Legendary Little Feat co-founder, pianist and producer Bill Payne celebrates his 67th birthday today. Contributing song writing and singing efforts on Little Feat classics like “Oh Atlanta,” “Day or Night,” “Time Loves A Hero,” and “Gringo,” Payne’s work has also extended outside of Little Feat to include collaborations with luminaries like Pink Floyd, The Doobie Brothers, Bonnie Riatt, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor.Since late 2013, Bill Payne has been touring with Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass studs Leftover Salmon, penning two songs on their 2014 record High Country, “Bluegrass Pines” co-written with iconic Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and Little Feat’s classic “Six Feet Of Snow,” which was first immortalized on 1979’s Down On The Farm. In September of 2014, Payne became a permanent member of LoS. In more recent times, Payne has assumed the duties as touring pianist for the Doobie Brothers, all the while continuing to play with Little Feat.In celebration of the great Bill Payne’s birthday today, check out full show video of Little Feat at London’s Rainbow Theatre in 1977:Setlist: Little Feat at the Rainbow Theatre, London, EnglandSet: Intro / Join the Band, Rock’n Roll Doctor, Fat Man In The Bathtub, Teenage Nervous Breakdown, Oh Atlanta, Dixie Chicken, Tripe Face Boogie, Rocket In My Pocket, Skin It Back, Old Folks’ Boogie, Apolitical Blues, Red Streamliner, All That You Dream, Willin’, Spanish Moon
Fans everywhere are still reeling after the massive undertaking that was Phish‘s 13-night Baker’s Dozen residency at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Throughout the run’s 2+ week span, a smorgasbord of late-night shows all over NYC kept the party going after each Phish performance into the early hours of the morning. With all eyes on the Vermont quartet’s upcoming Colorado run at Dick’s Sporting Goods, the question begs to be asked: Where are the late-nights at?Denver’s Knew Conscious Collective has just announced that on Friday, September 1st, following the first night of the Dick’s run, it will host a Phish after-party billed as DJ Logic + Phriends. Turntable specialist and producer DJ Logic will be joined by bassist Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), guitarist Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds), and keyboardist/programmer Borahm Lee (Break Science) for a special set stretching through the night and into Saturday morning. What this collection of musical masterminds has planned is anybody’s guess, but you can be sure that the night will be full of funky, dance-driven rhythm and beats.The DJ Logic + Phriends Phish after party is a members-only event, so you will need to be a member of Knew Conscious Collective to enter. However, Knew Conscious will be signing up new members at the door, so no need to sweat it if you’re not a member yet. To pre-register for a membership, sign-up online here or send an email to [email protected] and put “MEMBERSHIP” in the subject line. Admission to the show requires attendees to register as a member and give a $25 donation to the Knew Conscious Gallery. Once inside, Knew Conscious features a complimentary open bar with beverages and refreshments from the time doors open at 11:45 pm until the show ends at 4:30 am. This is a 21+ ONLY event.Tickets for the show are now on sale and can be purchase here. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.– SHOW INFO –Artist/s: DJ Logic + Phriends ft. DJ Logic, Marc Brownstein, Eddie Roberts, and Borahm Lee w/ Support TBADate: Friday – September 1st, 2017Venue: Knew Conscious Gallery (2041 Lawrence Street – Denver, CO)Time: 11:45pm Doors / 4:30am CurfewTickets: $25adv / $25dos (purchase tickets here)
Last year, The Main Squeeze — a band melding soulful funk with rock n’ roll — relocated from their hometown of Chicago to the bustling city of Los Angeles, CA. Initially heading to the West Coast to record their latest album, Without A Sound, the City of Angels so completely inspired their creative process that they decided to make a permanent change. Frontman Corey Frye on vocals and guitarist Max Newman on guitar, the band includes Ben “Smiley” Silverstein (keyboards), Rob Walker (bass) and Reuben Gingrich (drums) have translated their new energy into live performances nationwide. Following the release of Without A Sound, The Main Squeeze have released a new live album, SqueezeLIVE Vol. 1.SqueezeLIVE Vol. 1 is available exclusively through Nugs.net and all proceeds are going to the Salvation Army Hurricane Relief Fund, appropriately helping those affected by the recent hurricanes through music. All songs on SqueezeLIVE Vol. 1 were recorded during their Spring 2017 run of the Without A Sound album release tour between three staple venues: NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl, Boulder’s Fox Theatre, and New Orleans’ Blue Nile. Download SqueezeLIVE Vol. 1 here. The Main Squeeze is about to embark on the second leg of their Without A Sound release tour later this month and a full list of dates can be found on the band’s website.[All songs recorded and mixed by Jonathan D. Allee Mastered by Darryl Swann]
