Performance: Susie Ibarra, "Circadian Rhythms"

Performance: Susie Ibarra, "Circadian Rhythms"

EMPAC Concert Hall

April 21, 2013 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

World premiere of a newly commissioned work, Circadian Rhythms, composed and conducted by Susie Ibarra featuring soloists Devesh Chandra, Alan George, Matthew Gold, Roberto Juan Rodriguez, Jim Weber, and the above-listed ensembles plus Rensselaer Percussion Ensemble and the Empire State Youth Orchestra Percussion Ensemble.  The work also features a surround soundscape of animal and bird recordings from the Macaulay Library of Cornell.

Circadian Rhythms is inspired by the built-in biological rhythms in plants, animals, birds, insects, and bacteria that oscillate, repeat, and change with patterns of movement, migration, birth, and sleep. The composition is a tribute to Earth Day and to the cyclical rhythms that each one of us has while we move and live on this planet.

Ensembles include Ensemble Congeros, Union College Taiko Drum Ensemble, Williams College Percussion Ensemble, Troy High School Drum Core, Troy Samba Group, Bennington College Percussion Ensemble, Woodstock Day School Guinean Drummers.

This performance is one of several events included in Sensing Environments - an Earth Week Festival at Rensselaer. During the week leading up to Earth Day 2013, Rensselaer will host a festival that celebrates Sensing Environments - the ways scholars in different fields have created ways to understand, inhabit, and protect environmental sustainability. Performances, workshops, lectures, and exhibits will showcase how artists, scientists, engineers and humanities scholars have worked - often collaboratively - to help people experience their environments, their significance, and the challenge of protecting them.

Presentations will highlight how scholars have engaged their audiences - including students – through music, film, ethnography, built projects, data visualization and modeling, working to enhance their sense of the environment. Presentations will also explore how environments that animate sensory engagement with nature and sustainability can be created – in classrooms, public spaces, and arenas of governance.

The sponsors of the festival include The Bank of America, Rensselaer's Office of the President, the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts, and School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

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