George E. Lewis
George E. Lewis, Professor of American Music at Columbia University, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, a MacArthur Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and the recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award. A member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians since 1971, Lewis’s compositions (including the widely influential interactive improvisation software, Voyager), have been performed by ensembles worldwide, and he holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, New College of Florida, and Harvard University. Lewis is the author of A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press) and co-editor of the two-volume Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies. (Photo Credit: Tadashi Lewis)
Dr Rebecca Fiebrink makes new accessible and creative technologies. As a Reader at the Creative Computing Institute at University of the Arts London, her teaching and research focus largely on how machine learning and artificial intelligence can change human creative practices. Fiebrink is the developer of the Wekinator creative machine learning software, which is used around the world by musicians, artists, game designers, and educators. She is the creator of the world’s first online class about machine learning for music and art. Much of her work is driven by a belief in the importance of inclusion, participation, and accessibility: she works frequently with human-centred and participatory design processes, and she is currently working on projects related to creating new accessible technologies with people with disabilities, and designing inclusive machine learning curricula and tools. Dr. Fiebrink previously taught at Goldsmiths University of London and Princeton University, and she has worked with companies including Microsoft, Smule, and Imagine Research. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from Princeton University, and she attended her first ICMC in 2005.
Roger Doyle is known for his pioneering work as a composer of electronic music. He has worked extensively in theatre, film and dance, in particular with the music-theatre company Operating Theatre, which he co-founded with performer Olwen Fouéré. ‘Babel’, his magnum opus, which took ten years to compose, was released on a 5-CD set in 1999 and contained 103 pieces of music. It is a celebration of the multiplicity of musical language and evolving technologies. Other works include an onstage piano score for the Gate Theatre production of Salomé, directed by Steven Berkoff, which played in Dublin, London’s West End and on three world tours. Recent work includes the 3 hour electronic work Passades, a series of soundtracks for imaginary films – a ‘cinema for the ear’ – for the Irish National Symphony Orchestra and The Crash Ensemble. His electronic opera Heresy, premiered in The Project Arts Centre in 2016, as was released on a double album in 2018. He is a member of Asodána, Ireland’s state-sponsored academy of creative artists and was recently elected to the higher on our of Saoi, conferred on him by President Michael D. Higgins. A feature documentary film has just been made on him, directed by Brian Lally, called ‘The Curious Works Of Roger Doyle’. Website: www.rogerdoyle.com