Matt Shotwell GroundUP Music Festival returned to Miami Beach, Florida, over the weekend for its second annual event. Hosted by Grammy-winning, jazz-funk collective Snarky Puppy and their associated label, GroundUP Music, the festival featured a special Snarky Puppy set each day along with performances from an eclectic list of international talents. For the second annual GroundUP Music Festival, the event saw performances by The Wood Brothers; The Flecktones Trio featuring Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten, and Futureman; Robert Glasper; Knower; Roosevelt Collier; Joshua Redman; Weedie Braimah & The Hands of Time; Banda Magda; and so many more.GroundUP Music Festival offered more than just great music, as fans had the opportunity to participate in intimate masterclasses and workshops. Charlie Hunter kicked off Friday’s festivities with an intimate performance workshop, followed by Becca Stevens & Alan Hampton’s waterside workshop titled “Song Trading on the Beach” and a headlining performance by the Flecktones trio. Saturday started with a percussion summit featuring Futureman, Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy), and Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty), among others, anda workshop led by Béla Fleck and Lionel Loueke titled “Exploring Your Individuality,” while the rest of the day saw performances by Roosevelt Collier, The Wood Brothers, and Underground System & Weedie Braimah, and more. To close out the three-day event, Sunday’s highlights included a conversation between bass heavyweights Victor Wooten and Michael League, a genre-bending lesson with Robert Glasper, songwriting with The Wood Brothers, and a capella on the beach with members of KNOWER and Banda Magda.Check out the full weekend gallery below, courtesy of photographer Matt Shotwell.GroundUP Music Festival | Miami, FL | Photos by Matt Shotwell Photo: Matt Shotwell Load remaining images
John Milton Ward, Professor of Music at Harvard from 1955 to 1961 and William Powell Mason Professor of Music from 1961 to 1985, died in his home on Follen Street in Cambridge on December 12, 2011, in the ninety-fifth year of his age.Ward was a path-breaking scholar in many fields, through whose classroom passed for three decades every undergraduate and graduate student in music at Harvard; a teacher whose conviction and thoroughness were impressive and inspiring, if sometimes intimidating. Many generations remember his undergraduate course in the history of music, and his introductory course for graduate students — a combination of boot camp and conversion experience—is forever inscribed in the memories, and in the scholarship, of those who experienced it. He put it very plainly: “I was simply trying to teach them to read and write.” Well-wrought oral presentation, responsible use of evidence, and clear and concise writing were Ward’s chief concern. Like the numbers of star hockey players, the course number “Music 200” has been raised to the rafters and will not be used again in the Music Department.John Ward studied composition privately with Darius Milhaud and studied musicology at the University of Washington, at Columbia University, and at New York University, where he took the Ph.D. in 1953. His most significant teachers were the Renaissance scholars Otto Gombosi and Gustave Reese, the ethnomusicologist George Herzog, and the organologist Curt Sachs. From 1947 to 1953 he was an instructor at Michigan State University and from 1953 to 1955 an assistant and then an associate professor at the University of Illinois. In 1955 he joined the faculty of Harvard University.Ward’s research grew broader with his experience. Originally interested in the music for the Spanish vihuela da mano and the lute music of Elizabethan England, he widened his interest as he recognized in these repertories aspects of dance music, of popular song, of music for the theater, and of improvisation. All of these became areas of deep interest to Ward, and he was an early adopter, indeed an inventor, of many areas of research that later contributed to the renewal and broadening of the field of musicology. His long-standing interest in musical instruments, and in the performance practice of music, made him an early exponent of what came to be known as the early music movement.His fascination with music and ritual, with music and film, and with music’s relationship to dance and to the theater led to publications, collections, and courses. After he became increasingly involved with ethnomusicology, Ward taught several ground-breaking classes in the field, some in collaboration with Rulan Pian. Subjects included Native American ritual music, Peking opera, Japanese Noh drama, and jazz. Materials related to these fields were scarce in Harvard’s libraries, so he founded the Archive of World Music, which began with recordings from his collection. He also established the Charles Seeger Room, a large collection of books and other materials within the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library that is devoted to ethnomusicology.After Ward retired, his long-standing fascination with opera, ballet, operetta, vaudeville, and social dance led him to form extensive new collections. He donated what he had gathered to the Harvard Theatre Collection of the Houghton Library. Two richly illustrated catalogues have now been published: The King’s Theatre Collection: Ballet and Italian Opera in London 1706-1883 (Houghton Library 2003, revised and expanded edition 2006) and Italian Ballet 1637–1977 (Houghton Library 2005). Most recently he concentrated on French scores and documents, which including material from the eras of Lully and Napoleon. During his decades of collecting, he formed close friendships with antiquarian booksellers, scholars, curators, and librarians from around the world.Robert Darnton observed of Ward that he had “a love of books and extraordinary expertise as a bibliophile. He could discuss fine points about printing and its connection with music and the theater, especially under the Ancien Régime in France, with an erudition that would have put the greatest pundits in Paris to shame.”One of Ward’s students, Professor Sir Curtis Price, Warden of New College, Oxford, and sometime Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, London, observed, “It is ironic that such a great teacher will be remembered mainly by his bookshelves but entirely fitting that his name will live on long after all of us are dead. To try to lighten our sadness, here is my favorite Wardism: in the early days of the early music movement, John quipped to me after hearing a natural trumpeter and baroque strings attempting to play a Purcell overture, ‘It’s not that he missed so many notes; it’s that he had so few to play!’”With his wife, Ruth Neils Ward, John opened his home on Follen Street to students, colleagues, and friends. Generations of superbly trained students remember him for his apposite precision, and historians of the performing arts for the collections that he bequeathed to Harvard University. Many mourn the loss of a meticulous scholar, a revered colleague, a devoted mentor, and a munificent donor.Ruth Ward, his collaborator in all things, died in April 2004. John Ward is survived by his sister-in- law, Margaret Padelford, of Seattle, Washington, and eleven nieces and nephews.Respectfully submitted,Lewis LockwoodAnne C. ShrefflerWilliam P. StonemanChristoph J. WolffThomas F. Kelly, Chair
A group of “natural mutants” may shed new light on the molecular basis of adaptation in all vertebrates, according to new work that sequenced the genomes and transcriptomes of five species of African cichlids.A research team led by scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard uncovered a variety of features in the cichlid genomes that enabled the fish to thrive in new habitats and ecological niches within the Great Lakes of East Africa. Their study, done in collaboration with scientists at Eawag (the Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology), the Georgia Institute of Technology, and more than 70 scientists from the international cichlid research community, appears in the Sept. 3 advance online edition of Nature.“Our study reveals a spectrum of methods that nature uses to allow organisms to adapt to different environments,” said co-senior author Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, scientific director of vertebrate genome biology at the Broad Institute, professor in comparative genomics at Uppsala University, and the co-director of Science for Life Laboratory, Sweden. “These mechanisms are likely also at work in humans and other vertebrates, and by focusing on the remarkably diverse cichlid fishes, we were able to study this process on a broad scale for the first time.”African cichlid fish are some of the most phenotypically diverse groups of organisms on the planet, with more than 2,000 known species. Some lakes are home to hundreds of distinct species that evolved from a common ancestral species that left the Nile River to colonize particular lakes. Like Darwin’s finches, the cichlids are a dramatic example of adaptive radiation, the process by which multiple species “radiate” from an ancestral species through adaptation.The researchers wanted to examine the cichlid genome as a model system and determine what allowed these fish to diversify broadly in a relatively short time. The scientists sequenced the genomes and transcriptomes of five distinct lineages of African cichlids: the Nile tilapia, representing the ancestral lineage; a species that inhabits a river near Lake Tanganyika; a species from Lake Tanganyika colonized 10-20 million years ago; a species from Lake Malawi colonized 5 million years ago; and species from Lake Victoria where the fish radiated only 15,000 to 100,000 years ago.After analyzing the data, the researchers found a surprising number of genomic changes at play. Compared with the ancestral lineage, the East African cichlid genomes possess an excess of gene duplications; alterations in regulatory, nonprotein-coding elements in the genome; accelerated evolution of protein-coding elements, especially in genes for pigmentation; and other distinct features that affect gene expression, such as insertions of transposable elements and regulation by novel microRNAs.