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Halloween is upon us, and maybe you’re looking for something a little spooky to get you in the mood? Well, Boston songwriter Maria Finkelmeier has exactly the trick: spooky new music she summoned to honor a famous but relatively unknown master of 19th-century ghost stories.

Finkelmeier remembers what crossed her mind two years ago when she first heard of Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904).

“Who is this person?” she wondered. “That’s a really cool name.”

Lafcadio Hearn, 1850-1904 (Bettmann / Getty Images)

Lafcadio Hearn’s great-great-great-niece, Jean Laurenz – who is also a musician – told Finkelmeier everything. “Lafcadio is this really wild character who was a nomad born in Greece, walked through England, New York, Cincinnati, Ohio – where I’m from – and New Orleans,” Finkelmeier explained, “then moved on. traveled to Japan, and he’s best known for bringing Japanese ghost stories into the English language.

Laurenz had contacted the composer to ask if she would collaborate on a music and multimedia film project inspired by Hearn’s chilling tales and a deep reflection on Buddhism, the supernatural and spirituality. Of course, she said yes.

To prepare, Finkelmeier plunged headlong into Hearn’s life. She was taken by her troubled and tragic childhood. Hearn was blind in one eye and after his mother died, an aunt mistreated him.

“He was locked in a closet,” Finkelmeier said. “The Harry Potter-esque genre is what I always thought of when I read about his life.”

Before Hearn devoted himself to broadcasting folk ghost stories in Japan, he was a journalist in the United States and wanted to shed light on the darker side of life for real people in the 19th century.

“There’s this juxtaposition of this haunting and beauty in the way he talks about these underrepresented parts of society,” Finkelmeier mused, “and the kind of meditation he’s practiced and which, to my opinion, is really fascinating.

She and Laurenz decided to express Hearn’s unique purpose through music.

“Yes, it’s scary – and yes, it’s troubled,” said Finkelmeier, “but it’s also beautiful.”

Now Hearn’s words and ideas travel through a new sonic journey called “Descended”.

One track, titled “The Shadow Shaper”, provides a thematic center for the album. It opens with a chilling recitation delivered by Buzz Kemper.

“It’s not at all made of air, but of phantom …”

Kemper’s intonations mingle with the ethereal music of Finkelmeier. She has a contemporary classical background, “which means I’m really putting a lot of different rhythms and instruments together,” she said, and often uses electronics and improvisation.

“There are pieces that sound a lot like chamber music. There are pieces that are really inspired by dance music, ”added Finkelmeier,“ and I think of Lafcadio who puts all that energy into the world and tries to understand it. “

“I was really drawn to the fact that he finds the beauty within the experience of fear,” Laurenz explained.

As a trumpeter, singer, scholar and explorer, she feels a kinship with her long-lost relative. Laurenz is a professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an interdisciplinary artist. To stimulate the creativity of her collaborator, she sent Hearn’s diary entries to Finkelmeier, as well as books by and about him. This line, taken from one of his many essays, grabbed them both:

“Are there ghosts adorned with ghosts, a life in the endless life?” “

“And it just sat down with me,” Finkelmeier said, “and I envisioned these physical spheres and orbs.”

Maria Finkelmeier (Courtesy of Maria Finkelmeier)
Maria Finkelmeier (Courtesy of Maria Finkelmeier)

For “Orbs of Ghostliness”, she invoked round musical forms using her main instrument, the marimba. But rather than hitting one of her wooden bars with a mallet, she played it like a cello with a bow. Finkelmeier also tried wrapping the stick in foil.

“It makes that really rough sound,” she said, “which reminds me of goosebumps on your arm.”

To increase the creep factor, Finkelmeier added a simple melody by blowing in his little keyboard-like melodica and Laurenz joined in on the trumpet, which in “Orbs of Ghostliness” sounds something like a moan.

For her, the new album explores the fusion of two spheres, “our real physical lives in this time and this space, then our supernatural spiritual selves,” Laurenz said. “And for me, ‘Orbs of Ghostliness’ revolves around these two ideas, sort of playing with the membrane that separates or brings them together.”

Laurenz is also linked to the way her great-great-great-uncle sympathetically portrays ghosts in his stories. She calls them “ghosts”.

Jean Laurenz (Courtesy of Jean Laurenz)
Jean Laurenz (Courtesy of Jean Laurenz)

“Haunter is usually a woman who’s had something unfinished in her life, and she’s coming back,” Laurenz said. “And I love that notion, and I also know that the women in Lafcadio’s life were such strong and important figures.”

“His wife in Japan is the one we should really thank for these Japanese ghost stories,” Finnkelmeier added. “Setsuko Koizumi taught him these stories, then he translated them into English.”

On “Descended”, the collaborators brought the Japanese tale “The Arrival of Mujina” to life. According to the story, Mujina is a crying woman in the woods by a river.

“She is clearly desperate,” Laurenz said, “and a man walks up to her.”

“And you sort of hear that lament. You hear that sadness, ”continued Finkelmeier.

The man begs Mujina to tell him what is wrong, but the woman does not look at him.

