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"M.N.D. (Music Never Dies)" M.A.K.U. Sound System live at Freedom Square

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Recorded live at Freedom Square in Troy NY

M.A.K.U Sound System is a New York-based Colombian band playing music that is traditional at its core, but with a futuristic spin that is distinct. Basing their rhythmic foundation on Colombian folkloric music, the band diverts from tradition by inflecting their sound with decidedly more modern synthesizers, and musical influences ranging from jazz, psychedelic rock, punk, afro-beat, reggae, and soul. This 8-musician ensemble was born in Queens in 2009 and uses an array of instruments in heavy rotation on stage and in the studio, including drums, Colombian drums, guitar, bass, vocals, horn, clarinet, trombone, traditional Colombian percussion instruments such as maracas and gaitas (large indigenous flutes), and synthesizers--to name but a few. Most of the band members are Colombian immigrants who currently live, work, and play in New York City. Each of the musicians, regardless of origin, adds in his/her own interpretations and experiences to every M.A.K.U. song, both musically and lyrically, contributing to that indefinable quality in their songs that can only be defined as M.A.K.U.!

M.A.K.U. Sound System is:

Juan Ospina, lead vocals + bass
Camilo Rodriguez, guitar
Liliana Conde, lead vocals + percussion
Andrés Jimenez, drums
Felipe Quiroz, synthesizer
Robert Stringer, trombone
Isaiah Richardson Jr., saxophone + clarinet
Moris Cañante, alegre

A Sanctuary TV production with:

Director/Switcher
Branda Miller

Cameras
Eleanor Goldsmith
Lydia Cordero - Campis
Jay Wilcox
Derek Sweeney Kesler

Live and Recorded Sound
Troy Pohl

Production Team
Ryan Jenkins
Andrew Lynn
Steve Pierce

and community volunteers


Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts as part of the "Our Town" project.

Posted 9 months ago

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Raise The Roof!

A mini-documentary about a strategic roof repair at The Sanctuary for Independent Media...

Posted 1 year ago

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Amiri Baraka & Rob Brown - Why's Wise

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Why's Wise, by Amiri Baraka (poetry) and Rob Brown (saxophone), recorded live on February 21, 2009 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY.

Poetic icon and revolutionary political activist Amiri Baraka performs with Rob Brown, an eloquent and versatile saxophonist with a deep knowledge of jazz, in a reading from his book Somebody Blew Up America & Other Poems. The recital of the provocative poem Somebody Blew Up America engaged the poet warrior in a battle royal with the governor of New Jersey, who demanded his resignation as the states Poet Laureate. With influences on Barakas work ranging from musical orishas such as Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, and Sun Ra to the Cuban Revolution, Malcolm X and world revolutionary movements, he is renowned as the founder of the Black Arts Movement in Harlem in the 1960s that became, though short-lived, the virtual blueprint for a new American theater aesthetic.

This production is part of "Free Jazz at the Sanctuary," a 13-part series of jazz performance videos featuring some of the world's most talented improvisers performing a wide spectrum of music in the genre broadly known as free jazz. Each hour-long show is available on DVD directly from Downtown Music Gallery (www.downtownmusicgallery.com). For more information on this series visit www.JazzSanctuary.org The complete series consists of performances by: The Thirteenth Assembly (Taylor Ho Bynum, Tomas Fujiwara, Mary Halvorson, Jessica Pavone) Ethnic Heritage Ensemble (Kahil El'Zabar, Ernest Dawkins, Corey Wilkes) From Between Trio (Michel Doneda, Tatsuya Nakatani, Jack Wright) Michael Vlatkovich Quartet (Christopher Garcia, Jonathan Golove, David Mott, Michael Vlatkovich) Sax Soup Poetry and Voice (Joe Giardullo, Pierre Joris, Nicole Peyrafitte) Trio Tarana (Sam Bardfeld, Ravish Momin, Brian Prunka) The Ras Ensemble (Clif Jackson, Dave Miller, Ras Moshe, Tor Yochai Snyder) William Hooker Empty Cage Quartet (Ivan Johnson, Paul Kikuchi, Jason Mears, Kris Tiner) Weasel Walter Trio (Peter Evans, Mary Halvorson, Weasel Walter) Splatto Festival Chorus (Dave Barrett, Michael Bisio, Ed Mann, Todd Reynolds) Amiri Baraka and Rob Brown Fay Victor Ensemble (Ken Filiano, Anders Nilsson, Michael TA Thompson, Fay Victor). "Free Jazz from the Sanctuary" is a co-production of NY Media Alliance and the Arts Department at Rensselaer, made possible in part with support from the NYS Council on the Arts and the NYS Music Fund, established by the NYS Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers.

