Josh Armenta (MM ’15 Computer Music, MM ’14 Composition) gave a lecture, “Activating a Physical Space through Sound,” on October 27 at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi, Sindh Province, Pakistan. Armenta collaborates with MICA alumnus Omer Wasim, a sculptor based in Karachi, and went to Pakistan to attend the first Karachi Biennale, an art event that seeks to bring visual art into public spaces to invite, encourage, and sometimes impose public engagement on the viewing audience, and to conduct field research for a planned interdisciplinary work featuring both artists. This work is being created in anticipation of Peabody Computer Music’s 50th anniversary, which will occur in the 2019-20 school year.
Bijan Olia (BM ’11, MM ’12, Computer Music) was selected as a fellow for the Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab at the Skywalker Ranch in July of 2017. At this lab, composers, directors, and sound designers worked together to create music for narrative film projects, and takes place in two parts: one for feature film scores and one for documentary scores. The Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI) has been and remains an important partner with the lab, and helps to forward the careers of many of the participants, like Olia.