first_imgWith Dead & Company tour in full swing, band members Bob Weir and John Mayer sat down with the Asbury Park Press ahead of the band’s New Jersey debut. The two guitarists talk extensively about building a large musical catalog with diverse influences, and how each are astute in hearing these influences and learning from one another.“When John plays blues, you can hear what subgenre he’s going for,” said Weir. “He’s real well-versed in particularly that idiom, but what that told me is that he’s basically a student and fan of American musical heritage.”He continued, saying “I could hear (Mayer’s) appreciation of the various fields, and that’s where our music comes from… We grew up — the guys in The Grateful Dead — grew up in an era in the Bay Area out here, where you had everything that America had to offer on the radio. And we were the kinds of kids who were just playing the buttons on the radio.”“If there was something playing that wasn’t catching our interest, we hit another button. We’d go from rock ’n’ roll to jazz to R&B or blues stations, classical music – whatever it took to grab our attention… And we were all different guys, but we all had that same approach, most particularly Jerry and I.” It seems Mayer has a similar mindset, something that Bob Weir finds endearing. Mayer chimed in about his own influences and mindset for building a diverse repertoire. “When you’re into music the way that Bob and I are, and you know, we’re separated by a lot of geography, a lot of time, but there’s a certain way to be in the music where it’s almost like collecting baseball cards… It’s like you collect the Texas blues card. You collect the Chicago electric blues card. You collect the country-western card.”“And it’s sort of like this love of all these different little cards you can collect and keep in a little stack and walk around with them in your back pocket.  It really for me was just about like sort of just getting another card or trading a card, you know?  And when musicians look at music that way, where it’s just sort of like this Rolodex of influences, it’s actually really great to have that conversation musically, and it’s just a matter of rearranging the cards a little bit.”That’s really part of the Grateful Dead magic, being able to go from folk to blues to funk in the drop of a hat. With these two guitarists up in front and the supreme talents of musicians like Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, there’s plenty of magic left to come!last_img read more

