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Collaboratory – WRITING ON THE WALLS

07/2022 Ircam – FR

ManiFeste, the IRCAM multidisciplinary festival and academy, is a gathering of creative artists in Paris, combining music with other disciplines: theatre, dance, digital arts, and visual arts. In 2022, the academy invites, among others, the Austrian composer Bernhard Lang for a Collaboratory workshop on improvisation with electronics.

Composer Esther Wu takes part in the workshop as part of her ULYSSES Journey.

© Harald Hoffmann

„Writing on the Walls „

How to Expect the Unexpected: on Improvising, transcribing and score-writing

The lectures/workshops focus on reflecting the history and development of improvisation between the ‘90s and the early 2000s; moreover, the focus is on the relationship between written scores and improvised music, and on projects, which tried to combine both;

  • 1 Improvising in the ’90s: Free Rock, Coltrane, electronics
  • 2 Improvising in the 2000s: Computer improvisations, laptop Music
  • 3 Improvising in Loops: Loop Aesthetics
  • 4 Improvising with Machines: Loop generators
  • 5 Improvisation with Texts: Existing scores as starting points and limits of improvisation
  • 6 Series VI GAMES: Game–based pieces as a synthesis of improvisation and written composition.

After a short lecture on the individual concepts, an improvisation-session is started, focusing on the strategies presented in the lecture. Everybody in the group is invited to participate; it is recorded and analyzed collectively afterwards.

The workshop concludes with a concert open to the public during ManiFeste.

Gerald Preinfalk, saxophone, Robert Lepenik, electric guitar, Dimitrios Polisoidis, viola, Dieb13, electronic music

Pedagogical Advisor: Bernhard Lang, composer


Online work session in April 2022

Workshop from June 27 to July 2, 2022 in CENTQUATRE-PARIS, as part of ManiFeste-2022, the Academy

Public performance on Saturday, July 2, 2022 in CENTQUATRE-PARIS

Further information is available here.

Organized in partnership with :
Divertimento Ensemble - IT, impuls - AT, Royaumont foundation - FR, Time of Music - FI