Posts Tagged ‘ensemble’

FIVE FIRSTS: Brian Patneaude

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

brianpatneaudeNAME: Brian Patneaude
BAND AFFILIATION: Brian Patneaude Quartet; Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra; Empire Jazz Orchestra; Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble; and anyone else that calls.
INSTRUMENT: saxophones

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The first album I can recall searching out on my own was a cassette copy of Paul McCartney’s “Tug of War” for the song “Ebony & Ivory.”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Metallica and Queensryche at the RPI Fieldhouse in 1989.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … I picked up the saxophone in the 5th grade – it’s been a love/hate affair ever since.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … I remember putting on an impromptu solo dance routine to the theme of “Star Wars” in front of my kindergarten classmates – does that count?

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … I played drums in a trio with friends from high school ironically named Fusion. For the longest time our repertoire consisted of “In A Gadda Da Vida” and a few original songs that sounded oddly similar to “In A Gadda Da Vida.”

The Brian Patneaude Quartet takes the stage at the Van Dyck in Schenectady on Thursday, September 24.

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Be Here Now: The Alash Ensemble @ Caffe Lena

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Alash Ensemble is a quartet of master throat singers from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia that is renowned for the unique traditional music of its nomadic herdsmen.

Alash has expanded on the throat singing tradition with new ideas from the West. Under the guidance of Kongar-ool Ondar – best known to western audiences for his role in the award winning documentary film “Genghis Blues,” they’ve blended together both western and traditional Tuvan instruments, experimenting with new-found harmonic structures.

alash02They have collaborated with the futuristic Sun Ra Arkestra, the unclassifiable Béla Fleck and Flecktones, and the classical Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

They can be heard as guest artists on the Flecktones’ Grammy-winning holiday CD, “Jingle All the Way.” And trust me, you’ve never really heard “Jingle Bells” until you’ve heard Alash unleash their Tuvan throat-singing talents on the holiday classic.

The Alash Ensemble performs at 7pm on Wednesday, July 29 at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs. Definitely something different to do after opening day at the track.

Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius and HEARD open the show.

Photo by Peter Hasselbach

LIVE: River Street Festival Wrapup

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

A little rain never hurt anybody. And it certainly didn’t keep many folks away from downtown Troy for the sixth annual River Street Festival on Saturday, June 20.

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)


Although armed with only an acoustic guitar, Rob Dickinson somehow managed to conjure up the massive wall of sound of his old band, the Catherine Wheel.

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)


Chris Barron declared, “Yes, I’m that guy from the Spin Doctors,” as he delivered a solo performance of Spin Docs classics and tunes from his new solo album, “Pancho and the Kid.”

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

(photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)


Mike Doughty wasn’t the headliner, but you’d never have known it from the enthusiastic crowd reaction. Barefoot violinist Caroline Pook joined him for most of his rain-soaked set.

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Straight outta Connecticut, the Alternate Routes served up the festival’s opening set.

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The festival’s second stage showcased a lot of Nippertown’s homegrown musical talent, including Simple Theory.

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“Whip it…

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…whip it good!”

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And of course, no festival on River Street would ever be complete with a sidewalk chalk painting competition. Among the entries were dog portraits, Van Gogh wanna-bes, cartoon characters, landscapes, trippy abstracts and more…

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And in addition to presenting the massive exhibition of the Fence Show artwork in the galleries, the Arts Center of the Capital Region also hosted performances by Eddie Ade Knowles and Ensemble Congeros:

(photo by Matthew Mac Haffie)

(photo by Matthew Mac Haffie)


(photo by Matthew Mac Haffie)

(photo by Matthew Mac Haffie)


Now that’s what I call some percolating percussion…

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