Herbie Hancock And Wayne Shorter Share Open Letter To The Next Generation Of Artists

first_imgWith the recent formation of Mega Nova, the Santana-led supergroup provided an opportunity for Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock to work together again. The two have been musicians for decades, and friends for a majority of their lengthy, prolific careers. Starting with roles in Miles Davis’ Second Great Quintet, the two are true innovators.All of that in mind, Nest HQ decided to ask the two to share their thoughts about what it means to be an artist, and how artists should create in an ever-conflicted world. Read their open letter below:To the Next Generation of Artists,We find ourselves in turbulent and unpredictable times.From the horror at the Bataclan, to the upheaval in Syria and the senseless bloodshed in San Bernardino, we live in a time of great confusion and pain. As an artist, creator and dreamer of this world, we ask you not to be discouraged by what you see but to use your own lives, and by extension your art, as vehicles for the construction of peace.While it’s true that the issues facing the world are complex, the answer to peace is simple; it begins with you. You don’t have to be living in a third world country or working for an NGO to make a difference. Each of us has a unique mission. We are all pieces in a giant, fluid puzzle, where the smallest of actions by one puzzle piece profoundly affects each of the others. You matter, your actions matter, your art matters.We’d like to be clear that while this letter is written with an artistic audience in mind, these thoughts transcend professional boundaries and apply to all people, regardless of profession.FIRST, AWAKEN TO YOUR HUMANITYWe are not alone. We do not exist alone and we cannot create alone. What this world needs is a humanistic awakening of the desire to raise one’s life condition to a place where our actions are rooted in altruism and compassion. You cannot hide behind a profession or instrument; you have to be human. Focus your energy on becoming the best human you can be. Focus on developing empathy and compassion. Through the process you’ll tap into a wealth of inspiration rooted in the complexity and curiosity of what it means to simply exist on this planet. Music is but a drop in the ocean of life.EMBRACE AND CONQUER THE ROAD LESS TRAVELEDThe world needs new pathways. Don’t allow yourself to be hijacked by common rhetoric, or false beliefs and illusions about how life should be lived. It’s up to you to be the pioneers. Whether through the exploration of new sounds, rhythms, and harmonies or unexpected collaborations, processes and experiences, we encourage you to dispel repetition in all of its negative forms and consequences. Strive to create new actions both musically and with the pathway of your life. Never conform.WELCOME THE UNKNOWNThe unknown necessitates a moment-to-moment improvisation or creative process that is unparalleled in potential and fulfillment. There is no dress rehearsal for life because life, itself, is the real rehearsal. Every relationship, obstacle, interaction, etc. is a rehearsal for the next adventure in life. Everything is connected. Everything builds. Nothing is ever wasted. This type of thinking requires courage. Be courageous and do not lose your sense of exhilaration and reverence for this wonderful world around you.UNDERSTAND THE TRUE NATURE OF OBSTACLESWe have this idea of failure, but it’s not real; it’s an illusion. There is no such thing as failure. What you perceive as failure is really a new opportunity, a new hand of cards, or a new canvas to create upon. In life there are unlimited opportunities. The words, “success” and “failure”, themselves, are nothing more than labels. Every moment is an opportunity. You, as a human being, have no limits; therefore infinite possibilities exist in any circumstance.DON’T BE AFRAID TO INTERACT WITH THOSE WHO ARE DIFFERENT FROM YOUThe world needs more one-on-one interaction among people of diverse origins with a greater emphasis on art, culture and education. Our differences are what we have in common. We can work to create an open and continuous plane where all types of people can exchange ideas, resources, thoughtfulness and kindness. We need to be connecting with one another, learning about one another, and experiencing life with one another. We can never have peace if we cannot understand the pain in each other’s hearts. The more we interact, the more we will come to realize that our humanity transcends all differences.STRIVE TO CREATE AGENDA-FREE DIALOGUEArt in any form is a medium for dialogue, which is a powerful tool. It is time for the music world to produce sound stories that ignite dialogue about the mystery of us. When we say the mystery of us, we’re talking about reflecting and challenging the fears, which prevent us from discovering our unlimited access to the courage inherent in us all. Yes, you are enough. Yes, you matter. Yes, you should keep going.BE WARY OF EGOArrogance can develop within artists, either from artists who believe that their status makes them more important, or those whose association with a creative field entitles them to some sort of superiority. Beware of ego; creativity cannot flow when only the ego is served.WORK TOWARDS A BUSINESS WITHOUT BORDERSThe medical field has an organization called Doctors Without Borders. This lofty effort can serve as a model for transcending the limitations and strategies of old business formulas which are designed to perpetuate old systems in the guise of new ones. We’re speaking directly to a system that’s in place, a system that conditions consumers to purchase only the products that are dictated to be deemed marketable, a system where money is only the means to an end. The music business is a fraction of the business of life. Living with creative integrity can bring forth benefits never imagined.APPRECIATE THE GENERATION THAT WALKED BEFORE YOUYour elders can help you. They are a source of wealth in the form of wisdom. They have weathered storms and endured the same heartbreaks; let their struggles be the light that shines the way in the darkness. Don’t waste time repeating their mistakes. Instead, take what they’ve done and catapult you towards building a progressively better world for the progeny to come.LASTLY, WE HOPE THAT YOU LIVE IN A STATE OF CONSTANT WONDERAs we accumulate years, parts of our imagination tend to dull. Whether from sadness, prolonged struggle, or social conditioning, somewhere along the way people forget how to tap into the inherent magic that exists within our minds. Don’t let that part of your imagination fade away. Look up at the stars and imagine what it would be like to be an astronaut or a pilot. Imagine exploring the pyramids or Machu Picchu. Imagine flying like a bird or crashing through a wall like Superman. Imagine running with dinosaurs or swimming like mer-creatures. All that exists is a product of someone’s imagination; treasure and nurture yours and you’ll always find yourself on the precipice of discovery.How does any of this lend to the creation of a peaceful society you ask? It begins with a cause. Your causes create the effects that shape your future and the future of all those around you. Be the leaders in the movie of your life. You are the director, producer, and actor. Be bold and tirelessly compassionate as you dance through the voyage that is this lifetime.last_img read more

