Neil Rolnick's "Extended Family"

Neil Rolnick's "Extended Family"

EMPAC Concert Hall

February 16, 2010 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Join us following the performance for a reception with the artist.

Neil Rolnick, the founding director of Rensselaer's iEAR Studios and of the MFA program in Electronic Arts, has been combining his high tech work with increasing amounts of writing for acoustic instruments, often pushing the boundaries of virtuosity with pieces that are sophisticated while retaining the ability to find a groove.  His most recent CD, The Economic Engine (Innova 724), was included in the NY Times "best classical CDs of 2009" listing.

Extended Family is the name of Rolnick's concert at EMPAC, the name of the new string quartet he has written for ETHEL, and the name of his next CD, which will be recorded in the EMPAC Concert hall in the days following the concert.  The concert and CD will also include Bob Gluck performing a revised version of Faith, a piece for piano and computer commissioned from Rolnick in 2008, and Rolnick performing a new work for solo laptop, MONO, which explores the impact of his loss of hearing in one ear.

Acclaimed as America's premier postclassical string quartet, ETHEL boldly infuses contemporary concert music with fierce intensity, questioning the boundaries between performer and audience, tradition and technology. Formed in 1998, New York's ebullient ETHEL is comprised of Juilliard-trained performers Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello) and Mary Rowell (violin). ETHEL tours the world, appearing on stages as varied as Venice Biennale, Sydney Opera House, Ravinia, TED, Lincoln Center, Holland's TROMP Festival, Kennedy Center, FIAC in Guanajuato, Mexico, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Bob Gluck is a multi-faceted pianist, composer, historical writer and alumnus of RPI's MFA in Electronic Arts. His repertoire spans jazz, live electronic music, and avant-garde concert. Erik Lawrence (Chronogram) has referred to Gluck as "an accomplished and passionate pianist in the most elusive tradition of avant-garde masters Cecil Taylor, Andrew Hill, McCoy Tyner, and Don Pullen. He's captured the magic of being at once sentimental and Space Pong crazy."  Jay Collins (Cadence magazine) adds: Gluck is "a brilliant improviser," who offers (Sideways (2008) "arguably the most touching and memorable take on [A Remark You Made] since its initial version on Heavy Weather…" Gluck is Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Electronic Music Studio at The University at Albany

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