Biography


--INTRODUCTION
Jacopo Baboni Schilingi was born in Milan on April 4, 1971. He has been French naturalized in 2013.

Jacopo Baboni Schilingi comes from an « art music » background in which writing and interactivity are paramount. He is one of the most representative composers of his generation, and recognized as such in conservatories and classical concert halls. In 2018 he was residence artist for the Grand Palais exhibition Artists & Robots (Paris from April 5th to July 9th 2018). He is working with Chanel for a monographic concert and new photo exhibition (Tokyo – 2018, 2019, 2020) and for a series of concerts in France, Italy, Japan, USA and China.

--CURRENT ACTIVITY
Jacopo Baboni Schilingi is equally at home in interdisciplinary modes of artistic expression which combine visuals, architecture and interactions with the public in new contexts. His work with French-born American visual artist Arman in the 2000s initiated a series of creative collaborations with Miguel Chevalier, Jean-Pierre Balpe, Alain Fleischer, Elias Crespin, Sarkis, and others. Jacopo Baboni Schilingi is artistic director of the Interactive Music Ensemble, which he founded in 2001. He lives in Paris where he composes music for soloists, ensembles, orchestras, for installations and movies, taking part in the most important international festivals.
Today his music is regularly performed all over the world.


--STUDIES
At age 6 years old, he started piano lessons; in parallel he began to improvise and compose as an autodidact. At age 12, Jacopo Baboni Schilingi studied composition and orchestration with Roberto Hazon. Two years later, at 14 years old, he was accepted to Ivan Fedele’s composition class in Milan (Civica Scuola di Musica di Milano), where he received his First Prize in composition in 1994. At the same time, he studied conducting with Vittorio Parisi. At age 21 he became artist in residence at IRCAM - Centre George Pompidou for seven years. During this period he took graduate courses in composition with Brian Ferneyhough and Klaus Huber at the Académie de Royaumont (France). In addition to his composition studies, he received a Master’s degree (DEA) in 20th century Musicology from the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Paris (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) in 1998, where his advisor was Hugues Dufourt. From 1997 to 2003, Luciano Berio chose Jacopo as his apprentice in Italy, France and Germany, teaching him pragmatically composition, aestetics and how to manage artistic productions.
Jacopo Baboni Schilingi completed his university studies in 2010 upon receiving a Doctorate in Aesthetics with First Class Honours with Distinction, awarded by a jury presided by Gianfranco Vinay and Georges Molinié.


-- BEGINNING OF HIS ARTISTIC ACTIVITY
At age of 15 years old, Jacopo Baboni Schilingi began his career as a composer in Milan at Teatro Litta, Teatro delle Erbe, Istituto Gonzaga, Palazzina Liberty, Villa Simonetta, Castello Sforzesco and other venues. He went on to participate in numerous international festivals such as Musica, Présences, Agora, Polychromes, Royaumont, Manca, Musique et Mémoire, Novelum, GRM, etc. (France); the Venice Biennale, Settembre Musica, Roma Europa, Tempo Reale, Santa Cecilia, Nuova Consonanza, Musica Presente, Spazio Musica (Italy) ; Gaudeamus (the Netherlands) ; Schreyahner Herbst, Musik Im 21 Jahrhundert, Neue Italienische Musikszene, Cottbus (Germany) ; Ars Musica (Belgium) ; Shanghai International Music Week, Beijing’s Musicacoustica, Chamber Music, Wuhan New Music Festival (China) ; Bartok Festival (Hungary) ; Lanus (Argentina) ; the Zagreb Biennial (Croatia), Comulbia University Festival, Harvard Music Festival, Martha Graham, etc. (USA) and others.
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At the age of 25 years old, in 1996, he was invited to play his music for the private concert for the Paul Sacher Foundation and for Madame Claude Pompidou at IRCAM with Pierre Boulez.

--ORCHESTRAS, ENSEMBLES and SOLOISTS
His works have been performed by orchestras and ensembles such as: Orchestre d'Ile de France, Symphonic Orchestra of Cottbus, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestra Utopica, Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Court Circuit, Klangforum Ensemble, Collegium Novum Ensemble, Ensemble Dedalo, The Pleiades, Ensemble Dell'Orchestra Sinfonica "Arturo Toscanini", Leonis Quartet, Ensemble contrast, etc.. He works with soloists such as Nicholas Isherwood, Claude Delangle, Jean Geoffroy, Anne Delafosse-Quentin, Christian Schmitt, Pascal Contet, Henry-Michel Garcia, etc.

--PERFORMANCES
Jacopo Baboni Schilingi is also involved in live performances and exhibition. In 2007 Jacopo Baboni Schilingi modified his compositional method to rediscover a “sculptural” sensibility, which had previously been altered by machines, via living materials, indispensable for creation. His choice is drastic, emphatic and powerful, as it represents – literally – a return to the body, a carnal return: his scores are henceforth not just written by hand, but also written directly onto human bodies. In his studio, converted into both a calligraphy atelier and photography studio, he collaborates with male and female models, who serve as living canvases for his compositions. He named this practice as Body Score.

