Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Thu March 28, 2013

The Peter Evans Quintet at EMPAC

Credit empac.rpi.edu

  The Peter Evans Quintet has been performing since 2009, and has played in New York, as well as toured internationally.

Taking jazz ensembles into the 21st century, the Peter Evans Quintet uses real-time sound processing and traditional instruments to create their sound. The live electronics permit the group to change their sound from smooth and melodious to sharp and rattling to cacophonous reverberation. The quintet draws on traditional jazz as source material and contorts them into something resembling classical European avant-garde.

The ensemble arrived at EMPAC in Troy on Tuesday to begin their EMPAC recording residency and they are performing this Friday night.

Peter Evans and EMPAC music curator, Argeo Ascani join us.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Fri March 22, 2013

"Inflatable Frankenstein" - Radiohole at EMPAC

    Inspired by meditations on horror films, the work of Antonin Artaud, and Ardunio open-source electronics, Radiohole’s Inflatable Frankenstein is a visually and sonically driven performance based on Mary Shelley’s early life and her novel Frankenstein.

Arising from a world of gods and monsters (and thousands of Walmart and Price Chopper grocery bags) is a desecration too terrible to behold and too beautiful to turn away from, leading to an improbable question: what is it like to be a metaphor for everything?

The project was supported by a 2012 EMPAC production residency.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Neil Rolnick - Music for Violin, Piano & Computer at EMPAC

   Neil Rolnick, professor of music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will present a concert of music for violin, piano, and computer at 7:30 PM Wednesday night at EMPAC at Rensselaer in Troy. The concert features a selection of his most recent compositions from 2003 to the present.

Rolnick’s program showcases solo and duo works (plus computer) he has written in the past decade, a departure from the works for large ensembles that have made up the bulk of his recent work.

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