Hidary, who has cofounded six varied business ventures since the age of 23, is a Brooklyn native who grew up spending his summers along the Jersey Shore.
“It is so wonderful to come back to Asbury Park and perform here,” he said in a written interview. “I grew up on these beaches, from Long Branch to Bradley. Asbury has such a rich musical history and to be able to contribute to that legacy is an honor.”
Through Mind Travel, Hidary questions ‘what would the energy of the universe sound like?’ and immediately responds via his music, saying – ‘That is what I am attempting to create.’
In a May 2015 Los Angeles talk and performance, Hidary said his fascination with time dilation results in the right hand playing an entirely different composition than his left in the hope that his audience will have a new perspective or reinterpretation of the reality of music.
“As we go into the music in the space of absorption and dissolving, the opportunity for essentially nothing emerges,” he said. “What’s possible in the space of nothing becomes what we want, From an aspirational point of view that is what I look for in this journey of the music.”
Hidary’s real-time compositions will beam directly through wireless headphone while you kick back and take in your surroundings, organizers said.
“It’s incredible to see the changes happening here,” he said of Asbury Park. “I believe that anything is possible. And just like how Asbury is recreating itself, so too we can recreate ourselves. But it’s not just about us acting alone as individuals. The most powerful transformation happens when we come together collectively as a community. Then magic happens.”
While Hidary studied Music and Composition at New York University, he helped lead one of the first internet-based companies to go public.
Mind Travel, which started as a personal practice unites music and visual art in order to take people on a powerful journey that is at once provocative and reflective, healing and transcending, organizers said. It is an exploration in translating music into daily thoughts, words and actions – to carry forward the lessons of music into life in order to live in harmony, clarity and rhythm.
Hidary’s photography has been shown in galleries and museums across the country including the San Francisco MOMA, New York University, The Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Guggenheim Museum.
His philanthropic endeavors include Board Chair of the new music string quartet “ETHEL” and sitting on the board of Four Way Books, a publisher of poetry and short fiction by emerging and established writers. He is also a member of the New York University Dean’s Advisory Council and is the recipient of the NYU Distinguished Service Award where he has given the commencement speech.
[photos courtesy of Hidary]
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