PHOTO: Joe Putrock
Gorton CD-release party
back! Brent Gorton, that is, with a new solo album, simply
titled Brent Gorton. The inaugural release for the
new Collar City Records label, Brent Gorton (the
album) finds Brent Gorton (the guy) playing many instruments
himself, with a guest list that reads like a who’s-who of
the Albany indie-music scene: Members of the Kamikaze Hearts,
Lincoln Money Shot, Brevator, and Complicated Shirt all
contribute to the proceedings. In typical Gorton fashion,
British Invasion-influenced popsmithery (“Anna Berlin,”
“That Photograph”) sits snugly with more experimental bits
(“Feedback”) for a consistently interesting 30-minute listen.
An aside to the man himself: When we profiled you last year
(June 23, 2005), you claimed that you “didn’t want to use
a lot of guitar” on the album. What gives? This album is
loaded with guitars (among other things). We’re not
complaining, just trying to set the record straight here.
Brent Gorton and the Tender Breasts (pictured) will celebrate
the album’s release this Saturday (May 20) at Valentine’s
(17 New Scotland Ave., Albany). Boston-based pop act Mittens
and local “supergroup” Gun Christmas will open the 9 PM
show. Admission is $5. For more information, call 432-6572
or visit www.valentinesalbany.com.
Albany Symphony Orchestra
Albany Symphony Orchestra’s season draws to a close Saturday
night at the Palace with a program of musical fireworks
titled Brave New Worlds.
The title gives the first hint about what’s on the program:
Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9, aka “From the New World.”
Easily the most popular of Dvorák’s symphonies, the ninth
is bold and brash, combining the Native American and other
folk-music influences—picked up on a U.S. visit—with the
European symphonic tradition. As for the aforementioned
fireworks, they’ll be provided by soloist Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg
when she joins the ASO for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.
Finally, there will be the premiere of My Father’s Waltz,
specially commissioned from composer Michael Torke (Strawberry
Fields). And then that’s it for maestro David Alan Miller
and company until the fall—so don’t pass up this (temporary)
The Albany Symphony Orchestra will perform Saturday (May
20) at 7:30 PM at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton Ave., Albany).
Tickets are $41.25, $32.50 and $21. For tickets and other
information, call the box office at 465-4663.
Gilded Pony Performance Festival
goes up, must come down/spinning wheel, spinnin’ round .
Wait a minute, scratch that: It was a “painted pony”
they were singing about. There are also “gelded ponies,”
but let’s not go into that. This is about a gilded pony,
as in the Gilded Pony Performance Festival, a delirious
amalgam of art and dance and performance and whatnot to
be held this weekend at the Arts Center of the Capital Region
in Troy and the Old Brick Church in Valley Falls.
In case the name—that’s Gilded Pony Performance Festival,
remember?—isn’t quite specific enough, let’s hear from the
co-curators, Hélène Lesterlin of Troy and Bethany Wright
of Valley Falls.
The festival, cosponsored by Atlas Dance (pictured below)
and FO(A)RM magazine, will present “current approaches
to the exploratory arts by facilitating unusual and thought-provoking
engagements between performers and audiences. Artists hailing
from across the Northeast will converge to create a lively
amalgam of dance, theater, performance art, music, poetry,
sound art, video and installation.”
Tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday nights at the Arts Center
of the Capital Region (265 River St., Troy), there will
be performances at 8 PM in the Joseph L. Bruno Theater.
On Sunday, things get looser and more carnival-esque at
the Old Brick Church (12 Emily St., Valley Falls) from noon
to 6 PM. C’mon, get your art on.
The Gilded Pony Performance Festival will be held this weekend
(May 20-22) in Troy and Valley Falls. Admission to each
individual event is $12 and $15; weekend passes are available
for $35 and $40. Call (845) 417-3845 or e-mail gilded email@example.com
to reserve tickets and passes; more information can be found