Posts Tagged ‘Andrzej Pilarczyk’

LIVE: Dryer @ Caffe Lena, 2/13/15

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Dryer

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was a reunion plus. After an extended hiatus, the three Dryer cohorts – guitarist Bob Carlton, bassist Rachael Sunday and drummer Joel Lilley – have recently returned to the Local 518 spotlight… with a new addition: guitarist Brian Akey, formerly of Winterpills.

And given that the show was at the folk haven Caffe Lena, you might have imagined that they’d be strumming acoustic guitars and tapping away on bongos. But oh no, not these guys. Plugged in and rockin’, Dryer returned to the Caffe stage for the first in two decades, and they were armed with some smart golden oldie tunes that they hadn’t played in a long, long time. And some hot, brand spankin’ new tunes, too.

Now the question is, “Where will the newly expanded Dryer pop up next?”

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LIVE: Meredith Monk @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, 2/13/15

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Meredith Monk

Meredith Monk


Review & photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

For a small college, Saratoga Springs’ Skidmore College presents some pretty major arts events. Between the Zankel Music Center and the Tang Museum alone – not to mention the Dance Theater, the Bernhard Theater or Filene Hall – the campus has hosted an amazing number of world-class performances, exhibits and events over the years with world-renowned visiting composers, musicians, choreographers, actors and artists who have been invited for residencies ranging from a few days to weeks, as they oversee workshops, recitals and rehearsals bringing their work to life.

This semester the brilliant and innovative composer Meredith Monk made her debut working with the college’s music department, the Office Of the Dean of Special Programs and the Ensemble ACJW (members of the Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School and the Weill Institute).

For a half century now, Monk has done pioneering work as a cutting-edge composer, vocalist, choreographer and creator of a new style of opera and music theater. Her accolades the world over are too numerous to mention – but let’s just say if you watched feature films by France’s Jean-Luc Godard or the Coen brothers or have followed the recent HBO series, True Detective, chances are you’ve heard her work. Monk’s compositions are involving, both emotionally and intellectually, and have been recorded for the past few decades on ECM Records.

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LIVE: Broncho @ Vapor, 1/30/15

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Broncho

Broncho


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

WHO: Broncho
WITH Dreamers and Party Boat
WHERE: Vapor, Saratoga Springs
WHEN: Friday, January 30

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LIVE: Capital Area Indie Fest @ The Linda, 2/7/15

Thursday, February 19th, 2015
Chris Dukes Band

Chris Dukes Band (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Review and photographs by Ed Conway
Additional photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The Linda was the scene of a wild musical party on a snowy Saturday night earlier this month. The occasion was the Capital Area Indie Fest, a fundraiser for the Columbia Arts Team and WEXT-FM. Organizer Andrew Gregory invited a diverse group of seven bands to share the stage. The performers ran the gamut from solo singer-songwriter to full out rock band, with each showcasing their own original songs. With seven bands in a finite time span, each band was limited to 25-30 minutes, but they made the most of it; unselfishly sharing the stage and supporting each other throughout the evening.

First up was co-organizer Sandy McKnight and his band the Idea, who set the tone for what was to become a rocking night. Next up was Legendary Losers, a power trio fronted by Dave Graham. Accents followed, calming things down slightly with wonderful harmonies during their set of Americana originals. The Holly & Evan Band heated things up again with a rocking set of blues-influenced indie rock, sprinkled with some brand new originals.

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LIVE: Jay Farrar @ The Egg, 2/7/15

Thursday, February 19th, 2015
Jay Farrar

Jay Farrar

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Let’s face it, singer-songwriter Jay Farrar is not a charismatic performer. He doesn’t deliver any gyrations or gymnastics in the spotlight or on his guitar. He pretty much just stands there and strums his six strings at a deliberate, slow-to-mid tempo and sings his songs in a sweet, slightly clenched, country drawl.

He doesn’t talk much between tunes, either, which was a bit of a disappointment, as his concert at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre in Albany last Saturday night was billed as a career retrospective, and it would have been nice if he’d chatted just a bit about the hows or whys of any of the nearly two dozen songs that he churned his way through during his short, 75-minute performance. But that was not to be…

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LIVE: Sean Rowe @ Caffe Lena, 1/19/15

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Sean Rowe

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

After his Sunday evening concert at Caffe Lena quickly sold out, Troy troubadour Sean Rowe added a second show – a 3pm matinee on Monday, January 19, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. And, yes, that show also sold out.

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LIVE: First Night Saratoga @ various locations, 12/31/14

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
The Lustre Kings

The Lustre Kings at First Night Saratoga

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Once again, the annual First Night Saratoga celebration was a fabulous New Year’s Eve smorgasbord of music and more, all crammed into a six-hour period that not only ushered in 2015, but also the 100th anniversary of Saratoga Springs’ incorporation as a city.

The largest New Year’s Eve celebration in New York State outside of NYC, the annual all-around-town extravaganza featured more than 70 regional and touring performance groups at over 30 venues spread all throughout historic downtown Saratoga Springs. Obviously it was impossible to catch all of the performances – or even half of them for that matter – but intrepid Nippertown photographer Andrzej Pilarczyk certainly did his best, roaming one end of town to the other, soaking up plenty of live music, dance, comedy and the evening-capping fireworks display along the way.

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LIVE: The Gibson Brothers @ Caffe Lena, 12/7/14

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

North Country bluegrass favorites the Gibson Brothers have graduated from the regional spotlight to the big time several years ago. In fact, they were named the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainers of the Year for two consecutive years.

So the opportunity to catch the pickin’ and singin’ aces recently in the intimate confides of Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs was a real treat.

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