Patneaude Quartet CD-Release Party
you’re allergic to the saxophone and actively avoiding exposure
for fear of a compromised immune system, there’s a fair
chance you’ve already seen local tenor ace Brian Patneaude.
He’d be hard to miss. (Understatement Alert! Understatement
Alert!) Patneaude keeps himself pretty busy.
In addition to the time he puts in as a private saxophone
teacher, Pantneaude is a longtime member of Alex Torres
& His Latin Orchestra; he also works in an innovative
trio featuring sax, drums and a DJ, called Nouveau Chill;
and he plays ringleader to his own quartet, with whom he’ll
be celebrating the release of his second album, Distance,
on Saturday at WAMC’s Linda Norris Auditorium.
Patneaude’s debut, Variations, was highly praised
by Vermont’s Seven Days, who said it “perfectly
balances inventive improvisation with slippery-smooth melodies
for a sound as refreshing as it is classic”; and the All
Music Guide enthused that the work was truly as great as
the sum of its parts. Metroland, too, is familiar
with those parts—namely guitarist George Muscatello, drummer
Danny Whelchel, bassist Ryan Lukas and, of course, Patneaude
himself—and has twice named BP as the Best Jazz Artist of
the year (2003 and 2004, if you’re checking the archives).
continues on in the pattern established by Patneaude’s debut,
seamlessly incorporating world rhythms and textures, tasteful
shadings of free-jazz inspired oddity, and smoky slow groove,
all of which are threaded together by Patneaude’s unfailingly
lyrical and melodic tenor.
The Brian Patneaude Quartet will hold their CD-release party
on Saturday (March 19) at WAMC’s Linda Norris Auditorium
(339 Central Ave., Albany). Tickets for the 8 PM show are
$8. For more information, call 465-5233.
Residency: Amelia Biewald
artists wait until they’ve finished their work before putting
it out there in front of the people, but not Minneapolis
sculptress Amelia Biewald. The recipient of Schick Art Gallery’s
2005 artist’s residency competition, Biewald has chosen
to use the coming month to develop an installation inside
the gallery. It’s a bold move, but we have a feeling she’s
up to the challenge. Biewald, who has studied at such prestigious
institutions as the Rhode Island School of Design and Goldsmith’s
College at the University of London, creates works that
explore the pursuit of, and pop culture’s obsession with,
youth and physical beauty. Whether this project will take
the form of a gigantic silicone implant or an homage to
Lindsay Lohan remains to be seen, but half the fun is getting
there. To add to the fun, Biewald will allow a limited amount
of public interaction while she works.
Amelia Biewald’s artist-in-residence exhibition opens this
Monday (March 21) at the Schick Art Gallery, on the campus
of Skidmore College (815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs).
Visiting hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 to 11 AM
and 1 to 2 PM. (The gallery will be closed Friday through
Sunday throughout the residency.) Biewald will give an artist’s
lecture at the Tang Teaching Museum on March 24 at 7 PM,
and a reception and installation celebration will take place
just prior to the exhibition’s closing on April 14 from
6:30 to 7:30 PM. For more information, call 580-5049.
State Youth Orchestra
25 years, the Empire State Youth Orchestra has provided
an exciting place for great young musicians to perform with
other great young musicians. (If you ever played in a high-school
band, especially one in which the quality of playing is,
shall we say, uneven, then you know what we’re talking about.)
ESYO, with its various ensembles and varied concert opportunities,
has established itself as both vital and entertaining.
the 25th Anniversary Season Concert, music director Helen
Cha-Pyo (pictured) will conduct the world premiere of Hilary
Tann’s From the Feather to the Fountain. Tann, a
Union College professor, is celebrated for nature-inspired
compositions. Also on the program: Violinist Eric Zhou,
winner of the recent Lois Lyman Concerto Competition, will
be featured on the Chen Gang and He Zhanhao work Butterfly
Lovers Concerto. The Empire State Repertory Orchestra,
under the direction of David Beck, will present works by
Boysen, Gounod and Rimsky-Korsakov.
The ESYO 25th Anniversary Concert will be held Sunday (March
20) at 3 PM at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (Second
and State streets, Troy). Admission is $15 adults, $10 students
and seniors. For tickets, call the ESYO office at 382-7581
or the Music Hall box office at 273-0038.