“It’s not one big change in the genome of this fish, but lots of different molecular mechanisms used to achieve this amazing adaptation and speciation,” said Federica Di Palma, co-senior author of the Nature study, formerly assistant director of vertebrate sequencing and analysis at the Broad, and now director of science in vertebrate and health genomics at The Genome Analysis Centre in the United Kingdom.Some changes in the genome appear to have accumulated before the cichlids left the rivers and radiated into hundreds of species. This suggests that the cichlids were once in a period of reduced constraint. During this time, the fish accumulated diversity through genetic mutations, and the relaxed constraint — in which all individuals thrived, not just the fittest — allowed genetic variation to accumulate. As the fish inhabited new environmental niches within the lakes, new species could form quickly through selection. In this way, a reservoir of mutations — and resultant phenotypes — represented a “genomic toolkit” that allowed quick adaptation.More work remains to fully dissect the mutations that cause each of the varying phenotypes in cichlid fish, and may involve the sequencing of many more cichlid species. This effort could help explain how similar forms or traits evolved in parallel in different lakes, converging on the same morphology through distinct lineages.Using these “natural mutants” as a model system can shed light on human biology and disease. “By learning how natural populations, such as fishes, adapt and evolve under selective pressures, we can learn how these pressures affect humans in terms of health and disease,” said Di Palma.This work was funded in part by the National Human Genome Research Institute, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the German Research Foundation, Biomedical Research Council of A*STAR in Singapore, the European Research Council, US National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), and the Wellcome Trust.
The following is a guest post from Andrew Gilman, Chief Revenue Officer at Immuta. Immuta specializes in data management and has recently joined the Dell Technologies Capital portfolio.It’s a tremendous honor to join the Dell Technologies Capital portfolio, as earlier today we announced Series B funding of $20 million, in which Dell Technologies Capital participated along with our new investors DFJ Growth and Citi Ventures, and existing investors Drive Capital and Greycroft. Dell Technologies Capital’s investment and support will help Immuta accelerate global customer growth and extend product leadership for our data management platform for AI (Artificial Intelligence).As organizations look to become truly AI-driven, one of the biggest obstacles is automating data science programs while maintaining compliance. According to Gartner, global business value derived from AI is projected to total $1.2 trillion in 2018, and will reach a staggering $3.9 trillion by 2022. Yet, legacy forms of data management for AI are proving counterproductive to the advancement of analytic success and regulatory compliance in the enterprise – it is our objective to remedy this issue.“As analytics and AI advance faster than any other technology category, the gap between regulation and analytics also increases.ShareThe law can’t keep pace with technology. As analytics and AI advance faster than any other technology category, the gap between regulation and analytics also increases. The root of the problem lies in the fact that while organizations rely on complicated applications to access and analyze their data, regulatory compliance and monitoring remains a manual and cumbersome process which slows down progress in data science teams. The process of connecting storage technologies and analytics tools is complex, expensive and time-consuming, and policy enforcement is subjective with ever-evolving regulatory controls. This is especially important with the recent implementation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which places even more emphasis on enforcing purpose-based restrictions on data.There is a required shift from applications to data science, and that is where Immuta comes in – we help organizations meet the data-driven requirements of impactful and compliant AI initiatives in the modern enterprise.What differentiates Immuta is that our data management platform inserts the law into algorithms.The law cannot catch up with technology, and as analytics and AI advance faster than any other technology category, the gap between regulation and analytics also increases. The legacy application-centric approach to close this gap leaves organizations exposed to fines of up to 4 percent of total global revenue under GDPR and significantly impedes data science teams by adding complexity and wasting millions in capital.Immuta is designed to enable lawyers/compliance professionals to introduce controls into the analytic development process and adapt to the interpretation of law without having to re-write code. We’re working with large organizations to provide them with rapid, personalized access to data across organizational silos to accelerate and simplify every aspect of the analysis workflow—all while preventing them from losing control or insight into how their data is being processed.Our mission is to provide a solution that enables the most accurate, efficient and regulatory compliant data science programs for global companies across industries. This latest funding validates our existing efforts in achieving this goal, and provides the necessary resources to make our dreams a reality in this AI-driven, highly regulated global business environment.
