Announcing the CAST 2020-21 Virtual Visiting Artists
In this present moment of global pandemic, racial injustice, and the economic devastation of the cultural sector, CAST introduces a new category of appointment for 2020-21, Virtual Visiting Artists. The three distinguished artists—Don Byron, Anat Cohen, and Luciana Souza—will bring breadth, scope, and energy to MIT during a period when most learning will be online and remote. Byron, Cohen, and Souza will offer masterclasses, small group sessions, and individual lessons, drawing upon wide-ranging facets of their artistry and cultural heritage.
All three artists bring expertise in specific musical cultures that are currently underrepresented in MIT’s curriculum. Each artist will give a series of lectures covering areas of their own specialization, which are of significant interest to MIT students and the community, but not otherwise available. The appointments will offer them the creative and intellectual space to pursue the vital artistic research that is implicit in their approaches to composition and performance.
Video credit: MIT Music and Theater Arts Lecturer, Director of the Wind and Jazz Ensembles, and Acting Director of MIT Sounding Fred Harris speaks about the Virtual Visiting Artists.
Legendary clarinetist and composer Don Byron forges "a sound above genre"
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 / 5:30-7:30pm
Image: Don Byron at MIT. Credit: L. Barry Hetherington.
A virtuoso widely recognized as one of the most vital clarinetists working today
Friday, October 2, 2020 / 2-3:30pm
Image: Anat Cohen. Credit: Shervin Lainez.
Session 1: Brazil and the making of Antônio Carlos Jobim
Friday, September 25, 2020 / 1-2pm
Session 2: Early influences and early work
Friday, October 16, 2020 / 1-2pm