LIVE: Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge @ Saratoga Arts, 4/22/14

May 2nd, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg
Julian Lage and Chris Elridge

Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Music isn’t math. 1 + 1 doesn’t always equal 2. Sometimes the music is greater than merely the sum of its parts.

And so it was with the recent marvelous match-up of two free-wheeling acoustic guitarists in a sold-out concert at Saratoga Arts’ Dee Sarno Theatre in Saratoga Springs. Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge are certainly no strangers to Nippertown, both having played here in various musical settings.

A child prodigy who made his network television debut on the Grammy Award show when he was 12 years old, Lage has played around town solo, with his own Julian Lage Group, as a member of the Gary Burton New Quartet and in collaboration with Wilco’s guitar explorer Nels Cline. An alum of bluegrass greats the Seldom Scene, Eldridge, meanwhile, has played as a member of the Infamous Stringdusters and the Punch Brothers.

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Culture Vulture: Musicians in the Moment and the Photographers Who Love Them

June 7th, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg
`Impasse + Motion (photo by Rudy Lu)

Surrounded by photographers: (from left) Joe Putrock, Saratoga Arts Executive Director Joel Reed, Lawrence White and Andrzej Pilarczyk (photo by Rudy Lu)

“Have you ever been to an opening that had this kind of din?” someone asked me.

The honest answer was, “No.” But then, this was my first art opening, let alone the first opening of material created by friends and associates. I’ve been lucky enough to have Andrzej Pilarczyk, Rudy Lu and Al Brooks make my words live on several web sites – including this one -for several years. But “Impasse & Motion: Ten Photographers’ Journeys through Instants in Music” was my first knowing exposure to the work of Lawrence White (a longtime contributor to Rolling Stone) and Joe Putrock (a colleague of curator Pilarczyk’s from The Source and Metroland). And although I know Don McKever and Eric Jenks from the local music scene, Saturday’s opening reception for the exhibition at the Saratoga Arts Center Gallery was the first time I’d ever seen their stuff. Together, it was ten photographers with ten completely different backgrounds, educations, and approaches, but they’re inexorably linked by (in Pilarczyk’s words) “their love of music.”

Now, here’s the thing: Anyone can take a picture of a musician playing, as the idiot at the last show you attended demonstrated by continually blocking your view with his outstretched iPhone. But it takes skill, timing, and not a little luck to catch that musician’s essence in concert. And to catch that self-same musician in that fleeting “Oh, FUCK YEAH” moment when he or she plays something so beautiful and so unexpected? That’s catching lightning in a bottle while you’re handcuffed and blindfolded. You can’t predict it, you can’t expect it, and by the time you realize what it is, it’s usually gone. As White said during his remarks, “These images can be quite temporary.”

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ArtBeat: “Impasse & Motion” @ Saratoga Arts, 6/4/11

June 1st, 2011, 3:55 pm by Greg
Joseph Deuel: Rich Danko and Joe Putrock: Rancid

Joseph Deuel: Rich Danko and Joe Putrock: Rancid

Creating that one magical musical moment in concert is difficult enough for the musician. Trying to capture that fleeting moment on film can be even harder.

Andrzej Pilarczyk –’s own Chief Photographer – knows just how difficult that can be. But Pilarczyk is not just a photographer and a music fan. On Saturday at the Saratoga Arts Center Gallery. he’ll also be a curator, having pulled together “Impasse & Motion: Ten Photographers’ Journey Through Instants in Music,” a massive photography exhibit of 100 photographs, all focused on just one subject – music.

Opening on Saturday, the ambitious exhibition features the lens work of Sylvia Aronson, Albert Brooks, Ed Burke, Joe Deuel, Eric Jenks, Rudy Lu, Don McKever, Joe Putrock and Lawrence White, in addition to Pilarcyzk himself. We’re pleased to say that you’ve seen the work of half of the photographers right here on And of course, you’ve also likely seen their work in such local publications as Metroland, The Saratogian, The Times Union and, as well as on the pages of a variety of international magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The New York Post and Vogue.

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LIVE: First Night Saratoga, 12/31/10

January 3rd, 2011, 11:31 am by Greg
Mamalama performing at Saratoga Arts

Mamalama performing at Saratoga Arts

Say goodbye to 2010! Welcome 2011!

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