John Kadlecik, Disco Biscuits & Lotus Members Tapped For Upcoming ‘Grateful Dead For Kids!’ Show

first_imgThis Friday, October 12th, a number of high-profile musicians in the jam world will come together at Philadelphia’s Ardmore Music Hall for a “Night of the Dead.” For the show, John Kadlecik, founding member and lead guitarist for Dark Star Orchestra, will lead a group called West Philly Fadeaway, which also features The Disco Biscuits’ bassist Marc Brownstein and keyboardist Aron Magner alongside Lotus drummer Mike Greenfield.However, while John Kadlecik’s West Philly Fadeaway will kick off the weekend’s festivities on Friday night, the all-star band is sticking around for another special show specifically for kids the following morning titled Grateful Dead For Kids! Scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 13th, The Rock And Roll Playhouse—a New York City-born series that uses songs from iconic rock artists to encourage kids to move, play, and sing—will bring its weekly family concert series south to Philadelphia and join forces with Kadlecik, Brownstein, Magner, and Greenfield to perform classic songs from the Grateful Dead catalog. The venue is offering show tickets as well as an upgraded ticket that offers access to a buffet. Tickets are available here, and children under the age of one get in for free.However, the Grateful Dead festivities don’t end there. On Saturday night, long after this special morning children’s show, the Ardmore Music Hall will host Melvin Seals & JGB, solidifying the Dead-friendly theme of the weekend. For Melvin Seals & JGB’s performance, the band will also be joined by The New Mastersounds’ guitarist Eddie Roberts, saxophonist Ron Holloway, and Swift Technique vocalist Chelsea ViaCava.[H/T Jambands]last_img read more

Portland Music Scene Comes Together To Benefit The Family Of Late Musician Dave Noyes