Laurenz vocalizes the two characters in the song, “And you feel the energy rise and rise and rise until we have a real cry of fear,” Finkelmeier said, “And that’s when the faceless woman appears. “

The effect is confusing. And exciting.

Maria Finkelmeier, second from left, and Jean Laurenz, bottom right, with musicians who have contributed to "Descending" to live.  (Courtesy of Maria Finkelmeier)
Maria Finkelmeier, second from left, and Jean Laurenz, bottom right, with musicians who helped bring “Descended” to life. (Courtesy of Maria Finkelmeier)

“I hope your back is tingling a bit,” said Finkelmeier, “and then you hear Jean going completely crazy,” with his voice and trumpet playing. For their parts, musician Greg Juke and songwriter posed funky drums, synthesizer and marimba. Finkelmeier said they wanted to replicate the panic of trying to run away – like in a dream or a horror movie – but you keep stumbling.

There is also a strange lullaby called “Moon Song” which taps into our childhood fears. Finkelmeier played a toy piano there to recall Hearn’s early years and the presence of children in many of his ghost stories. In post-production, she layered on a bed of eerie whispers and effects she achieved with sandpaper, water droplets, and stones.

“We are steeped in goosebumps from an early age,” said Finkelmeier. “Like, what’s scary?” How do you learn to fear?

And while the album may scare some, it caught the attention of the awards committees. “Descended” has been submitted for a few Grammy Award categories, including Best Classical Engineering Album and Best Contemporary Composition.

Laurenz and Finkelmeier hope that those who dare to listen to their conjurations on “Descended” will come away with a mixture of terror and excitement that will inspire them to learn more about Lafcadio Hearn. And – since it’s Halloween – they also suggest adding “Descended” to your weekend soundtrack.

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Moldovan apologizes for ‘unfortunate’ confiscation of violinist’s Stradivarius https://tadasei.com/moldovan-apologizes-for-unfortunate-confiscation-of-violinists-stradivarius/ https://tadasei.com/moldovan-apologizes-for-unfortunate-confiscation-of-violinists-stradivarius/#respond Fri, 29 Oct 2021 08:52:34 +0000 https://tadasei.com/moldovan-apologizes-for-unfortunate-confiscation-of-violinists-stradivarius/

A Christie’s staff member arranges a display of a Kreutzer Stradivarius violin at the Christie’s Spring Auction premiere in Hong Kong, May 21, 2014. Photo: EPA / Jerome Javre

The Moldovan Minister of Culture apologized for the “excessive zeal” of customs officials after confiscating the Stradivarius violin of internationally awarded violinist Alexandra Conunova at the airport.

Customs employees at Chisinau airport have filed a criminal complaint against the famous Moldovan violinist for not declaring the value of the instrument, estimated at 2 million euros, to the customs services.

“It is unfortunate confusion and overzealousness. The Ministry of Culture is in contact with Alexandra and is doing everything to clarify the situation, ”said Minister of Culture Sergiu Prodan.

Officials had argued that Conunova did not declare the violin and that it was only detected during routine customs checks at the airport. Consequently, a criminal complaint was filed for attempted smuggling.

“An investigation is underway into this matter with Interpol to ensure that the papers are legal,” customs spokesperson Olesea Puscasu told BIRN.

The confiscated violin does not actually belong to Conunova but to the Swiss violin master Cédric Berger, who loaned it to him for concerts.

Conunova has won international awards at the Hanover, Moscow, Bucharest, London and Singapore international music festivals for her playing.

She started studying the violin at the age of six with teacher Galina Buinovschi at a music school in Chisinau. Subsequently, she continued her studies with Professor Krzysztof Wegrzyn at the University of Music in Hanover.

The Stradivarius, manufactured by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini and named “Ida Levin”, is currently kept in a safe at the Moldovan customs services.

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‘RHOBH’ star Dorit Kemsley robbed at gunpoint in home invasion https://tadasei.com/rhobh-star-dorit-kemsley-robbed-at-gunpoint-in-home-invasion/ https://tadasei.com/rhobh-star-dorit-kemsley-robbed-at-gunpoint-in-home-invasion/#respond Thu, 28 Oct 2021 17:04:14 +0000 https://tadasei.com/rhobh-star-dorit-kemsley-robbed-at-gunpoint-in-home-invasion/

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Star Dorit Kemsley has apparently been the victim of a horrific home invasion.

Thursday (Oct 28), The daily mail reported that Dorit and her two children, Phoenix, 5, and Jagger, 7, were at home when thieves broke into their home. Dorit recently returned from London after her nephew’s wedding and her husband, PK Kemsley, was still in London at the time.

The report said three men broke through the children’s classroom door late in the evening while the family were sleeping. Two of the men went to her bedroom to wake her up and held her at gunpoint. A source close to Dorit told the outlet that she told them, “Don’t hurt my babies. Don’t kill me. I’m a mother.” One of the thieves replied, “Kill her”.

