Wednesday, February 23, 2011

[HvEXAS] EMPAC | Gerard Grisey: Le Noir de l’Etoile | Sat. 02/26, 8 PM


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Jean-Pierre Luminet: The Harmony of the Spheres, from Antiquity to Contemporary Music
Saturday, February 26, 2011, 6:30 PM

An evening under the stars: the renowned French astrophysicist — a specialist in black holes and cosmology and co-author of Le Noir de l'Étoile — will speak about the link between music and the celestial bodies beyond our horizon.

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Gérard Grisey: Le Noir de l'Étoile
Les Percussions de Strasbourg
Saturday, February 26, 2011, 8 PM
Concert Hall

Radio signals emitted by two pulsars become part of a work played on six percussion stations that surround the audience. This piece was commissioned from Gérard Grisey by the French ensemble Les Percussions de Strasbourg, which will perform at EMPAC. In this piece, the evolution of timbres played by instruments, and of sound colors as they expand, explore the great complexities of what our ears can hear. Not only is the space "out there" brought into the Concert Hall, the hall itself is made part of the experience by placing the performers, instruments, and loudspeakers around the audience.

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Jean-Pierre Luminet
Observer Effects: Conversations in Art & Science

Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 6 PM
Studio 1 – Goodman

Jean-Pierre Luminet, an expert on black holes, cosmology, and cosmic topology, will discuss the relationship between principles of aesthetics and the study of the cosmos through the work of artists, philosophers, and scientists. He also will discuss his role in Gérard Grisey's Le Noir de l'Étoile.

For all Observer Effects talks, dinner will be for sale at 6 PM to enjoy as part of the event. Wine and refreshments will also be available as part of our cafe service.

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Artist-in-Residence Showing: Down The Rabbit-Hole
Monday, March 7, 2011, 7 PM
Studio 2

Down The Rabbit-Hole is a performance for toy piano, music boxes, live electronics, live and edited video, and amplified objects, inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice stories.

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Christian Graupner: MindBox
Thursday, March 3 – Saturday, April 2, 2011
Video Gallery

Using a modified one-armed bandit slot machine, the viewer plays this dance video sculpture like an instrument, controlling and remixing the grooves of its beatboxing man.

On Thursday, March 3 from 5-6 PM, Christian Graupner will be on-site and available to answers questions and chat with visitors. All are welcome!

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Michael J. Schumacher: Room Pieces Troy 2010

A building-wide sound installation utilizing the immense size, acoustics, and 100-plus speaker public address system to create a rich sonic environment for anyone passing through the building. A widely varied sound palette creates an ever-changing soundscape that is both pleasurable and unpredictable.

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Both are free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 PM.

Americana Pops Concert
03/05, 2 PM
Concert Hall
Presented by Rensselaer Music Association and the Rensselaer Union Classical Concert Series


EMPAC 2010-2011 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

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