EMPAC at RPI Announces 2016 Schedule of Concerts, Films & More


EMPAC at RPI in Troy has announced the schedule of concerts, films, performances and other events for the winter/spring of 2016.

MUSIC: Rane Moore and Okkyung Lee
Thursday, January 28, 7:30pm
$18; $13 students & seniors
Stepping outside the traditional orchestral context, Rane Moore and Okkyung Lee present an evening of solo performances to explore a greater sonic range of the clarinet and cello, respectively.

FILM: On Screen/Sound: No. 9
Thursday, February 4, 7pm
The film series continues with screenings of Morgan Fisher’s “Picture and Sound Rushes” (1973) and Alfred Hitchcock’s “



TALK: “Vectors and Circles: Introducing CISL at EMPAC”
Thursday, February 11, 7pm
A conversation with Johannes Goebel and Hui Su.

MUSIC: Nate Wooley’s “For Kenneth Gaburo”
Friday, February 12, 8pm
$18; $13 students & seniors
One of the most in-demand players across the Brooklyn jazz, improv, noise and new music scenes, Nate Wooley is redefining the way the trumpet is played. In his new project, “For Kenneth Gaburo,” Wooley refines his concept of “combinatory sound,” which blends traditional trumpet techniques with vocalizations and mouth shapes typically used for ordinary speaking.

FILM: On Screen/Sound: No. 10
Thursday, February 18, 7pm
Screenings of Joyce Wieland’s “Pierre Vallières” (1972) and Clio Barnard’s “

The Arbor”


FILM: On Screen/Sound: No. 11
Thursday, February 25, 7pm
Screenings of Laure Prouvost’s “It Heat Hit” (2010), Tony Cokes’ “3# Manifesto A Track #1” (2001), Sara Magenheimer’s “Slow Zoom Long Pause” (2015) and Alexander Kluge’s “Der Grosse Verhau” (“The Big Mess”) (1971).

FILM: On Screen/Sound: No. 12
Thursday, March 3, 7pm
Screenings of Godfrey Reggio’s “Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance” (1982), Charles Atlas’ 

”What Does Unstable Time Even Mean?”

 (2015), Ephraim Asili’s “

Many Thousands Gone”

 (2015), Lucy Raven’s “

The Deccan Trap” (2015) and Christian Marclay’s “Fade to Slide” (2015).

PERFORMANCE: Karthik Pandian and Andros Zins-Browne’s “Atlas Revisited”
Friday, April 1, 8pm
$12; $10 seniors
“Atlas Revisited” weaves together stories and images from the film “Atlas/Inserts” (2014), which the artists’ shot on location at the Atlas Film Studios in Morocco, with footage from their shoot at EMPAC this month. Through the lens of these two very different production environments, the project teases out the political implications of making images.

MUSIC: Bearthoven + Battle Trance
Thursday, April 7, 7:30pm
$18; $13 students & seniors
Converging from the “new music” and indie scenes, Bearthoven and Battle Trance each offer variations on the same theme: engaging music that straddles a line between jazz, classical, and the avant-garde. Bearthoven is a trio featuring pianist Karl Larson, bassist Pat Swoboda, and percussionist Matt Evans. Battle Trance is a quartet of tenor saxophonists – Travis Laplante, Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner and Patrick Breiner.

FILM: On Screen/Sound: No. 14
Friday, April 8, 7pm
Screenings of Oskar Fischinger’s “Ornament Sound Experiments” (1932) and “Study No. 7” (1931); Mary Ellen Bute’s “Polka Graph” (1947) and “Abstronic” (1952); and Ryoichi Kurokawa’s “Sirens” (1012).

MUSIC: The Music of Salvatore Sciarrino
Thursday, April 14, 7:30pm
$18; $13 students & seniors
The fragile music of Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino (b. 1947) is identified by whispers of sound that punctuate a canvas of silence, often touching upon Italian medieval and Renaissance culture as an inspiration. This performance is conducted by Rensselaer Arts Department faculty Nicholas DeMaison and features vocalist Amanda DeBoer Bartlett.

PERFORMANCE: “Moved by the Motion”
Friday, April 15, 8pm
$18; $13 students & seniors
“Moved by the Motion” is a performance collaboration between artists Wu Tsang and boychild, featuring experimental cellist Patrick Belaga in an exploration of different modes of storytelling through an improvisational structure of voice, movement and music. The series began as a poetic interpretation of the science fiction world in Tsang’s forthcoming feature film, “A Day in the Life of Bliss” and has since evolved into its own form.

TALK: Art and Science: Pushing the Limits of the Creative Process in Media Art
Wednesday, April 20, 2 & 7pm
Bernd Lintermann – an artist and scientist in the field of real-time computer graphics with a strong focus on interactive and generative systems – will present a two-part talk to introduce work being done at the intersection of art and science and outline specific computational strategies.

MUSIC: Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones + Longleash
Thursday, April 21, 7:30pm
$18; $13 students & seniors
From tight rhythmic unisons to expansive, wandering melodic lines, Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones and Longleash represent many possible futures for contemporary experimental music. Elder Ones, a quartet performing the compositions of vocalist-harmonium player Amirtha Kidambi, lies nestled in a Venn diagram of diverse musical spheres, while saxophonist Matt Nelson, bassist Brandon Lopez and drummer Max Jaffe round out the band. Longleash – formed in 2013 by violinist Pala Garcia, cellist John Popham and pianist Renate Rohlfing – relishes the paradox of experimental sound.

PERFORMANCE (WORK-IN-PROGRESS): One can make out the surface only by placing any dark-colored object on the ground
Friday, April 22, 8pm
London-based artist Hannah Rickards offers a preliminary look at her work-in-progress production, which features the choreography of a moving camera and a group of performers.

Thursday, April 28, 7pm
Artist-in-residence Patricia L Boyd invites audiences behind-the-scenes to experience the mechanical configuration of her video in mid-production. A network of cameras will be rigged in EMPAC’s Theater to run continuously, recording horizontal and vertical tracking shots in constant motion. The footage produced will become a new moving-image work, which will be premiered in early fall 2016.

MUSIC: Nik Bärtsch’s MOBILE
Thursday, May 5, 2016, 8pm
$18; $13 students & seniors
Zen-like concentration. Meticulous execution. Tight grooves that, inexplicably, lie way back in the pocket while simultaneously pushing incessantly forward. Pianist Nik Bärtsch’s Swiss jazz quartet – with drummer Kaspar Rast, reed player Sha, and percussionist Nicolas Stocker – uses these basic musical concepts within a ritualistic framework to produce a sound that is sometimes funky, sometimes ambient and always obsessively charged.

FILM: On Screen/Sound: No. 15
Thursday, May 12, 7pm
The final On Screen/Sound program of the spring season features Miguel Angel Rios’ “Untitled (The Ghost of Modernity)” (2012) and Michael Snow’s “La Région Centrale” (1971).

MUSIC: “Within 2”
Friday, May 13, 8pm
The final EMPAC presentation of sound artist Tarek Atoui’s multi-year research and performance project to develop tools and techniques for performing sound to a hearing-impaired audience. Several instruments that Atoui has been developing concurrently will be played throughout the public spaces of EMPAC and broadcast into the Concert Hall. The audience is encouraged to explore the acoustic relationships between individual instruments and the architecture that they inhabit.

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1 Comment
  1. J. Welf says

    Listened to Nik Bartsch all morning. Pretty awesome. Looking forward to that!

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