During SummerFest 2017 we opened our festival with a residency of musicians from the Silk Road Ensemble, bass trombonist ... [Read more]
Join us for an evening blending science, music and dinner catered by Sayanni Catering, featuring meteorologist Bob Henson of Weather Underground and SilkRoad Ensemble musicians cellist Mike Block and tabla player Sandeep Das at the Suzanne and Walter Scott, Jr. Bioengineering Building. Doors open at 5:00pm.
Science Presenter: Bob Henson
Science Program: For scientists who study Earth’s changing climate as well as for the public, a single image can be a galvanizing force. Our view of human’s impact on the climate system has evolved over the last six decades in tandem with an array of paradigm-shattering graphics, including the first satellite image of Earth from space and the now-iconic “Keeling curve” tracing the year-by-year rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide. Whether they are starkly simple or mesmerizingly complex—and whether they are produced by a sensor in space, a photographer on the ground, or software inside a supercomputer—each of these images tells us something important about the atmosphere we inhabit and our ability to influence its future course.
Artists: Silk Road Ensemble Musicians cellist Mike Block and tabla player Sandeep Das
First brought together by Yo-Yo Ma in his Silk Road Ensemble, Sandeep Das and Mike Block are two virtuosic musicians adept at bringing contemporary approaches to traditional music styles.
Sandeep Das grew up in India as a tabla prodigy, under the tutelage of his guru, Pt. Kishanji Maharaj. Sandeep first performed with the famous Pt. Ravi Shankar when he was 15, and has twice been nominated for a Grammy. Sandeep recently moved with his family to Boston from New Dheli.
Cellist Mike Block has been hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as “The ideal musician of the 21st Century”, and also recently moved to Boston to become Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music. Program to be announced from the stage.
“MIKE BLOCK IS MY DEFINITION OF THE IDEAL MUSICIAN FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. Not only is he an enormously talented cellist and a great musician, but he writes music, he improvises, and heís fearless. Mike is wide open to all kinds of influences, and he incorporates everything he learns into his sound, making it uniquely his own. I’m always struck by his unique perspective on the world and his relaxed and confident approach; he takes on new music and new things fearlessly. Mike has the kind of talent I look for: he has the skills, the positive motivation and the creativity that will enable him to do amazing things in his musical life. It has also been a joy to watch him bring his enormous talents to the realm of education.”