K Allado-McDowell’s AI Opera Forces Conversation about (Funding) Music and Performance as Therapy

“Might there be a role that institutions could play if we know that sound and music is healing? Can that open up new possibilities for arts funding, for policy, for what is considered a therapeutic experience or an artistic experience?”
– Writer and musician K Allado-McDowell, on the questions driving their new AI opera Song of the Ambassadors. The piece premiered at New York’s Lincoln Center on Oct 25th with the support of composer Derrick Skye, visual artist Refik Anadol, and neuroscientists Ying Choon Wu and Alex Khalil.
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