We will be presenting excerpts from West Side Story arranged for small chamber ensemble in The Little Theater Cafe! Come enjoy a relaxing atmosphere, a nice drink, and a pre-movie talk before the film screening.
As part of the Imagine RIT festival, the Empire Film Music Ensemble will partner with Wicked Squid Studios to present The Kracauer Experiment. We aim to fuse local experimental musicians with the talents of visual projection artists within the community. By using Wicked Squid's mobile recording studio (RV) in conjunction with a pop-up tent, we will create an intimate, self-contained space to feature performances by some of Rochester's best local bands with live visuals. Additionally, in between sets, The Empire Film Music Ensemble will present films and visual projections by RIT faculty and alum with music played live to picture. The focus will be to create an immersive, interactive experience for Imagine RIT attendees that will engage their senses and invigorate their creativity. Through manipulating the juxtaposition and synchronization of music and projection art, the experiment will introduce the audience to various manifestations of audio visual collaboration. The event will also be multi-tracked by Wicked Squid and filmed by Floated Magazine to share the experiment with audiences online and over the airwaves.
Synthesthesia. Psychoacoustics. Movement. Immerse yourself in the mind altering world of Audio / Visual Synthesis. The Kracauer experiment melds Rochester's fattest grooves with interactive multimedia in our pop-up lab. Your mind and body will slip into an altered state while synthesized waves and light rays pour into your consciousness. This collaboration between Wicked Squid Studios, The Empire Film Music Ensemble, and Floated Magazine will be a multimedia experience you won't wanna miss.
On the 22nd of April, the Empire Film Music Ensemble will present Terra. Our vision is to create a multimedia experience that shows the historical development of artistic treatments of nature. We will be focusing on specific periods of the classical music tradition, and in doing so hope to enhance and recontextualize these works through the collaboration between sound and visual components. The concert’s venue, Reformation Lutheran Church, is an ideal space to highlight the harmony of new and old artistic conventions and technologies, all working towards highlighting the rash intoxication of the planet by greed and indifference.
Terra will consist of works by Beethoven, Dvorak, Glass, and Joe Hagan (a current Eastman student), among others. Additionally, the music will be set to various forms of video-oriented, time-based projections created and curated in collaboration with RIT students. By fundraising independently, we will be offering admission to the performance on a donation basis, thus providing the people of Rochester with an artistically diverse and educational experience.
We will also be partnering with “Eastman for Earth” to form a relationship between the ensemble and the organization Seed Folk City Farms. Their work as urban farmers, educators, and employers in Rochester is beneficial in its empowerment of local youth as leaders and health advocates.
In an era when the truth struggles to shine through the fog of misinformation and manipulation, we want to assert that humanities’ exploitations of the environment and their consequences can no longer be belittled, misinterpreted, or recklessly ignored.
Premiered in February 2015, H is an hour-long multimedia performance piece inspired by the structure of the universe, as understood through the lens of modern physics and cosmology. Histories is a more focused exploration of two fundamental narratives that make up our reality at vastly separated scales: that of subatomic particles in Fermion Histories, and that of life in Genomic Histories. Each cycle is based on a movement or movements from the original incarnation of H, extending the motives and themes to tell a more detailed story: from spontaneous symmetry breaking and the moment of creation, to the quantum reality all around us, to the slow heat-death of the universe in a far distant future (Fermion Histories), and from the fundamental essences of life, to the arising of consciousness, to the inevitability and naturalness of death (Genomic Histories). Each set is reflected by a type of motion - the rendering of crystalline equations that underlie the stories of forces and particles, and the motion of a human body through space – in an exploration of the fractal nature of reality.