Saturday, February 27, 2016

Concert for 100 iPhones

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute presents
Concert for 100 iPhones
Berklee College of Music
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston, MA, 02115

Be a performer in a smartphone concert! Interact with artists on stage and experience the debut of a new style of live performance! Experience musical and technological innovations created by Portuguese artists working with Berklee student luminaries. Audience performs new interactive works using the a.bel application running on iOS devices (iPhones/iPads).

The concert begins with a rehearsal with audience participation and concludes with a performance of compositions by BIAI students and composers:Carlos Guedes  (NYU Abu Dhabi),  Rui Penha, (INESC-TEC Porto), Nikhil Singh, Blake Adelman, Sakura Tsuruta, Landy Gao, Peder Barratt-Due, Ian Duclos, Lee Gilboa, Jonathan Koh, Neil Leonard (Artistic Director, BIAI). Performances by Gilberto Bernardes (saxophones), Neil Leonrd (saxophone), Nikhil Singh (electric guitar), Ryan Fedak (vibes) and Gregory McRae (snare) and the public on their iPhones.

Download the a.bel app prior to the concert here:

This concert is produced in collaboration with the Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC-TEC) and University of Porto, Portugal.

Carlos Guedes has a multifaceted activity in composition and sound design, counting numerous commissioned projects for dance, theatrical performance, film and interactive installations besides conventional concert music. His creative work has been presented mostly in Europe and the United States in several shapes and forms. He holds a PhD (2005) and MA (1996) in composition from NYU and a BM (1993) from ESMAE (Porto, Portugal). He lived for three years in the Netherlands where he attended the Institute of Sonology in the Hague between 2001 and 2002. Carlos Guedes is currently Associate Arts Professor of Music and Head of Music Program at New York University Abu Dhabi.

Composer and performer of live electroacoustic music, Rui Penha was born in Porto, in 1981. He completed his PhD in Music (Composition) at the University of Aveiro, where he worked under João Pedro Oliveira. His music is regularly recorded and played in festivals and concert halls around Europe and North America, by musicians such as Arditti Quartet, Peter Evans, Remix Ensemble or the Gulbenkian Orchestra. He was a funder and curator of Digitópia (Casa da Música) and has a deep interest on music technology. His recent production includes interfaces for musical expression, sound spatialization software, interactive installations, musical robots, autonomous improvisers and educational software. He taught at several Portuguese Institutions (DeCA - UA, ESMAE - IPP, ESART - IPCB, ULP), and is currently an assistant professor at FEUP and researcher at INESC TEC. More info at

Gilberto Bernardes has a multifaceted activity as a saxophonist, new media artist, and researcher in sound and music computing. Bernardes holds a PhD in digital media from the University of Porto (under the auspices of the University of Texas at Austin), a Master of Music from the Conservatory of Amsterdam, a Bachelor of Music from the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, and a Degree in saxophone and chamber music from the ENM d'Issy-les-Moulineaux (Paris, France). He is a frequent presence in highly reputed music festivals and concert venues as soloist or integrated in chamber music groups. Since 2007, he has developed a research activity in generative music systems through different projects, including in its most current position as a postdoctoral researcher at the Sound and Music Computing Group—INESC Technology and Science. Addditionaly, Bernardes is an Invited Associate Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco and Asisstant at Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo do Porto.

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