In 2017 he started a new performance called Argo. It is a generative, interactive musical performance/installation that has a duration equal to the lifetime of the composer. Argo is a music created in real time, completely programmed by algorithms that perform their calculations following functions based on semantic interpretations. The music reacts to Jacopo Baboni Schilingi’s breathing in real time, following his use of a respiratory sensor worn 24/7 since June 2017. (AirGo produced by the society MyAir by David Kuller). Based on the musical trajectories written by the composer, his breathing continues to perturb the system that regenerates itself in an automatic and continuous manner. Each day, the music is different and recomposes itself infinitely. Argo demonstrates the artistic appropriations possible when faced with current emerging technologies, and renews the imaginary relationships that we hold with technical innovations. The installation questions the relationship between Man and the machine, between the human body and that of robots, and between contingency and programming.

In 2018 Jacopo Baboni Schilingi signs his first choreography: Terra - a tribute to women. Terra has been performed first by PeiJu Chien-Pott, principal dancer of Martha Graham Dance Company, at Grand Palais in Paris and then by Fanny Gombert at Musée Guimet in Paris for the "Nuit blanche 2018".

--ARTISTIC AWARDS
As early as 1992, Jacopo Baboni Schilingi began winning international prizes and honourable mentions from internationally renowned institutions such as the Trieste International Competition (1992), the Lisbon Biennial (1994), and the Borsa Ferrari de Milan (1995). In 2000, production company Atopic and Franco-German television network Arte commissioned a documentary from Hervé Nisic about Jacopo Baboni Schilingi, Jean-Pierre Balpe and the show Trois mythologies et un poète aveugle (“Three Mythologies and a Blind Poet”) premiered at IRCAM.

In 2006, the Maison de Radio France in Paris commissioned him to create a radiophonic production, which received the honourable mention from the Prix Italia.

In 2007, production company Play Film and Mezzo Television (France) commissioned a second documentary, this one from Julien Lousteau. The result, Nuova pratica - A Portrait of Composer Jacopo Baboni Schilingi, was broadcast by Mezzo Television.

In 2013, at the suggestion of Pierre Moscovici, Minister of Economy and Finances, Aurélie Filippetti, Minister of Culture and Communication, named Baboni Schilingi to the rank of Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

In 2015, he was a « Visiting scholar » at Harvard University (USA) and Guest Professor at Wuhan Conservatory (China). 

In 2018, he has been chosen as the only artist for the Soirée des mécènes (Cultural patronage evening) of Grand Palais in Paris.

--CONCERT HALL and LOCATIONS
His music has been performed in the most well known concert hall such as Maison de Radio France, Espace de Projection at Ircam, Opéra Comique in Paris, Teatro dal Verme, Piccolo Teatro Studi-La Scala in Milan, Sala Sinopoli at Santa Cecilia in Rome, Tonhalle in Zurich, Miller Theatre in New York, Auditorium Umberto Agnelli in Tokyo, Yishu-8 and The Orange Sanlitun Village in Beijing, Radio Rundfunk in Berlin, Shanghai Concert Hall, etc. Some of his compositions have been performed in famous churches such as Saint Severin and Saint Germain des Prés in Paris, La Chapelle de Ronchamp, Abbaye de Silvacane at La Roque-d'Anthéron, Couvent des Jacobins in Toulouse, San Marco in Milan, Durham Cathedral, etc. His music has also been performed in famous museums such as Grand Palais, Musée Guimet in Paris, Musée du Temps in Besançon, Musée du Château des Ducs de Wurtenberg in Montbéliard, Musée de l'Aventure Peugeot in Sochaux, etc.

--ARTISTIC RESIDENCES
He has been composer-in-residence at IRCAM for six years (from 1995 to 2000), associated artist at the Saline Royale d’Arc-et-Senans for three years (2011-2012-2013) and Deputy Artistic Director for two seasons at the EMW-Festival in Shanghai (2013-2015). In the same period, he was residence artist at MA-Scène Nationale. He is the curator of the annual worldwide PRISMA Conference. From 2011 to 2015 he was Deputy Artistic Director of the EMW Festival in Shanghai. He performed his compositions for the Venice Biennale in Art section and Music section.

