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Holly Bowling continues to wow fans everywhere she goes, taking on the catalogs of jam greats like Phish and the Grateful Dead in a totally unique manner. A classically trained pianist from San Francisco, Bowling first caught the jam scene’s eye with her solo piano interpretation of the famed “Tweezer” jam from Lake Tahoe in 2013.Praise for Bowling’s technique only grew from there, as she eventually released a full album of Phish interpretations called Distillation Of A Dream. Naturally, Bowling set her sights on the jam scene founders themselves: the Grateful Dead.“The Grateful Dead’s music lends itself easily to a solo instrumental interpretation in part because it’s music with intricate songwriting,” says Bowling. “That’s a big piece of it, as anything too repetitive would be difficult to arrange in this format. But more importantly, I think it works because of the depth of emotion expressed in the music.”The pianist is set to release Better Left Unsung on December 9th, a two-CD/three-vinyl album that explores the music of the Grateful Dead in solo piano composition form. You can read all about the album, and find pre-orders, here.With the new album coming out so soon, we wanted to get fans excited by sharing some of Bowling’s foray into the Dead’s catalog. We’re excited to premiere a brand new live video of Bowling’s interpretation of “Unbroken Chain,” played at the Lost Sierra Hoedown on September 24th in Johnsville, CA. Enjoy below!Bowling takes us inside her love of the Grateful Dead and scoring their music. “With solo piano music, and classical music in general, I love the structures and intricacies of composition, but it’s the emotional expression and unspoken human-to-human connection expressed in it that really makes me fall in love with a piece of music. The Dead’s music is just full of that. I feel it. Everyone who loves the Dead’s music feels it. And I think part of the reason my reinterpretation works is because this music resonates with me and holds a lot of meaning. It’s easy to open up and make that connection and pour emotion into these works. And you can feel that when you’re listening. It’s all about connection and expression of human emotion.I don’t mean to downplay the beautiful songwriting–that’s a huge part of it too. The chord changes in “Unbroken Chain,” for example, are unexpected and stunningly beautiful. I feel just as strongly about them as I do about Schubert’s surprise turns of harmony, and he’s one of my absolute favorite composers. They hit me the same way. But even then, we’re back to emotion again! It’s music that makes you feel something, deeply. It’s powerful.”We can’t wait for Better Left Unsung to be released on December 9th, and we also can’t wait to see Holly performing at the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive festival on October 22nd. Brooklyn Comes Alive brings over 50 musicians to three venues in Brooklyn, pairing them in exciting super group formations throughout a day full of excellent music. With musicians from The String Cheese Incident, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Disco Biscuits, Dead & Company, Snarky Puppy and more – including Holly Bowling – don’t miss out. Tickets can be found here.For more about the Better Left Unsung album, including pre-orders, head here. The full tracklisting and Holly Bowling’s upcoming tour dates can be seen below.Better Left Unsung TracklistingHelp On The Way > Slipknot!Franklin’s TowerCassidyBird SongWharf RatUnbroken ChainCrazy FingersCryptical Envelopment > The Other OneRow JimmyTerrapin Station (Suite)Eyes Of The World (6/18/74 Lousisville, KY)China DollDark StarHolly Bowling’s Upcoming Tour DatesOct. 22 – New York, NY – Brooklyn Comes AliveOct. 23 – Beacon, NY – The Towne CrierDec. 31 – The Cutting Room – New York, NY[Photo by Jessie Bell]
Owner of Avenue Developments Sam Browning out the front of his house he is renovating. Picture: Zak SimmondsSAM Browning is no stranger to flipping homes, but even the most experienced renovator can be faced with the ultimate challenge.The self-starter and co-owner of Avenue Development is knee deep in his latest reno project, at 5 Diprose Street in Pimlico, where he is turning an ugly duckling into a modern, family residence.“When I first saw the house all I could think was, ‘What am I going to do with it? Am I going to bulldoze it? Do I just get the land’?” Mr Bowning said.“I just thought it was the ugliest house I’ve ever seen in Townsville.” Mr Browning bought the property due to its prime location and potential for subdivision.“David Bishop, the agent I’ve purchased all my properties through so far, rang me up and told me this property was coming to the market,” he said.“It was in a similar condition to the other buys we’ve made before and he told me it was subdividable which he knew I wanted to get into.“That said, we’re going to keep it as is, as more people are coming back to quarter-acre blocks.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 20205 Diprose Street in Pimlico in its original condition.Two weeks into renovations, Mr Browning and his team of local contractors, are over halfway into turning the red brick home into what they hope will be a standout in the family-friendly street.Originally designed to house a single child family, the house is now on its way to becoming a three-bedroom home with modern, open-plan living spaces, new plumbing, electrics, a new roof and even a downstairs man cave.“I’m not going to lie, the home had a lot of issues with it,” Mr Browning said.“But we chipped away and have come up with a concept that we think a family could see value in well into the future.“By the end of the month, the house will be all done; we’ll have furniture in, professional images taken and ready to put it on the market. I think the end result will be quite impressive.”If you love a good reno, stay tuned as we follow the transformation of this home with a follow later this month.For more information about this property, contact Margaret Hill from Living Here on 0439 716 340.
Aer Lingus has received backing from shareholders to inject €150m into a new defined contribution (DC) fund, signalling an end to a protracted dispute over the €715m deficit in the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme (IASS).The airline, which convened this week’s extraordinary general meeting to approve the recommendations of a government-backed expert panel, saw an overwhelming majority of shareholders approve the deal.In June, the expert panel said IASS sponsors – Aer Lingus and the Dublin Airport Authority – should put aside more than €200m to address the needs of active members who would suffer benefits cuts if the defined benefit fund wound up.If the scheme were to wind up under the current priority order, which no longer grants pensions in payment absolute priority, the fund’s deficit would fall to €197m. The airline has agreed to inject €147m into a new DC arrangement for IASS members, as it is barred from making deficit reduction payments to the fund.In its third-quarter results, Aer Lingus noted that once shareholders had signed off on the deal, the Pensions Authority would need to approve the Section 50 benefits cuts put forward in the IASS funding proposal.It is unclear if the Authority will approve the Section 50 request before the end of the year, as the airline had hoped the restructuring would be complete by 1 January 2015.Aer Lingus could not be reached for comment.
Then in Twickenham Scotland meet Australia in the last of the quarter-finals at 4pmWe now know who will contest one of the semi-finals at the World Cup.Yesterday South Africa ended Wales’ hopes with a 23-19 victory at Twickenham.They’ll meet New Zealand, who eased past France 62-13 at the Millennium Stadium. As he was asked to during last week’s defeat of France, Ian Madigan steps into the out-half role. Jamie Heaslip captains the side in the absence of the injured Paul O’Connell, but the number-8 says the Toulon-bound second row still has a big role to play. Kick-off at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium is at 1.