International Festival for Artistic Innovation 2014

Exploring the international music education scene

A week long festival in Leeds this March explored and debated ground breaking music research from across the globe. 

Leeds College of Music held the International Festival for Artistic Innovation (IFAI) this March, bringing together speakers, performers and music lovers to present and discuss music performance, education and knowledge.

Exploring and extending the boundaries of music research the Festival took place across the city, in venues such as The Cockpit, The Belgrave, and Leeds College of Music itself. It was formed of four main events that bring together genres and merge performance styles: Innovation in Popular Music, Innovation in Classical Music, Leeds International Jazz Education Conference (LIJEC), and International Festival for Innovations in Music Production and Composition (iFIMPaC).

“As we enter an age of cross-genre music, sharing and spreading sounds more than any era before us, it seems logical to reflect and see how this is shaping our culture and our approach to music overall,” said Festival organiser, Dale Perkins.  

As well as talks and performances from high-profile keynote speakers, the Festival included interactive presentations on topics such as pop performance over the last 50 years (research based on one man’s attendance to over 2000 rock concerts), Leeds jazz local Tori Freestone on teaching music as a foreign language using a saxophone-led trio, and whether classical musicians benefit from sports psychology.

A number of performances featuring acousmatic, audio-visual and contemporary music were held across the city throughout the week, including The Gwilym Simcock Quintet at Leeds College of Music; Gabriel Prokofiev with composers and musicians for a Nonclassical club night at the Cockpit; and Scanner live at the Belgrave Music Hall.

The IFAI also invited attendees to visit open workshops, such as famed songwriter Iain Archer working with Leeds College of Music.

Dale Perkins said: “Music cannot simply be compartmentalised and it is hoped that the programme will stimulate discussions, but equally to stimulate the aural and visual senses of all attendees and participants.”

More info:

►  IFAI home
►  Postgraduate Diary
►  Paper abstracts, performance notes and biographies
►  Live coverage - recorded from the event



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The Postgraduate Diary

Postgraduate students Matt Rhea and Tim Weed talk about their musical revelations during the week

What happened

Check out our storify
- tracking live conversations, pictures and insights during the festival

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Abstracts and biographies

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to learn more about the people that took part

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