The Magic of the Mark: An Evening with John Storyk, Frank Filipetti, Vic Brooks and Garry Kvistad

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Part of  THE MARK Grand Opening and LIVE from Upstate series.

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In thinking about music, we often focus our attention on the instruments—there have been documentary films about Steinway pianos, Stradivarius violins and Moog synthesizers—and the artists. We often neglect a key element: the venues. Concert halls, punk clubs and arenas all have their own audio properties that deeply influence the ways in which the players, the instruments and the audience co-create experiences.

To celebrate the opening of The Mark screening room at the Orpheum, an exquisitely designed new space for cinema and live performance, we’ll discuss the ways in which acoustic strategies and materials can combine, with a kind of alchemy, in transforming spaces into audio wonderlands. The discussion features architect and audio designer John Storyk and sound engineer Frank Filipetti, with a special appearance, titled “It’s About Sound,” from percussionist Garry Kvistad. Storyk is co-founder and leader of the award-winning architectural acoustics design firm WSDG. The firm’s previous projects include venues and studios for Bruce Springsteen, UCLA, Lincoln Center, Spotify, Jay-Z, MTV, Alicia Keys, NYU and, at the beginning of Storyk’s career, Jimi Hendrix. Filipetti is a seven-time Grammy winner who has worked with Elton John, Pavarotti, Frank Zappa and James Taylor. Kvistad toured and recorded with the American composer Steve Reich for 40 years, and was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society’s Hall of Fame in 2020.

The program will demonstrate the audio properties of The Mark live performance that showcases the Mark’s live sound system, designed by WSDG and featuring Blaze Audio components, and short films that utilize Dolby’s immersive Atmos system.






Moderated by Vic Brooks, associate director for the arts and senior curator for time-based visual art at EMPAC—Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she currently serves as co-acting director.