"Circadian Rhythms" Concert Recording Now Available Online

"Circadian Rhythms" Concert Recording Now Available Online

Date posted: 2013-08-01 11:10:03

The live recording of "Circadian Rhythms," a new work for 77 percussionists and surround soundscape by renowned percussionist and composer Susie Ibarra, which premiered at EMPAC on April 21, 2013, can now be heard online, at:  http://www.arts.rpi.edu/pl/iear-events/circadian-rhythms%20%20%20 
The performance was the culminating event of "Sensing Environments," a week-long celebration of enviromental awareness and sustainability education at RPI.

"Circadian Rhythms" was the result of a unique two-year creative development process, overseen by Arts Professor Michael Century, which involved a number of community music programs and ensembles along with Rensselaer's own Percussion Ensemble, directed by Richard Albagli, and Ensemble Congeros, directed by Arts Professor of Practice Eddie Ade Knowles.  The project was made possible by commissioning funds provided by the Office of the President of Rensselaer, and by grants from the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Bank of America, and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts.

On this recording, Rensselaer's Percussion Ensemble and Ensemble Congeros are joined by soloists Al and Jake George (Cayuga Nation), Devesh Chandra (sitar), Jim Weber (berimbau), and Roberto Rodriguez, plus the Williams College Percussion Ensemble (dir. Matthew Gold),  Troy High School Drum Line (dir. Lori McAllister), Empire State Youth Percussion (dir. Richard Albagli and Mark Foster), Union College Taiko Drummers (dir. Jennifer Matsue), Bennington College World Percussion Ensemble (dir. Susie Ibarra), and the Woodstock Day School Guinean Drummers (dir. Mamadabou and Pamela Camara).  The Macauley Archive, Cornell University, graciously provided the nature recordings used in the soundscape.

"Sensing Environments," a festival/conference in honor of Earth Day, was a cross-departmental effort programmed by Professors Kim Fortun (Science and Technology Studies), Kathy High (Arts), and Century (Arts), co-ordinated by STS graduate Lindsay Poirier '13.

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