The Star Room

Maryanne Amacher

Sunday, October 3, 2010

When composer Maryanne Amacher passed away last October, she had been working for two years on an EMPAC-commissioned piece for the Theater. During her residency, she created an ethereal space for floating sounds with 30+ loudspeakers, most hidden in rooms distant to the performance space. Sergei Tcherepnin and Micah Silver, who worked most closely with her on the project, have collaborated on an interpretation of this unfinished work with the hope of sharing a glimpse of what this piece was to become.

Preceding the performance will be a ceremony naming the air plenum beneath the Theater in honor of Maryanne, a space she called The Star Room.

Micah Silver

Maryanne Amacher was a major innovator in the field of twentieth century electronic music. A rigorously perceptive mind and uncannily sensitive listener, she created powerful situations for listening that broke new ground in areas of telematics with her CityLinks series in the 1960s, sound spatialization with her unique approach to structure-borne sound, and the creative use of otoacoustic emissions (sounds self-produced by the inner ear). Her work has been produced at festivals worldwide since the late 1960s, and until her death in 2009, she traveled extensively, continuing to research, compose, and inspire those around her.

Sergei Tcherepnin is an artist and composer based in New York. He has presented solo and collaborative work at Audio Visual Arts (NYC), Diapason Gallery (NYC), Casey Kaplan Gallery (NYC), Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart, ICA London, Pro Choice (Vienna), Kunst Raum Riehen (Basel), Swiss Institute (Milan), and Tbilisi 6: Never On Sunday. His music has been performed at Merkin Hall, Cami Hall, Dia:Beacon, Chelsea Art Museum by ensembles such as the American Symphony Orchestra, American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Da Capo Chamber Players, and St. Luke's Chamber Players.

Micah Silver is an artist, composer, and curator. His work has been presented by the Jersey City Museum, Issue Project Room (NYC), Artspace New Haven, Mass MoCA, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, The James Joyce Centre (Dublin), The Place (St. Petersburg), and the 2008 MATA Festival (NYC). As a curator and co-conspirator, Silver has worked at Diapason Gallery for Sound, The Earle Brown Music Foundation from 2002-2006, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer from 2006-present, and the Maryanne Amacher Archive.

The Star Room
October 3, 2010, 4PM
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“A staggering work of art, an unparalleled technical feat that is also cinematic poetry of the first order.”
— Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

In Depth

EMPAC 2010-2011 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA