Improtech Paris - Philly 2017

Workshop - Festival, December 11th - 13th, 2017 at the University of Pennsylvania

11th - 13th, Workshop keynotes, presentations, demos and performances at U.Penn, Drexel U. and ICA, from 9:30 - 18:00
11th, Evening concert #1 at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
13th, Evening concert #2 at The Rotunda

Improtech Paris - Philly (ikPP)

gathers scholars, technologists, musicians, makers, around the idea of musical improvisation with digital intelligence (IDI), taking notice of the emergence and development of this new creative field. ikPP creates a link between the european and american research and creation scenes through the symbolic matching of two of their more eminent emblems, Paris and Philadelphia, just as it did a few years ago with Paris and New York.

Five years after its first iteration in New-York the ImproTech workshop - festival formula is back again to see the technological, aesthetical, and sociological evolutions that happened since the last gathering. The meeting place in Philadelphia seems a natural destination, for its unique improvised music scene and history, and its perpetual enchantment with so many ever floating historical musical figures.

The ImproTech Paris - Philly workshop will take place at the University of Pennsylvania from Dec. 11 to Dec. 13 2017, with two evening concerts at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (dec. 11th) and The Rotunda (dec. 13th), and social events at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA).

Scholars, students, musicians, makers will come from many places in europe and the US to talk about their work, demo, teach and perform. ikPP will flourish on the explosive encounter of prominent research labs and scholars, well established musical figures of Jazz and contemporary music, and the young avant-garde / underground scene of Philadelphia and surroundings.


Check detailed program here, participants here, and venues here

The Improtech Paris-Philly workshop is open to all and free.

Concert #1 is free for students, Concert #2 is free.

Please RSVP here if you intend to come to any of these events.

Concert #1 tickets available from the Annenberg Center Live box office



ImproTech brings together artists, musicians, composers and researchers from several continents, all motivated by the possibilities offered by creative improvised interactions between humans and machines of all sorts.
ImproTech Paris-Philly :: Concert #1 offers a staggering sampling of such creative alliances, featuring legendary figures of free improvisation, Roscoe Mitchell, Bob Ostertag and Bernard Lubat; experimental music icons David Rosenboom and Michael Young; and renowned favorites of the new scene, Steve Lehman, LaDonna Smith, Susan Alcorn, Miya Masaoka, Mari Kimura, Hatchers, György Kurtág Jr and Pierre Couprie. These artists will interact/interface with electronics, synthesis in many forms, mathematical/algorithmic music systems, artificial intelligence agents, spatialization systems and hybrid instruments.


Keynote Speakers : David Rosenboom (CalArts), Bob Ostertag (UC Davis)

Round Table : The Figure of the Musician / Researcher, David Wessel Legacy, with Roscoe Mitchell and Matt Wright (CCRMA),

36 presentations including talks, demos, performances


« A legend of avant-garde jazz and contemporary music, Mr. Roscoe Mitchell is a founding member of the world renowned Art Ensemble of Chicago, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and many music ensembles. »

« Described as “a state-of-the-art musical thinker” and a "dazzling saxophonist,” by The New York Times, Steve Lehman (b. New York City, 1978) is a composer, performer, educator, and scholar who works across a broad spectrum of experimental musical idioms...His recent recording, Mise en Abîme (Pi, 2014) was called the #1 Jazz Album of the year by NPR Music and The Los Angeles Times. And his previous recording, Travail, Transformation & Flow (Pi, 2009), was chosen as the #1 Jazz Album of the year by The New York Times...»

« Composer, performer, historian, instrument builder, journalist, activist, kayak instructor, Bob Ostertag's work cannot easily be summarized or pigeon-holed. He has published more than twenty CDs of music, two DVDs, and five books. His writings on contemporary politics have been published on every continent and in many languages. Electronic instruments of his own design are at the cutting edge of both music and video performance technology. ... He is rumored to have connections to the shadowy media guerrilla group The Yes Men… »

" As the founding member of the critically acclaimed Antipop Consortium, HPrizm aka High Priest (beats, composer, futurist, mc, producer) has consistently challenged all artistic boundaries. In the course of his career, Prizm has shared stages with a wide array of artists, ranging from The Roots to Radiohead, Mos Def, Vijay Iyer, Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, (...) . As a composer, his pieces have been installed in the Whitney Biennial (NYC) as well as the Mazzoli Gallery (Berlin). Most recently, along with the Antipop Consortium, Prizm has collaborated with legendary film director David Lynch (...). "