EMPAC Spring Schedule

EMPAC has posted their schedule for this coming semester. As usual, their programing is incredible and and I urge everyone to check the schedule and go to anything that may even remotely interest you.

The first concert of the semester is tomorrow, and sounds awesome:

The first of these performances will happen in EMPAC’s intimate Studio 2 on January 28 with solo clarinetist Rane Moore and solo cellist Okkyung Lee. Dislocating their instruments from their traditional orchestral context, each performer will present an evening of contrasting solo performances meant to expand the sonic range of their respective instruments.

Again, check the schedule and mark your calendar.


Babes in Troyland Flea Market

This weekend there will be a winter clubhouse flea at Takk House. If you’ve missed all the other holiday markets or haven’t found what you’re looking for, this may be your last chance.

“Babes in Troyland” will fill three floors of the Takk House, located at 55 Third St. Troy, with more than 30 antique, vintage and crafts vendors on Saturday Dec. 12, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The entry fee is $5 per day.

The event will feature food and beer from the Ruck, whisky tasting from Yankee Distillery, coffee and espresso from Stacks, sweets from O’Malley’s Oven, a photobooth, a “bad santa”, burlesque from Persephone Pomme and Co., and music from DJ Trumastr and Ragliacci.

For more info, visit troyflea.com or facebook.com/troyflea.

Twenty-Two Second Street Wine Co.

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Twenty-Two Second Street Wine Co. will open it’s doors for business today at 3pm. Heather Lavine and Vic Christopher’s latest project aims to be the wine shop everyone wishes was in their neighborhood. The store will stock around 150 wines focusing on small natural and organic producers. Bottles start at $7 and go up from there.

I stopped by the space yesterday to check it out, and since last winter it’s come a long way. I’m a wine newbie but one of my favorite parts of going to the Lucas Confectionery is that I can rely on their expertise to guide me to find a wine I enjoy, and I’m sure I can expect the same form the new store. A lot of times wine is overwhelming and purposefully inaccessible, but with helpful staff and an intentional selection I’m sure I’ll be in and out of there frequently.

Learn more on their facebook page and stop by ater 3pm today.


Tim Hecker at EMPAC: Ticket Giveaway

EMPAC has another awesome performance on the horizon. Tim Hecker is set to perform on Friday, November 13 and EMPAC has been kind enough to offer a pair of tickets to give away. Enter below!

From the event page:

Canadian electronic musician Tim Hecker returns to forge a new performance of sound and light. Hecker was last in residence at EMPAC in 2012, during which time he recorded a portion of his critically acclaimed album Virgins.

Credited for helping lead and popularize the genre of experimental electronics, his works have been described as “structured ambient,” “tectonic color plates,” and “cathedral electronic music.” More to the point, he has focused on exploring the intersection of noise, dissonance, and melody, fostering an approach to musicmaking that is both physical and emotive. Drawing on traditions of metal, techno, classical, and musique concrete, his sound has found itself at home in the liminal space between traditional genres, audiences, and performing contexts.

Test your luck and enter to win below. And if you’re not the contest type, feel free to simply pick up tickets on the event page.

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Oneohtrix Point Never at EMPAC: Ticket Giveaway

EMPAC has another awesome electronic music show on the horizon. Oneohtrix Point Never is set to perform on Friday, October 16 and EMPAC has been kind enough to offer a pair of tickets to give away. Enter below!

From the event page:

Lopatin is known for creating intricate electronic music that is characterized by its emphasis on melody and hypnotic pacing, conceptually stylized structures, and extreme use of audio-processing techniques. Early incarnations of Oneohtrix Point Never date back to the mid 2000s and drew heavily on the stylistic forms of cutout-bin ambient and new age records, combined with the structure and abrasiveness of noise music.

Newer work has focused on sample-based constructions, while R Plus Seven drew on procedural poetry and ersatz instrumentation to produce a cryptic meditation on the materiality of sound itself. In addition to his own studio work in 2014/2015, Lopatin toured with Nine Inch Nails, produced Antony’s forthcoming album, and exhibited an installation in collaboration with Boyce at MoMA PS1.

Test your luck and enter to win below. And if you’re not the contest type, feel free to simply pick up tickets on the event page.

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