hard-rockers Saliva have returned with their fifth album,
Blood Stained Love Story, which enjoyed a No. 19
debut on the Billboard album-sales chart. This is
news, apparently, because while the band have had a handful
of singles make the radio-airplay charts, they haven’t managed
a hit album. Of course in this day and age, anyone can make
a big splash on the charts without actually constituting
a “hit”—hell, Bloc Party almost cracked the Top 10 a few
weeks back. But Saliva seem to have a nice working relationship
with their fan base, which explains how they’ve managed
to have a hit with another song with “boom” in the chorus.
(Their latest single, “Ladies and Gentlemen,” recently topped
the Mainstream Rock chart.) Saliva will roll into town this
week with the consistently unremarkable Crossfade in tow;
Nashville’s Ligion will open.
plus special guests Crossfade and Ligion, will perform tomorrow
(Friday, March 2) at Northern Lights (1208 Route 146, Clifton
Park). Tickets for the 7 PM show are $15. For more information,
call the box office at 371-0012.
is Igor Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale, a universal
story of war, a parable of good and evil. This unique collaboration,
which director Barbara Gulan describes as combining “the
best in music, dance and theater,” brings together local
and national artists, including the Saratoga Chamber Players,
Round Arts Theatre Company, the New York City-based SITI
Company and the Albany Symphony’s David Alan Miller, who
will conduct (and who is very busy this week, as Key’s American
Music Festival gets under way).
In addition to this theater-music-dance piece, the Saratoga
Chamber Players will perform works by Poulenc (Sonata
for Clarinet and Bassoon), Weill (The Threepenny
Opera Suite) and Joplin (Cascade).
Soldier’s Tale will be presented tomorrow (Friday, March
2) at 7:30 PM at the Spa Little Theater (Saratoga Spa State
Park, Saratoga Springs). Tickets are $25, $22 seniors, $15
students, and kids free—call for details. For reservations
and information, call 584-6523.
Extensible Toy Piano Festival
all John Cage’s fault. In 1960, Cage premiered Music
for Amplified Toy Pianos, turning the cute little guys
(the pianos) into superstars. Hoo-ray. The guy also wrote
an entire piece that requires the performer to not do shit
for four-and-a-half minutes. Whatever.
the toy-piano thing, that was inspirational, at least for
Matt Malsky and the team of music dorks who put together
the Extensible Toy Piano Project two years ago. Founded
as an international competition and festival, the project
solicits new compositions from around the globe, and challenges
the obvious limitations of the toy piano by matching it
with modern technology. For Sunday’s concert, University
at Albany faculty will join with members of the namesake
project to perform a number of these modern works, plus
the Cage piece that started it all.
A concert of music from the Extensible Toy Piano Festival
will take place at the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts
Center on the University at Albany’s uptown campus (1400
Washington Ave., Albany) on Sunday (March 4) at 3 PM. Tickets
are $8, $4 for students. For more information, contact the
box office at 442-3997.