The intruders apparently spent around twenty minutes in the house stealing expensive items such as jewelry and handbags. They would not have entered the children’s room or had contact with them. When they left, Dorit called the police and her husband, who was flying home to be with them.

Los Angeles Police have confirmed People that there was an invasion and robbery in Encino Hills, Calif., Wednesday at 10:50 p.m., involving three intruders.

In September, the couple put their 901-square-foot home on the market for $ 9.5 million just a year after buying it.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills was scheduled to begin filming on its final season this week, it’s unclear whether production will stop due to the traumatic event.

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Students worried about the theater arts department’s move https://tadasei.com/students-worried-about-the-theater-arts-departments-move/ https://tadasei.com/students-worried-about-the-theater-arts-departments-move/#respond Thu, 28 Oct 2021 04:11:44 +0000 https://tadasei.com/students-worried-about-the-theater-arts-departments-move/

Like Ithaca College Go ahead With the second phase of the University Curriculum Prioritization (APP) process, some members of the campus community are concerned about the impact of the relocation of the Department of Theater Arts – currently housed at the School of Humanities and Sciences – at the Student Music School.

The first phase of the PPA included the elimination of 116 full-time equivalent faculty (FTE) and 26 majors, departments and programs. The second phase will focus on the reorganization and restructuring of different academic areas, including the relocation of the theater department at the School of Music.

The Department of Theater Arts is home to theater studies, acting, musical theater, stage management, theater production and design., and majors in theater arts management, as well as minors in dance and theater. The department was class # 1 of 386 colleges and universities in the 2021 edition of the Princeton Review. The school of Social science and science is home to over 50 majors, including musical theater, drama, politics, economics, chemistry, biology, and writing.

A tan All teachers and staff At a meeting in May 2021, Acting Marshal La Jerne Cornish said moving the department would be a good way to explore the relationship between the performing arts and music.

Some other colleges and universities with prominent music and theater departments have both departments housed in one school, such as that at Carnegie Mellon University. College of Fine Arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Elon University College of Arts and Sciences in Elon, North Carolina.

Steve TenEyck, professor and chair of the Department of Theater Arts, said the goal is to begin the transition at the end of the 2021-2022 academic year. He said the School of Music and the Department of Theater Arts will report to the new Dean of the School of Music who has yet to be hired.

The college currently has four interim deans: Jack Powers at the Roy H. Park School of Communications, Alka Bramhandkar at the School of Business, Ivy Walz at the School of Music and Claire Gleitman at Health and security. Gleitman was appointed interim dean because Melanie Stein assumed the post of interim provost for the academic year. The college decided not to proceed with the dean research during the 2020-2021 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Interim deans remain in place for 2021-2022 academic year.

TenEyck said a transition committee has been formed to determine the details of the new structure.

“The reorganization is exciting for us in theatre, ”TenEyck said via email. “We already have a strong relationship with musual, especially with opera & musual tbeheatre, but this realignment offers potential for more collaboration. Initially, this move won’t have much of an impact on the day.Tothe daily life of theater students, teachers and staff, as the move is mainly administrative. As the two units work more closely together, I can imagine more collaboration and synergies emerging. “

Sophomore Chloe Beehm Gets It bachelor degree in music and has an outdoor theater field. She said that in addition to her requirements for her music degree, she takes 23 course units in the theater arts program overall. She said she was excited about the transition and thinks it makes sense.

“I hope that there can be some benefit for the students of the School of Music, because I have the impression that many of us music students are a bit of the theater kids in the soul, but we focused more on the music itself than the theater, ”Beehm said. . “But, I think we all have these interests. I hope that with this merger, we can all have a level playing field. “

Beehm said she was concerned about the logistics behind the transition as she did not receive much information about it. She said she was also concerned about the impact of adding students to the music school on current students, especially when it comes to class registration.

“I have the impression that with the way the Sschool of Music works, or how they fit into the courses and the program, if you want this course right now you have to get started or it will run out, ”Beehm said. “And I wonder how much more competitive it will be with musical theater students. … I just wonder how this will impact us on the regular school [of] Music students. This is the norm for us and now we may have to get around that, so I think it will be very interesting. I don’t know how they’re going to deal with this.

Junior Molly Danieli, a major in production and design with a concentration in sound design, said she was the sound design student representative on the theater arts department’s leadership team. She said the team had discussed the decision a lot and there was a lot of confusion surrounding the transition.

“We will definitely be under a different dean no matter what, and that will definitely change the way things go,” Danieli said. “But from the student perspective, I think a lot of students are saying, ‘Well, how does that make a difference? “”

She said she thinks there is a lot of overlap between the department and the School of Music, especially for sound design students. She said she was personally excited about the prospect as she hopes it will make it easier for her to take music lessons, but she has mixed feelings about how the decision was announced.

“I think the fact that they made it public to us, but it’s still so uncertain as to what that means, has very mixed signals,” Danieli said. “I feel like maybe there should have been a plan in place before it was made public.… It just causes a lot of unnecessary stress and unnecessary tension that doesn’t need to come out. produce.

