Posts Tagged ‘The Sanctuary for Independent Media’

LIVE: Luisa Maita @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3/30/14

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Video and photographs by Tim Raab
Additional photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Reidy and Jonathan Flanders

Long overdue, spring finally came wafting into Nippertown this week. Was it merely some meteorological climate change? Or was it the warm tropical sounds of Brazilian songstress Luisa Maita in concert at Troy’s Sanctuary for Independent Media that melted hearts as well as the snow on Sunday night?



Five Firsts: Michael Bisio of the Matthew Shipp Trio

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Michael Bisio (photo: Peter Gannushkin)

Michael Bisio (photo: Peter Gannushkin)

NAME: Michael Bisio
BAND AFFILIATION: Matthew Shipp Trio

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … So long ago … trying to remember, I’m going with Flowers by the Rolling Stones.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Van Morrison at RPI, but not the Field House. It was a very small room in one of those old brick buildings going down Peoples (I think) Ave. It was very early in his career, don’t think it was a $5 ticket. My memory: I walked into the room and was very surprised it was just that, a room. The band set up on on the floor. They had already started. Van Morrison was playing alto and singing. My barely teenage id was in heaven.


LIVE: Vieux Farka Touré @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, 10/24/13

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Vieux Farka Toure

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

Dubbed the “Hendrix of the Sahara,” Vieux Farka Touré mixed the traditional sounds of his Mali homeland with American blues and jazz to create a shimmering sonic fusion. His new album Mon Pays (My Country) was recorded as homage to his native land, which has been splintered by violence.

Touré had originally been scheduled to celebrate his new album’s release with a free concert at Schenectady Central Park’s Music Haven this summer, but the the outdoor concert was cancelled at the last minute due to a dangerous storm.

Last month, Touré and his band finally had the chance to celebrate in the Local 518 when they took over the stage for a benefit concert and fundraiser for the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.


LIVE: The Battlefield Band @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 10/6/13

Monday, October 21st, 2013
(photo by Jon Flanders)

The Battlefield Band (photo by Jon Flanders)

Photographs by Jon Flanders and Kyle Plante

For more than four decades now, the Battlefield Band has been at the forefront of Scottish music, deftly melding the traditional with the contemporary. The band has featured numerous members over the years, but the current crew – featuring multi-instrumentalists Sean O’Donnell, Alasdair White, Ewen Henderson and Mike Katz – maintains the time-honored Battlefield Band slogan, “Forward with Scotland’s past.”

The band recently embarked on a U.S. tour in support of their latest album, Room Enough for Us All, including a rousing performance at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.


Sanctuary for Independent Media Wins Tom Paine Award

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Veterans For PeaceThe Tom Paine Chapter of Veterans for Peace have announced the recipients of the annual Tom Paine Winter Soldier Peace and Justice Awards, including Troy’s Sanctuary for Independent Media, the production and performance facility that hosts screenings, training in media production and is a meeting place for artists, activists and independent media makers.

In addition to the Sanctuary, other award recipients include Maureen Aumand (a teacher and librarian, active with Women Against War, as well as other local peace groups; and Kathy Manley, an attorney working on criminal defense and constitutional rights, and a volunteer with civil rights groups including the Muslim Solidarity Committee, Project SALAM and the New York Civil Liberties Union.

The recipients will be honored at the annual Tom Paine Winter Soldier Peace and Justice Awards Dinner on Tuesday, October 29, at the Latham Fire House Banquet Room in Latham. The evening will kick off at 5:45pm with a cash bar, followed by dinner at 7pm and the awards ceremony at 8pm.

The cost of the dinner is $29.95 with reservations required by Sunday, October 20. Checks may be made out to “Veterans For Peace” with dinner selection (chicken, roast beef or vegetarian lasagna) indicated on the memo line of the check. Checks may be mailed to Dan Wilcox, 280 South Main Ave., Albany, NY, 12208.

COMING UP NEXT: The Sanctuary for Independent Media is hosting the 50th anniversary tour of the marvelous Bread & Puppet Theater at 7pm on Thursday (October 17). GO HERE to enter to win FREE TICKETS…

Win FREE Tickets to Bread & Puppet Theater @ Sanctuary for Independent Media, 10/17/13

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Bread and Puppet Theater

“We believe in puppet theater as a wholesome and powerful language that can touch men and women and children alike, and we hope that our plays are true and are saying what has to be said, and that they add to your enjoyment and enlightenment.”
Peter Schumann

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the magnificent Bread & Puppet Theater with a special performance at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at 7pm on Thursday (October 17).

Equal parts poetic and political, Bread & Puppet Theater will be performing several short theater pieces spanning their half century, including “King Story” (an early anti-war piece which was originally performed in 1967), “President and Chair,” (a 1992 work that pokes fun at presidents, election campaigns and puppet shows), “The Foot” (originally performed in NYC at an anti-nuke rally in 1982) and “A Man Says Goodbye To His Mother” (created during the Vietnam War era).


Win FREE Tickets to Christine Salem @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media on Tuesday

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Christine Salem – the rousing, deep-voiced singer from the Réunion Islands, where the dead speak to the living – makes her Nippertown concert debut at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at 7pm on Tuesday (October 8), singing haunting music that is at once dangerous and beautiful.

La Réunion is an island where the barrier between this world and the next is very thin. And that’s the space that Salem’s music inhabits, “where I can talk to the ancestors,” she explains. Her latest album, Salem Tradition, indeed sounds like music from another place – hypnotic and transcendent, yet still grounded.

Until 1981, the music that Salem sings was illegal in her homeland. Maloya, as the style is known, was considered too dangerous. It’s the music of slaves brought to the island in the Indian Ocean from Africa to labor on the sugar plantations, passed on to their Creole descendants.

“It’s very percussive music,” Salem says, “and the root is very traditional, very African. It’s unique. It’s the music of the slaves.” Filled with drumming and chanting, the music offered the comfort of ritual, and those singing it would often go into a trance and come face-to-face with their ancestors. Unsurprisingly, the Catholic Church hated it all. “They thought it was the music of the devil,” Salem laughs.

But after all, the devil has all the best tunes…

Christine Salem takes the stage at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at 7pm on Tuesday (October 8). Tickets are $10.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show to a lucky Nippertown reader! To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Tuesday (October 8), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Tuesday afternoon. Enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

FILM: “Uptown Summer: Hot Spot”

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

A short film by the Sanctuary for Independent Media about the community’s creation of Marcus Kwame Anderson’s mural on the side of the Hot Spot Jamaican-American Restaurant in Troy…

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