first_imgOn March 7th, beloved musician Dave Noyes passed away suddenly in his sleep at the age of 45. Noyes was a cornerstone of the Portland, ME music and arts scene whose quiet contributions have undeniably shaped local popular culture for the past 25 years, and will continue to do so for years to come.Dave was a member of many bands such as Rustic Overtones, Seekonk, Plains, The Fogcutters, Royal Hammer, The RJ Miller Trio, Model Airplane and collaborated with countless more, from Soulive to Lettuce to The Ghost of Paul Revere to Deer Tick to Ray Lamontagne. He was an accomplished composer, arranger, trombonist, cellist, singer, vocalist, record store owner, screen printer, band manager, and venue owner.Dave Noyes was known by his friends and community to be kind, loving and thoughtful. He loved music, and he loved sharing his comprehensive record collection with his friends. He was never boastful, always helpful and supportive, and shied away from the limelight. His passing has sent waves of mourning and remembrance rippling throughout his community.[Marquee at Portland’s State Theatre following Noyes’ passing]Explains Lettuce saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, Noyes’ longtime bandmate with Rustic Overtones,Dave Noyes was a great friend and mentor in life and music. He taught me how to listen closer to the records we were into. He showed me it was possible to not explain every detail of the music and just learn how to absorb it—absorb the feeling and soul that we felt when listening. He broadened my creative palette by showing me the best Reggae music, African music and the music from Brazil, in particular. My experiences with Dave, whether it was working together touring, arranging, recording or just listening, made me the musician I am today. He was also the kindest, most humble, thoughtful man I have ever been around my whole life.Lyle Divinsky (The Motet), a fellow Maine native who had played with Noyes for more than a decade with Model Airplane, echoes Zoidis’ sentiments about their fallen friend, noting,It’s easy to throw around declarative descriptions of people we care about when they pass… but I can say whole-heartedly, without a shadow of a doubt, Dave Noyes was one of the kindest, most gentle, genuine people I’ve ever met. His talents and efforts were without boundary or ego, as were his love and encouragement for his family and community.As we thought about it, he was in pretty much every successful band from Maine that has a horn section, and arranged horn charts for damn near everyone.As guitarist Eric Krasno explains, “Dave Noyes was a genius player and arranger. I don’t usually come across musicians with his level of talent and ability that are also so humble. He was a kind, gentle soul and it was always an honor to work with him. Its a major loss to the Maine community and I am sending love to his family and friends.”Members of Deer Tick also offered their remembrance of Noyes. “The world lost a lot when it lost Dave Noyes,” they explain. “Amazing person, musician, husband, father, and one of the sweetest souls. Thank you Dave Noyes.”Noyes leaves behind his loving wife, a 3-year-old son, and an unborn child. Noyes’ widow, Anna Maria Amoroso Noyes, also makes her living as a musician. Like many self-employed artists, Dave had no life insurance policy to help ease his family’s financial burdens. Anna is now left to raise two children with neither a second income nor a second set of hands to watch and care for them in the years to come.The Portland music community has come together to raise money for the family of Dave Noyes with an ongoing GoFundMe campaign. You can donate to the cause here.[Photo via Dave Noyes GoFundMe – Dave Noyes and his family]While the campaign has already received an incredible outpouring of support from the local community, Lyle Divinsky explains, “The money that’s been raised so far is sure to go quickly after the funeral services, daycare, pregnancy, etc. As Anna Maria is also a professional musician, we’re trying to raise as much as we can to give her and Dave’s whole family the opportunity to grieve without worrying about the outside pressures, as well as create things like college funds and other accounts that will make sure the kids will be taken care of as they grow up without their father.”In addition to the ongoing fundraising campaign, members of the Portland music scene have put together a special memorial event to honor Noyes and raise additional money to help support his family. GOOD GRIEF: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Dave Noyes, is set to take place on Wednesday, April 3rd at the State Theatre in Portland, ME.The celebration of Noyes’ life will feature performances by Rustic Overtones, The Fogcutters, Royal Hammer, The Ghost of Paul Revere, Jaw Gems, Micromassé, Kenya Hall, Spencer Albee, Tony McNaboe, Lyle Divinsky, (The Motet), The Red Eye Flight Crew, RJ Miller. Later that evening, an official afterparty will take place at Portland House of Music and Events featuring performances by Model Airplane and Raging Brass.All proceeds from the shows will benefit the family of Dave Noyes.Tickets for GOOD GRIEF: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Dave Noyes are available now via the State Theatre website, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or in person at the Port City Music Hall box office.last_img read more

Sarah Jo Willey Receives Outstanding Sales Performance Award

first_imgESSEX, VT (January 8, 2008) Dale Carnegie Training recently recognized Sarah Jo Willeys outstanding sales performance for 2007 by awarding her with a Sales Club Award. The award, given to consultants who produced between $300,000 and $500,000 in sales, was presented at Dale Carnegie Trainings annual international convention in Acapulco, Mexico. Sarah Jo is a Training Consultant at Vermont Training Solutions, Inc., the Dale Carnegie Training office for Vermont, Northeastern New York, and Western New Hampshire.Sarah Jo has been part of the local Dale Carnegie Training® team for over three years. In addition to her work as a training consultant she is a certified trainer specializing in coaching, employee engagement, and presentation skills development. She is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University and Johnson State College. She is actively involved in the community through the Rotary Club of Essex and as the Executive Director of the Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization, Inc.Nearly one thousand Dale Carnegie Training® associates from around the world attended the 62nd annual international convention in Acapulco where the award was presented. Dale Carnegie Training recognizes its operators and franchisees in several categories, including The Millennium, Founders Award, Chairmans Club, and Presidents Club Awards. All award levels are based on performance, growth and type of Dale Carnegie services/training sold. While each levels qualifications vary, the awards are always given in the spirit of the Dale Carnegie Training culture promoting professional growth and dynamic interpersonal and relationship building skills. Training Consultants with qualities like Sarah Jo are who make Dale Carnegie Training® a successful organization, states Tim Cook, President of Vermont Training Solutions, Inc. Sarah Jo embodies all that we are and all that we stand for. We are so pleased to have her as part of our team.Dale Carnegie Training® in Vermont is offered locally by Vermont Training Solutions, Inc. For more information about Dale Carnegie Training®, please call 800.639.1012 or visit www.vermont.dalecarnegie.com(link is external)last_img read more

