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ALBANY

Brad Mehldau Trio gives electrifying show at Egg

Beats mattered as much as notes on Saturday at The Egg as jazz pianist/composer Brad Mehldau crafted/ignited 90-plus minutes of dense, questing or serenely lyrical trio improvisations.

TROY

Performance at EMPAC 'disciplined, committed'

The music of the much awarded and recorded Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino tends to stay in the barely-there range with only the occasional outburst. But based on the three works a crowd heard Thursday night at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, those sounds conveyed a host of emotions.

Police drummer Copeland mixes rock, classical

Police drummer Copeland mixes rock, classical

Stewart Copeland, famed drummer of the band The Police, is a long way from his rock star days.

Ambitious ‘Immigrants’ melds music, dance, history, to audience’s delight

Albany Pro Musica closed its 35th season Sunday afternoon at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall as the culmination of a three-week homage to Albany’s ethnic heritage.

Gogol Bordello plays at Upstate Concert Hall

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Gogol Bordello plays at Upstate Concert Hall

Fans started rushing toward the stage as soon as they heard the opening notes of Gogol Bordello, the gypsy-punk band from New York City who returned to Upstate Concert Hall on Friday night.

Thai guitarist creates mood by varying tempo

Thai guitarist creates mood by varying tempo

Thai guitarist Ekachai Jearakul gave a recital Sunday evening at The College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts as the first Asian to win the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition.

ALBANY

Deer Tick’s toned-down show sticks to Egg crowd

Deer Tick's logo of a large deer tick loomed on the Egg stage Friday night. A repulsive sight at first, it took on a different meaning as the night wore on. The music would cling to you after the show, but it wasn’t something one needed to scrape off.

Jerusalem Orchestra, young prodigy, delight audience

The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra wowed the crowd Monday night in its debut at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in a well-chosen program that was enlivened by a miracle of a 13-year-old cello prodigy.

ALBANY

Adoring audience gets great show from Bonnie Raitt at Palace

“I can’t believe we get to do this for a living,” said Bonnie Raitt during her sold-out show at the Palace Theatre on Saturday night.

Ebene Quartet brings freshness, wonder to classical repertoire

The Ebene String Quartet gave it everything they had Thursday night at Union College’s Memorial Chapel, turning what might have been a conventional program into a celebration of the unexpected.

Three singers soar in powerful ‘Voices’ concert

ALBANY

Three singers soar in powerful ‘Voices’ concert

Singer-songwriter Patty Griffin came up with the idea for the Use Your Voice 2016 Tour over a year ago as a way to “get people involved in our government again,” she said

TROY

Neko Case wanders beautifully in Troy concert

A wanderer from Virginia to the Pacific Northwest (on both sides of the border) to Chicago to Vermont, and from bands to solo work, singer-songwriter Neko Case wandered among the eight albums in her “Truckdriver Gladiator Mule” collection on Saturday at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Altan's beautiful Irish melodies fill Music Hall

“It’s the melodies,” answered Paddy Moloney of the Chieftains years ago when I asked why everybody loves Irish music. So it was when Altan first charmed, then charged up fans at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Sunday.

TROY

Three acts deliver a pleasing Bridge Jazz Festival

The real treat of Friday's Bridge Jazz Festival at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall was enjoying the full range of three acts, which is the point of a good jazz festival, even a small one.

Three young pianists perform with grace and pizzazz

On Saturday night at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Albany Symphony Orchestra music director David Alan Miller led three young pianists through the first three of those concerti to stunning results.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Two impeccible guitarists soar together

Italian guitarists Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli make a dynamic duo.

Concert takes audience back 400 years

Exsultemus and Newton Baroque are two groups that specialize in period music. On Sunday afternoon they joined forces at Emma Willard’s Kiggins Hall to present a collection of works to a large crowd that the faithful might have heard around sunset in a 1630s Venetian church.

ALBANY

'Cool dude' Greene, bandmates heat up The Egg

Jackie Greene played a full show of decent, original music before he finally cracked open The Egg’s sold-out Swyer Theater Friday night at the very end with, of all things, cover tunes.

O.A.R. brings college-roots sounds to Palace

ALBANY

O.A.R. brings college-roots sounds to Palace

While there were lots of college-age fans at the Palace — along with enthusiastic screaming, occasional rowdiness and spilled beer — there were plenty of older fans in the almost-full theatre as well.

Rowe delivers intense, soulful music at sold-out Caffè Lena shows

Rowe delivers intense, soulful music at sold-out Caffè Lena shows

Troy native Sean Rowe transfixed the crowd with his superb songwriting and intense stage presence during a 90-minute set.

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