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Mickey Hart Announces 25th Anniversary Release Of “Planet Drum” & Plans For New Solo Album

first_imgHas it been 25 years already? Back in 1991, Grateful Dead percussionist/Rhythm Devil Mickey Hart released his seminal album Planet Drum to wild success and critical acclaim. The album, which featured world-renowned percussionists Zakir Hussain, Vikku Vinayakram, Babatunde Olatinji, Sikiru Adepoju, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, and Giovanni Hidalgo, won the first ever World Music Grammy after spending twenty-six weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts. The subsequent tour for the album took the drummers around the world playing to packed audiences on a nightly basis.This was a groundbreaking project, bringing together some of the greatest percussionists of our time. Now, Planet Drum is being re-released as a special 25th anniversary edition in December 2016, including three new tracks that Hart arranged with his frequent collaborator Hussain. The three tracks include “Sea of Showers,” which features Flora Purim and Babatunde Olatunji singing over a rhythm base that includes sounds ranging from a bullroarer to chimes, “Throat Games,” which is an all-globe scat-a-thon and “The Spot,” which is a sonic homage to the water gods.Hart had this to say about the Planet Drum project:“This experience was about people having the will to do it and wanting to come together…because many times, people from different cultures are reticent of getting together with powerful people from other cultures; it’s hard to share rhythm for some musicians who are tradition-bound.  In this case, these folks, they weren’t culturally bound by their rhythms; they were in the right place at the right time for a new gumbo, a new way of coming together, egoless, in the spirit, to have fun and record a classic 20th century gamelan, which has always been the carrot for me.  I always wanted to ring that bell.”In other exciting news, the label behind Planet Drum, Universal Music Group, has announced that Hart is entering the studio to put together an album of new material, with a the album set to be released at some point in 2017.Keep an eye out for more information on the 25th anniversary edition of Planet Drum and Mickey Hart’s forthcoming new album. You can head to Hart’s website for more details.last_img read more

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Announces Special Jazz Fest After Hours Performance

first_imgKarl Denson is a modern funk icon. Each and every year, the saxophone legend descends on Jazz Fest with a few different projects, and he constantly delivers the tight power-funk that he has built his reputation on. His late night performances with the Greyboy All-Stars and his Tiny Universe are infamous, and very few players have shown the stamina and the passion that Denson has shown over the years. He is a true Jazz Fest legend.This year, with Jazz Fest weekend one in full swing, Karl Denson will bring his Tiny Universe to One Eyed Jacks on Saturday, April 29th for a special performance. This is sure to be a wild night filled with funky improvisation and true Jazz Fest excitement. With so many artists in New Orleans for the week, there’s no telling who might show up to join in on the funk. See below for full details for this sure-to-be-awesome post-Jazz Fest show with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at One Eyed Jacks!– SHOW INFO –Artist: Karl Denson’s Tiny UniverseVenue: One Eyed Jacks – 615 Toulouse Street New Orleans, LA 70130Price: $36adv / $40dos (purchase tickets here)Time: Doors 9pm / Show 10pm If you’ll be down in New Orleans for Jazz Fest this year, don’t miss out on all of the awesome late night music options taking place across the city. Learn more about all of the amazing music you can catch at this link.last_img read more