Second-year student Becca Blacksten, an acting major, said she felt negatively about the decision to relocate the performing arts department. She said she thought acting majors weren’t as much of a priority as musical theater majors.

Blacksten said she thinks the transition will make it harder for acting majors to take certain courses.

“It doesn’t make it easier for theater majors to take voice or keyboard lessons, because we’re not currently allowed to take most of them,” Blacksten said. “It’s going to make it even harder for theater majors to access the resources that musical theater students have thrown at them, and it’s so much harder for theater majors to learn the very basic skills they want.” have, because the ministry puts them at a disadvantage and takes no responsibility for them.

Junior Naandi Jamison, Acting Major, noted singing lessons have always been a point of contention for theater majors. She noted some students in the theater program initially applied to the musical theater program, but did not enter. She said that many students in the theater program can sing and want to take singing lessons.

“But because we’re in the acting program, they don’t have the option of doing voice lessons,” Jamison said. “If you want singing lessons, you have to find a singing teacher and pay for it out of pocket. And so a lot of people want [take lessons] because in the professional world, a lot of musicals are not heavy with dancing. So you can be an actor who is also just a good singer, and be engaged in something really good. So a lot of people think it’s very important in their training to be able to sing and have singing lessons, but it’s not easily accessible for us.

Sophomore Noa Webner, a major in musical theater, said she was intrigued by the prospect of the merger, especially the opportunities that could be offered to students at Dillingham and Whalen. She said she wanted to know if musical theater students will be able to take longer singing lessons.

“I think it’s safe to say at this point that the half hour singing lessons can be frustrating at times and having plenty of time to work with our singing teachers each week is an imperative part of our training.” , Webner said via email. “Especially when you consider that most B musicals.F.A. programs across the country are able to give their students hour-long lessons, putting students in Ithaca at a disadvantage.

However, she said she felt the college kept students in the dark about the merger.

“The little we heard of that was at a major meeting on Dillingham’s performance at the start of this semester, where the teachers basically said that some kind of integration between the two schools was taking place. would produce in the Fthroughout 2022 and even they don’t know exactly what it’s going to look like, ”Webner said.

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Today in history | Comment https://tadasei.com/today-in-history-comment/ https://tadasei.com/today-in-history-comment/#respond Wed, 27 Oct 2021 09:00:00 +0000 https://tadasei.com/today-in-history-comment/

Today is Wednesday, October 27, the 300th day of 2021. There are 65 days left in the year.

The highlight of today’s history:

On October 27, 1978, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin (men-AH’-kem BAY’-gihn) were named Nobel Peace Prize laureates for their progress towards reaching an agreement in the Middle East.

In 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers, a series of essays calling for ratification of the Constitution of the United States, was published.

In 1858, the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, was born in New York.

In 1904, the first rapid transit subway, the IRT, opened in New York City.

In 1938, Du Pont announced a name for his new synthetic yarn: “nylon”.

In 1941, the Chicago Daily Tribune ruled out the possibility of war with Japan, writing: “She cannot attack us. It is a military impossibility. Even our base in Hawaii exceeds the effective strike power of its fleet.

In 1954, U.S. Air Force Col. Benjamin O. Davis Jr. was promoted to Brigadier General, the first black officer to achieve this rank in the USAF.

In 1986, the New York Mets won the World Series, coming from behind to defeat the Boston Red Sox, 8-5, in Game 7 played at Shea Stadium.

In 1995, a sniper killed one soldier and injured 18 others at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. (Paratrooper William J. Kreutzer was convicted of the shootings and sentenced to death; the sentence was later commuted to life in prison.)

In 1998, Hurricane Mitch crossed the western Caribbean, hitting the coasts of Honduras and Belize; the storm killed several thousand people in Central America in the days that followed.

In 2001, the search for the deadly anthrax in Washington extended to thousands of businesses and 30 mail distribution centers.

In 2004, the Boston Red Sox won their first World Series since 1918, sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4, 3-0.

In 2018, a gunman shot dead 11 worshipers and injured six others at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh in the deadliest attack on Jews in US history; Authorities said the suspect, Robert Bowers, raged against Jews during and after the rampage. (Bowers, who is awaiting trial, has pleaded not guilty; prosecutors are seeking a death sentence.)

Ten years ago: EU leaders have struck a deal they hoped would mark a turning point in their two-year debt crisis, accepting banks to take bigger losses on Greece’s debts and to bolster the region’s weapons against them. market turmoil.

Five years ago: A jury in Portland, Oregon, dealt an extraordinary blow to the government in a protracted battle over public land use by acquitting the seven defendants, including group leader Ammon Bundy, who were involved in the armed occupation of a national fauna. safe haven in 2014. Law enforcement officers dressed in riot gear evicted protesters from private land on their way to the Dakota Access pipeline, dramatically exacerbating a months-long dispute over human rights. Amerindians and the environmental impact of the project.

