Wednesday, April 27, 2011

[HvEXAS] Francisco Lopez: Hyper-Rainforest | 04/28-30, 8 PM


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Iguazu (Brazil), 2003 - photo by Francisco Lopez
Francisco López: Hyper-Rainforest
Thursday-Saturday, April 28-30, 8 PM 

Rainforests are inhabited by an incredibly rich variety of sounds—much like a piece of electronic music: the astonishing variety of sounds comes from sources that are concrete yet overwhelmingly invisible.

Hyper-Rainforest is a monumental sound piece, both in duration and in how the sounds are projected to the Concert Hall. All music in this performance stems from field recordings—but it does not simulate the natural reality of the original locations. Instead, the work creates a sonic hyper-reality, a virtual world of sound and music that goes beyond a trip to a rainforest. The original materials are observed, analyzed, and composed to create a piece that surrounds the audience, moving deep into the sounds themselves and toward new sounds still rooted in their origins.

This world premiere commission was developed in residence at EMPAC. Tickets are selling fast, so purchase yours today!

Setup timelapse: Francisco López: Hyper-Rainforest at EMPAC
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image courtesy of Maxine Sheets-Johnstone 

Maxine Sheets-Johnstone: Movement and Mirror Neurons: A Challenging and Choice Conversation
Wednesday, May 4, 6 PM

A dinner and insightful talk by the dancer, choreographer, and philosopher Maxine Sheets-Johnstone on how the experience of movement shapes our sense of aliveness.

A limited number of complimentary light dinners will be served at 6 PM to enjoy as part of the talk. Wine and refreshments will also be available as part of our paid cafe service.

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Thursday, May 5, 8 PM

The project Euphorie was born from the desire to develop a project based on interactions between video, sound, movement, and accidents of life as a 40-minute theatrical performance driven by low-tech tools.

EUPHORIE / MiaouMiaou / 02.10
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Graham Parker: The Confidence Man
Closing Saturday, April 30!

Parker's new film and audio work, made while in residence at EMPAC, explores manifestations of deception including hacked ATM machines, rogue WIFI networks, monologues drawn from spam emails, and a tribute to the 1973 film The Sting.

Free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 PM.

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EMPAC is offering two unique one-week workshops this summer in music and audio, each suited for advanced undergrads, graduate students, and professionals: Composing for Large Scale Multi-channel Loudspeaker Environments, taught by Hans Tutschku (Harvard) June 5 – 10, and Physical Modeling for Digital Audio Workstation Plug-ins taught by David Amels (New York) July 18 – 23.


Don't miss iEAR Presents: Dancing for Dara tonight, Wednesday, April 27 at 7 PM in the West Hall Auditorium - it's a benefit screening for former EMPAC graduate research assistant Dara Greenwald.


Symphonic Band and Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert
Sat. 04/30, 2 PM

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EMPAC 2010-2011 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

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