45th Annual Assault on Mt. Mitchell CANCELED for 2020

first_img“Don’t worry, next year’s ride has already been scheduled for Monday, May 17th 2020 so go ahead and mark your calendars and stay healthy out there!” said Ride Director, Jenn Chew.  The Freewheelers Association of Spartanburg will do their best to keep everyone informed via their social media channels and website.   About The Assaults Due to the CDC and government recommendations encouraged worldwide with the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and the recommendation from USA Cycling, the Freewheelers Association of Spartanburg has decided to cancel the 45th Annual Assault on Mt. Mitchell and Marion for the health and safety of every individual involved.  A bucket list ride for serious cyclists, The Assaults is one of the most intense, premier cycling experiences in the Southeast with cyclists participating from across the nation and world each spring to ride from Spartanburg, S.C. to either Marion, N.C. (74.2 miles) or the top of Mount Mitchell (102.7 miles). To learn more, register, sponsor or volunteer, visit www.theassaults.com or email director@theassaults.com. “The Freewheelers Association of Spartanburg would like to assure all of the Assaults participants this decision was made with the health and safety for all those involved as our top priority,” said Freewheelers president, Karl Johnson. “We understand the impact of this choice and we are truly very sorry. We want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have tried to make the best decision for the most people.” Due to the unexpected cancellation, The Freewheelers will have a few options for riders with regards to their registrations for the 2020 Assault on Mt. Mitchell and Marion. More information on these options will be released next week once all details are finalized.  About The Freewheelers The organization behind The Assaults, The Freewheelers Cycling Association, is a Spartanburg, S.C.-based, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit community service organization founded in 1973. The Freewheelers’ mission is to provide education and promotion of bicycle safety and a forum for amateur sports competition and touring. To learn more about The Freewheelers, visit their website at www.freewheelers.info.last_img read more

Ecuadorean Police Seize 437 kg of Cocaine Destined for Belgium

first_imgBy Dialogo September 06, 2012 The Ecuadorean Police seized about 437 kg of cocaine that were destined to be transported to a Belgium port, said Wladimir León, the head of Antinarcotics in the coastal province of Guayas (southwest), on September 4. The drugs were camouflaged in iron pipes whose interior had been placed with “in a very technical way,” pointed out the official, adding that the container with the cocaine did not appear to have forged or cloned security seals, to be detected at the port of Guayaquil (capital of Guayas). The operation produced the arrest of three Ecuadorean citizens, according to Police. Ecuador has seized 25 tons of drugs so far in 2012, including 8.4 tons of marijuana and cocaine base destined for the “local market”, through operations that caused some 2,000 arrests, according to police reports. The seizures of drugs in the country reached 26 tons in 2011, compared with 18 tons in 2010 and a record 68 tons in 2009.last_img read more

Video briefing: what’s next in oral care?

first_imgOral B Gum PurifyLaunch date: July 2019Rsp: £5This paste works up into a gentle, cooling foam to clean and soothe hard-to-access areas of the mouth. Containing stannous flouride, as opposed to sodium flouride, the formula protects gums by neutralising plaque hiding along the gumline.  What’s new? Three new oral care products which treat oral health conditions What’s hot?Consumers are spending more in this category because they want more specialist products to look after their teeth. We’re seeing growth trends on toothpaste, medicated wash and whitening products as consumers link white teeth with a healthy smile.What’s not?Dental care professionals are giving their patients more advice about what products to use to treat or prevent certain conditions. This means that shoppers are getting more condition-aware and therefore are choosing more specialist paste over everyday paste.What’s next?Innovation is a great driver of this category. What you can expect to see are more products with scientific claims, products that repair your teeth, treat your gums or remineralise your enamel. Corsodyl Complete CareLaunch date: January 2019Rsp: £4.50Made with higher levels of sodium bicarbonate, Corsodyl claims this product removed four times more plaque than a regular toothpaste. It also promises to stop and prevent bleeding gums, reduce gum inflammation, improve the seal between gums and teeth and strengthen enamel. Sensodyne Pronamel Launch date: June 2019Rsp: £5Stories about dodgy, enamel-damaging teeth whitening kits have been hitting the headlines and consumers are becoming more aware of taking care of their enamel. Hoping to combat concerns around enamel erosion, this new launch from Sensodyne locks in minerals to prevent acid wear and actively repair weakened enamel. last_img read more