One year ago: Amy Coney Barrett is officially sworn in as the ninth Supreme Court justice, her oath taken privately by Chief Justice John Roberts. Seeking the support of suburban women during their campaign in Michigan, President Donald Trump said, “We are putting your husbands back to work,” as he criticized the restrictions put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Los Angeles Dodgers won their first World Series title since 1988, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game 6 of a series contested at the neutral venue in Arlington, TX due to the coronavirus. (Dodgers star Justin Turner was taken out of the game after the seventh inning after testing positive for COVID-19; he returned to the field to celebrate with his teammates in violation of coronavirus protocols.) self-improvement in disgrace Keith Raniere was sentenced to 120 years for turning some of his adherents into sex slaves with his initials and for sexually abusing a 15-year-old.

Today’s birthdays: Actor-comedian John Cleese is 82 years old. Author Maxine Hong Kingston is 81 years old. Country singer Lee Greenwood is 79 years old. Producer-director Ivan Reitman is 75 years old. Rock musician Garry Tallent (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) is 72 years old. Author Fran Lebowitz is 71. Rock musician KK Downing is 70 years old. TV personality Jayne Kennedy is 70 years old. Actor-director Roberto Benigni is 69 years old. Actor Peter Firth is 68 years old. Actor Robert Picardo is 68 years old. World Golf Hall of Fame member Patty Sheehan is 65. Singer Simon Le Bon is 63 years old. Country musician Jerry Dale McFadden (The Mavericks) is 57 years old. Internet editor Matt Drudge is 55 years old. Rock musician Jason Finn (Presidents of the United States of America) is 54 years old. Actor Sean Holland is 53 years old. Actor Channon Roe is 52 years old. Actor Sheeri Rappaport is 44 years old. Actor David Walton is 43 years old. Violinist Vanessa-Mae is 43 years old. Actor-singer Kelly Osbourne is 37 years old. Actor Christine Evangelista is 35 years old. Actor Bryan Craig is 30 years old. Actor Troy Gentile is 28 years old.

Tuesday, October 26, the 299th day of 2021. There are 66 days left in the year.

The highlight of today’s history:

On October 26, 2001, President George W. Bush signed the USA Patriot Act, giving authorities an unprecedented ability to search, seize, detain or listen in their pursuit of potential terrorists.

In 1774, the first Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.

In 1825, the Erie Canal opened in upstate New York, connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson River.

In 1861, the legendary Pony Express officially ceased operations, making way for the transcontinental telegraph. (The last run of the Pony Express was completed the following month.)

In 1881, the “Gunfight at the OK Corral” took place in Tombstone, Arizona, as Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and “Doc” Holliday faced off against Ike Clanton’s gang. Three members of the Clanton gang were killed; Earp and Holliday’s brothers were injured.

In 1944, the Battle of the Leyte Gulf (LAY’-tay) of World War II ended in a major Allied victory over Japanese forces, whose naval capabilities were severely crippled.

In 1965, The Beatles were awarded MBE medals as members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

In 1975, Anwar Sadat became the first Egyptian president to pay an official visit to the United States.

In 1979, South Korean President Park Chung-hee was shot dead by the head of Korea’s Central Intelligence Agency, Kim Jae-kyu.

In 1984, “Baby Fae”, a newborn with a severe heart defect, received a baboon’s heart during an experimental transplant in Loma Linda, California. (Baby Fae lived 21 days with the animal heart.)

In 2002, a hostage siege by Chechen rebels in a Moscow theater ended with the deaths of 129 of the more than 800 captives, most of them due to stunning gas used by Russian special forces who took assault the theater; 41 rebels also died.

In 2010, Iran began loading fuel into the core of its first nuclear power plant.

In 2018, former Fox News Channel personality Megyn Kelly was fired from her NBC morning show after she sparked an uproar over suggesting it was okay for whites to wear blackface on Halloween.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama recalled his struggles with student debt as he unveiled a plan at the University of Colorado in Denver to give millions of young people relief from their payments. In a verdict that disappointed pro-democracy activists, two Egyptian police officers who beat a man to death were convicted of manslaughter and given a relatively light sentence in a case that helped spark the Egyptian uprising.

Five years ago: The Pentagon has struggled to avoid a public relations nightmare, suspending its efforts to force California National Guard troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan to reimburse enlistment bonuses that may have been improperly awarded. The Chicago Cubs beat Cleveland 5-1 in Game 2 for their first World Series victory since 1945.