Letting religion in

first_imgWhen you see the word “veritas” standing alone, you likely think of Harvard. You probably even know that the word is Latin for truth. But what you may not know is that the University’s motto has decidedly religious origins.The word is a key to the Latin saying “Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae,” or “Truth for Christ and the Church,” Harvard’s original motto before it was shortened.With a nod to that venerable religious tradition, the Veritas Forum, a nonprofit founded at Harvard by a group of students, faculty, and ministers in 1992 to explore “life’s big questions,” asked two renowned political philosophers on Tuesday to discuss the hot topic: “Does religion have a role in public life?”Harvard’s justice guru Michael Sandel and Jean Bethke Elshtain of the University of Chicago Divinity School explored how the teachings of myriad faiths can help inform civic discourse.In his remarks, Sandel suggested that a public discourse that disregards moral and religious convictions is “a mistake.” Ignoring such input, said the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, means we “cut ourselves off from a range of considerations that ought to matter in the way we govern our lives together.”Critics of the notion of a firm separation of church and state, he said, miss the point. “One of the strongest arguments for the separation of church and state is precisely to allow free scope for pluralist argument and engagement from all traditions — secular and faith traditions — in politics.”While welcoming competing voices and opinions encourages a “clamorous and contentious” debate, it also encourages a “morally more robust one than the kind we have become accustomed to,” said Sandel. “Rather than aspire to a toleration of avoidance,” he added, “we should aspire to a pluralism of engagement about hard moral, spiritual, and religious questions.”Sandel, whose most recent book is “What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets,” offered the nation’s widening income gap as sobering proof of the need to include the “habits and attitudes and virtues that often find articulation and expression in various faith traditions.”He fears that those who are well off increasingly accept the assumption that they alone possess the talents and gifts that society values, and therefore they alone deserve the rewards. “That leads to a warped attitude toward one’s own success,” he said, “that is corrosive and overreaching.”“It’s the idea that merit, success, money, and wealth is the crowning virtue, that ‘I earned it, and therefore it’s mine,’ rather than being alive to the sense in which ‘I am the bearer of gifts that are not my own doing, and much of my good fortune may be thanks to that.’ And that … can support a notion of solidarity that is harder and harder to come by.”Elshtain, who was raised in the Christian tradition, said she “joined the community of those who chided those who believed,” while she was in college. She became a Deist while studying the Enlightenment. Ultimately, she realized that “much of what I thought I had rejected lived on and burst forth” in her writings, but also in her broader understanding of the world.Religious teachings, modes of thought “that helped shape the world,” should always be incorporated by wise political thinkers, said Elshtain, the author of several books, including “Sovereignty: God, State, and Self.”“In the West, one of those formative, formative movements and ways of being in the world is, of course, Christianity. We omit or forget this at our peril … we lose contact with the sources and the forces that have, for better or worse, made us who we are as persons and as a complex, diverse culture.”What’s needed to foster productive civic discourse, suggested Elshtain, is a type of toleration that recognizes the importance and validity of other forms of religious thought.  She offered the comments of Pope John Paul II during a visit to Kazakhstan in 2001 as an example of “an eloquent defense of toleration.”“When, in a society, citizens accept one another …  in their respective religious beliefs, it is easier to foster among them recognition of other human rights, and an understanding of the values on which a peaceful and productive coexistence may be based,” the pope said. “In fact, they feel a common bond in the awareness that they are brothers and sisters because they are children of the one God.”last_img read more

Setien ready to quit Barcelona after Bayern thrashing

first_img Read Also: Xavi leads race to replace Setien as Barca boss after 8-2 bashing Not since April 1946 when they lost 8-0 to Sevilla have Barcelona conceded eight goals. The result means Barcelona have crashed out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals for a fourth time in the last five seasons. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “It’s time for us to review and take the decisions which are needed for the future. “I think that right now it’s too soon to be talking about whether I stay at the club or not. “The reality is that it doesn’t depend on me. It’s worth all of us working out what’s important and considering a wide range of things which correspond to a defeat of this importance and which is so painful.” It was the first time since April 1951 that Barcelona had lost a match by six-goals. Barcelona boss Quique Setien admits he is ready to quit in the aftermath of their stunning 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich on Friday night. Setien watched on from the sidelines as Bayern inflicted the heaviest defeat Barcelona have suffered in their entire history in Europe. The Spaniard has only been in charge since January after he replaced Ernesto Valverde. But he has struggled to earn the backing of Barcelona’s star players, especially Lionel Messi. And speaking after the match he appeared to be resigned to his fate. “It’s a tremendously painful defeat. They scored more goals that they merited,” Setien told Movistar. “We started pretty well but the power of the opponents, in many phases of the play, overran us. “I’m not going to talk about what is needed at the club. I’ve been here for just a few months. “If Gerard Pique says that it’s time for big changes there’s going to be importance to his words.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You6 Great Ancient Mysteries Of ChinaBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World Loading… last_img read more

