Christopher Fisher Lochhead

Wake Up the Dead: Album Release

Christopher Fisher-Lochhead
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at 6PM
EMPAC Studio 2

To mark the release of his portrait album Wake Up the Dead (New Focus Recordings, 2023), composer-performer Christopher Fisher-Lochhead presents a lecture demonstration featuring the music on the album. A lecturer in the Rensselaer Arts Department, Fisher-Lochhead discusses his approaches to notation, instrumental technique, form, harmony, and collaboration. The demonstration will include musical examples from the album itself plus a full performance of grandFather played by the acclaimed bassoonist and long-time collaborator Ben Roidl-Ward. A question-and-answer session and reception will follow.

Wake Up the Dead showcases Christopher Fisher-Lochhead’s notated music and features performances by the JACK Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ben Roidl-Ward, and Quince Ensemble. By turns raucous and tender, frenetic and still, the music on the album documents two fundamental pillars of Fisher-Lochhead's compositional process: intense and long-term collaboration with performers, and a thoroughgoing reimagining of musical materials and organization.

Main Image: Christopher Fisher-Lochhead. Photo: Meghan Shalapin.


Dates + Tickets

Wake Up the Dead: Album Release
Christopher Fisher-Lochhead
Wednesday 6
6:00 PM
December 2023

Reception to follow.

Presented By

EMPAC Fall 2023