(Photo above of Pierre-Yves Macé)
Presenting international works across the spectrum of electronic music, the upcoming EMPAC concert at RPI in Troy, NY, highlights selections from this year’s eighth annual AKOUSMA festival in Montréal. Pierre-Yves Macé (France), France Jobin (Canada), Horacio Vaggione (France/Argentina), and Louis Dufort (Canada) will be interpreting their works live over a 16-speaker system surrounding the audience.
AKOUSMA is produced by Réseaux, a composer-run organization dedicated to presenting and commissioning electroacoustic music since 1991. Montréal is the North American hub for electronic music, offering a wide range of festivals spanning dance music, acoustics research, and everything in between.
France Jobin, aka i8u, is a sound/installation/web artist and curator. Her extensive solo and collaborative work has been featured in web work/installations and various music and new technology festivals across North America and Europe.
Pierre-Yves Macé is a French musician whose music encompasses improvisation on machines, a background in piano and classical percussion, jazz-rock/prog-rock bands, dance accompaniments, and an interest in literature and musicology.
Horacio Vaggione is an Argentinian-born electroacoustic and musique concrète composer who specializes in micromontage, granular synthesis, and microsound, and whose pieces often are for performer and computer‐generated tape.
Composer Louis Dufort’s music ranges from a cathartic form of expressionism to a focus on the inner structure of sound matter. Named artistic director of Réseaux in 2010, he begins his first season with a concert at EMPAC.
Evelyn’s Café will open at 7 PM with a full menu of meals, snacks, and beverages as well as a selection of wines. Service continues between sets and after the event. Parking is available in the Rensselaer parking lot on College Avenue.
Additional event information can be found on the EMPAC website: http://www.empac.rpi.edu/. Questions? Call the EMPAC Box Office: 518.276.3921.
The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), founded by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is an international hub for art, performance, science, and technology — offering adventurous interdisciplinary public events, support for artists and scholars engaged in creative research, and the resources of a state-of-the art facility for digital media production, research, and performance situated on a college campus.
EMPAC 2011-2012 presentations, residencies, research, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Science Foundation, 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.