Cazenovia’s Kingsley leads F-M to sectional swim title

first_img Tags: CazenoviaF-MMorgan Kingsleyswimming Though Cazenovia High School has not fielded its own girls swim team for several years now, some students remain part of local competition – and in the case of one in particular, a big part.Morgan Kingsley, a sophomore, and Kate Millson, an eighth-grader, both are part of the Fayetteville-Manlius team that has its home meets at Cazenovia College and, for the fourth consecutive year, earned the Section III Class A championship.Kingsley has proven a major presence for F-M, and she starred at Friday’s Class A sectional meet at Nottingham High School, not only winning twice, but earning spots in four different events in the Nov. 22-23 state championships at Ithaca College.Entering the meet, Kingsley was the second seed in the 50-yard freestyle behind Oswego’s Grace Wing, having posted a time of 25.62 seconds during the season.But Kingsley would beat the field here, going 24.78 seconds to beat the state qualifying standard of 24.84 and then hold off Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bryn Myers, who was second in 25.17 seconds.Also, in the 100 breaststroke, Kingsley entered as the top seed with her regular-season time of 1:10.13, but she needed 1:08.60 to reach the state meet – and got there, her 1:08.37 well clear of Liverpool’s Delaney Gellert (1:09.98) in the runner-up spot. F-M’s Katie Ottaviano was third in 1:10.55, with teammates Meghan Seidberg and Caitlin Rameas fifth and sixth, respectively.In between these races, Kingsley, swimming with Emma Luttrell, Hannah Kellogg and Georgia Langan, went 1:40.16 to take the 200 freestyle relay over Oswego (1:41.61), though both advanced to the state meet.And at the end of the meet, Kingsley went to the 400 freestyle relay and, paired with Luttrell, Kellogg and Lindsay Mathews, finished in 3:42.29 to again reach the state meet, since the state qualifying standard was 3:42.73.This large F-M team has room both for Kingsley and for Kellogg, who hails from Chittenango High School and won the sectional title in the 200 freestyle in 1:58.66 to beat out Oswego’s Sydney DeLapp (1:59.48). Kellogg also finished third in the 100 freestyle in 54.57 seconds.Moving on to Sunday’s overall sectional meet at Nottingham, Kingsley took third in the 50 freestyle in 24.89 seconds, and was third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.36, neither time as quick as those from the Class A meet.But Kingsley and Kellogg both helped Luttrell and Langan improve to 1:39.90 and win the 200 freestyle relay before that pair, along with Luttrell and Lindsay Mathews, went 3:40.43 in the 400 freestyle relay, second to CBA’s winning 3:37.55.Individually, Kellogg finished fifth in the 200 freestyle in 1:59.74, and got fifth place in the 100 freestyle in 55.19 seconds. All of this helped F-M, with 344 points, finish first and claim the George Falwell Cup.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Springboks outclass Scotland 28-0