Most Displaced Residents of Hyndman Borough Allowed to Return Home

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Most Displaced Residents of Hyndman Borough Allowed to Return Home August 05, 2017center_img Press Release,  PSA,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today thanked the residents of Hyndman Borough and those responders that helped them stay safe, as most were informed today they could return to their homes following Wednesday’s train derailment and fire.“I want to thank the residents of Hyndman Borough for their patience as CSX worked to resolve this incident with assistance from many first responders and officials from various agencies,” said Governor Wolf. “My administration will work closely with CSX and federal and local officials to ensure the safety and well-being of the residents in the days ahead. We owe our gratitude to all those that worked diligently and swiftly to ensure no one was injured by the accident.”Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, on behalf of all state agencies, provided the following update regarding the train derailment in Bedford County, which displaced hundreds of residents since the incident occurred on Wednesday morning:The majority of residents will be allowed to return to their homes today. Those who will not be able to return are advised to contact CSX representatives at the Outreach Center listed below for additional instructions. Residents are reminded to travel safely, obey posted speed limits and follow the guidance and directions of local emergency responders as they return home.CSX representatives continue to be onsite in the designated evacuation hotels and are available to answer questions and provide assistance.CSX will be establishing an Outreach Center at the HOPE for Hyndman Charter School at 130 School Drive which will be open during the following hours:Saturday, August 5: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Sunday, August 6: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.Monday, August 7: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.CSX continues to answer questions through the toll-free incident response line: 1-800-331-4031. Those efforts will continue until all residents have been returned to their homes.CSX has created a webpage, response.csx.com, where the public can find information about the community outreach centers, a helpful FAQ document, the latest status of the recovery and additional helpful resources.last_img read more

Pension fund for Dutch doctors moves to de-risk investment portfolio

first_imgSPH, the pension fund for general practitioners in the Netherlands, has moved to simplify its investment portfolio to reduce risk and cut costs.According to its annual report for 2014, the scheme re-invested nearly half of its €9.5bn portfolio, largely switching to passive management.It also cancelled performance fees for credit and fund-of-hedge-fund managers.Johan Reesink, chairman at the scheme, said nearly 90% of all performance fees could be cancelled as and when management contracts were renewed. He added that the pension fund’s aim was to eliminate all performance fees.As a consequence of the portfolio reshuffle, asset management costs – apart from transaction costs and remaining performance fees – fell from 0.26% to 0.15% of assets under management.The pension fund increased its fixed income allocation from 36.4% to 50.8%, investing in liquid Dutch, German and French government bonds.This came largely at the expense of equity holdings, which the scheme cut by one-quarter to 29%.SPH divested its 3% stake in US and UK inflation-linked bonds, as well as its positions in Canadian and Australian government paper.“The risks of keeping these bonds outweighed the advantages for diversification,” Reesink said.He said the pension fund re-focused its equity holdings on the longer term, while shifting its global equity, emerging market and small-cap holdings into single and passive mandates.It had previously bundled its developed-market equities into one mandate.As part of the reshuffle, the pension fund also reduced its hedge fund allocation by 0.6 percentage points to 4.7%, and cut its commodities exposure by 1.1 percentage points to 3.9%, while switching to passive management.It raised it infrastructure allocation by 0.1 percentage points to 1.8%, inching towards its strategic target of 5%.Last year, the GP scheme expanded its real estate portfolio from 3% to 3.3% while lowering the risk profile of its non-listed holdings by adding “stable property” in core segments of developed countries.SPH reported a 14.7% return over 2014, attributing 3.2 percentage points of performance to a 50% interest-risk hedge.Almost all asset classes contributed positively, with commodities, losing more than 18%, the only exception.The scheme’s fixed income portfolio returned 14.9%, but long-duration German and Dutch government bonds returned up to 27%.Listed property returned 22.1%, while remaining positions in private equity returned 21.6%.SPH’s coverage ratio stands at just under 140%.last_img read more