In conjunction with our exhibition Radiant Energy, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is thrilled to host composers and performers Mary Bichner and Molly Zenobia for an evening of music in the gallery on Saturday, March 10, from 6–8 PM. Radiant Energy focuses on visual artists who’s work centers around color and color theory. Both performers have synesthesia, a neurological condition that causes them to “see” splashes of specific colors when they hear their corresponding pitches sounded and this is how they compose their music!
Mary Bichner is an orchestral classical-meets-pop composer who also has perfect pitch, the ability to recognize notes and chords by name upon hearing them played. She was once invited to Harvard University’s prestigious neuroscience lab to be studied for her brain’s unusual wiring, Mary creates richly-colored compositions that delight classical enthusiasts and indie-pop rockers alike.
In the autumn of 2017, Mary collaborated with Boston’s Museum of Science for the premiere of “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations”, a new collection of chamber works inspired by the New England night sky in spring. The suite was performed live in concert by Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet during two sold-out concerts at the Charles Hayden Planetarium. The performances were accompanied by customized synesthesia-inspired dome visuals created by the museum’s award-winning planetarium team, giving audience members the unique opportunity to “hear” color and “see” sound just as Mary does when she listens to music.
Molly Zenobia’s music has been described as soulful, visceral, and vast. Molly has opened for the Foo Fighters, and played on the same bill with Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Rachel Sage, Edie Carey, Mila Drumke and the Dresden Dolls as well as at numerous festivals around the country. She is also currently collaborating with Roedelius on an album as well as working on her fourth album with one of the founding members of the Counting Crows, Matt Malley.
Regardless of whether she is playing a large rock club, intimate piano bar, collaborating on experimental improvisations, or scoring a film, Molly’s music will leave you sated. “We have so much input these days that we forget that simple is powerful. I may have a lot of production or no production on my albums, but what emerges is always one message, raw, simple, and yours.”
The concert will take place on Saturday, March 10, from 6–8 PM, Tickets are $10 per person and can be bought here or at the door. Click here for purchase!