In addition to the academic focus of ISMIR, we have aimed to provide a number of unique social events. The social program provides participants with an opportunity to relax after meetings, to experience Suzhou City, and to network with other ISMIR participants.


Social: Welcome Reception

When: Monday, 23rd October, 6pm – 8pm
Where: NUSRI Cafe

Welcome reception at NUSRI. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.


Social: Grand Canal Cruise

When: Wednesday, 25th October, 7pm – 8pm
Where: Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal (苏州古运河)
Address: Midu Bridge, Nanmen Road (南门路觅渡桥)

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The conference participants will take a cruise on the Suzhou Ancient Grand Canal (苏州古运河). The Grand Canal is the oldest and longest man-made waterway in the world. Parts of this canal between Hangzhou and Beijing date back more than 2000 years. The canal starts from Beijing in the north and ends at Hangzhou in the south. The Grand Canal measures 1700 kilometers in length.

Note: We will arrange buses departing for the grand canal from the conference venue at 6pm, and depart for Master of Nets garden from the grand canal at 8pm.


Music Program: Garden Concert

When: Wednesday, 25th October, 9pm – 10pm
Where: Master of Nets Garden (网师园)
Address: No.11 KuoJiaTou Xiang, DaiChengQiao Road (沧浪区带城桥路阔家头巷11号)

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ISMIR 2017 music program features a special concert night in the Master of Nets Garden. The participants will enjoy Chinese traditional music and performances in one of the finest gardens in China, and a UNESCO heritage site, along with a docent-led tour of the garden. The program includes Kun opera (昆曲), Pingtan – storytelling and ballad singing in Suzhou dialect (苏州评弹), traditional dances, and instrumental performances such as Qin (古琴), Zheng (古筝), Pipa (琵琶), Di (笛子), and Erhu (二胡).

Note: We will arrange buses departing for the grand canal from the conference venue at 6pm, and depart for Master of Nets garden from the grand canal at 8pm.


ISMIR Banquet + Community Performance

When: Thursday, 26th October, 6pm – 10pm
Where: Songhe Lou Culture and Arts Center Restaurant (松鹤楼科文中心饭店)
Address: No. 1 Guanfeng Street (观枫街1号)

The Annual ISMIR Banquet will take place at Songhe Lou Restaurant in Suzhou. After dinner, there will be a ISMIR community performance. The program comprises a selection of submitted and invited pieces, including original work that intersects musical information technology, traditional Chinese music, and music ensemble with sensors. We have 7 music pieces as follow:

  • Etude Tableaux No. 1, by Dr. Jeffrey C. Smith.
  • Ancient Pipa Solo Piece ‘Ambush from Ten Sides’, by Shuqi Dai.
  • Fibonacci-sequence based composition: Carnatic Classical performance, by Venkata Subramanian Viraraghavan.
  • A Trip to Suzhou, by Roger B. Dannenberg, Gus Xia and Shuqi Dai.
  • Informatics Philharmonic Concert, by Christopher Raphael and Yibo Zhang.
  • Liuyang River, by Zhengshan Shi.
  • Motion Initiated Music Ensemble with Sensors (MIMES), by the NUS Sound and Music Computing Lab.