Guggenheim award-winning composer/violinist, educator/entrepreneur Mari Kimura will give talk about her work and the evolution of the of MUGIC®, a WIFI motion sensor designed for musicians, performers, dancers and beyond. Mari will demonstrate how MUGIC® works in many situations, as well as perform works she wrote using MUGIC®. The commercial version of MUGIC® was released last September and is now available for purchase at https://mugicmotion.com/
• DATES AND TIMES: Saturday January 20 from 1 – 3 pm
• LOCATION: Harvestworks Studio 596 Broadway Suite 602 NY. NY 10013 @ Houston Street in Manhattan
Please note that our space is limited and restricted to those who RSVP
Described as a “virtuoso playing at the edge” by the New York Times, Mari Kimura is a prolific violinist/composer, a leading figure in the field of interactive computer music, and most recently known as an entrepreneur developing a motion sensor system called MUGIC®. Mari is renowned for her mastery of subharmonics—the production of pitches that sound up to an octave below the violin’s lowest string. She has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fromm Commission Award from Harvard, a residency at IRCAM in Paris, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. In recognition of her ground-breaking work, Mari was named “Immigrants: Pride of America” by the Carnegie Corporation.
In 2020, Mari released MUGIC® commercially. A small WIFI device which can be worn as a ‘wearable tech’ or attached to objects, MUGIC® is intended to eliminate the disciplinary divide and enable new forms of art to emerge and flourish. Today, MUGIC® has been used by musicians, dancers, and visual artists across the globe. MUGIC® is also acquired for educational purpose by many noteworthy institutions such as Harvard University, UC Berkeley, the Peabody Institute, University of Arts (UdK)in Berlin, Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School.
Mari’s recent works focus on human/machine integration using MUGIC®, performing, composing, and commissioning new works. In 2019, Mari commissioned composer Dai Fujikura to write “Motion Notions” published by Ricordi and recorded by Mirabel/SONY; in 2021, Mari composed “Iron Bird” for cymbal and MUGIC®, for virtuoso percussionist Aiyun Huang, premiered at the Nabla Festival in Italy; she also composed “KISMET” for Decipher Ensemble, premiered at the New Music for Strings festival in Aarhus, Denmark; and most recently Mari composed “Pensamiento” for piano and MUGIC®, which was premiered at MIT in Boston.
A Graduate Faculty at The Juilliard School since 1998, Mari was appointed as Full Professor of Music at “Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology” at UC Irvine in 2017. During the Covid shutdown, she earned MBA degree at UCI in June 2022. In 2020, Mari was nominated as the Entrepreneur Leader of the Year award at UCI and received the Certificate of Congressional Recognition from the US. House of Representatives and the California Legislature Assembly. MUGIC® is available at https://mugicmotion.com/
For more info about Mari, please visit http://www.marikimura.com
“A virtuoso playing at the edge”
–New York Times
“Creative Vibration; my free violin”
-feature article in La Rebubblica, Italy