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Posted by: | Posted on: March 2, 2021

Watch Holly Bowling’s Beautiful Take On Grateful Dead’s “Unbroken Chain” [Premiere]

first_imgHolly 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]last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: March 1, 2021

What did you do this summer? Ash fellows worked for city offices around country

first_imgThis summer, Ash Center Fellows in Innovation rolled up their sleeves and got to work, supporting unique education, government, and service initiatives in cities around the country.Sunlight is the Best DisinfectantAlejandra Vallejos Morales, M.P.A. ’11, explored data transparency in government this summer, offering research support to Washington, D.C.’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer. The office’s Data Feeds Program is the nation’s first government initiative to make virtually all current city government data available to citizens. By accessing any of the program’s 430 data feeds through the internet, citizens can gain up-to-date information about everything from parking availability to crime statistics in their neighborhoods.Quoting Louis Brandeis’ famous adage, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants,” Morales explained that while the program has exposed data performance to public criticism, such transparency has created an environment of self-improvement and accountability for civic offices. “In Latin America where I’m from, people come to the streets to complain,” said Morales. “But in e-government, we create streets for people to participate in 24/7. There’s less mess and real change happens.”During her fellowship, Morales researched new opportunities for replicating the Data Feeds Program in other jurisdictions around the world and proposed creative ideas for interpreting existing data feeds to engage citizens. Her recommendations included repurposing the Department of Motor Vehicles’ organ donor information for larger public campaigns to increase donor rates, and creative mapping tools for presenting information on agencies and departments interested in serving as a backdrop for films in the D.C. area.Teacher Absenteeism & City-Wide ServiceWhile also focusing on education policy, Thackston Lundy, M.P.P. ’11, spent his summer addressing the challenges of teacher absenteeism in Pittsburgh Public Schools. The city struggles with an absenteeism rate well above the national average. He proposed creative incentives and policy solutions for keeping teachers in the classroom, especially during the stressful end of semester rush. Lundy also worked on revamping the substitute hiring process and providing professional development support to nurture the cohort of high quality substitutes into full-time teachers.After his two months in Pittsburgh, Lundy traveled south for a four-week fellowship in New Orleans supporting Mayor Landrieu’s city-wide service initiative. Lundy explored how to connect financial resources with eager volunteers. His project resulted in a series of grants for community groups to apply and secure funding for service projects centered on youth nutrition, literacy, and arts education.For Lundy, working in two unique cities taught him much about how to innovate within different contexts. Pittsburgh’s gradual rebirth from rustbelt to high tech hub is in direct contrast to New Orleans dramatic overhaul after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.“But New Orleans and Pittsburgh are pretty similar—comparable in size as cities of neighborhoods, made up of intensely proud citizens, and focused on rebuilding and growing,” said Lundy. Read more>Watch video testimonials of Alejandra Vallejos Morales, Thackston Lundy, and Lindsay Berger. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 17, 2020

3 ways to learn more every day

first_imgFor students, the summer is now over. For you professionals, school’s out forever. But just because you’re no longer enrolled in college, doesn’t mean you can’t learn something new every day. Here are 3 ways you can keep learning even though you’re no longer in school.Always read: Maybe you wanna learn how to change the spark plugs in your ’92 Ford Ranger, maybe you want to find out what’s so cool about that Alexander Hamilton fella, or maybe you just want to find out what happens in the next installment of your favorite adventure series. It really doesn’t matter what it is, just keep reading. You’re giving your brain a workout and you’re teaching yourself something along the way.Be smart with your apps: If you’re like me, when you have to kill a minute at a red light or you’re stuck waiting on an oil change, you’re probably looking at Instagram, Facebook, or ESPN. Instead of making those your go-to apps, why not check out something like iTunes U or Duolingo. These apps can teach you all kinds of things you don’t know, including a new language! Bury those social apps in a folder and make them harder to access when you’ve got a few minutes to kill.Be a social networker: I’m not talking about Twitter or Snapchat. I mean be social. And get better at networking. When you’re having discussions with others, you’re always learning. Whether someone has a like-minded viewpoint or not, they probably have something to say that has value to you. 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 6, 2020

Four bed Brisbane home sold for about $100K under suburb median

first_img308 Gowan Road Sunnybank Hills Qld 4109. Picture: Realestate.com.auTHIS home is strong contender for one of the week’s biggest bargains. selling for about $100,000 less than the median price in the suburb. BRISBANE newbies among top winners if super deposits go ahead RBA board singling Brisbane out but the numbers are holding SIGN up to receive all The Courier-Mail real estate news direct to your inbox 308 Gowan Road Sunnybank Hills Qld 4109. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe home was said to be “on the market for the first time in nearly three decades” with “enormous scope for renovation”. The listing said “the owner has been very clear. He wants it sold as soon as possible”.According to CoreLogic property records, the home had failed to sell at auction in mid-March when a price of “offers over $600,000” was put on it. Two weeks later the price was dropped again to “offers over $560,000”. 308 Gowan Road Sunnybank Hills Qld 4109. Picture: Realestate.com.au 308 Gowan Road Sunnybank Hills Qld 4109. Picture: Realestate.com.auA newsletter by Mr Given out this morning confirmed the house had “just sold”, with Realestate.com.au also listing the home as under contract. According to the site, the median house price in Sunnybank Hills is $655,000, with the median price for four bedders at $678,000.Sunnybank Hills is considered a “high demand market” with REA showing 597 visits per property in the suburb, almost double the Queensland average.center_img 308 Gowan Road Sunnybank Hills Qld 4109. Picture: Realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoThe four bedroom, two bathroom, two car space home at 308 Gowan Road, Sunnybank Hills, was marketed as available for “offers over $560,000”.Agent Nicholas Given of Ray White New Farm had marketed it on Realestate.com.au as a “spectacular bargain up for grabs in Sunnybank Hills”, with a “massive price reduction”. 308 Gowan Road Sunnybank Hills Qld 4109. Picture: Realestate.com.aulast_img read more