jazz

"Amy Biancolli: Musical homage to Albany's jazz lady"

Date published: 
01/19/2017

AMY BIANCOLLI Published 4:45 pm, Thursday, January 19, 2017

I did not know Lee Shaw personally. It grieves me to say this, but I never met her. Never became a regular at her gigs, though I do recall her at the piano in Justin's. Never knew her as anything but the much-loved, much-talked-about éminence grise of the Capital Region jazz scene, a tiny woman with a giant presence whose influence spanned decades.

Michael Bisio Accortet

Date & Time: 
05/20/2017 - 7:00pm
Admission: 
$15

Michael Bisio Accortet

Chronicling 30+ years of acclaimed Troy-native bassist Michael Bisio's life as a composer in song form and otherwise, his Accortet balances freedom and swing in a euphorically compelling quartet.

Named after its unusual instrumentation, Accortet is the eponymous debut of a group led by renowned contrabassist Michael Bisio, featuring the unique frontline of accordion and sax, played by Art Bailey and Adam Seigel, respectively, with Michael Wimberly manning the drums.

An in-demand sideman among free jazz luminaries such as Joe McPhee, Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp, Bisio seldom issues albums as a bandleader these days, making this recording all the more intriguing for its inclusion of some surprisingly accessible material, starting with the joyous opener, "AM." The tune's sunny harmonies, buoyant bass lines and upbeat rhythms belie Bisio's reputation as an uncompromising avant-gardist, offering contrast to his usual work.

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

Date & Time: 
11/07/2016 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Admission: 
$15

Ticket purchase linkJane Bunnett and Maqueque photoMultiple Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S and Cuba. She has been nominated for Grammy Awards, numerous Juno Awards, received a Order of Canada, The Queens Diamond Jubilee medal, and most recently Ontarios Premiers Award for Excellence. An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace  and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous jazz festivals, displaying her versatility as a tourist, saxophone player and pianist.

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

Multiple Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S and Cuba. She has been nominated for Grammy Awards, numerous Juno Awards, received a Order of Canada, The Queens Diamond Jubilee medal, and most recently Ontario’s Premiers Award for Excellence. An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace  and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous JAZZ festivals, displaying her versatility as a tourist, saxophone player and pianist. As an educator, spokesperson and social activist, she remains unafraid to explore uncharted territory in her quest for excellence!

Frank Lacy and 1032K

Date & Time: 
10/08/2016 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Admission: 
$15

1032K.

Satoko Fujii and Tobira

Date & Time: 
11/21/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Admission: 
$15

Satoko Fujii

UNDERGROUND GALLERY OPENING Daniel Kelly Trio & Seeing with Photography Collective

Date & Time: 
05/09/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Admission: 
$15

Daniel Kelly photoDaniel Kelly weaves a sonic tapestry while the Seeing With Photography Collective involves audience members in their singular process of creating photos in the dark.

Also:

3-5 PM Be The Media! workshop: "Seeing with Photography”

5-6:30 PM Community potluck

Award-winning composer and pianist Daniel Kelly transforms the stories of everyday people into dramatic and compelling music that blends jazz, classical and folk music into a signature sound. 

His music has been declared “powerfully moving” by Time Out New York, and he has brought his unique talent to performances with Grammy award-winning jazz legends Michael Brecker and Joe Lovano, hip-hop star Lauryn Hill, and modern classical giants the Bang on a Can All-Stars, among many others. 

Joe Barna and Sketches of Influence

Date & Time: 
02/24/2015 - 7:00pm
Admission: 
$15

Joe Barna and his group Sketches Of Influence in performance one night only! This event is a homecoming of sorts as Barna grew up in North Troy and graduated from Lansingburgh High School, just a few blocks away, in 1994.

Joining the quartet for this special engagement will be Stacy Dillard-sax (Roy Hargrove, Stevie Wonder, Mingus Big Band, Cyrus Chestnut), Victor Gould-piano (Terrance Blanchard, Esperanza Spalding, Wallace Roney) and Ryan Berg-bass (Ralph Bowen, Jerry Weldon, James Weidman Trio).

Joe Barna psoterDrummer/composer Joe Barna currently resides in New York City where he is an active member of the jazz scene. Barna began his collegiate life in 1995 by attending SCCC in Schenectady focusing his efforts on orchestral percussion performance/education. In fall of 1999 he transferred to SUNY Purchase in Westchester, NY. In spring of 2004 Barna received his BFA in Jazz Studies with a focus on performance and composition.

Spring 2014 season blasts off with the Matthew Shipp Trio!

The Matthew Shipp Trio launched the Spring 2014 season at The Sanctuary for Independent Media while celebrating the release of their new recording, "Root of Things" (Relative Pitch Records), and the Sanctuary's newly donated 9 foot Baldwin concert grand, with Matthew Shipp, piano, Michael Bisio, bass, and Whit Dickey, drums.  

Matthew Shipp TrioThe acquisition of this Baldwin is a major addition to the Sanctuary; manufactured in 1984, it spent the first few years of its life on loan to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.  In 1987, with the help of the New York State Council on the Arts, the piano was obtained by the IMAC Theater in Huntington, Long Island and remained there until its move this year to The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY.

During its lifetime, it has been played by many illustrious pianists including Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Dr. John, Elaine Elias, Joe Sample, Marsha Ball and Sun Ra, to name a few.  The great pianist Matthew Shipp will be will be added to this elite list on March 15th!

M.A.KU. Sound System

M.A.K.U. Sound System is an NYC based Afro-Columbian band infected with jazz, rock, hip hop, punk and Columbian folkloric rhythms. The band diverts from tradition by inflecting their sound with decidedly more modern synthesizers and muscial influences ranging within all different types of genres. The 8-musician ensemble was born in Queens in 2010 and uses an array of instruments in heavy rotation on stage and in the studio, including drums, Colombian drums, guitar, badd, vocals, horn, clarinet, trombone, traditional Colombian instruments such as maracas, gaitas, and synthesizers- to name a few. Most of the band members hail from the country of Colombia but currently live and work in New York City. Each of the musicians adds his or her own interpretations and experiences to every song, both musically and lyrically. The band performed at the first Freedom Festival at Freedom Square in June 2013 for The Sanctuary for Independent Media.

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