Amadeus Julian Regucera is a new member of the curatorial team at EMPAC and it’s easy to guess -— given his first name — the artistic discipline he works in. Regucera, 38, is a composer, performer, producer and educator. He and his partner resettled in Troy during the fall having relocated from the Bay Area where he was a faculty member at UC Berkeley and also earned his Ph. D. Regucera has lots to say about music, diversity and identity and with EMPAC’s multiple wired-up venues now at his disposal, he’s got a strong platform on which to realize his vision.
We’ll get around to the vision thing soon enough but let’s not put off addressing the name Amadeus. Regucera says that his first moment of inspiration to be a musician came when he saw Elton John on “Sesame Street” and that in choosing his given name, his parents didn’t have any intentions of charging him with a musical destiny. He explains: “I was named after my grandfather who has the Spanish version of my name, Amadeo. My parents anglicized it, not knowing it was a thing.”