Showing posts from March, 2014

When the computer learns how to listen

After his talk at Telecom Bretagne yesterday , Juan Bello is presenting his work this afternoon during the first Electrocution music festival . Come to the conference, and stay for the concert: it features great music for solo instruments and electronics, including Huayra-Yana , a creation by composer Javier Torres Maldonado for saxophonist Stéphane Sordet .

Conference on Music Information Retrieval in Brest

I'm delighted to invite you this afternoon to a Conference by Juan Bello at Telecom Bretagne . Juan Bello is an associate professor in Music Technology at New York University, more precisely at the Music & Audio Research Lab . During this talk entitled Designing and Learning Features for Music Information Retrieval , Juan will mix music & computer science to explain processes like chord recognition, cover song identification, or music structure analysis. This conference is made possible by the Fulbright France commission , and by Ramesh PYNDIAH at Telecom Bretagne. Juan Bello is a fulbrighter, currently in residence at Telecom Paris .

Mahler Entre Sable et Ciel

Last Sunday, I had the great pleasure to play the bass clarinet in Mahler's Lieder einer fahrenden Gesellen , with the Ensemble Entre Sable et Ciel orchestra in Brest, next to clarinetists Christophe Dravers and Michel Dissegna. Wonderful guests performed with the orchestra: singer Marc Scoffoni and pianist Yun-Yang Lee , who connected deeply with the audience. Next concert, on Sunday April 13th, features Brahms's Trio for clarinet, cello and piano, and Sibelius's 5th symphony.

Composition with live electronics at Composit 2014

Two years ago, I was very excited to announce Composit 2012, a new music festival with composition courses , organized at the initiative of my friend composer Davide Ianni. In 2014, the project is expanding: the courses include a new live electronic music workshop. Students are going to write for solo instrument & live electronics, with their composition rehearsed and performed during the summer - solo instrument may be violin/viola d'amore, accordion, or classical guitar/electric guitar. Plus, with Emmanuel Jourdan as faculty, you have a first class Max specialist to help everyone get the electronics done, and ready for the concert. It might not be too late to apply for this great summer course, offering to learn with senior composers Joshua Fineberg and Philippe Leroux . Visit the Composit web site to get the details, and do not hesitate to ask any question: the organizers of this even are wonderful and really passionate about new music.