The Orchestre National de Jazz and IRCAM present Ex Machina, a creation imagined by the American saxophonist Steve Lehman and Frédéric Maurin, artistic director of the ONJ; two composers who share a taste for exploring new musical territories.
This project is the result of a collaboration with the Musical Representations team at IRCAM and explores for the first time the possibilities of interaction between the instrumentalists and the machine within a large jazz orchestra.
By integrating devices created using Jérôme Nika's DYCI2 environment in the composition process and in the soloists' improvisations in real-time, the computer becomes, in turn, a generator of electronic orchestrations for the composers and an improvisation partner for the musicians.
Steve Lehman, Frédéric Maurin compositions
commissioned by IRCAM-Centre Pompidou and the Orchestre National de Jazz
Orchestre National de Jazz
Frédéric Maurin artistic direction
Jérôme Nika generative electronics creation and artistic collaboration
Dionysios Papanikolaou IRCAM electronics