Dissolve Inequality: Music Summit @ MITWednesday, March 16

This one-day event, a continuation of the Dissolve Inequality series, will explore the question: How can a new era of music offer insights into dynamics that can reduce inequalities — gender, racial, economic, and more? The event will feature panel discussions with artists, scholars and activists, as well as a networking dinner and musical performance in the evening featuring Shing02, a renowned artist, producer, and “artivist” from Japan known for his genre-bending, pioneering hip-hop. Shing02 is part of of a new generation of youth activists in Japan who communicate their political message through art and music. Other musical guests include the A-Beez (local jazz funk legends) and Toshiya the Tribal (minimal techno from Japan), N.B.S. (Boston-based hip hop).

Panel discussion with artists, scholars and activists

MIT Campus, 4-237

  • 2:00-3:00 pm Musicians Keynote Panel with hip-hop emcees Shing02 and E’Flash (of N.B.S.), Amy Bellamy (jazz piano with the A-Beez).
  • 3:00-5:00 pm  Ignite Talks & Discussion. Speakers: Sandy Alexandre (MIT), Nancy Baym (Microsoft Research), Ian Condry (MIT), Eva Heinstein (New England Conservatory), Toshiya Ueno (Wako University – Tokyo).

Networking dinner and Dance Party

Middlesex Lounge (315 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge)

  • 6:00-7:30 pm  Networking dinner (light food)
  • 7:30-8:30 pm  live music with the A-Beez, local funk music legends
  • 8:30-9:30 pm live hip-hop from Japan, first Boston performance ever! Shing02 with SPIN MASTER A-1.
  • 9:30-10:00 pm N.B.S. (Natural Born Spitters), local
  • 10pm-Midnight, Special guest DJs, including Toshiya the Tribal (from Tokyo), DJ iancondry & Blue Buddha

All events free and open to the public.

PLEASE NOTE: If under 21 years of age, YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER:  dissolve@mit.edu (SPACE LIMITED, everyone encouraged to RSVP)

Presented as a celebration of the MIT/Harvard Cool Japan Research Project Ten Year Anniversary.

Thanks to generous support from the SHASS Dean’s Office, Global Studies and Languages, and MIT Japan.