Posts Tagged ‘The Sanctuary for Independent Media’

A FEW MINUTES WITH… Ben Goldberg of Dialogue

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Interview and story by J Hunter

I was at a professional seminar the other day when I saw a PowerPoint slide that had me stunned for a moment: “There is no such thing as Multi-Tasking.” Okay, if we postulate that a human being isn’t an air-breathing octopus with eight arms that can build a better mousetrap AND write the Great American Novel while it’s making a hearty breakfast for its human/octopi-hybrid family, I guess that is technically true. But the human mind is a marvelous little machine with a ton of neurons firing every single second, and not all of them are focused on what you’re posting on Facebook or your teeth-gritting effort to not spill your coffee while walking over to your cubicle. In other words, there’s a lot going on underneath while you’re doing your best to get through your day.

Take, for example, clarinetist-composer Ben Goldberg, who’s become a musical icon in the Bay Area over the last couple of decades. To say Goldberg has multiple interests is like saying Lewis Hamilton likes to drive fast. I got turned on to Goldberg in 2009 through a semi-super group jazz disc called Go Home, which Goldberg used to launch his record label BAG Productions. But if you look over the various projects littered throughout his discography (the alt-folk outfits Tin Hat and Junk Genius, the New Klezmer Trio, Clarinet Thing, and two utterly opposite recordings he released simultaneously in 2013), and you get the impression Goldberg is playing 12-dimensional chess while the rest of us are playing checkers – badly!

Now, it is possible to play 12-dimensional chess by yourself… I imagine. But most games are more fun if you’ve got someone to play with. When it comes to that, Goldberg’s favorite partner for one-on-one games is next-level pianist Myra Melford. Both players have recorded duets with other artists (Melford most recently with Australian pianist Alister Spence), and both artists have truly unique projects on their respective resumes: Melford’s includes Alison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom, the bands Snowy Egret and Trio M, and her own Be Bread Ensemble, which Goldberg joined in 2010.

But to listen to Goldberg and Melford play together – as they do on their latest collaboration Dialogue – is to listen to a kind of synchronicity that shouldn’t be possible for people who haven’t experienced the Vulcan Mind Meld. It’s akin to watching two people work together on building a stained-glass window, never talking to each other once, and the thing comes out dead-solid perfect. To hear that (and to see it on the concert video shot of Myra and Ben in 2013) is to hear two creative soul mates flying in intricate formation, performing acrobatic feats that the Blue Angels wouldn’t even consider attempting.

We get to see Melford and Goldberg perform the aforementioned musical magic at 7pm this Sunday (November 16) at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy. Ben was good enough to take a few minutes and talk about this project (among other things):



Win FREE Tickets to Las Cafeteras @ Sanctuary for Independent Media on Sunday

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
Las Cafeteras

Las Cafeteras

LA Weekly honored them with the Best Latin Alternative Band award in 2013.

National Public Radio hailed their music as “creative, socially conscious, it’s perfect.”

The BBC called it “urgent, relevant music.”

Born in the streets of Los Angeles, Las Cafeteras are immigrant children who are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories with what The Los Angeles Times has called a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock … Live, they’re magnetic.”

Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and a community-focused political message. Their Afro-Mexican rhythms, zapateado and inspiring lyrics tell stories of a community that is looking for love and fighting for justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. To their remix of traditional Son Jarocho sounds, Las Cafeteras add Afro-Caribbean marimbol and cajón, poetry in English and Spanglish, and such instruments as jarana, requinto, a donkey jawbone and a wooden platform called the Tarima.

Now Las Cafeteras are slated to make their Nippertown debut as they take the stage at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy at 7pm on Sunday (October 5). Admission is $15.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you! We’re giving away a pair of FREE TICKETS to the show. To enter, 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 Friday (October 3), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

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).


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