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Tod Machover

Tod Machover Photo: © Gino Spiro
b. 1953


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Tod Machover is a pioneering composer whose works often incorporate emerging musical technologies * At MIT’s Media Lab he has helped to develop interactive musical tools, such as Hyperinstruments that use artificial intelligence to augment musical expression and creativity * Idiom often combines propulsive rhythms with an engaging lyricism and arching melodic lines * Wide-ranging output includes orchestral, vocal, chamber, and solo pieces, as well as five operas * Music has been performed and commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Centre Pompidou, London Sinfonietta, Houston Grand Opera, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble Modern, and the Tokyo String Quartet * Machover was nominated as a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for his opera Death and the Powers

Works by Tod Machover include:
Sparkler (2001) for orchestra
Toy Symphony (2001) for Hyperviolin solo, children’s chorus, and orchestra
Death and the Powers (2010) one-act opera

Also visit Tod Machover's website.
Looking Ahead: Machover's new opera Schoenberg in Hollywood tells the story of composer Arnold Schoenberg during his exile in Los Angeles, where he fled in the 1930s from Hitler's Europe. The opera, with a libretto by Simon Robson, is premiered by commissioner Boston Lyric Opera in November.
“There is no 'formula' for accomplishing the kind of synthesis Machover is attempting—it is bound to be highly personal, technically complex, and musically exciting.”  —Contemporary Music Review
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