A FEW MINUTES WITH… Scott Bassinson

October 27th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

Story and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Delmar pianist-composer Scott Bassinson performs a wide variety of musical styles in divers group contexts, including leading his own ensembles around Greater Nippertown. He is best known to area audiences for his associations with a variety of jazz artists, including Keith Pray’s Soul Revival, the Jim Wilson Quartet and the Joe Sorrentino Trio, as well as accompanying jazz vocalists Jeanne O’Connor and Jody Shayne.

At 7pm on Sunday (October 29) at the First Reformed Church of Schenectady, Bassinson will lead an all-star band for a free concert in celebration of the release of his debut album as leader, Loving Hearts, Smiling Faces. The album was produced by Keith Pray and recorded at Scott Petito’s NRS Studios in Catskill.

Joining Bassinson in concert on Sunday will be Bob Halek (drums), Ed Tourge (bass), Keith Pray (alto saxophone), Brian Patneaude (tenor saxophone) and, on a couple of tunes, Dylan Canterbury (trumpet) and Ben O’Shea (trombone).

Bassinson was gracious enough to chat with Nippertown about the new album and Sunday’s concert:

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FREE: Mary Armentrout Dance Theater @ EMPAC on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

October 26th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Sara

At 5pm on Friday (October 27), the Mary Armentrout Dance Theater will present a special work-in-progress performance of a new project commissioned by EMPAC at RPI in Troy. A promenading performance, Listening Creates an Opening will take the audience across the Rensselaer campus, from a turn-of-the-century classroom to the contemporary EMPAC building. Set to premiere in Fall 2018, the final work will also incorporate sites in downtown Troy.

Listening Creates an Opening is a collaboration between San Francisco-based choreographer and performance artist Mary Armentrout, media artist Ian Winters and sound artist Evelyn Ficarra. The trio have undertaken a series of EMPAC residencies in the past year to develop choreography and multimedia for the project, including a time-lapse video of EMPAC’s north staircase that will run an entire calendar year. The central focus of this new work is how our relationship to technology changes when we are conscious of our physical movements with and around it. Leading the audience between different performance sites, Listening Creates an Opening will also explore what types of histories and contexts reveal themselves from this consciously embodied perspective.

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FREE: Silent Film Spectacular Returns to Albany Library

October 10th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

The award-winning Silent Film Spectacular series returns to Albany Public Library’s Washington Avenue Branch this month with three performances. The series features silent movies screened alongside live performances of original soundtracks crafted by Greater Nippertown musicians.

The performances will be held in the library’s large auditorium at 7pm on the next three Wednesdays. Admission is free.

Here’s the schedule:

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FREE FEST: Chowderfest Comes to Troy on Sunday

October 2nd, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
Matt Durfee

Matt Durfee to play Troy Chowderfest

Photograph by Tom Lindsay

It’s time to chow down on chowder!

From 12noon-4pm on Sunday (October 8), Monument Square and the surrounding area in downtown Troy will be jumpin’ with plenty of chowder-hungry folks, sampling nearly 20 different kinds of chowder from Greater Nippertown restaurants at the 11th annual Troy Chowderfest.

And there will be DJs, children’s activities, shopping and performances by Ragliacci, Balloon Gal Jenny and the magic & illusions of Jeffrey Jene.

Of course, no festival would be complete without music. In addition to music at many of the participating restaurants bars and other venues, there will be a Main Stage set up in Monument Square. Here’s the schedule of bands on the Main Stage:

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FREE: Live! Folklife Concerts in Glens Falls

September 27th, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

The Live! Folklife concert series offers free acoustic concerts at the Crandall Public Library’s Folklife Center in Glens Falls at 7pm on select Thursdays throughout the fall.

Here’s the upcoming schedule of concerts for the autumn 2017 season:

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FREE: Troy Savings Bank Music Hall’s Music @ Noon Series

September 26th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

Since 1988, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall has hosted the free second-Tuesday-of-the-month lunchtime concert series, Music @ Noon, during the months from October to June, presenting the best of Greater Nippertown’s musicians performing in a diverse mix of musical styles.

For the Music @ Noon series, the Music Hall opens at 11am, so feel free to bring your lunch and enjoy a free mid-day concert.

Here’s the complete schedule of 2017-18 Music @ Noon concerts at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall:

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FREE FEST: Free All Day Outdoor Music Festival in Amsterdam on Saturday

September 22nd, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg
Sawyer Fredericks

Sawyer Fredericks

Photograph by Stan Johnson

The Free All Day Outdoor Music Festival will take over 4 Diamonds Field in Amsterdam on Saturday (September 23).

OK, it’s not a very imaginative name for a music fest, but it gets the point across…

The fest will run from 11am-7pm with music by Big Sky Country, Grand Central Station, Funk Evolution and headliner Sawyer Fredericks, in his first Amsterdam performance since winning the NBC-TV singing competition, “The Voice.”

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FREE FEST: Upper Madison Street Fair in Albany on Sunday

September 22nd, 2017, 11:00 am by Greg

For the seventh year, the western end of Albany’s Madison Avenue – between South Allen and West Lawrence streets – will be blocked from the flow of traffic for a Sunday afternoon of music, dancing, art, food and fun for all ages.

It’s the Upper Madison Street Fair, and from 12noon-5pm on Sunday (September 24), the street will be alive with a variety of local vendors featuring arts & crafts, non-profits, fabulous food, dancing & drumming, rummage & used book sales, and an exciting raffle of more than 50 items. Also enjoy free activities in the Kids Zone, including crafts, chalk art, bubbles, games, drumming, and music.

And, of course, there will be plenty of non-stop music through the fair. Here’s the complete schedule of music on the main stage:

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