One year ago: Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court by a deeply divided Senate, with Republicans dominating Democrats to install President Donald Trump’s nominee days before the election and secure a likely Tory court majority for years to come. Philadelphia Police shot dead Walter Wallace, a 27-year-old black man with a history of mental health issues, after yelling at him to drop his knife; the shooting, which brought questions of policing and racism back to the presidential campaign in its final days, was followed by days of civil unrest and shop robberies which led the mayor to impose a curfew nocturnal the following night.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Jaclyn Smith is 76 years old. TV host Pat Sajak is 75 years old. Hillary Rodham Clinton is 74 years old. Musician Bootsy Collins is 70 years old. Actor James Pickens Jr. is 69 years old. Rock musician David Was is 69 years old. Rock musician Keith Strickland (The B-52s) is 68 years old. Actor Lauren Tewes is 68 years old. Actor DW Moffett is 67 years old. Actor-singer Rita Wilson is 65. Actor Patrick Breen is 61 years old. Actor Dylan McDermott is 60 years old. Actor Cary Elwes is 59 years old. Singer Natalie Merchant is 58 years old. is 55 years old. Country singer Keith Urban is 54 years old. Actor Tom Cavanagh is 53 years old. Actor Rosemarie DeWitt is 50 years old. Actor Anthony Rapp is 50 years old. Writer-producer Seth MacFarlane (TV: “Family Guy”) is 48 years old. 46. ​​Actor Lennon Parham is 46 years old. Actor Florence Kasumba is 45 years old. Actor Hal Ozsan is 45 years old. Actor Jon Heder is 44 years old. Singer Mark Barry (BBMak) is 43 years old. Actor Jonathan Chase is 42 years old. Actor Folake Olowofoyeku (foh-LAH’- kay oh-low-wow-foh-YAY’-koo) is 38 years old. Olympic silver medalist figure skater Sasha Cohen is 37 years old. Rapper Schoolboy Q is 35 years old. Actor Beulah Koale (TV: “Hawaii Five-0” is 30.

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Connor Paycheck plays guitar for his new music.

By Lily Belcher

Connor Paycheck started writing stories in college. It came easily to him and it was something fun for him and his friends to do. His love of music merged with his love of stories, and he began to turn his paragraphs into songs.

“I’ve always loved music and rap, so it started out as a comedy that my friend and I did in college. We did a song about being a redneck and driving tractors and stuff. stupid, ”Paycheck explained.

After college his songs took on a serious tone and he started writing about the real things he had to face in his life. His music has become an easy way for him to express himself.

“If I had to choose one [artist that influenced me] … Juice WRLD has changed my life in so many ways through inspiration and just listening to their music when I have a bad day, ”said Paycheck.

Juice WRLD’s lyrics, “If I can, then you can too,” motivated Paycheck to stay on the right path in life and pursue his dream of becoming a singer. He does what he does because he wants people to enjoy his music and be “free” when they come to his shows.

He continued to write songs and used the money he initially saved for college to turn his room into a studio and take professional classes on how to improve as a singer and songwriter.

In January, he signed with Symphonic Distribution in Tampa and was just hired as an assistant engineer at Hands in Motion Music School and Productions. He said he takes the songs he writes and records in his bedroom and sends them to Symphonic Distribution to put them on Spotify and the music streaming services, so they can handle the business side while Paycheck manages the. contents.

Paycheck said his favorite song he wrote was “My Piano Song”.

“It’s basically a poem that I wrote. I wrote it on the piano and recorded it on my own. It was the first song I produced on my own, which is why it’s my favorite, but all of my favorite songs are unreleased, ”said Paycheck.

Listen to Paycheck music on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, and other music streaming services.

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Leeds real school of rock and famous orchestra team up for climate protest songs https://tadasei.com/leeds-real-school-of-rock-and-famous-orchestra-team-up-for-climate-protest-songs/ https://tadasei.com/leeds-real-school-of-rock-and-famous-orchestra-team-up-for-climate-protest-songs/#respond Mon, 25 Oct 2021 14:44:50 +0000 https://tadasei.com/leeds-real-school-of-rock-and-famous-orchestra-team-up-for-climate-protest-songs/

Real Life Leeds School of Rock teamed up with a famous orchestra to put on a concert that raised awareness about climate change.

Children at LS18 Rocks Music School in Horsforth combine rock and classical music in collaboration with members of Manchester’s famous Hallé Orchestra.

The musicians created three climate protest songs which they performed live at Leeds Town Hall on October 23. They also plan to record the songs and publish them.

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The songs were developed with travels through the Penines and involve classical instruments like double bass, flute and trumpet alongside a full rock band sound incorporating electric guitars, drums, bass, keyboards and voices.

LS18 Rocks Music Director Jonnie Khan said: “For our young people, having the chance to work with Hallé has been a totally inspiring experience and it was wonderful to see how the two genres were able to blend together.

“Young people were challenged like never before working with professional musicians who are at the top of their game, and I am so proud of how they took on the challenge.

The collaboration emerged after LS18 Rocks produced a song at one point in time last Christmas titled Virtual hugs, which the young people made as a tribute to their grandparents.

The song and video made headlines around the world and the school has now resumed work on a climate change project titled In flames – which will include the songs with the Hallé.

“Climate change is something that is of critical importance to the younger generations and they are determined to spread the message through their music.”

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Hallé bassist Bea Schirmer said: “They are the most talented and best prepared young band I have ever worked with. They have great songwriting skills and are already accomplished musicians.

“LS18 Rocks is an excellent resource and allows these young people to develop their talents.

Singer Eve Banham, 15, said: “I absolutely loved having the chance to work with professional musicians. It was a whole new experience, I learned so much during our rehearsals and it was really inspiring.

