Nippertown drummer about town Jim Ketterer is pulling up stakes and heading to Cairo.
That’s right… Egypt.
“I am leaving Albany and taking a job as Country Director in Egypt for an organization called Amideast that does educational and cultural exchanges, mostly with U.S. Government support,” Ketterer explains. “They run things like Fulbright fellowships, educational testing for Egyptian students, study abroad programs, arts exchanges, etc.
“It pulls together my background in higher education, international development and the Middle East (where I used to live) – all at an important and interesting moment for the Arab world.”
With Ketterer headed overseas, some musical chairs are going on. Jazz band the Arch Stanton Quartet has filled their vacant drum chair with Steven Partyka, who also mans the skins with AS4 guitarist Roger Noyes in the band efbom. Partyka is slated to make his official debut with the band at 9 Maple Avenue in Saratoga Springs at 9pm on Friday, June 3.
Ketterer has also been plying his rhythmic mastery with alt-country combo Tern Rounders, and he’ll be playing one last farewell gig with the band on Saturday, June 11 at the Rhythm on the Ridge festival at the Maple Ski Ridge in Rotterdam. The band is slated to close out the day-long fest with an 8pm performance. Tickets to the fest, which also features 17 other local and regional acoustic roots bands and performers, are $15; children under 12 are free.
No word yet on Tern Rounders’ post-Ketterer plans, but stay tuned for upcoming details.
In the meantime, we’d like to wish Jim safe traveling and best of luck in his new endeavors. And we’re looking forward to passing along stories to our Nippertown readers from out new Cairo music correspondent.