Future Music Lab

Mari Kimura, Director
    All Instrumentalists
    Fellowship Program
    Full-Session: 06/27 – 07/24/2016
Important notice: the details of our 2016 programs will be finalized shortly. Please stay tuned for program updates and submission information.


The Future Music Lab @ AMF is an all-fellowship intensive four-week program designed with a goal of immersing exceptionally gifted musicians into the world of new music technologies.

Participants will have opportunity to work with award winning violinist and composer Mari Kimura through individual lessons, seminars, and group presentations. The session will focus on developing insights into new music performance, the use of interactive computer technology, extended technique, improvisation, and composition.

The project is an official collaboration with IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) in Paris. Participants will have access to the IRCAM FORUM, and to the state-of-the-art technology including motion sensor “MO” (Modular Musical Objects developed at IRCAM). MO can be used as a bowing motion sensor (which is called Augmented Violin system) or applied to other instruments, dance or theater. Augmented Violin System will be provided by Phonotonic, a satellite French company developing novel approaches to tangible music interaction and marketing the system in collaboration with IRCAM.

During the festival season, the program features prominent visiting faculty members. Future Music Lab’s 2014 visiting faculty members were Jean-Baptiste Barrière (composer and former director of Ircam’s Department of Musical Research), Tom Zicarelli (Faculty of Electronic Production and Design, Berklee College of Music), and Liubo Borissov (Faculty of Digital Arts, Pratt Institute).

The Future Music Lab will feature its participants in concerts throughout the festival and stage concerts in collaboration with the AMF Composition Program.


Mari Kimura, Director

The progrma is directed by award winning violinist and composer Mari Kimura.

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Exposure to new technology

Learn to work with interactive computer music programs including MaxMSP in an accelerated and musically oriented manner.

Access IRCAM Forum

The project is an official collaboration with IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) in Paris.

Artist collaborations

Collaborate with musicians and composers from the Atlantic Music Festival’s many Institute Programs including the Composition Program.

Program Details

  • The Future Music Lab Fellowship is available to all instrumentalists including non-classical musicians. All Future Music Lab participants receive complete financial coverage of tuition, housing, and meals during the four weeks of residency.

  • This year, Future Music Lab applicants are also eligible to be considered for enrollment in our Resident Artist Fellowship program. To learn more about our Resident Artist Fellowship program, click here.

  • Composers should apply to the Composition Program instead of the Future Music Lab. All composers will have access to Future Music Lab open seminars and presentations. To learn more about the AMF Composition Program, click here.

  • Applicant must be at least 18 years old in order to be considered for admission to the program.

  • As of this year, all application forms have been consolidated. Applicants no longer need to submit separate applications to the Future Music Lab and corresponding fellowship and/or student programs such as the Piano Institute and Seminar or the Opera Workshop.

  • During the festival season, fellows are expected to contribute up to 4 hours per week in assisting with the festival’s operation.

"The Future Music Lab is designed with a goal of immersing exceptionally gifted musicians into the world of new music technologies."

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Audition Requirements

Those interested should complete the online application and upload the following material via our online application site.

  • Submit audio or video recordings of three contrasting works. It is highly recommended that you submit at least one work written in or after the twentieth century. It is possible to submit movements of works. Applicants must demonstrate strong performance abilities in the work samples submitted.

  • A statement or an essay demonstrating your qualifications to the program.

  • (Optional) Original composition or improvisation of the applicant.

  • (Optional) Performance of a work involving electronics or interactive systems.

Please see Application Procedures for detailed instructions. If you would like to inquire further about the program, please contact us.