“Being able to share my ideas with the songs has also allowed my confidence to grow and develop my own musical skills. I can’t wait to play our songs live, it’s going to be awesome.”

The songs were performed at 6.30 p.m. on October 23 in the Albert Hall of the Town Hall.

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Resumption of weekly in-person music lessons at New York Jazz https://tadasei.com/resumption-of-weekly-in-person-music-lessons-at-new-york-jazz/ https://tadasei.com/resumption-of-weekly-in-person-music-lessons-at-new-york-jazz/#respond Mon, 25 Oct 2021 13:00:00 +0000 https://tadasei.com/resumption-of-weekly-in-person-music-lessons-at-new-york-jazz/

NEW YORK, October 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Music education is back in person. Play music in a supportive, educational and FUN environment! The fall workshops are in place and there are still openings for instrumentalists and singers in several exciting programs. Workshops vary by style and level, and there is something happening every day of the week, both in person and online, there is something for everyone! Upon registration, we can immediately schedule a no-obligation trial class for just $ 20. This fall, many workshops returned to in-person learning at our state-of-the-art facility at 265 W 37th Street, with ongoing options for hybrid and online participation.

Beginners workshops

Ensemble and improvisation game (Tuesdays at 5 p.m.) with Patience Higgins (in person)

Blues and beyond (Thursday 6 p.m.) with Dave Scott (in person and online)

Intermediate workshops

Poetic language of jazz improvisation (Mondays at 8:30 p.m.) with Mark Sherman (in person)

Jazz improvisation 2 (Tuesdays at 7 p.m.) with Marc Mommaas (in person)

Bebop (Wednesday 7 p.m.) with Sean Conly (in person)

Art of the Jam Session (Friday 6.30 p.m.) with Dave Ambrosio (in person)

Jazz standards (Saturday 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.) with Kenny Wessel (in person and online)

Brazilian music (Sunday 3 p.m.) with Vitor Gonçalves and Vanderlei Pereira (in person)

Advanced workshops

From Bebop to Hardbop (Mondays at 6.30 p.m.) with Mark Sherman (in person)

Mixed meter / polyrhythm (Saturday 12 p.m.) with Marc Mommaas (online)

Singing workshops

Singing Workshop (6 p.m.) with Olivia Foschi, (7 p.m.) with Jocelyn Medina (online)

Vocal jazz workshop (8 p.m.) with Michelle Walker (online)

Instrument specific workshops

Building melodic basslines (Mondays at 6 p.m.) with Dave Ambrosio (online)

Drum training (Tuesdays at 6 p.m.) with Vito Lesczak (online)

Solo and accompaniment concepts for guitar (Wednesday 5 p.m.) with Sebastian Noelle (in person and online)


Ear training (15 weeks, in progress) with Marc Mommaas (online)

Counterpoint (8 weeks, in progress) with Marc Mommaas (online)

Composition / Analysis (15 weeks, in progress) with Marc Mommaas (online)

NYJW is now offering a 25% discount when registering for multiple workshops. Students between 17 and 26 years old benefit from a 30% reduction on one of our workshops. Needs-based scholarships can be provided to eligible students in need of financial assistance on a case-by-case basis.

In accordance with New York health and safety protocols, NYJW will require that all students and faculty have received the Covid-19 vaccine before participating in person. Unvaccinated students and faculty remain eligible for hybrid and online workshops only.

To register and get more information, please visit: www.newyorkjazzworkshop.com.

The New York Workshop is located at 265 W 37th Street in Manhattan

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Swing Cats Lead Roaring 2021 Fall Stomp https://tadasei.com/swing-cats-lead-roaring-2021-fall-stomp/ https://tadasei.com/swing-cats-lead-roaring-2021-fall-stomp/#respond Mon, 25 Oct 2021 00:18:21 +0000 https://tadasei.com/swing-cats-lead-roaring-2021-fall-stomp/

Former Melinda Martin and an ACU alumnus dance the Lindy. (Photo by Shelly Womack)

The ACU Swing Cats held their 11th annual Fall Stomp on October 8th. The event included a swing dance lesson, an open dance floor, and WWII-era jazz music performed live by the ACU and Hardin-Simmons jazz ensembles.

Swing Cats is an organization of students who dance in the swing style of the 1920s to 1940s, a dance era marked by the popular Charleston movement. Dr Cole Bennett, director of the Swing Cats, said the Fall Stomp is an experience the group looks forward to every year.

“It’s one thing to study and practice something, but it’s another to join a live band at a historic moment,” Bennett said.

In previous years, the Fall Stomp was held in the Elks Ballroom, a historic venue used at the peak of swing dancing in Abilene 100 years ago. This year, the event was held at the T&P Depot to accommodate a larger number of guests.

The event attracted a variety of attendees, including experienced swing dancers, beginners in training, and dance and music observers.

Emma Horn, a first year political science student at Abilene, enjoyed her first Fall Stop as a new Swing Cat.

“It’s really impossible not to have fun doing something as wacky as the swing,” Horn said.

The annual event is open not only to ACU students and staff, but to the entire Abilene community. Horn said she particularly appreciates a sense of belonging that spanned generations and groups of people.

