The Future Music Lab @ AMF is an all-fellowship intensive four-week program designed with a goal of immersing exceptionally gifted musicians into the world of new music technologies.
Participants work with award winning violinist and composer Mari Kimura through individual lessons, seminars, and group presentations. The session will focus on developing insights into new music performance, the use of interactive computer technology, extended technique, improvisation, and composition.
The project is an official collaboration with IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) in Paris. Participants will have access to the IRCAM FORUM, and to the state-of-the-art technology including motion sensor “MO” (Modular Musical Objects developed at IRCAM). MO can be used as a bowing motion sensor (known as Augmented Violin System) or applied to other instruments, dance or theater. Augmented Violin System will be provided by Phonotonic, a satellite French company developing novel approaches to tangible music interaction and marketing the system in collaboration with IRCAM.
During the festival season, the program features prominent visiting faculty members. Future Music Lab’s past visiting faculty members included Jean-Baptiste Barrière (composer and former director of Ircam’s Department of Musical Research), Tom Zicarelli (Faculty of Electronic Production and Design, Berklee College of Music), Willie Fastnow (NYU), and Liubo Borissov (Faculty of Digital Arts, Pratt Institute).
The Future Music Lab will feature its participants in concerts throughout the festival and stage concerts in collaboration with the AMF Composition Program.