Posted 1 year ago

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"Agent Alpha" by Rebecca Migdal

World War 3 Illustrated collective member Rebecca Migdal performed this puppetry piece -- with a video projection and live music supporting -- entitled "Agent Alpha: The Pentagon's Tiniest Covert Operative" at The Sanctuary for Independent Media on May 8, 2010.With Eric Blitz on percussion, Zef Noise on electric violin, Andy Laties on hose + harmonica, and Carlo, Miles, and Louisa as protestors.Resources on action against depleted uranium:http://www.abolition2000.orghttp://www.bandepleteduranium.orgMilitary Toxics Project, PO Box 558, Lewiston, ME 04243 - 207-783-5091

Posted 1 year ago

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Amiri Baraka & Rob Brown - Something In The Way Of Things (In Town)

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Something In The Way of Things (In Town), by Amiri Baraka (poetry) and Rob Brown (saxophone), recorded live on February 21, 2009 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY.

Poetic icon and revolutionary political activist Amiri Baraka performs with Rob Brown, an eloquent and versatile saxophonist with a deep knowledge of jazz, in a reading from his book Somebody Blew Up America & Other Poems. The recital of the provocative poem Somebody Blew Up America engaged the poet warrior in a battle royal with the governor of New Jersey, who demanded his resignation as the states Poet Laureate. With influences on Barakas work ranging from musical orishas such as Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, and Sun Ra to the Cuban Revolution, Malcolm X and world revolutionary movements, he is renowned as the founder of the Black Arts Movement in Harlem in the 1960s that became, though short-lived, the virtual blueprint for a new American theater aesthetic.

This production is part of "Free Jazz at the Sanctuary," a 13-part series of jazz performance videos featuring some of the world's most talented improvisers performing a wide spectrum of music in the genre broadly known as free jazz. Each hour-long show is available on DVD directly from Downtown Music Gallery (www.downtownmusicgallery.com). For more information on this series visit www.JazzSanctuary.org The complete series consists of performances by: The Thirteenth Assembly (Taylor Ho Bynum, Tomas Fujiwara, Mary Halvorson, Jessica Pavone) Ethnic Heritage Ensemble (Kahil El'Zabar, Ernest Dawkins, Corey Wilkes) From Between Trio (Michel Doneda, Tatsuya Nakatani, Jack Wright) Michael Vlatkovich Quartet (Christopher Garcia, Jonathan Golove, David Mott, Michael Vlatkovich) Sax Soup Poetry and Voice (Joe Giardullo, Pierre Joris, Nicole Peyrafitte) Trio Tarana (Sam Bardfeld, Ravish Momin, Brian Prunka) The Ras Ensemble (Clif Jackson, Dave Miller, Ras Moshe, Tor Yochai Snyder) William Hooker Empty Cage Quartet (Ivan Johnson, Paul Kikuchi, Jason Mears, Kris Tiner) Weasel Walter Trio (Peter Evans, Mary Halvorson, Weasel Walter) Splatto Festival Chorus (Dave Barrett, Michael Bisio, Ed Mann, Todd Reynolds) Amiri Baraka and Rob Brown Fay Victor Ensemble (Ken Filiano, Anders Nilsson, Michael TA Thompson, Fay Victor). "Free Jazz from the Sanctuary" is a co-production of NY Media Alliance and the Arts Department at Rensselaer, made possible in part with support from the NYS Council on the Arts and the NYS Music Fund, established by the NYS Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers.

