Be Here Now: The Star Room @ The Filament Festival, EMPAC, Troy

October 1st, 2010, 12:01 pm by Sara

Maryanne Amacher

Maryanne Amacher

The Filament Festival wraps up a 3-day weekend of cutting-edge multimedia performances, talks and installations this Sunday with The Star Room, a performance of a work begun by composer Maryanne Amacher and finished after her death by Sergei Tcherepnin and Micah Silver.

A contemporary and/or inspiration to the likes of Lamonte Young, Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham and Thurston Moore, Amacher was noted for her massive, immersive sound installations that Alvin Curran described in a remembrance as “a silky glass roaratorium of palpable audible vibrations.”

When she passed away last October, Amacher had been working for two years on an EMPAC-commissioned piece for the Theater. During her residency, she created an ethereal space for floating sounds with 30+ loudspeakers, most hidden in rooms distant to the performance space. Sergei Tcherepnin and Micah Silver, who worked most closely with her on the project, have collaborated on an interpretation of this unfinished work with the hope of sharing a glimpse of what this piece was to become.

Preceding the performance will be a ceremony naming the air plenum beneath the Theater in honor of Maryanne, a space she called The Star Room.

Filament: Maryanne Amacher: The Star Room @ EMPAC, Troy
Sunday October 3, 4:00 PM
FREE + Open to the public

(Previously on Nippertown: Remembering Maryanne Amacher by Micah Silver.)


Remembering Maryanne Amacher

October 26th, 2009, 9:49 am by Sara

Micah Silver sent in this remembrance of Maryanne Amacher:

Sunset in Kingston NY, October 22, 2009 (photo by Micah Silver)

Sunset in Kingston NY, October 22, 2009 (photo by Micah Silver)

I met Maryanne Amacher in 2003 at Diapason Gallery for Sound in NYC where I was working at the time. We immediately hit it off and spent the rest of the night in Korea-town eating ox-bone soup and talking about everything. Between then and now our relationship developed from a supportive late-night phone friendship to a three year collaboration on a commission at EMPAC and more recently in caretaking for her and her work after she became ill.

Maryanne remains the most challenging person I’ve ever encountered. She existed in a world of thought and being that few would dare to even fancy and she challenged us all to be there with her, to dream further and wider and to fly higher. She arrived at this place of depth and time, for entirely rational reasons— she simply wanted to and did follow her flexible and deep mind, ever deeper into a life without compromise.

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RIP Maryanne Amacher

October 22nd, 2009, 2:26 pm by Sara

Sad news: American composer and psychoacoustic illusionist MaryAnne Amacher has died.

Here’s a video clip of her working with Thurston Moore. It’s an excerpt from the unreleased 30-minute film, Day Trip Maryanne. Here’s another excerpt that shows the two of them performing at Tonic in New York.


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