--EDITORS, PUBLISHERS and PRODUCERS
It is designer and co-director of IRCAM's first CD-Rom for learning music for children entitled "Dix jeux d’écoute" (1997). He has published over thirty articles on composition and music research. In 2007 he published The Hyper-systemic Music, his first book on aesthetics Edition Mix-Paris, and in 2008 the book Six models of hermeneutic analysis. The second edition of his aesthetics manifesto « La nuova pratica » is pubished by Edition Mix-Paris. (http://www.editionsmix.org).
The Italian publisher IL SAGGIATORE commissioned a book on the social crisis of contemporary music. (www.ilsaggiatore.com)

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His compositions are published by Editions Suvini Zerboni - Milano. (www.esz.it)
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He has composed music for films, working with film directors such as Henry Colomer, Olivier Mille, Alain Fleischer, Olivier&Anaïs Spiro, for producer such as ARTE, INA, Archipel 33>35, Atopic, Cléa Production, Point du jour, Artline, etc.
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Some of his compositions have been recorded by Deutsche Grammophon, Paraty Label, éOle Records and distributed by Harmonia Mundi and Universal.

--ARTISTIC COLLABORATIONS
He regularly works with several artists with whom he created several interdisciplinary projects: with the architect Pier Luigi Copat, he developed an installation based on music and architecture (A.I.M.T.R. Partitions) whose first version was shown in 1996 at IRCAM and the Festival Musica in Strasbourg. He also created several shows (Trois mythologie et un poète aveugle, Syntax Error, Odysséé, ...) based on the interaction between music and text with the multimedia poet Jean-Pierre Balpe.

In 2000, with the artist and sculptor Arman, he realized the installation Instrument à gond that was shown in France and Italy.

In 2002 he started a deep artistic collaboration with the artist Miguel Chevalier. Jacopo Baboni Schilingi realized more than 20 interactive and generative compositions for Miguel Chevalier’s installations among which there are Metapolis (Mexico), Crossborder (France), Terra Incognita (Brazil), The origin of the world (USA), Complexe Meshes (United-Kingdom). In 2012 and 2013 he composed the interactive music for the installation conceved by Miguel Chevalier 8-Ties (produced by Hermès) that has been shown in Paris, London, Milan, Anvers, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Nanjing, Tokyo, Osaka, Berlin, Dubai, Seattle, Miami, Busan, Mexico-City, Mumbai.

From 2003 to 2007 he took part in the artistic group E.S.C. with whom he made interactive installation La lenteur and the spectacle of music and dance Sostanza Sonora with the company MK (Italian dance company dedicated to the research). He conceived the show/installation Hemera, in collaboration with light artist Arnaud Poumarat and the dancer Véronique Moutoussamy and he composed tge music for the company Acte2 of Catherine Dreyfus. He is currently working with the artist Christophe Bergon and he realized three compositions for the artist Elias Crespin.

In 2014 he started a deep collaboration with the artist SARKIS with whom he created the music for the Biennale of Venice 2015 for the Pavilion of Turkey.

--TEACHING and PEDAGOGICAL ACTIVITY
Since 1999, he holds the class composition of the Montbéliard Conservatory of Music. From 1999 to 2001 and was a lecturer in the Department of Contemporary Musicology  Paris IV-Sorbonne.


--ARTISTIC RESEARCH
Since 1990 he is involved in electroacoustic music and computer music, and has worked actively with MM&T studio and AGON studio in Milan. In 1995 he developed the theory of composition by Interactive Models and contributed significantly to the creation of different software (Profile, Morphology, CMI) for Computer Aided Composition that are distributed by IRCAM since 1995.

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In 1998, with Emanuele Quinz he founded the association Anomos. It is a research, training and artistic association who explores new configurations of contemporary art, particularly related to the impact and contributions of digital technologies. In December 2004, anomos joined the Centre Georges Pompidou for the sixth series of multidisciplinary meetings « Face au présent », whose aim is to explore new trends in contemporary art influenced by digital technologies.
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In 2003, 2004 and 2005, he participated in the steering committee Ars Numerica in which he introduced academics, researchers and French artists of international renonw.

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In 1998, at the request of Luciano Berio, he founded the Department of Pedagogy at Centre Tempo Reale in Florence. He led this department for six years, with the joint artistic supervision of Luciano Berio. For this project in two years, he developed several teaching studios and production based in Florence, Milan, Siena and Rome. His mission was to gather the necessary funds to develop different activities and contact with young audiences. He assured this task for six years, working with the regions of Lombardy, Lazio and Tuscany, and through private bank financing (CARIPLO, CRF, BNL, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, etc.). He was in charge of fundraising to produce a research-based computer music and teaching activities for the children as well as outgoing professional composers.
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In 2001, he founded the group of music research and production called PRISMA. He coordinates regularly the PRISMA group. Inside the PRISMA group, he is responsible for international meetings, communications coordinator, publications, coordinator of international relations with festivals, universities, research centers and music conservatories. This group is also a network of composers in Europe, the USA, Canada, Chile, Argentina, and China, but also a network of institutions. Among these institutions, we can count the GRM and IRCAM in Paris, Orchestra Utopica Lisbon (Portugal), the Shanghai International Electroacoustic Music Week (China), Harvard University (USA), the Zimt (Austria), the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki (Finland), the University of Plymouth (England), the University of Winnipeg (Canada).