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Shimon Robot & Friends

Dimitri Vassilakis, Gil Weinberg
Shimon Robot & Friends Jazz and Artificial Intelligence: The Shimon robot, the idea and the vision

Dimitris Vasilakis

Overview

Jazz, as a universal language of great complexity and a strong storytelling nature, resembles natural language, as this is expressed in spontaneous prose, poetry and creative writing. Dimitri Vassilakis’ research is called jazz mapping: It concerns the mapping of the language of jazz and aims to highlight its narrative character, by offering to artificial intelligence the necessary tools for understand the process of machine learning. The research is carried out at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (EKPA) and the “Demokritos” National Centre for Scientific Research, in collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in the USA, where the Shimon robot is being developed. The concert-presentation at Megaron includes compositions written specifically for the Simon robot by Gil Weinberg, its creator, and Dimitri Vassilakis. The ensemble is composed of saxophone, trumpet, piano, bass, drums, guitar and laptop. As a member of the jazz ensemble, the Shimon Robot accompanies and improvises both on the marimba and by singing.

With the support of the United States Embassy in Athens

Credits

Dimitri Vassilakis saxophones, compositions, jazz mapping research, orchestration, original concept

Gil Weinberg creator of the Shimon Robot, Georgia Tech professor, compositions, original concept

Shimon Robot marimba, voice

 

 

with the participation of researchers and students of Georgia Tech & EKPA, attending the postgraduate program “Jazz Improvisation and New Technologies”.

 

 

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