Dell Technologies team members are an incredible force that shape our innovative and inclusive culture focused on delivering best in class experience for our communities and customers. Our team members span 180 countries, each bringing their individual, diverse talents to the team. Dell’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) connect these team members based on shared common backgrounds or interests. They provide personal and professional development through mentoring, volunteerism and community involvement. Currently there are 13 ERG’s across Dell Technologies with over 37,000 participating members, and growing every day. In fact, our Black Networking Alliance (BNA) ERG just recently expanded to South Africa, the first BNA outside North America.Angela Allan, Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor, played an instrumental role in this expansion. She is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and provides a unique insight into the need for this community within her region.Can you provide more detail about BNA and its objectives?BNA is one of the 13 ERGs that Dell Technologies offers team members. However, until our launch in South Africa, BNA was only available to people at eight US sites. Its goals are to help black professionals establish working relationships and business networks with peers and mentors within the Dell Technologies group.When I joined Dell Technologies I was surprised that we didn’t have this ERG in South Africa given the dynamics of our country. Even though we became a democratic country in 1994 there are still significant levels of inequality. About 90 percent of the country’s 56.5 million population are non-white, and yet we live in a country where a vast majority of the population, mostly black, face unemployment and economic hardships.Companies operating in South Africa must adhere to government criteria introduced to encourage greater equality. But the establishment of the BNA demonstrates that Dell Technologies is going beyond these criteria. Dell Technologies is creating a notable and meaningful change for our country and the people that call it home.At Dell Technologies South Africa, from our 380+ team members, approximately 52 percent can be categorised as non-white. I feel proud that as an organisation we are working towards creating a more balanced workforce. Our vision globally for BNA is to be the top employer for black people. To deliver that vision the BNA ERG is built on four pillars: recruitment, retention, development and community outreach. I feel honoured and privileged to work with 17 core team members who look after those different pillars. Our executive sponsor is Doug Hubert Woolley, VP and GM Dell EMC South Africa, but none of this would be possible without the entire team.Why is the BNA important to you personally and what made you want to get involved?I was raised by a black mother who lived through Apartheid and was told that you can’t speak to white people in a certain way, you can’t be clear and frank about what you want, you need to watch how you carry yourself. Apartheid ended in 1994 but it still affects cultural attitudes where black people can feel afraid to speak out.For me, BNA provides a platform where black people can come and share their difficulties and feel free to ask questions that they might feel uncomfortable asking their white colleagues.I would also like to stress that BNA is not just for black people. It is also for all to join and hear what it is like to be black and get an understanding about the challenges we face. It will help everyone work better together.I came from a poor family but was privileged to go to the best schools on scholarships. But there are a lot of black people who aren’t as privileged and perhaps they are not as outspoken as me, and I really want this ERG to help those people and to mentor them so that they are not afraid to state clearly what they want to achieve with their careers.Is there a need for a Black Networking Alliance in other EMEA countries?I think every country has diversity issues and ways to address them should be top of mind. Perhaps BNA would not speak to diversity issues in other EMEA countries, however there is a need for ERGs that are focused on a range of diversity topics such as women, disability and environmental issues amongst others. There is a requirement to investigate what each country would need. We are already receiving requests to potentially launch a BNA chapter in France and the UK. We are looking forward to working with other countries to help them set up their chaptersAlthough BNA is a global ERG there is a lot that needs to be done to tailor BNAs per county. But the one thing that is very clear is the vision of the ERG which is to make Dell the top employer for black people, so whatever that looks like in the different countries, we need to prioritise recruitment, retention, development and reaching out to communities.What type of actions and activities are you working on or have planned?We are having conversations with the core team about partnering with other ERGs. We received a request from True Ability to partner and help with hiring black disabled talent. From an activity point of view, we’re looking to partner with academic institutions to see how we can attract young black talent. From a community outreach point of view we’re looking to find ways to assist those that are less fortunate than us. We still need to work on what we will be prioritising over the year. Internally we are already working on way to mentor our current black talent locally through our retention and development pillars.We’re really looking forward to a time when we hear that another multinational locally has launched. We would like other organisations to consider bringing in their ERGs to South Africa, we want to partner, we want black people who work for the competition to feel that they are cared about. When we do community outreach it would be great to partner and have greater levels of funding available to do things that will have a genuine impact on the country and look beyond the legal requirements.To learn more about Dell’s diversity and inclusion programs, visit https://jobs.dell.com/diversity-and-inclusion.
