Photographs by Timothy Reidy
Singer-songwriter Matt Durfee is certainly no stranger to Nippertown music fans. He first made a name for himself as half of the acoustic duo Palatypus, his musical partnership with M.R. Poulopoulos, and more recently he’s been fronting the Rattling Baddlies, the acoustic trio that also features percussionist Tommy Krebs and bassist August Sagehorn, the rhythm section of Alta Mira.
So, given his Local 518 musical history, it’s somewhat surprising that it’s only now that Durfee has come around to releasing his solo debut, Little World. Not that the nine-song disc disc was an easy birth; he’s been working on it for two and a half years, finally closing out the deal with a successful Kickstarter campaign that wrapped up in September.
Perfectionist? Maybe. But that’s not a bad thing if the results are as sparkling as Little World.
Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Tim Livingston
It was the third year for “An Evening of Murder Ballads,” Caffe Lena’s fund-raising Halloween tradition, and as Lena’s manager Sarah Craig explained, in years past, the focus was squarely on the traditional folk ballads of murder, killing and revenge.
Not so this time around…
Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar, the Albany Public Library’s free Music Matters workshops are for you. Held in the Main Library’s auditorium, the classes are designed for teens and adults. No experience is necessary; the only requirement is a desire to make music. All sessions are free and open to the public.
Taught by Local 518 professional guitarists Tor Loney and Ben Himmelfarb, six 90-minute workshops will be held weekly at the library on Tuesday evenings beginning tomorrow (Tuesday, September 17) at 7pm.
As a special bonus, Local 518 singer-songwriter Matt Durfee will perform an acoustic set prior to each of the Music Matters sessions, beginning at 6pm. Durfee’s performances are also free and open to the public. You need not attend the guitar workshops in order to enjoy Durfee’s performances.
Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Love songs, love songs, nothing but love songs…
Yeah, it sounds like the recipe for a really bad MOR radio station, doesn’t it?
But it’s also quite an apt description of Diego Garcia’s performance last month at The Linda in Albany. And there was absolutely nothing cheesy about it at all.
He crooned, and we swooned. The devastatingly handsome and relentlessly charming Garcia – imagine an alt-Latin incarnation of Bryan Ferry – made his Albany debut last September at LarkFest, and that performance obviously made quite an impression on him. “This is our first show in Albany,” he said at The Linda, a sly grin spreading across his face. “The first one you’ll remember, anyway. You guys were soooooooo drunk at LarkFest…”
NAME: Matt Durfee
BAND AFFILIATION: Matt Durfee & the Rattling Baddlies, Palatypus
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Hmmmm, tough to say, owned many tapes early on, but the first one I bought for myself was probably Bon Jovi’s “New Jersey.” I remember getting yelled at for singing along with it in while I had headphones on when we were vacationing in Florida. Apparently, I didn’t get the concept that only YOU can hear headphones… The cooler album would’ve been Zep’s “Houses of the Holy,” which I owned and played down to nothing around the same time, but since I think I stole it from my dad’s cassette collection, can’t really claim that I “bought” that one.
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 Nippertown.com 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.