“There is no such thing as being alone in swing dancing,” Horn said. “Everyone is together. “

The Swing Cats and Jazz Ensemble plan to continue to lead the Fall Stomp each year.

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Dream Theater’s James Labrie to release new solo album, ‘Beautiful Shade Of Gray’, in May https://tadasei.com/dream-theaters-james-labrie-to-release-new-solo-album-beautiful-shade-of-gray-in-may/ https://tadasei.com/dream-theaters-james-labrie-to-release-new-solo-album-beautiful-shade-of-gray-in-may/#respond Sun, 24 Oct 2021 20:39:19 +0000 https://tadasei.com/dream-theaters-james-labrie-to-release-new-solo-album-beautiful-shade-of-gray-in-may/

DREAM THEATER singer James labrie friends “Beautiful Shade Of Gray” as the title of his new solo album, due May 20, 2022 via InsideOut Music. Unlike previous LPs “Elements of persuasion” (2005), “Static impulse” (2010) and “Impermanent resonance” (2013), which were written and recorded in collaboration with LaBriesongwriting partner for over a dozen years, Matt Guillory, the new effort was followed with the Scottish musician Paul Logue, bassist and founding member of the multinational melodic metal group THE CURSE OF EDEN.

In a new interview with “The Everyman Podcast”, LaBrie once again explained how his collaboration with log came about. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I sang on one of the [EDEN’S CURSE‘s] 2010 songs called “No holy man”; so i’m invited on it. And i really liked Paulis writing. Tome, Pauls writing was more of a classic era – like the 1970s; that classic rock approach. And I had a lot of ideas in this direction.

Paul and actually I bumped into each other – you think fate isn’t here with you; Holy shit… The day after the show ends – DREAM THEATER in Glasgow [on] February 23 [2020]. I’m waiting for my flight on the 24th to go to London then to Toronto, and Paul walk past me and he goes, ‘James! ‘ I’m like “Oh my God!” He said, ‘You know I was at the show last night.’ He kept trying to email me on my old email address. And he said, ‘Listen, let me know. Want to get together? Do you want to write? ‘ And I said, ‘I would love to.’ At the time, I said, ‘I don’t know. Weird stuff is going on. Do you hear about this virus? ” ‘Yes. Yes.’ [I said] “We have to go to Asia, then we have to go to South America and North America and all that.” I said, ‘So we probably won’t be done by October, but why don’t we start writing then? Or why don’t we start brainstorming some ideas while we wait, and I can even be on the road and working on it? ‘ And he says, ‘Great.’ All of a sudden, the world closes. So we got down to it… It was probably… It all ended on March 15th, I believe, and on March 20th, he and I were already exchanging ideas. “

Elaborate on the songwriting process for “Beautiful Shade Of Gray”, LaBrie said, “We started out like, we said, ‘Let’s keep it really raw and acoustically based – that’s going to be the fundamentals of this album,’ and then it kind of morphed into an ensemble, so [with] keyboards … Marco sfogli plays lead guitar on all tracks. Paul plays all rhythmic acoustic guitars and bass. Then [my son] Luck [LaBrie] drums. Christian Pulkkinen is the keyboardist, who is a fantastic keyboardist, pianist. All the lyrics except one I wrote.

“It was really interesting to see how it went, if I would throw [Paul] a riff or I would throw him an idea of ​​a melody that would become a refrain to one of the songs or verses, ”he continued. “And then he returned his ideas to me musically. And we slowly but surely put everything in place. We had everyone fully involved. And it came out fantastic. The label is really happy about it. He has this kind of ZEPPELIN-esque, but the modern aspects are still there. So that’s great. “

Released in August 2013 via InsideOut Music, “Impermanent resonance” sold approximately 2,200 copies in the United States during its first week of release to land at No. 198 on The Billboard 200 chart. “Static impulse” seen Guillory not only play the main role in the composition of the material, but also manage all the keyboards and backing vocals. The album lineup was intact from the previous recording, with Marco sfogli from Italy on guitar, Ray riendeau (HALFORD, MACHINES OF LOVE GRACE) on Swedish bass and drummer Peter Wildoer (DARKANE, MAJESTIC), who was a finalist of DREAM THEATER drum auditions. In addition, the former GROUND WORK guitarist Pierre Wicher came into the fold to contribute songwriting and studio guitars.

In 2014, LaBrie released a digital EP, “I will not break up”, Going through InsideOut Music. While the opening title song was the album version taken from the “Impermanent resonance” released, two other songs were previously only physically released as digipak bonus tracks, one song was an alternate mix version and two other songs were special demo versions, all previously only physically released as bonus tracks on the digipak and the Japanese edition for the “Static impulse” album in 2010. The last three tracks were special dub step / electronica remixes by “Static impulse” songs, unpublished. The remixes were made by American DJs Jason miller, Mutrix and NeonGenesis. The EP cover was once again designed by Gustavo Sazès of Abstrata.net (SWORN ENEMY, KAMELOT).

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