Improtech Paris - Athina 2019 (ikPA’19) gathers scholars, researchers, musicians, makers, around the idea of musical improvisation in interaction with digital intelligence, taking note of the important development of this new creative field in the past years. ikPA'19 creates a link between the european and worlwide research and creation scenes through the symbolic matching of Paris, where the event originated at Ircam, and an other emblematic city. This year Paris will connect with Athens, in a powerful arc between science and the art of improvisation, after the Paris - Philadelphia edition last year, and the Paris- New York edition a few years ago.
It is thus a unique opportunity for intercultural and interdisciplinary encounters among international research and creation communities.
This year’s edition brings an exceptional selection of world-class researchers and musician including keynotes by George Lewis and Xavier Serra and performances by Evan Parker, Bernard Lubat, Mari Kimura, Jaap Blonk, Sylvain Luc, Lara Morciano, Steve Lehman and many others.
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ikPA’19 is being held jointly by the Onassis Cultural Center (Onassis STEGI), the Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique Musique (IRCAM, Paris) and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), with support from Sorbonne University, French Culture Ministry and Institut Français. It will allow the public to observe the recent aesthetic, technological and sociological developments in the realm of music improvisation in relation with science and technology.This meeting point in the heart of the Hellenic capital is a stimulating destination because of the city's young and lively improvisation scene, the many men and women who promote research in music science and technology in the Greek universities, and of course the central position of Greek culture in the history of improvised music, from its practice to its theory.
Scholars, students, musicians, will come from many places in world to talk about their work, show demos, teach and perform live music. ikPA'19 will flourish on the explosive encounter of prominent research labs and scholars, well established musical figures of Jazz, contemporary music, traditional music, and the young avant-garde scene of Greece .
ikPA'19 will combine, around the central theme of improvisation, a great diversity of aesthetic approaches while convening artists and experts covering many knowledge fields, including computer music, artificial intelligence, robotics, musicology / ethno-musicology, philosophy / anthropology, critical studies, acoustics and signal processing.
Brought by : IRCAM, Onassis STEGI, Athens University
Supported by : Collegium Musicae, Ministère de la Culture, CNRS, Sorbonne Université, Onassis Foundation, Institut de France, dJazz.