Spring 2017 Events at Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC)

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Source: Troy NY’s EMPAC.

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is pleased to announce its Spring 2017 season. The nation’s most technologically advanced university performing arts center, EMPAC commissions, develops, and premieres new time-based artworks born at the intersection of physical and digital spaces.

On Feb. 16, 17, and 18, EMPAC music curator Argeo Ascani and audio engineers Todd Vos and Jeff Svatek will lead a series of introductory demonstrations using EMPAC’s new Wave Field Synthesis audio system. The 496-channel system is capable of very precise sound spatialization and is an emerging platform for electronic composition.

Iranian hand-drumming virtuoso Mohammad Reza Mortazavi will perform a rare US concert in the EMPAC Concert Hall on March 3 at 8PM.

Obie Award-winning artist Andrew Schneider will present a work-in-progress preview of FIELD on March 30. Currently being developed through the artist-in-residence program, the project will integrate projection mapping and 3D sound spatialization to create an immersive environment within a nonlinear narrative.

Violin superstar Anne Akiko Meyers will perform a concert of new and repertoire works on April 18 with piano accompanist Akira Aguchi and the famed 1741 “Vieuxtemps” Guarneri del Gesu violin.

Lampo Winter / Spring 2017 Schedule

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Source: Chicago’s Lampo. This is a really strong lineup. I’m hoping to make 2-3 of these shows at least.

Lampo runs January to May with programs from Sarah Davachi, Lasse Marhaug, Sergei Tcherepnin, Jacob Kirkegaard, Olivia Block and Phill Niblock.

SARAH DAVACHI
JAN 28
8PM
Rebuild Foundation
Stony Island Arts Bank
6760 South Stony Island Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60649

In her Chicago debut, composer Sarah Davachi premieres new work for Lampo—a composition for vintage synthesizers, harmonium and two cellos that explores the acoustics of the Stony Island Arts Bank, with a lush, immersive sound to take listeners inward. She will be joined by cellists Fred Lonberg-Holm and Kimberly Sutton.

LASSE MARHAUG
FEB 18
8PM
The Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 W Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610

Norwegian artist Lasse Marhaug returns with two new, eight-channel compositions: Commissioned by Lampo, Marhaug premieres Saltfjorden Vapor—constructed from a mix of location recordings from Saltstraumen (one of the strongest tidal currents in the world), acoustic objects, voice, ARP Odyssey synthesizer and optical sound from 16mm film projectors. In The First Eight, Marhaug combines his electronics with recorded acoustic material from musicians Stine Janvin Motland (voice), Martin Taxt (tuba), and the trio Sult (percussion, acoustic guitar and double bass). This performance is the U.S. premiere of the work, which was originally composed at the request of INA-GRM for the Présences and L’Audible festivals in Paris in the spring of 2016.

SERGEI TCHEREPNIN
MAR 11
8PM
The Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610

Sergei Tcherepnin premieres a new composition for various electronics played through an ensemble of cardboard and aluminum speakers. This work is an expansion of earlier works of his such as Giving Rein, in which he used 38 channels to articulate a spatial sonic architecture that was constantly in flux.

JACOB KIRKEGAARD
APR 8
8PM
The Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610

In his first Chicago performance, Jacob Kirkegaard presents AION—his project recorded and filmed in four abandoned spaces inside the radioactive zone around the former nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine. Kirkegaard put up a microphone and speaker in each space, started the recording and left. After ten minutes, he returned, stopped the recording and played it back into the same room. With each new layer, the subtle sounds enlarged and deepened until they turned into one rich hum with many overtones. In effect, he has recorded the voices of rooms.

OLIVIA BLOCK
APR 21
8PM
Rockefeller Chapel
5850 S Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

132 Ranks, Olivia Block’s newly commissioned work for the Skinner Organ at Rockefeller Chapel, emphasizes the instrument’s relationship with its surrounding architecture, and straddles the line between musical composition and sound installation.

PHILL NIBLOCK
MAY 20
8PM
The Graham Foundation
Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610

The two-hour program includes FeedCorn Ear (2012) Arne Deforce, cello; Bag (2014) David Watson, bagpipes; Praised Fan (2016) Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, bassoon; Ronet (2014) Neil Leonord, tenor saxophone; V&LSG (2015) Lore Lixenberg, voice and Guy De Bièvre, lap steel guitar; and Vlada BC (2013) Elisabeth Smalt, viola d’amore. Cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm joins Niblock to play live on FeedCorn Ear.

Daniel Levin, Chris Pitsiokos, Juan Pablo Carletti in New Haven This Weekend

Source: The Uncertainty Music Series.

Cellist Daniel Levin will perform this Saturday at 8pm in a trio featuring saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos and percussionist Juan Pablo Carletti. Guitarist Chris Cretella will also perform a set with percussionist Michael Paolucci.

Never Ending Books is a great place to hear music in a casual atmosphere. Please bring friends, food, and drinks. The $10 suggested donation goes straight to the musicians so please be generous.

The Uncertainty Music Series
Saturday 14 January 2017
8pm
Never Ending Books
810 State St
New Haven, CT

Vital Weekly Reviews 1064

Source: Vital Weekly.

JOS SMOLDERS – EXERCISES IN MODULAR SYNTHESIS AND FIELD RECORDING (CD by Cronica) *
DAUNIK LAZRO & JOËLLE LÉANDRE & GEORGE LEWIS – ENFANCES À DUNOIS LE 8 JANVIER 1984 (CD by Fou Records)
CHRISTIANE BOPP & JEAN-LUC PETIT – L’ENCORE ET AL SALIVE (CD by Fou Records)
TOM ARTHURS & SIMON VINCENT – REAL TIME SOUND SCULPTURE VOL.1 (CD by Vision Of Sound)
FULLBLAST – RISC (CD by Trost Records)
KEVIN DRUMM – ELAPSED TIME (6CD by Sonoris) *
SPLINTER ORCHESTRA – MUNGO (3CD by Split Records) *
MERZBOW & BALAZS PANDI – LIVE AT FAC251 (CD by Cold Spring Records) *
STEPHANE MARIN – INVISIBLE(S) ARCHIPELAGO(S) #1 SERENDIB RHYTHMS (CD by Unfathomless) *
CHRISTOF MIGONE – GREATEST HITS (CD by Squint Press) *
SYNCHRE – REQUIEM (CD by Attenuation Circuit) *
BRIOLINE – MOUNTAIN DESERT (CDR by Attenuation Circuit) *
IL SANTO BEVITORE – SORGE IT BUIO (CDR by Attenuation Circuit) *
DEAD EDITS – ERASED (double CDR, booklets by Ballast) *
MACHINE LISTENER – SENTIENT SYSTEM (CDR by No Part Of It) *
333REDUX (DVDR by No Part Of It)
KATJA INSTITUTE – A MONUMENT TO YOUR ENTHUSIASM (CDR, private) *
PLUCOSERCE (cassette by Pionierska)
WASCHMASCHINENFEST 2K16 (cassette compilation by Raketenbasis Haberlandstrasse)
DRNTTCKS – MITTEN (cassette by Otomatik Muziek)