6 musicians and artificial intelligence device

Premiere: February 26, 2019, Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques 2019: Éphémérides, Agora Hydro-Québec — Cœur des sciences — UQAM, Montréal (Québec)

When, in earlier times, astronomers wanted to find a particular object in the night sky, they consulted books called Ephemerids: for every year, someone had calculated where each major star and each planet would be on each day. “ephemeros” in Greek means: for one day only. Sandeep Bhagwati’s new work lets us experience such an ephemeral moment in an ephemeral and yet rule-based constellation: just like the night sky.

Éphémerides is thus at the same time an immersive experience — and an unrepeatable concert. The six musicians and the audience both wander through a space filled with music and light. The musicians communicate with each other through various types of interactive live scores (light score, audio score and matralab’s newly developed body:suit:score) and explore their own musical trajectories within a constantly evolving sonic environment co-created from their sounds by an artificial intelligence software. And each member of the audience, too, will follow their own, unforeseeable path through the sound and light constellations of this entrancing performance.