Thursday, January 15, 2009

[HvEXAS] Fwd: EMPAC | FRIDAY January 16, 8PM | God Builds Like Frank Lloyd Wright | Brent Green

God Builds Like Frank Lloyd Wright
 | Brent Green
Friday, January 16, 8 PM

Best known for his darkly humorous stop-motion animated films that touch on themes of love, death, salvation and the underworld, filmmaker Brent Green will perform live with a series of his recent short films. 

Guest musicians, including the extraordinary Brendan Canty (Fugazi), Howe Gelb (Giant Sand), Thøger Lund (Giant Sand) and Jim Becker (Califone) will accompany Green's intense narration, which ranges from quiet, vulnerable storytelling to cathartic fumes bordering on the evangelistic. 

The self-taught animator is part 21st-century folk artist, part rock star, part confessional poet and part Blakean visionary. In live performance he screens a stop-motion autobiography of rich, idiosyncratic symbology to an accompaniment of Americana, harrowing and beautiful in its fragility. 

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Hitting Things, Saying Things 
| Sean Griffin
Saturday, January 17, 8 PM

"Theater, film and music are by nature collaborative arts," Sean Griffin has said. "Many of my works explore ambiguities of interdisciplinary incongruity."

Hitting Things, Saying Things
 is an evening of performances that might be best called "percussion theater." These pointedly staged compositions use such ploys as an aurally-driven, virtuosic game of pattycake, "theatricalized" misuse of household objects, and other dissolutions of music performance into the terrain of theater. The show will feature the premier of a new work for Aiyun Huang, the acclaimed percussionist, finished as part of Griffin's residency at EMPAC. 

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In a Glass Hour: 
Self & Subjectivity: A Middle Way Approach | Georges Dreyfus
Thursday, January 22, 7 PM

We are not, Buddhist tradition holds, our forms, feelings, perceptions, experiences or consciousness. All these, over time, shift, fade, distort, realign, morph. They do not--cannot--comprise selfhood. In this talk, Georges Dreyfus explores the Buddhist concept of "no-self," and the ways this view--challenging as it is for many Westerners--is in sync with recent scientific ideas about subjectivity and identity evolving over time.

Professor Georges Dreyfus lived for over a decade as a Tibetan monk in the exile community of India and was the first Westerner to obtain the title of Geshe Lharampa, the highest degree conferred within the traditional Tibetan monastic system. 

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Stile Moderno: New Music from the 17th Century | Quicksilver
Friday, January 23, 8 PM
The new early-music ensemble Quicksilver presents a concert of brilliant and virtuosic music from the avant-garde of the 1600s. Italy in the early 17th century was not just the home of the new science of Galileo, but of a "nuove musiche," or new music, as well. Composers were experimenting with the new genre of the sonata--an abstract work for instruments--and discovering ways of creating elaborate and theatrical musical conversations between the players. 

Quicksilver is an exciting new ensemble of some of the finest historically informed performers in America today. Led by Robert Mealy and Julie Adrijeski, two of today's leading baroque violinists, Quicksilver explores the rich chamber music repertoire of the early modern period, from the strange and extravagant trio sonatas of the Italian and German 17th century to the spectacular chamber music of the High Baroque. 

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Bobby McFerrin
Sunday, January 25, 8 PM
A solo performance by the inimitable vocalist, improvisor, conductor and musical enigma whose singular  career includes performances with major symphony orchestras, several unusual ensembles of his own design, audience-participatory improvisations, 10 Grammies and one of the most popular songs of the 20th century, Don't Worry, Be Happy.

From his early career as a pianist, through his groundbreaking work as a vocal improvisor, to his stint as a pop superstar, to his conducting of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and his appointment as creative director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, McFerrin's life in music has transcended expectation. This concert will be no exception. 

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It's a very busy spring at EMPAC! Be sure to visit for complete details. 

Electric Haiku: Untitled, The Bottom Fell Out of the Tub and Calm as Custard | Cathy Weis
Friday + Saturday, February 6 +7, 8 PM

Les Glaneurs et la Glaneuse (The Gleaners and I) | 
Agnes Varda
Tuesday, February 10, 8 PM

Future, Present & Past as Threat to Sanity | Johannes Goebel
Tuesday, February 17, 7 PM

Zidane: a 21st-Century Portrait | Phillipe Parreno & Douglas Gordon
Friday, February 27, 8 PM

Zeroth Channel II
Friday, March 6, 8 PM

Unfiction on Safari
Thursday, March 19, 2 PM

The Chittendons, Triangle of Need, D-Pattern | Catherine Sullivan with Sean Griffin
Friday, March 20

Wandering Between the Worlds | Johannes Goebel
Saturday, March 21, 3 PM and 7 PM

Frederic Bevilacqua
Tuesday, March 24, 8 PM 

Rammed Earth | Tere O' Connor
Thursday-Sunday, March 26-28, 8 PM

Bela Fleck and the Africa Project
Saturday, March 28, 8 PM 

The Chronographer | Steven Connor
Thursday, April 2, 7 PM

Rensselaer Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday, April 7, 7:30 PM

Adventures in Motion | onedotzero
Friday-Sunday, April 17-19

Rensselaer Music Association Spring Concerts
Saturday, April 18, 2 PM and 6 PM

Dogugaeshi | Basil Twist
Friday, April 24, 8 PM
Saturday, April 25, 4 PM and 8 PM
Sunday, April 26, 2 PM

The Space Program | Rafael Toral
Friday, May 8, 8 PM

Beacons | Yvon Bonenfant
Friday + Saturday, May 29 + 30, 8 PM
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