Friday, October 2nd
Albany First Friday – Fork in the Road
The Local Harvest Festival was started by the Honest Weight Food Co-op in 2009 as a way to bring all of the amazing local vendors our region has to offer off our shelves and into the greater community. Now in its seventh year, the festival has grown to feature over 50 local farms, vendors, businesses and a slew of great local bands.
In Skerik’s words, “I’ve always been inspired by Fela Kuti and Steve Reich, which sparked the idea to start a band built around rhythmic and minimalist concepts. It’s not about soloing so much as creating a polyrhythmic weave with the four instruments. Music that is danceable but also interesting to listen to.”
A bold assertion, but one for which the music bears witness. Together, the quartet syncopates and snakes, floats free and snaps tight with hypnotic afrobeat rhythms, minimalist canons and improvised harmonics. There’s a duality that demands listeners both dance and get lost in the sound.
Recent Bandalabra footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?