Esperanza Spalding is a multiple Grammy Award-winning musician with five studio albums under her belt. The singer-songwriter, bassist, and composer has always been an innovative figure in the jazz world, with her live performances gaining frequent praise for their freedom and spontaneity. Currently, Spalding is back in the studio for a new album, though she has designed a special project around its creation. Dubbed Exposure, Spalding will write, record, and produce a brand-new album in only three days, and she’s live streaming the entire process straight for 77 hours on her Facebook.On the Facebook live stream, the artists notes, “Over just three days, we’re attempting to concept, write, record, and produce an album of ten songs. Entering the studio with nothing prepared. Testing the theory that creations are at their most powerful the moment they’re released. This feed will run uninterrupted for 77 hours. So if there isn’t much going on while you’re here, chances are it’s nap time. Please check back again later.”The feed itself is a fascinating look both at the recording and artistic process. Frequently, when checking in, the stream is fairly mundane, with Spalding humming a tune to herself with a pen in her hand in relative quiet. Other times, you’ll see the singer laying down vocals or Spalder and the other collaborators on the album—singer Lalah Hathaway, the keyboardist Robert Glasper, and the violinist and singer-songwriter Andrew Bird—workshopping songs or drinking coffee and chatting.You can check out the live stream of Esperanza Spalding’s recording of Exposure for yourself below. As noted on the same Facebook post, once the album is recorded, “Only 7,777 records will ever be released, each signed, each package including a piece of the note paper on which we’re writing lyrics, chords and creation-related notes. To reserve a copy, visit found.ee/EspWeb-j.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Files View Comments We hoped he would bring his epic rap skills to Saturday Night Live! Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda hosted the iconic NBC comedy show on October 8, and he did not throw away his shot to tip his hat to his Tony-winning tuner. Miranda re-vamped the Hamilton anthem “My Shot” to include some choice words for Donald Trump, a cameo from SNL creator Lorne Michaels and a slew of back-up dancers. Though we loved the opener, our new favorite song has to be “Crucible Cast Party.” Take a look at the videos below to see why! Lin-Manuel Miranda
DONEGAL SENIOR football manager Declan Bonner paid a touching tribute to the late Manus Kelly last night.As Bonner led Donegal back into Donegal having been crowned Ulster champions yesterday, the Donegal manager told of the mixed emotions in the group following the tragic death of Glenswilly man Kelly.Kelly lost his life as a result of a horror crash as he competed in this year’s Donegal International – an event he won in each of the previous three years. News filtered through just over an hour before throw-in in the Ulster final.Tributes have been pouring in for the popular county councillor, businessman, rally driver and county councillor.“I knew Manus Kelly very well,” Bonner said at the homecoming in Donegal Town.“It was very, very difficult, I have to say.” Declan Bonner during Sunday’s Ulster final. Photo Evan LoganKelly was deeply immersed in the Glenswilly GAA club and was managed them to a Senior C Championship win in 2016.Kelly was a club-mate of Donegal captain Michael Murphy. News of the tragedy was conveyed to the Donegal dressing room after their win over Cavan in the Ulster final and the mood was sombre as they processed the news.Murphy did not attend the homecoming with vice-captain Hugh McFadden carrying the Anglo-Celt into Donegal Town and addressing the crowd.Bonner said: “The players were kept away from it.“Manus wasn’t just a rally person. He went into politics and he was a real, massive Donegal GAA follower. It was difficult to keep it from the Glenswilly guys, who were very close to him. “There is a feeling of mixed emotions. Last year, it was great to be back in charge personally and win against Fermanagh.“There are mixed emotions for the group, for the Kelly family, who are massive Donegal GAA followers.”Yesterday morning, MK Rallying’s Facebook page posted a picture of Manus Kelly and his co-driver Donall Barrett holding a Donegal flag with the message: ‘Best of luck to Donegal today from Manus Kelly and Donall Barrett💚💛’This evening, the Donegal County Board released the following statement: “Our sympathies are with the family of Manus Kelly, his friends and his close associates in CLG Gleann tSúilí following his tragic death yesterday.“Donegal reveres its sporting hero’s and Manus was certainly one of those. While motor rallying was his chosen sport he also had a special association with the GAA through his involvement with Glenswilly as a player, manager and coach and he was a quiet and unsung, but generous, sponsor of the county team.“He was one of life’s gentlemen and will be sorely missed by all. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.” Advertisement Watch: Declan Bonner pays tribute to Manus Kelly on day of ‘mixed emotions’ was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2019 Ulster SFCDeclan BonnerDonegal TownFanad HeadglenswillyHugh McFaddenManus KellyMichael Murphy
SANTA CLARA — Here are key observations to the 49ers initial, 53-man roster following today’s 1 p.m. deadline:— Running back Jerick McKinnon: He will miss a second straight season because of a right knee injury that’s sent him onto injured reserve. He is not eligible to return under the short-term IR designation because he was not on the initial 53-man roster. He had three setbacks in the past six weeks. He tore his ACL last Sept. 1 in practice, an hour or so after the 53-man roster got set …
Jamie Vardy’s double sent Leicester closer to a first Premier League title on Sunday, sealing a 2-0 victory over struggling Sunderland.Vardy took his tally for the season to 21 goals by ending a five-game drought. The goals sent Leicester 10 points clear of Tottenham ahead of the second-place London club’s game against Manchester United.Sunderland is four points from safety with six games remaining.The hosts held off the leaders until the 66th minute when Vardy met Danny Drinkwater’s high ball. The England striker tapped in his second in stoppage time after rounding goalkeeper Vito Mannone.It appears little can stop Leicester completing their amazing transformation from a team fighting relegation a year ago to lifting the league trophy in May.
