Spring 2017 Events at Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC)

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Source: Troy NY’s EMPAC.

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is pleased to announce its Spring 2017 season. The nation’s most technologically advanced university performing arts center, EMPAC commissions, develops, and premieres new time-based artworks born at the intersection of physical and digital spaces.

On Feb. 16, 17, and 18, EMPAC music curator Argeo Ascani and audio engineers Todd Vos and Jeff Svatek will lead a series of introductory demonstrations using EMPAC’s new Wave Field Synthesis audio system. The 496-channel system is capable of very precise sound spatialization and is an emerging platform for electronic composition.

Iranian hand-drumming virtuoso Mohammad Reza Mortazavi will perform a rare US concert in the EMPAC Concert Hall on March 3 at 8PM.

Obie Award-winning artist Andrew Schneider will present a work-in-progress preview of FIELD on March 30. Currently being developed through the artist-in-residence program, the project will integrate projection mapping and 3D sound spatialization to create an immersive environment within a nonlinear narrative.

Violin superstar Anne Akiko Meyers will perform a concert of new and repertoire works on April 18 with piano accompanist Akira Aguchi and the famed 1741 “Vieuxtemps” Guarneri del Gesu violin.