ImproTech Paris - Philly, 2017

11-13 december 2017 at University of Pennsylvania, The Rotunda Hall, The Annenberg Center, the Institute for Contemporary Art


In 2004 was held at ircam, during the 1st Sound and Music Computing Conference, a workshop on Improvisation and the Computer, that gathered the cream of musicians and researchers operating in the field. The event was a great success and it had a strong impact on the public, the musical scene - and on Ircam as well, by introducing there, for the first time at the highest level, improvisation as a major research topic and a respected field of investigation. Above all, it was a wonderful opportunity to share an exceptional artistic and scientific moment. A trace of this moment is the DVD Contact that captures the performance by David Wessel and Roscoe Mitchell, a founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

In 2012, the idea of renewing the experience came up, this time in NYC, where many of the former participants came from, emerged more than once in passionate discussions about the present state of Improvisation involving digital technologies and media. The ImproTech Paris - NYC 2012 workshop was dedicated to the exploration of contemporary bounds between musical improvisation and intelligent digital technologies. Gathering researchers and artists from both research & creation scenes, it favored the idea of using digital intelligence as a source of inspired and sophisticated creation, in a complex, creative interaction of machines with live musicians, as opposed to mere decorative electonic effects. With such venues as NYU, Columbia University and The Roulette concert hall, IK Paris-NY featured improvisation world stars s.a. Geri Allen, Steve Coleman, Roscoe Mitchell, Vijay Iyer or Bernard Lubat.

Now is the time five years later to renew with the ImproTech workshop - festival formula, and measure the technological, aesthetical, and sociological evolutions since the last gathering. The meeting place is this time in Philadelphia which seems a natural destination after NYC, for its unique improvised music scene and history, and its perpetual enchantment with the ever floating figures of Coltrane, Sun Ra, or McCoy Tyner.

ImproTech Paris - Philly will take place at University of Pennsylvania, with concerts at The Rotunda and the Annenberg Center, and musical events at the ICA. Scholars, students, musician, makers will come from all places in europe and the US to talk about their work, demo, teach and perform. IK Paris-Philly will flourish on the explosive encounter of prominent research labs researchers, well established musical figures of Jazz and contemporary music, and the young avant-garde / underground scene of Philadelphia and surroundings.


Workshop Chair

Pr. Gérard Assayag, Ircam - STMS Lab (CNRS, UPMC)
Pr. Marc Chemillier, EHESS - Cams Lab.
Pr. Pierre Couprie, Paris-Sorbonne - Iremus Lab.
Pr. Eugene Lew, University of Pennsylvania - Music Technology Dpt.

Organising Committee

Sylvie Benoit, Ircam
Turner Williams, Ars Nova Workshop, Philadelphia.

Science / Art Advisory Board

Carlos Agon, Pr. UPMC, Head Ircam-STMS research Lab
Brigitte d’Andréa-Novel, Pr. Mines School of Paris
Elaine Chew, Pr. Director of Music Initiatives, Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London
Maxime Crochemore, Pr. King’s College of London
Andrew Hugill, Pr. Centre for Creative Computing, Bath Spa University
György Kurtág, Art/Science coordinator, SCRIME, University of Bordeaux II
George Lewis, Pr., Area Chair of Composition, Columbia University
Bernard Lubat, Head Uzeste Music Festival Hestajada de las Arts
Peter Nelson, Pr., Personal Chair of Music and Technology, U. Edinburgh
Tae Hong Park, Pr. Director of Composition program, New York University
Robert Rowe, Pr., Director of Music Technology, New York University
Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, PR composition and improvisation Huddersfield University
Atau Tanaka, Pr. Goldsmiths, University of London
Hugues Vinet, Head Innovation and Research Resources Dpt, Ircam
Michael Young, Pr., Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Sunderland

Partners ans sponsoring institutions

Improtech Paris - Philly is made possible by the direct financial support of Agence Nationale de la Recherche (Grant ANR-14-CE24-0002-01) and of Collegium Musicae, Sorbonne Universités (Action financée par Sorbonne Universités)

It is also made possible by the involvement of University of Pennsylvania who is the hosting institution, and of several academical, artistic and private actors who will kindly contribute at different levels to this unique event.

Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) Pr. Gérard Assayag

Collegium Musicae, Sorbonne Universités Pr. Carlos Agon, Pr. Agnes Puisillieux.

Ircam Pr. Gérard Assayag, STMS lab (Ircam / French Ministry of Culture, CNRS, UPMC)

University of Pennsylvania Pr. Eugene Lew, Director of Sound & Music Technology Central Workshop location. Technical support, venues.

Princeton University Pr. Dmitri Tymoczko

Harvard - Radcliffe institute Pr. Michelle Agnes Magalhaes, RI Fellow

New York University Pr. Tae Hong Park

University of California at Irvine Pr. Mari Kimura

California Institute of Arts (CalArts) Pr. David Rosenboom

Drexel University (ExCITe Center) Pr. Youngmoo Kim

University of California at San Diego (UCSD) Pr. Shlomo Dubnov

HyVibe Adrien Mamou Mani, CEO

University of California at Berkeley, CNMAT Pr. Edmund Campion

[Pro-Helvetia (Swiss National Endowment) subject to approval]

ICA - Institute for contemporary Art, Philadelphia,

Annenberg Center, Philadelphia,

Ars Nova Workshop, Philadelphia.


Expected researchers

Gérard Assayag, Pr. Ircam
Marc Chemillier, Pr. Ehess
Pierre Couprie, Pr. Sorbonne-Université
George Bloch, Pr. U. Strasbourg
Jérôme Nika, Ircam
Adrien Mamou Mani, CEO HyVibe
Shlomo Dubnov, Pr. UCSD
Tae Hong Park, Pr. NYU
Dmitri Tymoczko, Pr. Princeton
David Rosenboom, CalArts
Steve Lehman, CalArts
Eugene Lew, Pr. U. Penn
Michael Young, Pr., U. Sunderland
Jeff Gregorio, ExCITe Center,Drexel University
Youngmoo Kim, ExCITe Center,Drexel University

Expected Musicians

George Lewis
Steve Lehman
Bernard Lubat
Charles Kely
Denis Beuret
Michelle-Agnes Magalhaes
Rémy Fox
Anthony Braxton
Mari Kimura
Rudresh Mahanthappa
David Rosenboom
LaDonna Smith
Davey Williams
Moor Mother
Dafna Naphtali
Michael Young
Gyorgy Kurtag
Pierre Couprie
Tae Hong Park



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