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Canada’s main stock index joined U.S. markets in the red Monday as a Federal Reserve meeting looms and a share price hit at Facebook over improper data use weighed on the tech sector.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 121.94 points to 15,589.39, led by declines in energy and base metals as both oil and copper prices slipped.Aeroplan parent company Aimia Inc. was a bright spot on the TSX, up 25 per cent to $2 after announcing a partnership with online giant Amazon that will offer members rewards for shopping with the world’s largest retailer.The Canadian dollar made slight gains, closing up 0.05 of a US cent at 76.46 cents US, but could be tested later this week when the U.S. Federal Reserve gives more details on its rate hike plans, said Michael Currie, vice-president of TD Wealth Private Investment Advice.“With the Fed meeting Wednesday that’s definitely going to be putting some pressure on Canada.”The amount of pressure depends on how many rate hikes the Fed indicates, especially since the Bank of Canada isn’t giving any signs of a rate hike coming any time soon, said Currie.The potential hit to the Canadian dollar comes after steep declines in recent weeks, but it’s more of a return to the expected range, he said.“It’s still trading in the range. I think everyone was surprised a month or so ago when it was trading at 81 and a half, didn’t seem to be a lot of fundamental support on that one. So even though it’s been pulling back, it’s pulling back from a high point. Most people see it in the seventies.”In U.S. markets, the Nasdaq composite index was down 137.75 points to 7,344.24. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 335.60 points to 24,610.91 and the S&P 500 index was down 39.09 points to 2,712.92.Facebook was a drag on the Nasdaq, down 6.77 per cent after facing criticism from reports that a data mining firm working for the Trump campaign improperly obtained and then kept data on tens of millions of users.“You’ve got people in Canada, U.K., the States, EU all talking about the allegations they want to have hearings go on, so they’re obviously taking this pretty seriously around the world,” said Currie.The decline in the Nasdaq comes after the market hit a recent high, with it still looking quite healthy, he said.“We have to take it in the context that even though the Nasdaq is down pretty heavy, it’s still up five per cent year to date, and just last week it was at a record high. So probably more of a breather here on the tech stocks than a correction.”On the commodity front, the May crude contract closed down 28 cents to US$62.13 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was down four cents to US$2.65 per mmBTU.The April gold contract closed up $5.50 to US$1,317.80 an ounce and the May copper contract was down three cents to US$3.08 a pound.
