Posts Tagged ‘Andrzej Pilarczyk’

LIVE: Noura Mint Seymali @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 4/29/15

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Where do you go around Nippertown to hear some authentic, high-energy African music? The answer is simple – the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.

Following recent knock-out shows by the Nile Project and Tal National, the Sanctuary hosted its third concert of African music in just five weeks when Noura Mint Seymali took the stage and captivated the crowd recently.

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LIVE: The Wailin’ Jennys @ The Egg, 4/30/15

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
The Wailin’ Jennys

The Wailin’ Jennys

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

With a clever band name like the Wailin’ Jennys, you might assume that you’d be in for a rowdy gaggle of gals with guitars pumping out ornery, twangified cow-punk tunes, but nothing could be further from the truth. The Jennys have been “wailin’” for more than a dozen years now, and when they finally made their long-overdue Albany debut at The Egg’s Hart Theatre recently, they delivered an evening of sublime, subtle, harmony-laden songs that leaned heavily toward the countrified folk end of the musical spectrum.

But it really didn’t matter where the songs came from. The focus was squarely on the intricate intertwining of the three glorious voices of Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse. All three are exquisite songwriters, and the bulk of their 75-minute concert featured their original songs – highlighted by Moody’s gospel gem “Glory Bound,” the jazzy swing of Masse’s “Cherry Blossom Love” and Mehta’s haunting ballad “Arlington.”

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LIVE: Albany Jazz Appreciation Month Concert @ Colonie Elks Lodge, 4/19/15

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
Joe Magnarelli (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Joe Magnarelli (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Photographs by Rudy Lu, Timothy Reidy, Albert Brooks, Andrzej Pilarczyk

The annual Albany Jazz Appreciation Month Celebration took place last month at the Colonie Elks Lodge in Latham, and it was a mighty impressive exhibition of the deep well of Nippertown’s jazz talent, as well as the diversity of music that falls under the broad umbrella of “jazz.”

The day-long jazz extravaganza featured big band music by the UAlbany Jazz Ensemble under the direction of David Holsey, the exotic world-music of Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard, the Andrews Sisters-like, swinging vocal harmonies of String of Pearls, the traditional New Orleans sound of the Pearl River Trio (augmented for the day by washboardist Jerry Gordon) and the jazz violin of the Teresa Broadwell Quintet.

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LIVE: David Bromberg & Larry Campbell @ The Egg, 4/19/15

Friday, May 8th, 2015

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Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Just a coupla guys sittin’ around playin’ whatever they feel like playin’ on their guitars…

But when those guys just happen to be David Bromberg and Larry Campbell, well, you can bet that there were plenty of fretboard fireworks goin’ on even during a relaxed front-porch setting like the recent one at The Egg in Albany.

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LIVE: Elio Villafranca & Spiros Exaras @ Union College’s Emerson Auditorium, 4/24/15

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
Elio Villafranca and Spiros Exaras

Elio Villafranca and Spiros Exaras

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

In the final concert of the Ahora, Latin/Jazz! spring concert season, Cuban jazz pianist Elio Villafranca and Greek classical guitarist Spiros Exaras teamed up as a sparkling, cross-cultural duo at Union College’s Emerson Auditorium in Schenectady.

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LIVE: Caroline Rose @ The Linda, 4/17/15

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
Carolyn Rose

Carolyn Rose

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Balancing Northern grit and Southern charm, singer-songwriter (and self-proclaimed “modern-day hobo”) Caroline Rose rolled into WAMC-FM’s The Linda in Albany recently. Making her Nippertown concert debut, she brought along a somewhat less than assured band in support of her national debut album, I Will Not Be Afraid. If the band was a bit hesitant, Rose certainly wasn’t, as she churned her way through a tantalizing blend of rockabilly, vintage country and blues.

Opening the show was Nippertown’s own Americana firebrand, Henry’s Rifle.

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LIVE: Melissa Ferrick / Alice Stuart @ Caffe Lena, 4/11/15

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
Melissa Ferrick

Melissa Ferrick

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It was the first night of Melissa Ferrick’s back-to-back Nippertown shows, headlining at the venerable, intimate Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. In an evening that was dubbed “6-String Pioneers,” Ferrick was joined by trail-blazer Alice Stuart, who was an original member of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, toured the U.S with Mississippi John Hurt and hit the road in the UK with Van Morrison.

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LIVE: The Emerald Rae Trio @ Crandall Public Library, 4/23/15

Monday, May 4th, 2015
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Emerald Rae

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Fab fiddler Emerald Rae is totally adept not only in Cape Breton and Scottish fiddle traditions, but in Irish and old-timey as well. The Gloucester-based musician and her bandmates – the multi-talented Eden Forman and the fiery, redheaded Somer O’Brien – showcased all of these styles and often melded them together as they performed in concert at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls in support of Rae’s latest album, If Only I Could Fly.

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