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Institution: Eesti Muusika-ja Teatriakadeemia Tallinn

Jaak Sikk


Jaak Sikk(PhD) is a researcher, improviser and a pianist. He teaches contemporary improvisation at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater and music College of Tartu named after Heino Eller. His doctoral thesis (PhD obtained in 2020) “The Influence of Stimulus Induced Imagery on the Quality of Improvising Freely” researched the possibilities of using imagery in the process of improvising. The research on the topic continues in the field of 'using imagery in group improvisation and interaction' in collaboration with Allan Vurma (PhD) and Marju Raju (PhD). In his teaching methodology, performances and research Jaak combines philosophical concepts, neuroscience and human psychology with practical actions and artistic experimentation aiming to create a context-sensitive transdisciplinary relation involving 'self” and the surrounding environments. Jaak is an active performer in Estonia and abroad as an improviser. From December 2021 on Jaak is a member of Estonian Youth Academy of Sciences. He is the manager of the collaboration project “MuseIA” between Estonian Academy of Music and Theater and Tallinn University of Technology which goal is to create an improvising AI. He has tought master classes in improvisation in the UK.