Wing, a NYC based chamber ensemble directed by Sam Torres, performs an original score and film by Sam Torres inspired by the Hudson river.

Manhattan School of Music
Ades Performing Space
Friday, April 8th
7:30 pm

7:30 pm19:30

sTem presents: Ricky Ian Gordon's "Orpheus and Euridice" at the LGBT Center

  • LGBT Center


New York City based chamber ensemble sTem will present Ricky Ian Gordon's sweeping song cycle "Orpheus and Euridice" at The LGBT Community Center in Greenwich Village, New York.  The concert will include a silent auction and is being hosted as a fundraiser for the NYC Chapter of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  AFSP is the leader in the fight against suicide.  They fund research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.  All proceeds from this event will benefit the NYC Chapter of AFSP.  Find out more at

Ricky Ian Gordon's "Orpheus and Euridice" is a modern re-telling of the classic Orpheus and Eurydice myth.  Written during the ongoing, and worsening, illness of Gordon's partner, the work transcends as a profound statement on love, loss, and the beauty inherent in art and music.

Hailed as interpreting with "profundity and power" (RuideroXXI, Mexico City), sTem is comprised of clarinetist Eric Christian Umble, soprano Meagan Amelia Brus, and pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek.  Formed in 2013 at Manhattan School of Music, they have performed numerous concerts throughout the United States and abroad, and their debut album is scheduled for release in early 2016.  For more information visit:



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Halloween and Schoenberg at Spectrum, NYC

  • Spectrum, NYC

Schoenberg's Erwartung, op. 17
New transcription and English Translation by Dr. Peter Andreacchi

World premiere tour of the new edition for Clarinet, Soprano and Piano

Tickets: $15 at the door

4:00 pm16:00

Lancaster New Sounds presents: sTem

  • St. James Episcopal Church

Program Coming Soon!

Lancaster New Sounds introduces you to something new and exciting

Are you an adventurous listener looking for something new and interesting? Do you enjoy the magic of live performance by world class musicians? We do too! Lancaster New Sounds is dedicated to giving musicians the opportunity to share the music they love in a casual listening environment.

Lancaster New Sounds is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization as defined by the United States Internal Revenue Code and a registered Unincorporated Non-Profit Association as defined by 15 Pa.C.S. Section 9111

Tickets at the door, by donation


Brandon Scott Rumsey - Epitaph to a Darling Lady (2012)
Paul Moravec - Oh, Poor Words That Sing of Love (2010)
Franz Schubert - Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (Shepherd on the Rock), D. 965
Louis Spohr - 6 Deutsche Lieder, op. 103
Rex Isenberg - Das Stunden-Buch (2013)*
Giovanni Piacentini - Preludio de un Diamante (2014)*

*sTem commission

***This concert will also include a short set by cellist Nathan Bontrager***

7:30 pm19:30

St. Charles Borromeo Concert Series Presents: sTem

  • St. Charles Borromeo Church

sTem returns to the stunning and resonant St. Charles Borromeo Church for an eclectic evening of chamber music. Entrance by donation.

St. Charles Borromeo Chruch 19 Sidney Pl
Brooklyn, NY, 11201 United States


Brandon Scott Rumsey - Epitaph to a Darling Lady (2012)
Paul Moravec - Oh, Poor Words That Sing of Love (2010)
Giovanni Piacentini - Preludio de un Diamante (2014)*

Louis Sphor - Six German Songs, Op. 103
Franz Schubert - Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965 (Shepherd on the Rock)

*sTem commission

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