Monday, March 23, 2009

[HvEXAS] EMPAC | March 24 - April 2 | Frédéric Bevilacqua | Tere O'Connor

Frédéric Bevilacqua 
Tuesday March 24, 7 PM
Free + Open to the Public

Frédéric Bevilacqua, leader of the Real Time Musical Interactions team at IRCAM — the Paris-based Institute for Music/Acoustic Research and Coordination — will share his current research in gesture analysis and software development, including real-time demonstrations of potential applications in music and dance.

Bevilacqua and his colleagues are working on new paradigms for music performance and the interaction between gesture and sound/video processes. His most recent research involves the development of augmented musical instruments such as the "augmented violin," gesture analysis for performing arts, and applications in music pedagogy.

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Tere O'Connor: Rammed Earth 
Thursday, March 26, 8 PM
Friday, March 27, 8 PM
Saturday, March 28, 5 + 8 PM


In Rammed Earth, Tere O'Connor interweaves dancers, audience and the space they share. Inspired by 'sentient architecture' - in which structures change form in response to temperature, climate or human interactivity - the performance is adapted for each venue. Audience members are incorporated into the expanding, contracting, liquid space of the work as they are escorted into different viewing positions throughout. The four performers create an intimate and shifting environment around and among them, layering motion, gesture and emotion. Space is limited so reserve now!

Rammed Earth is funded by New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project (NDP), with generous support by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation.

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Béla Fleck: The Africa Project 
Saturday, March 28, 8 PM

Béla Fleck brought the banjo back to Africa to discover its roots. His subsequent collaborations with African musicians were captured in the acclaimed film Throw Down Your Heart and inspired his landmark tour, which features kora master Toumani Diabate, along with Anania Ngoliaga and John Kitime, Vusi Mahanasela, D'Gary and Mario.

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Steven Connor

In a Glass Hour | Steven Connor
Thursday, April 2, 7 PM
Free + Open to the Public

Steven Connor, Academic Director of the London Consortium Graduate Programme in Humanities and Cultural Studies, delivers his EMPAC-commissioned text about time and the voice, The Chronographer.

As a writer and scholar, Connor's range of interest is impressive: from Samuel Becket to the housefly, from postmodern culture to ventriloquism, Connor has embraced high and popular cultures in a career of investigation as erudite as it is broad.

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