Be Here Now: heARTS aligned @ Bread & Jam Cafe, 5/22/10

May 18th, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg

heARTS aligned

(from left) Katie Haverly, Matt Mac Haffie, Matt Durfee, Eugene M. Falco, Nick Reinert and Ashley Pond

We just love it when somebody comes along and mixes up music with the visual arts, so we are indeed pleased that the second annual heARTS aligned performance will be taking place at the Bread & Jam Cafe in Cohoes at 7:30pm on Saturday.

Organized by Matt Durfee – who was one of the performers at last year’s inaugural event – heARTS aligned pairs up local songwriters with visual artists. Here’s how it works: The visual artists use the songwriter’s music to inspire art works that they’ve created during the past several months. On Saturday, images of the artwork are projected above the stage. The songwriters perform their songs under the projected images, according to a lottery set list. The artwork is then given away to lucky members of the audience.

This year’s heARTS aligned will feature the music of singer-songwriters Ashley Pond and Katie Haverly matched with the visual imaginings of artists Nick Reinert and Eugene M. Falco. Presiding over the procedings will be emcee, raconteur and contributor, Matt Mac Haffie.

Doors open at 6:30pm, and the audience can peruse the artwork. The musical performance and giveaways begin at 7:30. Admission is $7, which includes entry into the artwork giveaways.


See Here Now: heARTS aligned

June 24th, 2009, 12:30 pm by Greg
(photo by Bryan Thomas)

(photo by Bryan Thomas)

We’re still working on building that how-to-be-in-two-places-at-once machine, but we haven’t perfected it yet. So we are sad to say that we missed the heARTS aligned performance at the Bread & Jam Cafe in Cohoes last weekend.

On the other hand, we are happy to say that supreme singer-songwriter Mayor Bryan Thomas of the Hidden City was there snapping away like a fiend. So if you wanna see some photos, just click on over.

The Hidden City also has impressive photo arrays from two other area performances last weekend – the Albany Sonic Arts Collective’s “Tape Chants” at the Upstate Artists Guild, as well as singer-songwriter Julia Brown at the Moon & River Cafe. Who let Bryan out of the house three times in the same week?

Be Here Now: heARTS aligned @ Bread & Jam Cafe

June 19th, 2009, 12:13 pm by Greg

Peanut butter and chocolate.
Abbott and Costello.
Guns and Roses.

We love it when two things come together to form something even better. And there’s not much more that we like here at Nippertown than art and music.

So we got pretty excited when we heard about “heARTS aligned,” an interactive music-art performance that’s slated to take place at 7:30pm Saturday, June 20 at the Bread & Jam Cafe in Cohoes.

On the music end of the equation are Matt Durfee and Matthew Loiacono, while Ben Suhr and Jason Antonelli supply the visual art input for the evening. Man about town Matt MacHaffie will serve as emcee/ringmaster/referee.

We’re not 100% certain what’s going to happen. But, hey, that’s OK; we like to be surprised. Anyway, here’s how Mr. Loiacono describes the goings-on:

“This may be one of the coolest shows I’ve ever been asked to be a part of! Check it out – Matt Durfee and I will sit on stage, and audience members will pick original pieces of art from a hat. Each piece of art (designed by Jason and Ben) will correspond to one of Matt or my songs. Thus, a completely unique experience that is combining art and music!”

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