Recap: Hyper-Rainforest @ EMPAC

Last night kicked off the world premiere of Hyper-Rainforest, a sound projection and sonic stimulation created from unmodified sound bites captured directly from rainforests all over the continents.  The piece was developed in residence at (and commissioned by) the Experimental Media And Performing Arts Center over in Troy, a.k.a. literally the coolest building bordering Albany county lines.

Over the past 20 years, Francisco López has worked extensively doing field recordings and submerging himself in the rich, natural sounds that rainforests provide.  López is internationally recognized as one of the major players in the world of sound art and experimental music.
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Quality events for your consideration vol 5

wednesday 4/27
7pm, Kevin Devine at SUNY Albany [fbook] (suny kids only)

thursday 4/28
9pm, 80s Night w/DJ Trumastr at Putnam Den in Saratoga [fbook]

7pm, The Room at Proctors [fbook]

friday 4/29
5pm, April Troy Night Out [fbook]

10pm, Jungala with LDFD at Cabaloosas, New Paltz [fbook]

8pm, Undefined Arguments, If Madrid, My Favorite Fence at the HRCH [fbook]

5:30pm Knock it Off Art Event at the Albany Center Gallery [fbook]

thurs, friday, and sat (apr 28/29/30)
8pm: Francisco López: Hyper-Rainforest at EMPAC. [link]

photo francisco lópez

History of the World: Owen Sherwood + Andrew DeGraff

This is a guest post from Caroline Corrigan. Thanks Caroline!

While some argue that Troy is trying desperately to cling on to the shred of hipness it held in the Capital Region for a few years, there are some things that are still making it a beautiful, cool, historic city. Things like the year-round farmer’s market, its tight walkability, a handful of antique shops and small boutiques, The Troy Bike Rescue, Brown’s Brewery, and The Arts Center.

But wait, you’ve never heard of The Arts Center? After working there for nearly two years, I’m not surprised. There’s a combination of issues—people not crossing the Hudson for fear of the unknown “Troilet,” perhaps a lack of funding for advertising, and having only maintained an audience base of people between the ages of 40-60. As one of the only twenty-somethings on staff at The Arts Center, I’ve struggled to get friends through the door for our art openings, performances, classes, and have even bugged some of my really talented friends to teach photography and cooking workshops (ahem, Andrew is teaching a photography class in May). Slowly but surely, I’m working hard to make sure people are aware of this place, and some of the great things that we do.

I’ve got one.

Come to the opening reception for History of The World: Owen Sherwood + Andrew DeGraff in the Main Gallery next Friday, April 29th. Yes, there will be free food. Yes, there will be wine. Yes, the artists will be there.

History of the World features illustrators and artists Owen Sherwood and Andrew DeGraff in a vibrant collection of drawings, paintings, and site-specific wall-based works. The combination of draftsmanship, fantasy, surrealism, humor and an oddball-pop sensibility offers up a special glimpse into the world of these two artists, transforming the gallery into a walk-in sketchbook. For fans of the more graphic shows from Marketplace Gallery, like the Just Seeds poster exhibition, or fans of local artists like Radical!, this show will impress you, make you laugh, and make you think, “shit, these guys are so good!”

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Appease the God of Me at The Marketplace Gallery

Saturday April 16th, Art Geek Studio & Marketplace Gallery present a night of rock with Appease the God of Me, featuring David Traver of The Blue Man Group and Pearson Constantino and other special guests.

David has been on tour with The Blue Man Group since late last year. Pearson performs his own music as well as sit ins with other artists. Since The Blue Man Group has multiple show dates at Proctor’s Theatre, Pearson will make the trip to Albany for a one night reunion of their band, Appease the God of Me.

Music starts at 8:30 with Pearson Constantino playing music from his new album Doors open at 8:00pm. Donations to support Marketplace Gallery welcomed. Marketplace Gallery is located at 40 Broadway, Suite 23, Albany, NY.

Bonus: Pearson filmed The Long Bike Back, a documentary on Pearson’s recovery and cross country trip by bike after being critically injured by a hit and run driver.