EMPAC at RPI Announces New Season of Concerts

This week, EMPAC at RPI in Troy kicks off its 2014 winter/spring season of events – films, talks, dance, theater, music, installations and a bunch of other events that often cross genre-borders to become some more-or-less indefinable performance forms.

Here’s the line-up of concerts and music-related events on this semester’s EMPAC calendar:

“PERADAM”
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe + Sabrina Ratté
Saturday (January 25), 8pm
$18; students & seniors $13
Artists Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and Sabrina Ratté collaborate on “Peradam,” a new audio and visual performance that intertwines voice with synthetic sound and image. Using real-time synthesis, Ratté modifies live video, while Lowe uses his voice as the source of his sonic manipulations. Inspired by René Daumal’s novel “Mount Analogue,” the first work of literature to use the word “peradam” to describe “an object that is revealed only to those who seek it,” Lowe’s composition for the modular synthesizer focuses on the texture of a consistent equilibrium between the peak and valley of a sound wave to create a heightened experience akin to ecstatic music.

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ROBERTS / WOOLEY
Mariel Roberts + Nate Wooley
Wednesday, February 12, 7:30pm
$18; students & seniors $13
Already among the most well known musicians of their generations, Mariel Roberts (cello) and Nate Wooley (trumpet) have quickly developed international reputations for their dedication to the advancement of music. Wooley’s iconoclastic, expectation-defying playing and Roberts’ fearless technical prowess highlight why they are at the forefront of the jazz and classical musical worlds. Roberts and Wooley each will be presenting solo sets.

NEW MUSIC BY MICHAEL CENTURY
Michael Century and the Michael Century Trio
Friday, February 14, 8pm
A two-part performance program presenting the Michael Century Trio – a jazz ensemble playing Century’s original compositions and featuring Mark Foster on drums and Kevin Barcomb on saxophones – as well as the premiere of the “Triple Duo” for Accordion, Disklavier Piano and Electronics, a composition comprised of three kinds of “duets” for a solo musician.

KRISTIAN BEZUIDENHOUT
Sunday, February 23, 4pm
$18; $13 students & seniors
Called “the finest living exponent of the fortepiano” (The Herald, UK), Kristian Bezuidenhout is best known for bringing a new dimension to the interpretation of Mozart’s piano music. Trained as a modern pianist, Bezuidenhout quickly fell in love with the fortepiano—an early version of the piano most commonly seen today. He brings vigor, potency and virtuosity to an instrument that is typically defined by its constraints. Bezuidenhout’s solo performance will include music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.

“STRANGE CLOAK-SUB-FLIGHT INFINITY”
Sabisha Friedberg
Friday, March 21, 8pm
$18; $13 students & seniors
Continuing her explorations into sound and frequency, artist Sabisha Friedberg presents her investigations in relationship with levitation, suspension and low-end thresholds. A new work created as an artist-in-residence, Friedberg will actualize these ideas as a combination of performance, sculpture and light-box cinema.

25: AN INITIATE: KNEEL PATH DWELLER BEAMS
Sabisha Friedberg
Thursday, April 10, 7:30pm
FREE
With the seven-circuit labyrinth serving as a conceptual and structural base, artist Sabisha Friedberg creates a sonic sculpture using focused sound projection that demonstrates via allusion the parameters of such an environment. This work in progress will be presented as a live composition as well as an immersive environment.

25: AN INITIATE: KNEEL PATH DWELLER BEAMS
Sabisha Friedberg
Friday, April 11, 6pm
FREE
With the seven-circuit labyrinth serving as a conceptual and structural base, artist Sabisha Friedberg creates a sonic sculpture using focused sound projection that demonstrates via allusion the parameters of such an environment. This work in progress will be presented as a live composition as well as an immersive environment.

WET INK
Friday, April 18, 8pm
$18; $13 students & seniors
The new music composer/performer collective Wet Ink produces some of the most current and “living” American music today. Based in New York City, they have grown into a formidable vehicle for new music as a presenting organization and as two performing ensembles. The music of Wet Ink takes its vernacular from the European avant-garde, but views it through a distinctly New York lens—at times visceral and unrelenting, but still maintaining a complexity and richness in structure and sound. The members of the ensemble collaborate in a band-like fashion—writing, improvising, and preparing pieces together over long stretches of time.

2 Responses to “EMPAC at RPI Announces New Season of Concerts”

  1. If you haven’t been to EMPAC you need to. If you don’t come away thinking that this is the best theater for sound in this area, I’d like to know which theater you think is better.

  2. Rose says:

    Hi Stan~ I totally agree with you! Runner up is Troy Savings Bank!

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