OTTAWA — Unifor president Jerry Dias says General Motors’ plan to close its car plant in Oshawa, Ontario puts it on the brink of leaving Canada completely.The head of Canada’s biggest private-sector union represents about 2,500 workers at the factory the carmaker plans to shut at the end of 2019.After meeting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dias said GM has moved production of five models of vehicles to Mexico and the United States in the past few years, and if the Oshawa plant closes, the company will have only one left here.Dias argues that if General Motors stops making cars in Canada, it would devastate the parts industry and that would cause big trouble for other car companies.He says labour standards in Mexico are low and Trudeau has to work with President Donald Trump to keep manufacturing jobs from shifting south.Dias says the revamped NAFTA deal should help eventually, but the parts that apply to the auto sector won’t kick in for years and by then it could be too late.The Canadian Press
The theatre fraternity and audiences came together in the national capital for red-carpet award night of 14th Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) Festival. Promoted by Mahindra Group as part of its cultural outreach programmes, the week-long extravaganza came to an end as the past year’s best plays from across the country were awarded the coveted META at Kamani Auditorium.The META is India’s most comprehensive theatre awards and much revered in the theatre fraternity, recognising both on-stage and off-stage talent across 14 award categories, including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. The jury for the 14th edition of META comprised of actor and screenwriter Akash Khurana, founder and former Executive Director of India Foundation for the Arts Anmol Vellani, Ila Arun, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Managing trustee of Nrityagram Lynne Fernandez, Former editor of The Hindu Mukund Padmanabhan, internationally-renowned dance historian, scholar, author and critic Sunil Kothari, and present Director of the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi Sunit Tandon. TAAM, Manipur’s Hindi Adaptation Andha Yug won the 2019 META for Best Play along with Prakash Mangaldin Singh winning for Best Stage Design and Sajida Saji for Best Costume. Rukmini Sircar shared the Best Actor in a Lead Role (Female) award with Anjana Balaji. Her Co-actor Dharanidharan U won the META for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) for his role as ‘Aaya’, Janani’s maid, the one who helped her elope, bringing Chandâla, Impure a total of two wins at META 2019. Malayalam production Chillara Samaram from Little Earth School Of Theatre Kerala also won two awards including Best Ensemble and Best Choreography. The META for Best Actor in a Lead Role (Male) was awarded to Shrungha BV for his portrayal of ‘Abhay’, in the drama Kola. Whereas Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) was bagged by Mallika Lokhande. One of India’s most progressive playwrights, Mahesh Elkunchwar has conferred the META Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Indian theatre. In a message to META, he said, “I am very happy to receive this prestigious award. META has been consistently honouring good theatre. It is a nice feeling to receive an award from people who genuinely love theatre.” This year’s edition of the festival saw a record-breaking 414 entries sent in for various categories. These were viewed by an eminent selection committee, comprising well-known theatre practitioners. Hosted by renowned award-winning actor, director, and producer and one of the pioneer RJs of India, Mantra, the META Awards Night saw the presence of several stalwarts and influencers. Performances by The Revisit Project with their groovy music and exciting fusion in raag jog taal and teen-tal by The Project Ganganis, further enlivened proceedings. After the successful debut of [email protected] last year, the Festival also featured a series of Workshops and Panel Discussions during the non-performing hours of the festival. These panel discussions, curated in partnership with the Drama School Mumbai (DSM), were extremely well received and featured META-nominated stalwarts in conversation with theatre students, practitioners, and enthusiasts.
New Delhi: Want to create your own music? Try Google’s first ever Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered Doodle, dedicated to celebrate the birth anniversary of renowned German musician and composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach, who lived during the Baroque period of the 18th century, produced hundreds of compositions including cantatas, concertos, suites and chorales. The Doodle, developed in partnership with Magenta and PAIR teams at Google, is an interactive experience where the composer is playing an organ in celebration of his March 21, 1685, birthday under the old Julian calendar, encouraging musicians to compose their own two-measure melody. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year With the press of a button, the Doodle uses Machine Learning (ML) to harmonise the custom melody into Bach’s signature music style. With the interactive Doodle, one “can create own melody, and through the magic of ML, the Doodle will harmonise your melody in Bach’s style”, Lauren Hannah-Murphy, Programme Manager at Google AI said in a statement on Friday. “You can also explore inside the Doodle to see how the model Bach-ifys familiar tunes, or how your new collaboration might sound in a more modern rock style,” Hannah-Murphy added. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India To create the AI-powered Doodle, the teams first build a ML model called Coconet and then customised it to match Bach’s musical style. Coconet can be used in a wide range of musical tasks-such as harmonising melodies, creating smooth transitions between disconnected fragments of music and composing from scratch. The team then trained Coconet on 306 of Bach’s chorale harmonisations. His chorales always have four voices: each carries their own melodic line, creating a rich harmonic progression when played together. Further, to ensure that people around the world could use the Doodle, the teams used PAIR’s TensorFlow.js, which allows ML to happen entirely within an internet browser. The ML model can also be worked on Google’s new Tensor Processing Units (TPUs), for cases where someone’s computer or device might not support TensorFlow.js. “The Doodle is the first one ever to use TPUs in this way,” Hannah-Murphy said.