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Spring 2014

Special note about the Craft Fair: Artists Beyond the Desk no longer sponsors the Craft Fair. But the Working Group does have a new Craft Fair task group that is open to all MIT Community Crafters.
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Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM Kresge Auditorium

2014 MIT Excellence Awards :
An Exhibit of ArtWork by MIT and  Lincoln Lab Employeers


Wednesday, March 19, at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111)

Howard Martin

Howard Martin is a multi-instrumentalist and improviser focused on the intersection of and tension between conventional and extended technique. When he doesn't play for a while, he misses it in his lungs and fingertips.

Howard will explore the resonances of the Killian Hall space in a long format solo tenor saxophone performance.


Michael yarsky




Wednesday, March 26, at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111)

Michael Yarsky is a Boston-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He currently works as the administrative assistant for the Biosafety Program of MIT’s Environment, Health, and Safety office. In addition to being a bassist for numerous pit orchestras and jazz ensembles at Tufts University, he has performed his solo work in Boston, New York City, and Pittsburgh. In 2012 he self-released his first album, Hi Heaviness, an indie-folk record infused with flamenco and finger-picking techniques reminiscent of Leonard Cohen and Lindsey Buckingham. In 2013, he began studying classical guitar under Berklee professor David Newsam. In preparing for his second album, he aims to acquire more proficiency in classical techniques and incorporate those techniques into his work. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Michael holds a BA in Economics from Tufts University. Visit his website at to stream or download his record for free.

Saunder Choi is a Filipino composer, and one of the more accomplished choral writers from his country for his age. His works have been performed in many different international festivals and concerts, including the Philippine Madrigal Singers' UNESCO Artists for Peace 2009 awarding ceremony in France, the 2010 Guido d'Arezzo Polifonico Choral Competition in Italy, the 2011 World Choral Symposium in Argentina, the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati, OH, the 2013 Oregon Bach Festival, ACDA National/Regional Symposium, etc.  He was a 2012 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award finalist and received the 2013 Leroy Southers Award from the Berklee College of Music Composition Department. His piece was recently selected for the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra's 1st Young Composer Initiative orchestra readings. As a vocalist, he has sung as a soloist at Boston's Symphony Hall with the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra and sings professionally with the First Church Boston Choir. 

Born in Manila, Philippines, Choi holds a BA in Communication Arts from the De La Salle University-Manila and recently graduated with a BM in Composition with a minor in Conducting, summa cuma laude,  from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. His teachers include Andrew List, Vuk Kulenovic and Marti Epstein. 


Fri, March 28, 8pm Sanders Theater, 45 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Join flamenco guitar virtuoso Juanito Pascual as he celebrates the
release of his latest album "New Flamenco Trio. " Called by NPR "one of the hottest flamenco guitarists to emerge in recent years" this project marks the next step in Pascual's artistic journey and promises to be a spectacular evening of world-class musicianship and dance in Harvard's gorgeous Sanders Theater. The Trio, featuring Grammy-nominated percussionist Tupac Mantilla, and bassist Brad Barrett (DMA, New England Conservatory) will be joined by special guest Auxi Fernandez, flamenco dancer direct from Cadiz, Spain.

Map and directions - Free Parking next door at Broadway Garage

-the 50-second video trailer for the show,

-the "While My Guitar Gently Weeps Video"

-Harvard ticket website.

The promo-code is jpgala303. It works online or in person.
Molly Ruggles

Wednesday, April 2, at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111)

Molly Ruggles

Molly Ruggles is a singer, songwriter & pianist. She directed bands at Opryland in Nashville and has played in Boston area jazz & folk clubs. At MIT she works for ODL/OEIT as an educational technology consultant, helping to bring innovations into the classroom as well as facilitating the xTalks speaker series. She also teaches a freshman songwriting course.


Kerry Kelley

Wednesday, April 16, at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111)

Kerry Kelley

A singer, a guitar and ukelele player and a songwriter, Kerry plays in a trio that includes Mike Tworoger on bass and Addison Maupin on drums. Both Kerry and Mike work in Drosophila research labs in the Biology Deparment here at MIT. The band is called The Outliers and play the local club scene around Cambridge and Boston. Musical influences include artists such as k.d. lange, Alison Moyet, St. Vincent and Aimee Mann as well as bands like Radiohead, Pink Floyd and The Pretenders. Please visit her website and join The Outliers mailing list to keep up to date on everything and to get free downloads of music


Second Wind
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Thursday, April 24, at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111)

John Maloney and Second Wind

Second Wind presents "Spring in the Workshop of Andrea Gabrieli: Music of Andrea Gabrieli and his students". The program will include music by Andrea Gabrieli, his nephew Giovanni, Sweelinck, and others, with special emphasis on Hans Leo Hassler.

Second Wind performs music on period wind instruments including sackbut (ancestor of the trombone), dulcian (ancestor of the bassoon), and cornetto (an unusual brass/woodwind hybrid with no modern equivalent).

Performers: Susan Galereave, Eric Kernfeld, Rigel Lustwerk, and John Maloney


Wednesday, April 30, at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111)

Esmeralda Barreiro, stand-up comedian

Esmeralda Barreiro, will present a brand of delightfully crude, but family-friendly, comedy. She draws from only her own real personal experiences. She has performed all over the state of New York. Also, she is awesome you should really come to this event.




Danielle Bajumpaa

Wednesday, May 14, at noon • Killian Hall (14W-111)

Danielle Bajumpaa reads poetry

Danielle Fontaine (Bajumpaa) has recently received an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her poems have earned honorable mentions in Writer’s Digest and The Academy of American Poets contests and, as a finalist, her poem “Bottle” appears in the Modern Grimmoire Anthology. Her work can also be found on NPR’s “Here and Now” website as well as in Prick of the Spindle, Front Range, Juked Poetry and others.

meridian singers
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Wednesday, May 21,  Noon-1 pm
MIT Chapel -- WW15.

The Meridian Singer's present
"Music of  Thomas Tallis and William Byrd."

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