‘It is our goal to empower 1,000 Vermonters to be accountable with their lives,’ Salmon said, ‘by providing a system that one can enter by simply declaring individual goals linked to clear outcomes. I’m excited and eager to get the ball rolling.’Salmon joined John Kleinhans, chairman of the Vermont State Colleges Student Association, and Deputy Health Commissioner Barbara Cimaglio, to record a 30-minute program for local access television to help explain the concept and how people can join or learn more. ‘The Vermont Department of Health and our partners are always looking for new ways to improve health outcomes,’ Cimaglio said. ‘Although Vermont is known as the healthiest state, substance abuse, smoking and obesity are still public health challenges. We support this innovative project and look forward to seeing how Vermonters respond.’Accountable to You, Accountable to Me is based on four different goals that Vermonters can pledge to accomplish by the conclusion of 2012, or 12 months from personal enrollment through March 31, 2013: quit smoking, stop drinking, lose 25 pounds, or save $2,012 to donate to a local Vermont charity or an individual project choice. Individuals may modify their declaration of pounds lost or dollars committed. Entrants who stay on course toward their chosen goal will be entered in a monthly prize bowl drawing with a cash reward donated by participants or businesses. Each participant will be paired up with a mentor that will make weekly electronic or phone contact and provide support.Accountable to You, Accountable to Me will be led on a day-to-day basis by John Kleinhans, and is open to all Vermonters. The program will include a social media campaign and active grassroots campaign based through all 14 counties in the state. ‘I am really excited,’ Kleinhans said. ‘This is a morale boosting vehicle where Vermonters can stand up and make themselves better and their communities better after a difficult year. If we could find 1,000 Vermonters to save 2012 dollars for others, that is over 2 million dollarsâ ¦It blows my mind!’ State Auditor Tom Salmon CPA announced the creation of the Accountable to You, Accountable to Me statewide wellness initiative. This program will encourage Vermonters to take a proactive role in their own personal health and wellness by focusing on accountability to one’s self and others who are part of their lives. By signing up to be held accountable to one’s individual health and/or savings goals, Vermonters will employ a new strategy to achieve better personal and community results in the year ahead.Vermonters will have an opportunity to sign up for one of the following categories:· No Use of Alcohol· No Use of Tobacco or any illegal substances· Lose 25 pounds· Save 2,012 dollars to donate to a Vermont charity.
Image source: EvosunEvosun Sdn Bhd has just announced that the Maniyafaru land reclamation project in the Republic of Maldives is now successfully completed.Under this $2 million development scheme, funded by private company operating two resorts in the Maldives, Evosun created new land by using more than 380.000 cubic meters of sand.The Maniyafaru land reclamation contract was signed on July 1, 2017, and the work was successfully wrapped up last month, November 15, Evosun said in its announcement.Earlier this year, Evosun also completed the Meemu atoll Muli land reclamation program, creating 40 hectares of new land by using more than 1 million cubic meters of sand.Image source: Evosun