first_img PlayPlayPauseSeek0% buffered00:00Current time00:00Toggle MuteVolumeToggle CaptionsToggle Fullscreen Min Kahng is the composer and writer of the award-winning “The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga,” which he based on the autobiographical comic by Japanese artist Henry Kiyama. Kahng will lead a master class for students on a three-day visit to Harvard as part of the Office for the Arts’ Learning From Performers program.In addition to leading a workshop, Kahng will deliver a public lecture at Houghton Library on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in connection with its exhibition on “Treading the Borders: Immigration and the American Stage.” In advance of his visit, he talked with the Gazette about his creative process and artistic journey.Q&AMin KahngGAZETTE: “The Four Immigrants” was originally a Japanese manga. How did you come to bring it to the stage?KAHNG: I stumbled upon it in a used bookstore in downtown Berkeley (California). Henry Kiyama was a 20th-century Japanese artist who came to the U.S. to study art. He was college-age in San Francisco when immigration laws were stiffened. It primarily interested me because the narrative we are told about Asian immigrant history is they came here to become laborers. To learn there was a Japanese immigrant who came to study art at the San Francisco Art Institute really spoke to me because I feel like I’m trying to carve a similar path. I got in touch with the English translator Frederik Schodt, who I discovered lives 20 minutes away. Fred is a very generous and giving person. He gave me his vote of confidence, and through him I got the blessing of Kiyama’s daughter and granddaughter, who are in Japan. “My parents knew I had a creative side, but they didn’t know how to cultivate it.”,GAZETTE: So was your path to the arts non-linear?KAHNG: I was not involved in theater growing up. I listened to cast albums of Broadway shows, and the Disney renaissance happened when I was in elementary/middle school. But I grew up in a household where the arts weren’t necessarily encouraged. My parents knew I had a creative side, but they didn’t know how to cultivate it. They didn’t know there were theater programs and classes. I think that was fairly common in immigrant families. It may be changing now, but in the ’80s the focuses for immigrant parents were on the classic doctor/lawyer goals. It was definitely a struggle when I decided to major in music — how would I sustain myself, what kind of career would I have? — so I double-majored in rhetoric. It was a way to say to my parents I might become a lawyer.GAZETTE: You mentioned Disney as an influence. Which movie was most powerful?KAHNG: The film that really grabbed my attention was “Beauty and the Beast.” I think the opening number showed me how a single song could set up an entire movie. In that first song, you learn all you need to learn about Belle, and you hear it from a range of townspeople. The way their voices are interwoven, and then Gaston too — by the end of the song, you’re ready to see what happens next. “Optimism” from “The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga — Original Cast Album,” courtesy of Min Kahngcenter_img GAZETTE: Back to your education: When you graduated college with your music degree, you went into marketing. Were you trying to take the more expected path?KAHNG: After college, I felt fairly confused as far as what I felt I needed to do. I had not ever seriously considered a career in the arts. Also, the low presence of Asian Americans in media reinforced that; it didn’t seem there were a lot of us working in theater or film or television. When I finally decided to go for it, I used voice lessons as my stable job and took on a whole bunch of other gigs. I was performing community theater, music directing, playing in orchestra pits, and eventually teaching theater classes. Along the way, I was also writing. I had a passion project called “The Song of the Nightingale” (based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale).GAZETTE: On your blog, you talk about a trip to New York to network theater connections and how you dreaded having to “schmooze.” Was it as bad as you expected?KAHNG: That trip gave me hope that even if I become more integrated in the New York theater community at every level and in every pocket, there are donors, producers, actors, and musicians who just love making theater. Some might be all about the business and tough to deal with, but the majority of my interactions were pleasant. I’m learning to stop using the word “schmoozing” and instead think about it as connecting with people who are like-minded. I think they are out there.GAZETTE: What are your next projects?KAHNG: My next production is called “Gold: The Midas Musical,” which opens in February at Bay Area Children’s Theatre. It’s an imaginative romp through the Midas story as if imagined by a 10-year-old living today, combining anachronisms like a telescope and wristwatch with contemporary musical theater song styles. I hope to truly focus in on the relationship between King Midas and his daughter, and how they both discover that family is worth more than all the gold in the world. I’ve also been developing a play called “Calafia: A Reimagining.” It’s a portion of an epic story written in the 16th century about a black Amazonian warrior queen who rules over an island of black Amazonian women. It’s believed to be how we got our state name. I’m reimagining her because in the original story she ends up converting to Christianity and getting married — the opposite of everything I found fascinating about this character. My take is focused on the island itself, and addresses themes of how we deal with outsiders in our community.GAZETTE: Is it harder to think of yourself as an artist or a businessperson?KAHNG: I’ll have to say it’s harder to declare myself an artist. I’ve always had a very practical side of my brain, so while some other artists might struggle with the business side of things, I’m pretty adept at it. Having had a corporate job helped me to understand professional dynamics. But because of my path, not thinking art was a career option, it took me a while to have the confidence to say that’s what I am. I’m definitely there now.last_img read more

first_imgThe buses are set to go into service Friday, joining the county’s existing fleet of 12 hybrid electric buses. The county recently purchased three hybrid electric buses from BAE systems in an effort to curb carbon emissions, cut fuel use and improve air quality in our community. BAE systems currently has more than 12,000 hybrid-electric buses in service in cities across the globe. The buses were purchased using funds from a $2 million grant awarded in 2018.center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Broome County is going green! “The fact that they have this technology, it makes them run more efficiently, it saves the taxpayers money. The president was talking about, when they go into certain areas, they just go right to their battery,” says Broome County Executive Jason Garnar.last_img read more

first_imgSt. Louis School student council members with members of the Batesville Fire DepartmentAssistant chief of the Batesville Police Department and St. Louis alumni Brad Wessel with Maggie Beiser and Lilly Schebler Batesville, In. — Members of the St. Louis School student council showed their support for police and fire on September 11 by dropping off four dozen donuts and platters of homemade goodies.The students stopped at both departments to share the treats and American flag cards made by Evelyn Storms and signed by the student body. The initiative is part of teaching the children the historic timeline of events but also the compassion and empathy shown by first responders.last_img