Posted 1 year ago

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Mamadou Kelly "Fissa Maiga"

Mali's "Festival in the Desert" Caravan for Peace tour came to Freedom Square in North Troy, NY on July 26, 2013. The Caravan shines a light on two of Mali's greatest contributions to the world's music: the Tuareg sounds and Malian blues, both revealing the deep and gritty roots, and the striking skill and musicianship of Mali's beleaguered artists.

From Niafunke, the heart of the Malian delta blues, guitar genius and subtle vocal stylist, Mamadou Kelly has been an integral part of two of the most famous groups in Malian music, Afel Bocoum's Alkibar and also Ali Farka Toure's backup band. He has played guitar and performed with these two greats on many of their tours and albums. He is the solid glue that holds the music together. Nothing short of a virtuoso on the acoustic guitar, Mamadou has an encyclopedic knowledge of the music of Mali. He represents a new sophistication in the sound of Niafunke.

Forced to flee Niafunke for Bamako after the occupation of northern Mali in 2012 and the imposition of sharia that banned music in his home town, Mamadou continues to develop his career. Having toured extensively as a side-man, he is now ready to step into the center spotlight and present his own music to the world. Supported by his brother, Hama, a respected genius on the calabash who is also heard on many recordings from Mali, and their longtime collaborator, monochord master Youro, their music represents the best and most captivating combination of traditional and contemporary West Africa imaginable. His vocals display a smooth sophistication demonstrating the high level of his art.

This presentation was made possible by funding from the NYS Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Troy as well as volunteer labor and small financial contributions from thousands of patrons of The Sanctuary for Independent Media.

For more info: http://www.mediasanctuary.org/node/5656

Special thanks: Norman Keyser

Posted 3 weeks ago

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Battlefield Band "Tynes in Overtime!"

A live performance of Battlefield Band, featuring Sean O'Donnell, Alasdair White, Ewen Henderson and Mike Katz, recorded on October 6, 2013 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY.

Inspired by their rich heritage of Celtic music and fired by the strength and vibrancy of today's Scottish cultural scene which they have done much to create and fuel, Battlefield Band has led and been at the forefront of a great revival in Scottish music.

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www.battlefieldband.co.uk

Posted 2 months ago

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2013 North Central Holiday Celebration

The diverse community in Troy NY came together for the 2nd Annual Holidays in North Central Neighborhood Celebration on December 14, 2013. The neighborhood's 2nd Annual Holiday Celebration, took place from 1 to 5 PM at The Sanctuary for Independent Media and The Missing Link Street Ministry, in collaboration with members of Troy Bike Rescue, City of Troy community police, Uptown Initiative, and Troy Central Little League.

In addition to a TBR bike gift-away, there were family activities including food and baked goods, ornament-making, skits, a coat raffle and a tree lighting at 5 PM in Freedom Square (at the corner of 101st and 5th/6th Avenues). The coats were generously donated through a partnership with the Champlain Rotary and Troy City Hall.

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Posted 3 months ago

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Oliver Mtukudzi "Manyemwe"

Zimbabwean superstar Oliver Mtukudzi and The Black Spirits performing at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY on April 9, 2013.

From Wikipedia: "With his husky voice, he has become the most recognized voice to emerge from Zimbabwe and onto the international scene and he has earned a devoted following across Africa and beyond. A member of Zimbabwe's KoreKore tribe, Nzou Samanyanga as his totem, he sings in the nation's dominant Shona language along with Ndebele and English. He also incorporates elements of different musical traditions, giving his music a distinctive style, known to fans as 'Tuku Music.'"

