Meta-Opera at Walters Art Museum
7:00 PM19:00

Meta-Opera at Walters Art Museum

May 9 @ 7pm

Walters Art Museum (600 N Charles St)

Mind on Fire presents and evening of meta-opera. We’ll perform ‘KHAAREJ’ by Sahar Te, a work for drum kit and singer ruminating on poetry and meanings lost in translation - featuring a text in farsi meant for a non-native speaker. James Young’s ‘Caliburn’ also appears on the program. For five low winds and soprano, it is a cantata on heat, yelling, transformation, and God.

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Mind on Fire + choreographer Dannah Bella
8:00 PM20:00

Mind on Fire + choreographer Dannah Bella

May 3 @ 8pm

Church on the Square (1025 S Potomac St)

Mind on Fire will be accompanying master choreographer Danah Bella as part of the Music on the Square performance series. In an evening of spectral harmonies and open structures we will explore the intersection of physical movements and sonic fogs - that is - dancing to tunes. Featuring the music of Cat Lamb, Anthony Green, and Moondog.

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Musical Kinetics at 2640 Space
8:00 PM20:00

Musical Kinetics at 2640 Space

April 11 @ 8pm

2640 Space (2640 St Paul St)


Mind on Fire is playing a living set of musical kinetics. Composer Chris Dietz’s ‘Contretemps’ features the orchestra divided against itself. Sky Macklay’s ‘Microvariations’ is a codex of rainbow-colored landings in two tuning systems. And we’ll be debuting a brand new work by local sound hero Jamal Moore.


Soul Cannon, violet off the release of their eponymous album, will present their special brand of ultra-filigree, futurist hip-hop. 


Comic Jessica Murphy Garrett will place words in specific orders and timings to create joy and delight. You may yourself find both of these feelings on April 11. 

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Spring 2019 Fundraiser
to Apr 2

Spring 2019 Fundraiser

We are raising $5500 this Spring to support the art we plan on making for the coming year:

◊ A premiere by our director, James Young at the Walters Art Museum 
◊ Our first ever choral concert (no instruments!)
◊ The Baltimore premier of Kate Soper’s “Voices from the Killing Jar ”

$0.80 of every dollar you donate will go directly back to Mind on Fire’s musicians and the performers we collaborate with. The other $0.20 will be used for the venues, commissions, food, travel, and the machinery to keep us running strong. And more we are a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization!

Any donation you make is 100% tax-deductible.

Donate here!

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7:30 PM19:30

Mind on Fire * The Whrd * Liz Downing

Mind on Fire
We're playing a neon set of sound and video including Alexander Schubert's "Star Me Kitten," music about words, fear, glitches, and tennis for orchestra and powerpoint. Also featured will be Celeste Oram's instantaneous video canon, "Xerox Rock," and "Ah," a premiere by Louna Dekker-Vargas of the Witches.

Liz Downing
Sound collector, music quilter, musician, visual artist, and singer. Liz will present the story of Venus in crankie form: how it nearly collided with Earth and took its place in the sky.

The Whrd
Cybernetic, static rhythms, soul singing with ancient video machines. It is Lorenzo Baeza.

EMP Collective, 307 W Baltimore St.
Doors @ 7:30pm
Show @ 8:00pm

*sliding scale

-If our entry fees are cost prohibitive, know that no one will be turned away. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at

CONTENT WARNING: This show includes some graphic language and images please keep this in mind when attending this event.

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8:00 PM20:00

BSO New Music Festival Chamber Jam

Free outdoor concert as part of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Festival Chamber Jam

A. Sax - Moondog
What. Power. Art. Thou — Henry Purcell arr. James Young
Cascadia — Nudie Suits arr. James Young
Meditation on a Scale — Ruby Fulton
Thick Line — Alex Temple
Snapdragon — Alexandra Gardner
People are on the Streets — Igor Silva


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8:00 PM20:00

"The Blue of Distance" with Cricket Arrison + Infinity Knives


We’re premiering Elori Kramer’s “The Blue of Distance,” an electroacoustic, pattern exploration of tides, mountains, rivers, and moss for orchestra and electricity.

Infinity Knives+Randi+Jacober
Heavy listening in filigree modes - electronic grooves of immense complexity and soul.

Cricket Arrison
Performer, writer, producer, and member of Wham City Comedy + AB Video Solutions. Her work is rooted in a playful physicality, a curiosity about banal interactions, and a love for yelling real loud.

EMP Collective
Doors @ 7:30pm
Show @ 8:00pm

*sliding scale

-If our entry fees are cost prohibitive or for any other reason, please feel free to contact us at with any questions-

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8:00 PM20:00

Music on the Square

Music on the Square events take place on the first Fridays of every month and present some of the Baltimore area's most exciting artists in an intimate, informal setting.

This event will showcase the gorgeous acoustics of the church's large space with a program of contemplative chamber works by:

Alex Temple
Jason Charney
Molly Joyce
Shulamit Ran
Bill Ryan

Doors at 7:30 PM
Music at 8:00 PM
$10-15 at the door

Church on the Square
1025 S. Potomac St., Baltimore

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7:00 PM19:00

Divine Waters Series presents "Bridges"

Price, "what if?"
Pollock, "bridges"
Holiday, "gloomy Sunday"
Adashi, "my heart comes undone"
Bottesini, "tutto che Il mondo sera"
Malki, "oh, Hashem"
Bax, "elegiac” trio

In the spirit of the concerts produced by the Divine Waters Series, we will be giving the world premiere “Bridges”, a chamber orchestra piece by Frances Pollock and the namesake for this concert. The program is designed to be thoughtful and focused on the beauty of our lives and how those around us are finding and illuminating just how special the time we have truly is. The purpose is to create an open dialogue about how we can use the arts to process through difficult moments in life. This is an exploration of our contemporary and past artists' experience. Our composers range from 19th century masters to an insightful 7 year old girl.

We have partnered with AFSP Baltimore (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) for this concert and they will be present to talk about what they offer as far as resources and upcoming events of their own. The representative will also be present in order to hand out information and promote the AFSP chapter here in Baltimore.

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8:30 PM20:30

Mind on Fire * Ada Pinkston * Wume

Mind on Fire's second show at EMP will feature Missy Mazzoli's Vespers for a New Dark Agea frenetic meditation on the night, ghosts, and phantasma that haunt our modern world.

Drums and Synth duo, April Camlin and Al Shatz, playing polyrhythmic structures through the lens of kosmische and is in a constant state of evolution and self-reflection.

Ada Pinkston
Founder of Labbodies, explores the intersection of imagined histories and sociopolitical realities on our bodies.


Doors at 8pm
Show at 8:30pm SHARP

Tickets are available through eventbrite
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to May 6

Mind on Fire 🔥 Janea Kelly 🔥 Feral Woman

Mind on Fire is a contemporary chamber orchestra. And this is our first party. You are invited. We are going to launch with a BIG, beautiful super variety show.

Featuring the music of Amy Beth KirstenChristopher Cerrone, the Nudie Suits, Purcell, Fred Rzewski, and more, we're saturating E.M.P. Collective with sonic joy, lights and sound.


Poet Janea Kelly reading selections from her work


FRUITS: A puppet play by Feral Woman

Join us for our very first concert as a group, made to make more music of creative virtuosity and present more art made with love in Baltimore.

Tickets are available through EventBrite on a sliding scale.

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