Argeo Ascani was Curator for Music at EMPAC from 2012–18. He first became interested in music with a childhood dream of playing the theme song to the Pink Panther. As a performer, he has traveled and played all over the world. As an educator he taught in the Music History and Contemporary Performance Practice departments at the Manhattan School of Music and has lectured in over a dozen countries. As an album producer, he has produced on labels including Cantaloupe Records, New Amsterdam Records, New Focus Recordings, and Wergo.