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www.tukumusik.com

Posted 4 months ago

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Sax Soup Poetry & Voice - Interstate Soup

"Interstate Soup," by Sax, Soup, Poetry and Voice with Nicole Peyrafitte (vocals, cooking), Pierre Joris (poetry), and Joe Giardullo (saxophone), recorded live on November 10, 2007 at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY.

A "melange" performance in three parts: to see, hear, smell, wonder and taste! The trio celebrates and harvests non-linear momentum through music, poetry, voice, multi-media performance and yes, an Inner-State soup, drawing on an eclectic heritage to perform works based on transcontinental experiences, a tasty and imaginative broth. Videos, paintings, texts, music, and movements blend into a "Bi-Continental Chowder!"

This production is part of "Free Jazz at the Sanctuary," a 13-part series of jazz performance videos featuring some of the world's most talented improvisers performing a wide spectrum of music in the genre broadly known as free jazz.

Each hour-long show is available on DVD directly from Downtown Music Gallery
(www.downtownmusicgallery.com).

For more information on this series visit www.JazzSanctuary.org

The complete series consists of performances by:
•The Thirteenth Assembly (Taylor Ho Bynum, Tomas Fujiwara, Mary Halvorson, Jessica Pavone)
•Ethnic Heritage Ensemble (Kahil El'Zabar, Ernest Dawkins, Corey Wilkes)
•From Between Trio (Michel Doneda, Tatsuya Nakatani, Jack Wright)
•Michael Vlatkovich Quartet (Christopher Garcia, Jonathan Golove, David Mott, Michael Vlatkovich)
•Sax Soup Poetry and Voice (Joe Giardullo, Pierre Joris, Nicole Peyrafitte)
•Trio Tarana (Sam Bardfeld, Ravish Momin, Brian Prunka)
•The Ras Ensemble (Clif Jackson, Dave Miller, Ras Moshe, Tor Yochai Snyder)
•William Hooker
•Empty Cage Quartet (Ivan Johnson, Paul Kikuchi, Jason Mears, Kris Tiner)
•Weasel Walter Trio (Peter Evans, Mary Halvorson, Weasel Walter)
•Splatto Festival Chorus¬ (Dave Barrett, Michael Bisio, Ed Mann, Todd Reynolds)
•Amiri Baraka and Rob Brown
•Fay Victor Ensemble (Ken Filiano, Anders Nilsson, Michael TA Thompson, Fay Victor).

"Free Jazz from the Sanctuary" is a co-production of NY Media Alliance and the Arts Department at Rensselaer, made possible in part with support from the NYS Council on the Arts and the NYS Music Fund, established by the NYS Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers.

Posted 6 months ago

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Virtual Kindness by Abby Lappen

Abby Lappen sings "Virtual Kindness" at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY, October, 2010.

Posted 6 months ago

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Jayne Cortez "I See Chano Pozo"

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"A Dialogue Between Voice and Drums" live at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, NY on October 23, 2010.

A firespitting evening with drummer Denardo Coleman, featuring a voice celebrated for her political, surrealistic, dynamic innovations in lyricism, and visceral sound. Cortez's literary work and impassioned activism, inspired by the ideals of human dignity and social justice, have been called blues poetics, part of the foundation of hip hop and performance poetry. Denardo Coleman is a musician, composer, producer and drummer with the Ornette Coleman Quartet.

Posted 10 months ago

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Khaira Arby Live at The Sanctuary

Recorded Live Oct. 1, 2010 at the Sanctuary for Independent Media Experience desert defiance and womanly power as Malian diva Khaira Arby and her band invoke the mystery, history, and heart of Timbuktu in concert! ; This was the opening event of the Sanctuary's fall 2010 season, celebrating five years of adventurous programming! Find Khaira Arby and her band from Timbuktu online at:http://myspace.com/khairaarbySanctuary TV:http://mediasanctuary.org/tv

Posted 1 year ago

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