Fall 2017 program


Note: all performances will be held in the MIT Chapel, unless otherwise indicated.


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Wednesday, September 13 at noon  MIT Chapel (W15)

Felicia Gavilanes, mezzo-soprano, pianist



Wednesday, September 27 at noon • MIT Chapel (W15)

Stephanie Gayle, literary reading

Stephanie Gayle's previous works,  Idyll threats : a Thomas Lynch novel / and My Summer of Southern discomfort, are available in the MIT Libraries.

Her new novel, Idyll Fears, is due out September. 5





Wednesday, October 11 at noon • MIT Chapel (W15)

Pat Battstone on piano, with guest, Gianna Montecalvo, the Maestra of southern Italy, renowned thorough Europe. 

Gianna Montecalvo is a teacher of the vocal department at the Nicolo’ Piccinni Conservatory in Bari and is one of the most sought after vocal teachers in Italy. She is also one of the most highly praised jazz vocalists in Italy and was one of the first Italian vocalists to embrace free jazz improvisation, She has performed in various jazz festivals throughout Europe, Russia, and Germany, collaborating with Keith and Julie Tippetts ( Minafra orchestra), Roberto Ottaviano, Evan Parker( orchestra utopia), as well as various great musicians. As a leader, she has released 2 CDs – Steve’s Mirror,  featuring the music of Steve Lacy, and While we’re Young, Tribute to Alec Wilder.

Pianist Patrick Battstone has been part of the MIT community for 35yrs, working at Draper Labs, being part of the festival Jazz ensemble, and providing piano lessons to MIT students. He attended Berklee College of Music in 1973, and later studied with Joanne Brackeen from 1985-1991. He, along with hometown friend Grover Mooney, was in the first band to open the fabled 1369 club in Cambridge. As a leader, he has published 9 CDs. His latest musical efforts have been in Italy, where he had the fortune of meeting, playing, and recording with Gianna Montecalvo. 

Wednesday, October 25 at noon • MIT Chapel (W15)

Andy Bohachewsky and Tom Kieber playing a selection of jazz standards and original compositions 

Wednesday, November 15 at noon • MIT Chapel (W15)

Peter Allen on piano playing selections from the KJV Holy Bible set word for word to original music

Wednesday, November 29 at 1:00 pm • MIT Chapel (W15)

Howard Martin on tenor sax performing a handful of compositions by soprano saxophonist / composer / bandleader Steve Lacy.



Wednesday, December 6 at noon • MIT Chapel (W15)

Kurt Winikka singer songwriter

A returning veteran disappears into a Midwest landscape of night trains, truck stops, and prairie fires; a former baseball star fades into the tattered memories of his dreams; a holy roller faces judgment for a life of hypocrisy. These are the folks who inhabit the songs of Kurt Winikka. Growing up in the Southwest, raising a family in the Midwest, and finding his bearings as a singer/songwriter in New England, Kurt meticulously crafts engaging narratives informed by the breadth of his American experience and conveys them with precise guitar work and a dulcet voice. He shares it all on his album, Says The Rain, released in March of 2013. The collection of eleven original songs and one traditional song were co-produced with Lloyd Maines in Boston and in Austin.

Winikka’s current project is the development of a collection of space-themed works, incorporating elements of trip hop, jazz and psychedelia, a sonic divergence from his typical Americana approach. The new material spans subjects as diverse as interstellar space travel, the historic flight of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, and love songs imbued with imagery of the cosmos. Although the influence of writers such as Don McLean, Bill Morrissey, Richard Shindell and Guy Clark can be heard in his songwriting, in contrast to those voices, a wide variety of musical expression from post-modern classical music, to jazz and fusion, to electronic music, to psychedelic and experimental and avant-garde rock music, all play a part in influencing the current direction of Winikka’s work.

Kurt graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science. He works as a software engineer for Draper Laboratory on a variety of biomedical and space programs 



Wednesday, December 20 at noon • MIT Chapel (W15)

Amanda Casales and friends presenting some kind of concert/cabaret of theatre music 

More details to come!