Expanded Piano

Stavros Gasparatos

Friday, November 7, 2014

Imagine being inside a piano. Imagine the piano expanded to the size of a concert hall. This EMPAC-commissioned concert and installation is grounded in the idea of “prepared piano,” a tradition where screws, rubbers, bolts, etc., are attached to the strings inside a piano, altering the sound. Building on the many famous mechanically prepared piano compositions from John Cage to Aphex Twin, Expanded Piano transforms the idea into a uniquely electronic form. An acoustic piano is wired with both regular microphones and contact microphones attached to the body of the piano, its strings, and mechanisms. Each microphone’s signal is manipulated in real time through a computer and then routed to its own loudspeaker, creating a multichannel space around the audience that puts the listeners “inside” the piano.

Ash Bulayev

Stavros Gasparatos is a composer and digital sound artist who lives and works in Athens, Greece. He composes music for dance, theater, and cinema, and frequently works on solo music projects. His music has been performed in all major Greek theaters and concert venues, including the ancient Epidaurus theatre, the Onassis Cultural Centre, and the Megaron Mousikis Concert Hall. His work has been performed internationally in London, Macao, Naples, Berlin, Toronto, Amsterdam, Paris, and Sofia. Gasparatos is a frequent collaborator of the National Greek Theatre. He has composed music for over 90 productions and is considered one of the most important composers of the new Greek wave.

Expanded Piano
Concert Hall
November 7, 2014, 8PM

"...one of Greece's leading modern composers and sound-designers"

In Depth

EMPAC 2014-2015 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, the Boeing Company Charitable Trust, and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks extended to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for continued support of artist commissions.

National Endowment for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA