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Relentlessly Inventive Bang on a Can Offers Festival of New Music During MASS MoCA Stay [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, July 25th, 2014
Pop-up orograms in the galleries are a regular feature of the Bang on a Can Festival.

Pop-up programs in the galleries are a regular feature of the Bang on a Can Festival.

From Saturday (July 26) through August 2, the “relentlessly inventive” (New York Magazine) new music collective Bang on a Can collaborates with MASS MoCA to present Bang on a Can Plays Art, a jam-packed, week-long new music extravaganza featuring 14 concerts in eight days, as the culmination of the 13th annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA which began on July 14. Bang on a Can Plays Art draws inspiration from the visual art on exhibit in the galleries at MASS MoCA. Each concert will showcase music that interacts with the art on various levels – stylistically, thematically and whimsically – performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Festival artists and fellows, and special guests Steve Reich and Glenn Kotche (of Wilco).

Bang on a Can Plays Art kicks off in the afternoon on Saturday (July 26) with Bang on a Can Plays Izhar Patkin featuring Terry Riley’s minimalist classic In C, followed by a performance that evening of Bang on Can co-founder David Lang’s haunting death speaks by the Bang on a Can All-Stars with special guest Shara Worden, as well as a late-night solo concert by Worden’s musical alter-ego My Brighest Diamond.

Festival highlights include Bang on a Can Plays Teresita Fernández featuring Bang on a Can co-founder Julia Wolfe’s Cruel Sister (July 27); Bang on a Can World Premiere Composer Concert showcasing brand new music by the Festival Fellows (July 28); Bang on a Can Plays Ann Hamilton (July 29), featuring the world premiere of Paper Chorus created by the Festival musicians wearing Hamilton’s all new paper sculptures; Bang on a Can Plays Mark Dion featuring Morton Feldman’s Why Patterns? (July 30); Bang on a Can Plays Sol LeWitt featuring the music of Steve Reich, who was a friend and colleague of LeWitt (July 31); Bang on a Can Plays Anselm Kiefer, featuring Georg Friedrich Haas’ powerful string quartet In iij. Noct. performed in total darkness (July 31); Bang on a Can Plays Natalie Jeremijenko featuring Wilco’s Glenn Kotche (Aug. 1); and the annual Bang on a Can Marathon at MASS MoCA featuring more than 50 musicians and composers in six hours of non-stop, boundary-smashing music – a feast of sound including classical, contemporary, minimalism, ambient, jazz, experimental and more – including special guest Steve Reich and his newest composition Radio Rewrite, special guest Glenn Kotche’s recent chamber music and music from his new release Adventureland (Cantaloupe) and a rare performance of Edgar Varese’s masterpiece Ionisation (Aug. 2).

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HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Yes, yes, yes, we know…

We’ve heard all of the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the Nippertown.com news as fast as we write it. And, yes, there was a whole lot of news to write about this week…

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown in the past week:

1. RIP: Tom Healey, 1956-2014

2. Two More New Shows Announced for The Egg

3. New Show Announced for The Egg

4. Tanglewood Announces New Concert

5. Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements

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CANCELLED: Cheech & Chong @ The Egg

Friday, July 25th, 2014

“Dave’s not here…”

And apparently, neither are Cheech & Chong.

The Grammy Award-winning, smoke-’em-if-ya-got-em, stoner comedy duo was scheduled to perform at The Egg in Albany on Friday, August 1, but that show has now been cancelled due to “scheduling conflicts.”

Ticket refunds are available at the place of purchase…

RIP: Tom Healey, 1956-2014

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

As I wrote back in 2006 on the occasion of the release of their sophomore album, Tough Dog, “the Tom Healey Band once again proves they’re the Capital Region’s premiere blues band.”

Guitarist-vocalist-bandleader Tom Healey died on Monday (July 21) at the age of 58, and his passing leaves a major hole, not only in the Nippertown blues scene and the Local 518 music scene, but all throughout the Capital Region community. His band – formerly known as Good Friday – was an anchor all around town, frequently playing neighborhood clubs, the Hibernian Hall and a countless number of benefit shows. Healey played with the band just last weekend at the Albany Rail Yard.

At various times, his band featured such musicians as keyboardist Jason Ladanye, saxmen Brian Patneaude and Keith Pray, drummer Al Kash, bassist Adam Graham and many others over the years.

The Tom Healey Band’s debut album, Pearl Street, was hailed by regular Nippertown contributor Don Wilcock as “the best local blues album I’ve ever heard,” upon its release in 2001.

A longtime history teacher at Albany High School, Healey had only just retired from his day job a month ago.

Life can be very, very cruel…

UPDATE: Friends are invited to call at the Parker Brothers Memorial Funeral Home in Watervliet from 4-8pm on Friday (July 25). Services will be held at 10am on Saturday (July 26) at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Watervliet.

ALSO READ:
Obituary: Thomas Healey
In Memory of Thomas J. Healey
R.I.P. Tom Healey, blues frontman and “life force”
Five Firsts: Tom Healey of the Tom Healey Band

7/20/14: Today’s Tips: Sunday

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

OPERA: “An American Tragedy” @ Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown. It’s opening night! Blinded by ambition, a promising young man makes a series of unfortunate choices culminating in a mysterious death in the Adirondacks. Based on Theodore Dreiser’s novel and inspired by a sensational murder trial in Herkimer, Tobias Picker’s opera explores a small-town boy’s pursuit of his idealized dreams. Conducted by George Manahan and directed by Peter Kazaras. 1:30pm. $26, $70, $95, $122 & $144; $10, $15, $20 & $25 youth 18 & under.

MUSIC: Conjunto Chappotin y Sus Estrellas @ Central Park’s Music Haven, Schenectady. With roots stretching back to the 1940s, Conjunto Chappottin y sus Estrellas is one of the most renowned ‘Son’ bands in all of Cuba. This classic and classy big band — on its first tour of America — features horns, vocals, congas and bongos in a vibrant dance explosion of Afro-Cuban grooves. With guitarist Maria Zemantauski. 7pm. FREE. GO HERE for more info and the complete schedule…

MUSIC: Bruno Mars @ the Times Union Center, Albany. The hitmaker (and Emmy nominee) brings his Moonshine Jungle World Tour to town. With Aloe Blacc. 8pm. $43, $62.50, $82.50 and $102.50.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill. It’s the final day of the fest, featuring the Dry Branch Fire Squad, the Lonely Heartstring Band, the Lotus Blossom Special, the Barley Jacks and more. Main Stage music begins at 10am.

FESTIVAL/MUSIC/FUNDRAISER: Troy Pig Out @ Riverfront Park, Troy. Competitors duke it out for best BBQ honors. With lots of music – by Dan Johnson, the Jimy Graham Band and Chelsea Cavanaugh. The event also benefits the Northeast Kidney Foundation. 11am. FREE. GO HERE for more info and a complete schedule…

MUSIC: Omi Improvisers Orchestra @ Club Helsinki, Hudson. Each summer, jazz greats Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso lead the OIO in a unique concert of “guerrilla jazz.” This year’s ensemble features a jazz pianist from Azerbaijan, a French classical cellist, a New Zealand multi-instrumentalist and pop vocalist, a player of the adungu – a traditional African harp – and a vocalist from Columbia County. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Annie & the Hedonists @ Freedom Park, Scotia. 7pm. FREE.

MUSIC: Yidstock @ Yiddish Book Center, Amherst. It’s the closing day of the annual Yidstock celebration, and it all wraps up with three concerts: Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird (1pm, $30); Basya Schechter: Songs of Wonder (The Heschel Project) (4pm, $30); and Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars with Eleanor Reissa (7:30pm, $32).

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HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Yes, yes, yes, we know…

We’ve heard all of the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the Nippertown.com news as fast as we write it. And, yes, there was a whole lot of news to write about this week…

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown in the past week:

1. The Egg Announces Four More New Concerts (by Staff)

2. The Egg Announces Another New Concert (by Staff)

3. The Egg Announces New Concert (by Staff)

4. Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

5. Real Good for FREE: Cohoes’ Canal Square Concert Series (by Staff)

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HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Yes, yes, yes, we know…

We’ve heard all of the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the Nippertown.com news as fast as we write it. And, yes, there was a whole lot of news to write about this week…

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown in the past week:

1. WGNA-FM Announces Line-Up for CountryFest 2014 (by Staff)

2. The Egg Adds Three New Concerts (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

3. Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements (by Staff, Ed Conway)

4. New Music Festival Announced for Lake George (by Staff)

5. LIVE: Paul McCartney @ Times Union Center, 7/5/14 (Take Two) (by Timothy Mack, Stanley Johnson)

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HOT READS: Nippertown’s Top 10 Stories of the Week

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Yes, yes, yes, we know…

We’ve heard all of the complaints that some of you simply don’t have the time to read all of the Nippertown.com news as fast as we write it. And, yes, there was a whole lot of news to write about even in this holiday-shortened week…

So for all of you casual, once-or-twice-a-week readers, here’s a summary of the Top 10 most-viewed stories from Nippertown in the past week:

1. The Dozen: July’s Must-See Concerts (by Greg Haymes, Stanley Johnson)

2. New Concert Announced for the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (by Staff, Andrzej Pilarczyk)

3. WGNA-FM Announces Line-Up for CountryFest 2014 (by Staff)

4. The Egg Announces a New Concert (by Staff)

5. Comin’ Soon: New Concert Announcements (by Staff)

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