Jazz Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire Brings Blue Note-backed Quartet to EMPAC

On the heels of his new album A Rift in Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard Troy, NY — On Wednesday, August 16, at 8PM, jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire will perform with his quartet at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Signed to the legendary Blue Note record label, Akinmusire is a rising star in American jazz. At 19, Akinmusire began…

Andrew Schneider Performs Obie Award-winning YOUARENOWHERE at EMPAC

Troy, NY — Performer, writer, and interactive electronics artist Andrew Schneider will perform his Obie Award-winning one-man theater piece, YOUARENOWHERE, on August 10 and 11 at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (110 8th St., Troy). Each show will begin at 8PM. Based on quantum physics and the theory of parallel universes, YOUARENOWHERE uses an array of complex visual and…

Evening of Film and Conversation, Including the Sci-Fi Classic “Starship Troopers”

Hollywood special-effects legend Phil Tippett joins artist Lucy Raven  Raven celebrates the release of her new book on 3D cinema Troy, NY — On Thursday, July 20, at 7PM, Hollywood special-effects legend Phil Tippett (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, RoboCop) will join artist Lucy Raven at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for an evening of conversation and…

Elysia Crampton Performs “Severo” Electronic Set in EMPAC Studio 1

TROY, NY — To kick off the summer season at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, electronic musician Elysia Crampton will perform on Friday, May 26, at 9PM. Russell E.L. Butler will support. A force within Latinx culture and the rising genderqueer electronic aesthetic (alongside Arca, Lotic, Rabit, etc.), Elysia Crampton has described her style as “severo,” a word suggestive of the…

EMPAC Announces First-Ever Summer Season of Performances, Workshops, and Events

TROY, NY — This summer the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will present a special season of programming to coincide with Rensselaer’s inaugural Summer Arch semester. In addition to the production residencies and research projects that are regularly conducted at the center throughout the summer, the season will be punctuated by a number of concerts, film screenings,…

Filmmaker Mariam Ghani to Screen Rare Afghan Films at EMPAC

Troy, NY — On Monday, April 24, at 7PM, artist Mariam Ghani will present a selection of rare films produced between 1978-1991 from the Afghan Film Archive at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. What We Left Unfinished is Ghani’s long-term research and film project. Working in the dual role of artist and historian, Ghani describes the project as…