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Steve Lehman Octet
Friday, May 28, 8 PM

Named a Rising Star on the alto saxophone four years in a row by the Downbeat Magazine International Critics Poll, acclaimed by publications from The Wire to The New York Times, Steve Lehman is a saxophonist and composer whose multilayered work stands at the frontiers of contemporary music. He marries the esoteric math- and computer-driven compositional principles of “spectral harmony” to the looseness and fluidity of jazz. Lehman will be playing with his handpicked octet, whose luscious smears of horns and vibraphone float over a sizzling rhythm section.

You can check out samples of Lehman's music here and here.

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July 30—August 2, 2010

EMPAC invites you to join practitioners and theorists from four disciplines (art, cybernetics, design and mathematics) for a conference that will be held in a non-traditional format where the main activity is to explore by listening, talking and questioning (rather than listen to, and give, prepared lectures). A collaboration between the American Society of Cybernetics, the Rensselaer School of Architecture and EMPAC.

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from UKIYO project, DAP Lab (c) 2010, image courtesy of Johannes Birringer

August 16—22, 2010

EMPAC will present its first summer lab for interactive media in performance this August 16-22, 2010. Directed by Johannes Birringer and Mark Coniglio, the workshop offers intensive training and possibilities for experimentation with mixed reality and real time architectures, programmable environments, interactive design and the integration of time-based media into live performance and installation.

The workshop addresses emerging and professional art practitioners, scientists, researchers, and students from different backgrounds in performance and new media committed to sharing their interest in developing a deeper understanding of composing work focused on real time, interactive or time-based experiences and multidisciplinary collaborative processes (video, sound processing, projection design, lighting, choreography, and directing).

Résumé and informal letter of application are due by June 30, 2010. More information on this workshop can be found on the EMPAC website.


EMPAC 2009-2010 presentations, residencies and commissions are supported by grants from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program, 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 provided by the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation;) 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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