NYC quarter Yarn/Wire performs the music of contemporary German composer Enno Poppe

Including the world premiere of “Feld,” an EMPAC commission

Troy, NY — On Friday, September 22, New York-based quartet Yarn/Wire will perform The Music of Enno Poppe at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The performance will include the world premiere of Feld, a piece newly commissioned by EMPAC. The concert begins at 7:30PM.


Contemporary German composer Enno Poppe.

Contemporary German composer Enno Poppe describes his music as “dented nature”: While grounded in compositional guidelines taken from the fields of acoustics, biology, and mathematics, his pieces gradually disobey their own rules, contorting and evolving through an almost hallucinatory atmosphere of unexpected sounds. Highly respected as both a composer and conductor, Poppe has led the Berlin-based ensemble mosaik since 1998, and has presented his orchestral, chamber, and operatic works throughout Europe.

In 2015, Poppe’s Speicher received its US premiere at EMPAC, performed by the Talea Ensemble.


Yarn/Wire Quartet

Yarn/Wire is a quartet of two percussionists and two pianists: Laura Barger, Ning Yu, Ian Antonio, and Russell Greenberg. The ensemble is known for its flexibility to slip between classical and modern repertoire, and has become a leading group in the new-music world. Yarn/Wire were last at EMPAC in 2014 to premiere and record The Negotiation of Context by Davið Brynjar Franzson.

This performance will feature the world premiere of the EMPAC-commissioned composition Feld, as well as Tonband, Poppe’s co-composition with Wolfgang Heiniger.

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The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is where the arts, sciences, and technology interact with and influence each other by using the same facilities and technologies, and by breathing the same air. EMPAC hosts artists and researchers to produce and present new work in a building designed with sophisticated architectural and technical infrastructure. Four exceptional venues and studios enable audiences, artists, and researchers to inquire, experiment, develop, and experience the ever-changing relationship between ourselves, technology, and the worlds we create around us. EMPAC is an icon of the New Polytechnic, a new paradigm for cross-disciplinary research and learning at Rensselaer, the nation’s oldest technological research university.

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