Wendy Young and Jeff Snyder, Directors
EMPLOrk is a newly formed ensemble-collaboration between Early Music Princeton and the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk). Utilizing the university’s vast array of electronic instruments, computer programs, and baroque instruments, as well as the human voice, students will have the opportunity to reinterpret “old” music in “new” ways.
From standard repertoire to covers
We will explore selected music ranging from chant and polyphony of the Middle Ages to Haydn and early Mozart, and everything in-between, and bring it to life with a 21st century ear. Working both individually and in groups of two or more, EMP and PLOrk students will have the opportunity to perform inspired interpretations (or “covers”) at both EMP and PLOrk concerts.
I had a wonderful time with EMPLOrk. I was able to use tools and skills in electronic/computer music to represent and rearrange some of the greatest pieces from the early period, which offered me a new way of learning and appreciating early music. During our weekly sessions, it was always so inspiring and refreshing to see others process the same materials with totally different perspectives. (Yue Qiao, GS)