“What could a musikFabrik (music factory) be?”
When asked this question, a young child answered, “That’s where they create music that hasn’t been made yet.”
On Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 6 pm in the EMPAC Concert Hall in Troy, New York, the last event of the EMPAC curated season will take place. It’s a free concert that features the trail blazing German group, musikFabrik who will be performing a program of contemporary classics. John Cage, Richard Barrett, and Claude Vivier will be heard alongside new compositions developed in residence at Harvard University with PhD composition students.
Ensemble musikFabrik has been commissioning new works and performing unknown music since 1991. The Cologne-based soloist ensemble plays more than 100 international concerts each year, and has built a close association with prominent conductors and composers.
musikFabrik comes to EMPAC after a Fromm Foundation residency at Harvard University, where they will collaborate with PhD composition students in performing their latest works. The ensemble will select two pieces from the Harvard premiere to perform, providing a unique opportunity to hear what these young composers currently are up to.
Setting the context for these new pieces are John Cage’s Concert for Piano and Orchestra; Interference by British composer Richard Barrett, a piece for contrabass clarinet and kick-drum; and the colorful chamber music piece Paramirabo by Canadian composer Claude Vivier.
This is concert presented with support from the Goethe-Institut New York.
Cologne-based musikFabrik is a leading contemporary music ensemble dedicated to artistic innovation. New, unknown, unusual, and often personally commissioned works are typical of their productions. They perform in over 100 concerts a year in Germany and abroad, at festivals, in their own series “musikFabrik in WDR,” and in regular radio recordings and CD productions.
Interdisciplinary projects include live electronics, dance, theater, film, literature, and creative art. They also present discussion concerts and alternative concert forms involving audience participation. Because of their extraordinary reputation and superb artistic quality, musikFabrik is a trusted partner of renowned composers and conductors worldwide. http://musikfabrik.eu/
Evelyn’s Café will open at 5 PM with a full menu of meals, snacks, and beverages as well as a selection of wines. Parking is available in the Rensselaer parking lot on College Avenue.
Additional event information can be found on the EMPAC website: http://empac.rpi.edu/. Questions? Call the EMPAC Box Office: 518.276.3921.
The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), founded by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is an international hub for art, performance, science, and technology — offering adventurous interdisciplinary public events, support for artists and scholars engaged in creative research, and the resources of a state-of-the art facility for digital media production, research, and performance situated on a college campus.