Media Watch: Neil Rolnick Concert Review in New York Times

January 17th, 2011, 2:35 pm by Greg

Neil Rolnick

Neil Rolnick


Composer and laptop musician Neil Rolnick celebrated the release of his latest album “Extended Family” with a performance at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC last Tuesday, and music critic Allan Kozinn weighed in with a glowing review in The New York Times on Friday.

In addition to Rolnick (who teaches at RPI and is the founding director of the school’s iEAR Studio), the performance featured string players from ACME (the American Contemporary Music Ensemble), as well as UAlbany music professor and pianist Bob Gluck.

Kozinn noted that the performance was “energetic, optimistic, even joyful” despite the fact that the music touched on “potentially fraught subjects, including the partial loss of the composer’s hearing, his mother’s death and meditations on the nature of faith.”

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The album “Extended Family” was recorded at EMPAC at RPI last year and released last week on the Innova label.