first_img18 November 2013The Springboks turned in a dominant first-half performance and used a stubborn, physical defence in the second half to beat Scotland 28-0, scoring four tries to nil at Murrayfield on Sunday evening.“We will take four tries to nil in a test match any day of the week and I thought we produced a good performance in this match,” coach Heyneke Meyer said afterwards.“We knew what to expect from Scotland. They are physical and hard, and we knew they would have worked at halting our driving, so I must give credit to our forwards coach Johann van Graan for the way he changed our drive set-ups.”Evolution and improvementThe evolution and improvement of the South African team this season was evident in the inevitability of the outcome of the contest against a team that has in recent times provided the Boks with some difficult games, including a tough 30-17 win earlier this year in Nelspruit and a 17-21 loss in 2010 at Murrayfield.Such was the Springboks’ control of the match that a boisterous crowd before the test became extremely subdued only minutes into it.Coach Meyer would surely have been most pleased by the fact that his charges made their opportunities count.They twice had lineouts five metres from the Scottish try line and turned both into tries.Opening tryThe first came within the opening five minutes after the Springboks had laid siege to the ball and taken it through phase after phase before winning a penalty which Patrick Lambie kicked for the corner. Willem Alberts then crashed over for a try.The second came from the sole chance the Boks had in the second half and they once again blasted through the Scottish lineout defence for Coenie Oosthuizen to score their fourth try of the contest. The throw-in had been earned after strong defence turned into attack and a pinpoint downfield kick by Bryan Habana forced the Scots to hack the ball into touch, with Jaque Fourie applying the pressure.Scotland struggled to win lineout ball in the first half and that contributed hugely to the South African dominance.“The line-out was another area we worked hard on, and it paid off with our performance in that phase in the first half,” coach Meyer commented. “Unfortunately we didn’t get much ball from the lineouts later in the game when it was wet, which was frustrating.”Enhanced reputationFullback Willie le Roux continued to enhance his reputation and proved again that he could be effective in the heavier conditions of the northern hemisphere by scoring one and creating another try.Le Roux’s five-pointer put an end to the Scots’ first concerted attack of the first half when he intercepted a pass and raced 70 metres to score under the uprights.Shortly after that, Le Roux broke through the Scottish backline, sidestepped a defender and then, with a final defender in his way, picked out JP Pietersen, playing in his 50th test, with a beautiful, kick out wide to the left where Pietersen gathered the ball and slid across the line for a superb try.BreakdownLock Richie Gray was in the Scottish line-up on Sunday, but the value of Richie Gray, the Boks’ Scottish breakdown coach, was evident in the South African performance. They totally controlled the breakdowns in the first half, easily holding onto possession, while in the second half they slowed down Scottish ball and forced the hosts backwards time after time. Contrast this with the first meeting of the teams in Nelspruit in June, when the Scottish loose forwards made hay, and the difference is night and day.Jaque Fourie, playing only his second test since the 2011 Rugby World Cup, was superb in marshalling the Springboks’ backline defence. The Scots were repeatedly forced to cut back inside to try and force open a gap by the South Africans’ umbrella defence and almost every time they did that the ball carrier was met by two tacklers.‘Pleasing’“I wanted to work on our defence, and the fact that we kept the Scots to no points is pleasing,” said Meyer.“We have now scored seven tries on this tour and the opposition hasn’t crossed our line. That is a tribute to both our organisation and our attitude.”Further evidence of South Africa’s improvement was the smooth transition the team made after Meyer sent on a host of replacements in the second half.In the past this would inevitably have resulted in more fractured play for the Boks, but that has not been the case this season. The transitions have been smooth and those coming on have made an impact, indicating that the entire squad is contributing meaningfully to the Springboks’ success.South Africa’s final test of their tour takes place against France at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday evening.last_img read more

Don’t Do It Because It Is Wrong. Not Because of Social Media.

first_img“Don’t do that because, in the age of social media, you could hurt your reputation.”Wrong. The reason not to do something immoral, illegal, unethical, or simply self-oriented is not because someone might post about it on social media. It is not because word of mouth is now broadcast with a digital megaphone. The reason not to do these things is because they conflict with your values.Character Is Non-NegotiableCharacter isn’t negotiable. It isn’t something that you have when you believe you might be found out, and lack when you believe no one is looking. You have character, or your do not.If your dream client doesn’t know what they should be paying for your services and you decide to charge them more because they lack the knowledge or experience to know better, you are violating step one of being a trusted advisor. There may be nothing illegal about charging a client who lacks information a higher price, but it is the kind of egocentric move that displays a lack of character and self-orientation.Pushing a prospective client to make a decision they are not ready to make isn’t illegal. It may not rise to being immoral, but we could argue about whether or not that is true. Blasting through a prospect’s objections and treating their concerns as unimportant so you can get ink on paper isn’t about serving them, even if you believe that your solution is exactly what they need. Instead, it demonstrates a lack of caring.Making the sale under these conditions doesn’t make you a good salesperson. It means you aren’t a very good salesperson at all. If you were a good salesperson, you’d possess the skillful means to make the sale and help your client with their concerns.Don’t worry about social media. Worry about your character. Don’t worry about other people finding out and deciding not to business with you. Worry about who you are as a person. Good character prevents you from ever having to worry about a bad reputation. And character is worth referring.last_img read more

