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Aleix Palau | 15 September 2021

Pianist Marco Mezquida will open the AI and Music S+T+ARTS Festival at L'Auditori

The concert, co-produced by L'Auditori, Sónar and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia ‎‎(UPC), is part of L'Auditori's Sit Back season, and it marks the starting point of a new edition ‎of a festival where music joins forces with artificial intelligence. ‎
The concert by Mezquida will take place on Wednesday 27 October in L'Auditori's Sala 1, Pau ‎Casals.‎

Pianist Marco Mezquida will open the AI and Music S+T+ARTS Festival at L'Auditori

L'Auditori de Barcelona will host the opening concert ‎‎of the AI and Music S+T+ARTS Festival, a new edition of an ‎event that unites music with artificial intelligence, organised by Sónar and the ‎UPC. On 27 and 28 October, the festival will unite experts, ‎scientists, professionals and artists from all over the world to discuss and ‎demonstrate interaction between humans and technology through a striking ‎broad-ranging programme of concerts, conferences, demonstrations and hackathons.‎

L'Auditori will start the ball rolling with an opening concert on 27 October at ‎‎9 pm in Sala 1, Pau Casals co-produced by the concert hall in conjunction with ‎Sónar and the UPC. Pianist and composer Marco Mezquida will take the ‎stage at a show co-created by Sónar and the UPC entitled “Piano+AI”. This will be ‎the world premiere of a work jointly composed by the famous pianist and composer Marco ‎Mezquida with researchers from the UPC Iván Paz and Philippe Salembier, in collaboration ‎with the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC). The work fosters live ‎‎'conversation' between the piano and artificial intelligence, using real-time audio analysis and ‎digital sound synthesis. ‎

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The AI and Music S+T+ARTS Festival will feature some 30 ‎different activities, including shows, presentations and ‎conferences by artists and musicians who integrate artificial intelligence into their ‎music projects as a key ingredient. Some of the programme's 21 shows, ‎most of which are being premiered for the first time, have been specially ‎developed for the festival by joint creative teams made up of musicians and artists working ‎hand in hand with researchers into AI from the UPC. This is the case of pianist and composer ‎‎Marco Mezquida, choreographer Kiani del Valle with ‎visual art experts Hamill Industries, and the interactive show with ‎audience participation created by the Catalan production company Awwz.‎

In a similar joint creative style, the AI and Music Festival will also produce ‎an artist-in-residence research project by the pioneer in vocal and AI experimentation ‎‎Holly Herndon in conjunction with Maria Arnal and Tarta ‎Relena. This unique vocal ensemble will create a human and virtual polyphony for ‎its express presentation at the festival. Another highpoint of the festival is "Of Randomness ‎and Imperfection", a show based on a concept that emerged as part of a collaborative ‎initiative between sound artists and researchers Reiko Yamada and Maciej ‎Lewenstein, in conjunction with the Institute of Photonic ‎Science.‎

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