2011 “Native Alien” sound environment for soloist and 8 comprovising computer channels. FQRSC Research-Creation Grant 2011.


Native Alien is a long term project – a search for a software that can “hold its own” in an improvised situation with a human performer. We are building his research in close dialogue with a research group on machine improvisation at the IRCAM Centre Pompidou in Paris (Gerard Assayag / Benjamin Levy). Over the past two years, the Native Alien team (Sandeep Bhagwati / Navid Navab) have developed advanced compositional, comprovisational and sonic software architectures that now are being tried, modified and improved upon in close practical collaboration with outstanding solo performers from many different music making traditions. Mike Svoboda (Trombone, Jazz/Contemporary Western Art Music) was followed by Amelia Cuni (Dhrupad Singing, North Indian Art Music). After Vinny Golia we expect Rohan de Saram (Cello, Contemporary Western Art Music), Wu Wei (Sheng, Chinese Art Music) Lori Freedman (musique actuelle), David Rosenboom (Contemporary Western Art Music / Free Improvisation) and, finally, Dhruba Ghosh (Sarangi, North Indian Art Music). All these musicians are international stars and leaders in their tradition, and recognized for their adventurous spirit and openness to other music traditions. NATIVE ALIEN is supported by a substantial Research/Creation Grant from the Fonds Quebecois de Recherche en Societé et Culture (FQRSC) as well as by the Canada Research Chair for Inter-X Art. This project was genereously supported by FQRSC.



The Native Alien Project
Native Alien with Lori Freedman @ Columbia University
Native Alien with Lori Freedman @ COMPROVISATIONS
Native Alien with David Rosenboom @ COMPROVISATIONS
Native Alien with Wu Wei @ matrabox
Native Alien with Dhruba Ghosh @ matrabox
Native Alien with Rohan de Saram @ matrabox
Native Alien with Vinny Golia @ matrabox
Native Alien with Amelia Cuni @ matrabox
Native Alien with Mike Svoboda @ Hexagram Black Box


David Rosenboom – 24 May 2012 – Hexagram Blackbox (Montréal)
Lori Freedman – 18 May 2012 – Columbia University (New York)