In 1970, the composer Pierre Boulez took on the tasks of creating and directing an institute for musical research and creation in partnership with the Centre Pompidou. Today, the Ircam, Institute for Research and Coordination of Acoustics and Music, is one of the largest public research centres dedicated to musical creation and scientific research in the world. It is home to the joint research unit of Sciences and Technologies of Music and Sound. The Fonds K has supported the research of Victor Rosi, a doctoral student in the Perception and Sound Design team. His thesis, which focuses on the semantic and acoustic characterization of sound, was defended in April 2022.
The Fonds K is financing a 3-year thesis for the Ircam (French Institute of Acoustic/Musical Research and Coordination) to develop a sonic lexicon highlighting semantic and acoustical relationships thereby establishing a correlation between oenological and sound properties.
Atelier Ostinato Orchestra
Founded in 1997 by Jean-Luc Tingaud, the Ostinato Orchestra provides its 80 young instrumentalists with professional experience as orchestral musicians. Since its inception, the orchestra has been strongly committed to fighting loneliness and isolation, as well as supporting access to culture for all. The young musicians enable people in vulnerable situations to rediscover the joy of life through music and the concerts in which they are given the opportunity to participate. The Fonds K supports the actions carried out in the detention centres of Fleury-Mérogis and Melun, in particular percussion workshops led by Manon Duchemann.
The Petits Violons of the Paris Opéra
"Les petits violons" is one of the Paris Opera's educational activities. For three years, the primary school students participating in the program have been benefitted from musical practice workshops for seven hours a week during school hours, as well as meetings with Opera professionals. They also attended rehearsals and performances. The effects of the program are extremely beneficial: teachers have noted an impact on the students' openness to all things cultural and creative, and the majority of students have expressed a desire to pursue an artistic practice at the end of the program. The program ended with a performance of "La Traversée" at the Amphitheatre of the Opéra Bastille.