An Evening of Sonic Exploration:
The Musical Fusion of Marimba, Art, Electronics and Voice

Presented by Maria Finkelmeier

Saturday, June 29, 7:30 PM

About this Lecture:
Maria Finkelmeier is a percussionist, composer, and digital media artist who will perform a 40 minute set of her own music featuring marimba, electronics and voice off of her upcoming album. Find out about her compositional practice when fusing acoustic sounds with electronic capabilities, and stories behind each work. The show is enhanced with digital art projected in the hall, generated from Finkelmeier’s movement as she performs. This vibrant immersive experience will be terrific for teens and kids, encouraging questions, joy and new possibilities.

About Maria Finkelmeier
Named a “one-woman dynamo” by the Boston Globe, Maria is a percussionist, composer, and digital media artist. Whether it’s scoring conceptual art films or serving as director, composer, and performer in multi-sensory performances and installations, her work continually transcends both genre and medium.

Empowered by sonic exploration, she’s transformed Fenway Park into a percussive playground, turned the Roebling bridge into a MIDI instrument, illuminated an outdoor amphitheater as pandemic relief, used AI to investigate gender bias, flipped a bus into mobile electronic bucket drumming program, and performed at iconic global venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian, and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. Her cutting-edge work has been featured in the Boston Globe, National Parks Magazine, Boston Magazine, Vulture, SunSentinel, and on WGBH, WBUR, CBS, and I Care if you Listen.

Merging meticulous performance practice and production knowledge with intentions that are narrative driven and socially responsive, Maria has been commissioned by national organizations, municipalities, and festivals including the National Parks Service, Esplanade Association, Harvard Ed Portal, IGNITE Broward, TEDx Cambridge, BLINK Cincinnati, London’s i = u festival, ILLUMINUS, and the Boston Center for the Arts. Her care and dedication to her practice has been supported and acknowledged by the Boston Foundation, CODAWorx, Boston Design Week, New England Foundation for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Brother Thomas Fellowship.

An experienced entrepreneur, Maria has founded and directed numerous ventures, including her experimental studio MF Dynamics, Kadence Arts, Make Music Boston, Quartet Kalos, Masary Studios, and Ensemble Evolution. Dedicated to shaping the next generation of creators and arts administrators, she is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music specializing in Creative Entrepreneurship. Prior to rooting in New England, Maria spent three years in Northern Sweden at the Piteå Institution for Music and Media as an artist-in-residence. Maria received a Bachelor of Music degree from The Ohio State University and a Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music. Maria is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

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