International Festival for Artistic Innovation

iFIMPaC 2016

In celebration of Leeds College of Music’s
50th Anniversary IFAI presents iFIMPaC 2016

Thursday, 10 March 2016 – Friday, 11 March 2016

Connect with the Festival activity via @LeedsMusic, using #IFAI2016.

The International Festival for Innovations in Music Production and Composition (iFIMPaC) is a metropolitan festival and takes place at Leeds College of Music and venues around the City of Leeds.

The festival creates a unique environment for composers, producers, performers, academics and students to perform and discuss their compositional/production work as practice-led research. This year’s event will continue its association with Nonclassical where we will be running a Nonclassical club night.

Find details of the Paper Sessions here, and beneath each specific concert / event.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Paper Session 1
10:00-11:30 / Recital Room

Iain Findlay-Walsh (University of Glasgow)
Adam Hart (University of Salford)
Tullis Rennie (The Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen's University Belfast)

Concert 1
12:00-13:00 / The Venue

Phil Baggaley and Michael Brown (University of Derby)
Marc Ainger
Huw McGregor
Neil O'Connor (Dundalk Institute of Technology)
Rodrigo Tascon (University of Kent)

Concert 2
14:30-15:30 / The Venue

Mark Pilkington (University of Manchester)
Tullis Rennie (The Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen's University Belfast)
Paolo Gatti (Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia)
Haruka Hirayama (NOVARS Research Centre, University of Manchester)
Shane Byrne (Maynooth University)

Paper Session 2
16:00-17:00 / Recital Room

Huw McGregor
Tom Prescott (Keele University)

Concert 3
17:45-18:45 / The Venue

Iain Findlay-Walsh (University of Glasgow)
Alejandro Brianza, Manuel Guzmán, Jessica Rodríguez and Rolando Rodríguez Guizar (Andamio)
Dale Jonathan Perkins (Leeds College of Music)
James Wilson (Leeds College of Music)

Nonclassical Club Night
19:30 [doors] / The Key Club
Curated by Gabriel Prokofiev

Klavikon reimagines electronic music without the use of conventional processes - no loops, no laptops, no sequencers. Instead, pianist Leon Michener employs a unique system of amplified prepared piano. Augmenting the 88 keys with his own inventions and found objects - a custom made pick up, a robot dog- he delivers cascading batteries of percussion, sub-basses and abstract soundscapes. This amalgam of virtuosic technique and real-time analogue processing is at once connected with Classical traditions of Stockhausen and Cage and the experimental dancefloor idiom of Amon Tobin and Bochum Welt. The result is a fertile sonic territory, sincere in its eccentricity, restlessly inventive, that resists easy categorisation.’

Robert Bentall (Leeds College of Music)
Damien Harron and Dale Jonathan Perkins (Leeds College of Music)
James Stephenson
Jacob Thompson-Bell (Leeds College of Music)
Federico Visi (The Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research & Plymouth University)

Friday, 11 March 2016

Paper Session 3
10:30-11:30 / Recital Room

Chad Langford (Durham University)
Jessica and Rolando Rodríguez (Andamio)

Concert 4
12:00-13:00 / The Venue

Jonathan Higgins (The University of Sheffield)
Leah Reid
Pete Stollery (University of Aberdeen)
Omar Peracha (University of York)
Sam Salem (Canterbury Christ Church University)
Alfia Nakipbekova (Leeds College of Music)

Concert 5
14:30-15:30 / The Venue

Danny Saul (University of Manchester)
Karin de Fleyt (Leeds College of Music)
Jones Margarucci
Benjamin Oliver (University of Southampton)
Adam Stansbie (The University of Sheffield)
Nikos Stavropoulos (Leeds Beckett University)

Paper Session 4
16:00-17:00 / Recital Room

Wai Wan (University of Hull)
Tom Wilson (Royal Holloway College, University of London)

Laura Moody
17:45-18:45 / The Venue

Laura Moody is a wildly alternative cellist, vocalist and avant-singer-songwriter. Fascinated not only with words and songwriting but also with sounds, noises and textures she eschews laptops and loop pedals to explore what is possible using only solo cello and voice. She creates emotive songs that reveal a multitude of influences and inhabit a unique space between the contemporary avant garde, classical music, experimental pop and singer-songwriter tradition.

Off the Beaten Track
19:30 [doors] / Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen
Curated by Matthew Bourne

Graham Massey's Toolshed was originally a project from 10 years ago and was revived for Festival Number 6 and Liverpool Internationla Festival of Psychedelia 2015.

Graham was a member of experimental jazz rock group Biting Tongues once signed to Factory Records. By 1988 he was a founding member of the British band, 808 State, formed in Manchester, England. Originally a hip-hop group called Hit Squad Manchester, 808 State shifted to an acid house sound, recording their debut album, Newbuild in 1988 under the new name 808 State.

Si Waite (Staffordshire University)
Arthur Keegan-Bole (University of Bristol)
Danny Saul (University of Manchester)
Frédéric Mathevet (institut ACTE (paris 1/ CNRS))


Successful applicants will need to register and pay a delegate fee in order to be programmed.

If your submission is successful, and is acousmatic, but you cannot attend, you will still need to register and pay the delegate fee. You may nominate an attendee to diffuse your work.

Registration fees are as follows:

Two days:

One day:

*concessions are for unemployed, OAPs and non-LCoM students who are not performing or presenting. Concessions are not available for participants.

Queries relating to iFIMPaC 2016

Any queries about a proposal or attending iFIMPaC should be directed to James Wilson.

Klavikon: Thursday, 10 March 2016

Graham Massey's Toolshed: Friday, 11 March 2016

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