Posts Tagged ‘Andrzej Pilarczyk’

LIVE: Howard Alden All-Star Trio @ the Van Dyck, 3/22/2014 [Albany Jazz]

Monday, April 21st, 2014
Jon Burr and Howard Alden

Jon Burr and Howard Alden (photo: Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Those that came for the 7pm full-house show of the Howard Alden All-Star Trio performing at the Van Dyck in Schenectady that Saturday night in March probably had a great time, but those 14 who were there for the 9:30pm show had the show of their life. It was more intimate: it was grand, and it made you feel like these three legends were playing just for you in the middle of your living room.

It doesn’t get any better then that!

Bassist Jon Burr, a ten-year veteran of Stephane Grappelli’s band, held down the bottom end while Howard Alden, one of the finest guitarists playing within the jazz idiom today, was pulling double-duty as both rhythm and lead on his instrument.

But the central focal point of the night was legendary trumpeter Warren Vache.

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LIVE: Johnny Clegg @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 4/5/14

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

He’s a superstar in his South African homeland, but Johnny Clegg – also known as the White Zulu – had his biggest American success nearly a quarter century ago with his band Savuka and their album Cruel, Crazy Beautiful World. And the last time that he made a tour-stop in Nipperland was way back in 1990 when Savuka shared the stage with Tracy Chapman for a double-bill at SPAC.

But his music – which seamlessly blends South African township and more traditional Zulu folk music with a wide range of urban, contemporary pop styles – remains as delightfully infectious as ever. And at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall last weekend, the sheer joy that poured from the stage during his performance was undeniably contagious.

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LIVE: Tim Eriksen & the Trio de Pumpkintown @ The Linda, 3/29/14

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Tim Eriksen

Tim Eriksen

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The multi-talented Tim Eriksen – perhaps the only musician to have played with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson (although not at the same time) – led his new “hardcore Americana” band, the Trio de Pumpkintown into WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany last month, as the latest installment of the American Roots Series, hosted by Michael Eck, who also served as the opening act.

The former frontman of such pioneering bands as Cordelia’s Dad (folk-noise), Northampton Harmony (shape-note quartet) and Zabe i Babe (Bosnian folk and pop), Eriksen has performed at the Academy Awards, “Prairie Home Companion” and both CBGB’s and Carnegie Hall, but this was his debut at The Linda, where he was joined by his Pumpkintown bandmates Zoë Darrow (fiddle, vocals) and Peter Irvine (percussion, vocals).

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LIVE: Timothy Mason & Hiroya Tsukamoto @ Caffe Lena, 3/7/14

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Timothy Mason

Timothy Mason

Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

After several impressionistic guitar compositions mixed with Japanese traditional folk songs, including one where he sang in an Okinawan dialect, guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto apologized that his “accent” may be a little off and that he was not sure of the meaning of some of the words. Nevertheless, it was a treat for the audience assembled there on a recent Friday evening in Saratoga’s famed Caffe Lena.

Before the first set came to a close, Tsukamoto invited distinguished poet Timothy Mason up for an unaccompanied poetry reading or two. Mason launched into a refreshing poem about the wonders of chocolate syrup, and, really, how can you not love a guy who loves chocolate syrup enough to write a poem about it? That poem was a tasty morsel, to say the least.

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LIVE: Ed Kowalczyk @ The Egg, 3/20/14

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Ed Kowalczyk @ The Egg, 3/20/14

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The former lead singer and main songwriter for the ’90s rockers Live, Ed Kowlaczyk rolled into The Egg’s Swyer Theatre in Albany recently, his first Nippertown concert since his 2011 Alive at Five performance. Back then, he had a full band backing him up, but this time around, it was a considerably more intimate, but no less intense, experience.

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LIVE: The Irish Rovers @ The Egg, 3/26/14

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The Irish Rovers

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Yes, those Irish tunes just keep floating in the Nippertown air long after St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone for another year. But this one wasn’t just any old Celtic music concert. This was one of the most popular Irish folk bands on the planet – the Irish Rovers, who popularized such songs as “Wasn’t That a Party,” “The Orange and the Green,” “Whiskey on a Sunday,” “Lily the Pink,” “The Black Velvet Band” and, of course, “The Unicorn.”

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LIVE: Luisa Maita @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3/30/14

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Video and photographs by Tim Raab
Additional photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Reidy and Jonathan Flanders

Long overdue, spring finally came wafting into Nippertown this week. Was it merely some meteorological climate change? Or was it the warm tropical sounds of Brazilian songstress Luisa Maita in concert at Troy’s Sanctuary for Independent Media that melted hearts as well as the snow on Sunday night?

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LIVE: The Boxcar Lilies @ Caffe Lena, 3/1/14

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
The Boxcar Lillies

The Boxcar Lillies

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The third (and final) installment of Caffe Lena’s Folk DJ Showcase series was curated by Wanda Fischer, the host and producer of WAMC-FM’s long-running “The Hudson River Sampler,” and to no one’s surprise, she presented some mighty fine musical talent at the venerable Saratoga coffeehouse.

Juno Award-winner, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter-storyteller Craig Werth had the honor of closing the show, but openers the Boxcar Lilies could just as easily handled the headlining slot with the devastating three-part harmonies from Jenny Goodspeed, Stephanie Marshall and Katie Clarke.

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