first_imgWITH expectations for the Linden athletes running high, several of them delivered yesterday at the National Track and Field Centre in Leonora, with Chantoba Bright topping the lot with her record-breaking leap in the Girls’ Under- 18 long jump finals, helping to propel Upper Demerara/Kwakwani (District 10) to an early lead when competition in the National Schools Championships continued yesterday.District 10’s Deshanna Skeete clocks the best performance in the Girls’ Under-16 400m heats.(Samuel Maughn photo)Over in the day’s 400m heats, Williams and Deshanna Skeete put out the best times in their respective heats, showing great promise for District 10 as they battle to defend their track and field competition title.District 10 now stand ahead in the track and field competition with 87 points after 17 finals. Just on their heels are the Corentyne (District 6) with 73 points.Bright obliterated her own previous 5.47m record, which she set last year, after clearing 5.89m last night, as the competition continued under floodlights.However, Bright was not the only one who set records yesterday. At least three other records toppled, starting with West Demerara’s Carl Williams 7.11m jump in the Boys’ Under-20 long jump. Williams erased the previous 6.90m record that was held by fellow Westsider Rickford Deane, when he covered the distance in 1991.Yet another record was trumped by District 4’s Toyan Raymond in the Girls’ Under-20 long jump. She jumped 5.73m, surpassing the 5.47m record set by Michelle Vaughn in 1996.South Georgetown’s Wesley Tyndall clocked 54.50 seconds in the Boys’ 400m heats, to shave just milliseconds from Daniel Williams’ 54.9 seconds record that was set in 2013.In the day’s 400m heats, Williams and Deshanna Skeete put out the best times of the day in their respective heats.It was a day full of excitement, and upsets, but also a day of some serious disappointment, the biggest of which was suffered by North Georgetown (District 11) as they watched the Girls Under-18 400m go off without their star athlete, Kenisha Phillips.Phillips, apparently, has withdrawn from the Championships citing injury – a major blow to the Georgetown team, who were already facing an uphill battle in trying to put together a fight against District 10.District 14’s Odessa France (right) battles it out against District 4’s Hanna Reid in the Girls’ Under-14 400m heats. (Samuel Maughn photo)South Georgetown (District 13) are currently at third with 66 points, but only just, as East Coast Demerara (District 4) stand just one point behind.West Demerara (District 3) follow with 48 points, and in a surprising turn of events North West (District 1) have a healthy 47 points, on a day when the only finals completed were field events.North West are not known to participate successfully in their field events for some time now, but 2017 is obviously the year for a change. West Coast Berbice (District 5) have 45 points.This now leaves North Georgetown in eighth after 17 finals, with 40 points. North Georgetown share that position with Rupununi (District 9) who also have 40 points.With 38 points Essequibo Coast/Pomeroon round out the top ten.last_img read more

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Xavier Alexander powered the 1-1 Slingers with a 27-point, 11-rebound, and 12-assist line while Ryan Wright finished with 24 points and 18 rebounds as Singapore relied on just five of its players to score.Alab managed to make the game close in the third after cutting a 13-point deficit, 68-55, with a 16-4 run that Ivan Johnson capped off from the free throw line to cut the margin to 72-71 with 26 seconds left in the period. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut the new-look Alab Pilipinas struggled to take over the game for good and succumbed to their second setback at home. Chukwunike Okosa led Alab with 24 points and 10 boards while Johnson added 19 rebounds and eight assists. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PHOTO FROM ASEAN BASKETBALL LEAGUESingapore dealt Alab Pilipinas its second straight loss in the Asean Basketball League with a 97-83 beating Wednesday at Sta. Rosa Arena.The Slingers used a 21-4 game-closing run to fend off Alab Pilipinas with AJ Mandani capping off the surge with a mid-range jumper.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Caracut also finds his mark to keep Green Archers alivecenter_img LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more