FC Barcelona Foundation, SNF Collaborate on Educational Sports Programs to Help Refugees

first_imgNEW YORK – The FC Barcelona Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation are collaborating for the implementation of FC Barcelona Foundation’s FutbolNet methodology programs with the aim of helping refugee children and teenagers by preventing and solving conflicts and encouraging social inclusion and integration in hosting communities. The grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation will allow the FC Barcelona Foundation to help children in refugee sites in Europe and the Middle East.More than 3.000 children in Greece, Italy and Lebanon will be the direct beneficiaries of the FC Barcelona Foundation’s refugee program, with the financial support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.Details about the collaboration will be announced on Friday, June 23rd during the Sixth Annual Stavros Niarchos Foundation International Conference on Philanthropy, at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, in a discussion between the co-President of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Andreas Dracopoulos, and the CEO of the FC Barcelona Foundation, Nacho Mestre. During the first phase of the program, FC Barcelona Foundation will carry out the FutbolNet methodology program with 1.300 children and teenagers from refugee sites and local hosting communities in Greece, and specifically in Lesvos, Chios, Skaramagas and central Athens. These areas have been selected because of the large proportion of children living within these refugee communities, representing one of the most vulnerable groups affected by the crisis. The program, in the context of the collaboration between FC Barcelona Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation was launched in Lesvos with a game and a ‘clinic’ educational activity with the participation of former FC Barcelona players.Photo: SNFThe second phase of the program will take place in Italy. FC Barcelona Foundation will engage 900 children and teenagers at unaccompanied minors’ centers, many of whom lost their families in war zones or during their journeys towards Europe.The third country where the program will be implemented is Lebanon, and specifically the Bekaa Valley region. Many children in this area have been residing in refugee camps for more than 5 years and more than 70% are not attending school. Integrating children with their local host communities will be a key focus of the program in all three countries.FC Barcelona Foundation sports methodology: FutbolNet The FutbolNet methodology uses sports as a neutral platform to tackle social problems and provide education on values and reflection tools to stimulate children and young people. FutbolNet is a proven program that has been evaluated and recognized for its social impact and transformation in many countries and in different contexts.The FC Barcelona Foundation will adapt the FutbolNet methodology to the refugee context and will address self-confidence and trauma mitigation, respect, integration, and conflict management between people using dialog as the main tool. FutbolNet sessions will be implemented weekly throughout the year. In addition, FutbolNet Festivals will be organized throughout the year, where participants of the regular FutbolNet program will have the opportunity to share the experience with other children and their families. Innovation: Sports kit for refugee sites Together with the implementation of the FutbolNet methodology, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation grant will allow FC Barcelona Foundation and FC Barcelona’s Innovation Hub to pilot the development of an innovative, portable, and easy-to-use sports kit specially designed for promoting sports and education values. The kit will be distributed in selected refugee sites through partners and will be evaluated for future use.The Co-President of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Mr. Andreas Dracopoulos stated: “Since the outbreak of the refugee crisis in 2014, the SNF has funded grants totaling more than $25 million to support organizations and civil society efforts in Greece and elsewhere that provide aid to those afflicted. We are excited to support FCB Foundation’s impactful education and sport programs for refugee children in Europe and the Middle East and look forward to witnessing how the universal values of teamwork, effort, humility, dialogue, sport and fun can build friendships and help refugee and local communities connect and truly integrate in a joyful and positive environment.”The CEO of FC Barcelona Foundation, Mr. Nacho Mestre, said: “FC Barcelona and its Foundation are profoundly committed to this unprecedented migratory crisis where more than 65 million people have been forced to displacement. The FC Barcelona Foundation is honored by this strategic alliance with such a prestigious organization as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation that will allow us to take a step further in our goal of trying to normalize the living conditions of refugee children and young people, as well as facilitating their integration in the host communities.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more