Laurie Anderson free talk is Feb. 14 at EMPAC on custom instruments for performance + recording [Berkshire on Stage]
By Larry Murray
Troy, NY — The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute announces a free talk by EMPAC distinguished artist-in-residence Laurie Anderson on Designing + Customizing Instruments for Performance and Recording. The event will take place in EMPAC’s Theater on Thursday, February 14 at 7 PM; and will be streamed to the Concert Hall for the overflow crowd expected. (The theatre is officially full, but the entire program will be shown in the Concert Hall where Anderson will make an appearance after her talk.)
Laurie Anderson will talk about her ever-evolving development of new instruments and interfaces for her productions and performances, and her “new rig,” which finally allows her to travel with a suitcase of her custom configuration of instruments. Anderson will be joined by her software and hardware collaborators Konrad Kaczmarek, Liubo Borissov and Shane Koss. She will also discuss her new work with the Kronos Quartet, which premieres in March as part of the inaugural performances of the Bing Concert Hall at Stanford.