Jose Carlos Matos http://josecarlosmatos.com/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 07:26:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://josecarlosmatos.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Jose Carlos Matos http://josecarlosmatos.com/ 32 32 Digital music event that blends Indian classical music with the country’s rich ecology-Art-and-culture News, Firstpost https://josecarlosmatos.com/digital-music-event-that-blends-indian-classical-music-with-the-countrys-rich-ecology-art-and-culture-news-firstpost/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 07:16:36 +0000 https://josecarlosmatos.com/digital-music-event-that-blends-indian-classical-music-with-the-countrys-rich-ecology-art-and-culture-news-firstpost/ Blue Planet is a four-month-long online musical hosted by Mumbai-based First Edition Arts which kicked off on December 17, 2021 and will run until March 27, 2022.

An aerial view of the deep dark green forests with the sound of Veena in the background, followed by visuals of the film crew and musicians dressed in fancy dress, walking and wading through the streams in the forests of Mollem in Goa.

It can’t be believed but it’s all part of a musical concert by singer Dhrupad Uday Bhawalkar, where he performs’Raag Miyan Ki Todi,’ seated on a pebble floor with his musicians in the middle of a riparian forest.

This is one of 21 concerts of Carnatic and Indian classical music as part of the digital music event “Blue Planet”, which takes place in natural environments such as forests, tidal pools, groves sacred areas, mangroves, river banks and biodiversity-threatened areas of India.

Among the musicians are TM Krishna, Abhishek Raghuram, P Unnikrishnan, Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, Ramakrishnan Murthy, Malladi Brothers and Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee. It also includes a jugalbandi between Ramana Balachandran on Veena and Abhishek Borkar on Sarod, and two specially commissioned original collaborations of Carnatic music and Bharatanatyam between Vignesh Ishwar and Christopher Gurusamy, and Rithvik Raja and Shweta Prachande respectively.

This four-month-long online musical is organized by Mumbai-based First Edition Arts which kicked off on December 17, 2021 and will run until March 27, 2022. Some of these performances are now streaming online on Shaale.com in the whole world.

It’s an unusual musical concert because there’s no stage, no audience, and it’s completely open and exposed to the elements. However, that’s what Devina Dutt, co-founder of First Edition Arts, imagined about a year ago when she heard about Goa’s Save Mollem campaign.

This is a community campaign where people from different sections of society have come together to save the forests of Mollem (it is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots) from the three linear projects.

“The Amche Mollem (Save Mollem) campaign, which is a spontaneous grassroots movement, relied on the power of images, and used the visual arts alongside science and legal arguments. To me, it seemed like the spark of a great idea,” says Devina Dutt, who aspired to bring two worlds together – music and ecology, and to start preliminary conversations with artists and bands to point out issues. related to climate change, sustainability practices, and climate and social justice.

She further explains that her conversation with Warren Senders, who is a Hindustani and jazz musician, gave her the confidence to move forward, when he said, “Don’t force yourself to make a connection. Just know that the connection is already there.

Dutt then approached many environmentalists, climate change workers and wildlife experts to finalize the location and make this whole project possible.

Wildlife biologist Nandini Velho, who was involved in the planning phase, says:

“It is from such concerts and initiatives that shared stories emerge. It also teaches us that collaborations serve different purposes and are valued from different perspectives.

The videos feature Mollem Forests in Goa, Uksan Village in Kamshet, Maharashtra, Urur Olcott Kuppam Fishing Village in Tamil Nadu, Ennore, Pulicat, Gurukula Shrine in Wayanad, Kerala, Community Reforestation Project in Purulia and the Sunderbans mangroves in West Bengal, to name a few.

The most difficult place was the village of Angangba, in Tuensang in Nagaland. It took them two days to reach Nagaland, and the journey was further complicated by bad roads. “I was immediately attracted by the remoteness of the place. We took 18 people from different parts of the country and spent two days traveling. As I didn’t want to tire our artists, we spent about four days there. We just didn’t play there, but got to know the place, followed the community and learned about the work of the NGO Better Life Foundation, which works in areas such as sustainable farming practices and conservation issues with local communities,” says Dutt.

In this venue, renowned artists like Carnatic singer TM Krishna and Carnatic musician Aishwarya Vidhya Raghunath have performed. She, while recounting her experience, clarifies that there were challenges in many ways – whether it was sitting and playing on a bamboo mat on the gravelly ground, playing outdoors without monitors for commentary, weather and the public because the locals had no idea. about this form of music, but were extremely curious about it.

TM Krishna (center) with the people of Nagaland

“However, the performance was greatly improved by these important factors. First of all, playing with the wonderfully experienced musicians Brindha Manickavasakan, Vittal Rangan, Praveen Sparsh and Chandrasekara Sharma meant there was great musical and personal synergy throughout the gig. The location provided us with an inspiring backdrop to bring forward this important message of nature conservation in the remote but important part of eastern India. Additionally, the warmth and love of the people of Nagaland and the hospitality of the Better Life Foundation family motivated each of us to take responsibility for the cause of environmentalism. All in all, what I remember the most is that music, like all human endeavours, has the power to move people.

For sarod player, Abhishek Borkar, who performed at The Valley School, KFI, Bangalore, the whole experience made him discover ecology more deeply. “I think the main challenge with a performance like this is that it’s not just a performance anymore, it’s not an act anymore. You’re thrust into the middle of nature, our natural ecosystem. It won’t fit you. You have to acclimatize to it, respect it, iron out all preconceived notions, let go of ego in a way.

Along with these performance challenges, the artists had to deal with other obstacles. They experienced off-season rains in Goa while filming a performance of Ramakrishnan Murthy in the North Goa tidal pools at Anjuna; cloud burst in Chennai, and now, the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, Dutt is optimistic as they have completed filming for 13 out of 21 performances. The next set of performances will begin in February.

We can say that these ecologically sensitive places can be reduced to pretty decorations, and that there is perhaps no commitment in itself. Dutt, who is well aware of this, argues that it depends on the artists. “It depends on the musician because we didn’t want to force it or give the impression that it was artificial. It is also the first time for them. It’s not their usual four to five hour gig. They spend at least two days there. It is therefore a slow and meticulous undertaking. We try to make a point (about conservation) in a soft way.

This event also includes a Bharatnatyam dance performance by Christopher Gurusamy in collaboration with Vignesh Ishwar filmed at BASE, a center for yoga, arts and nature on the edge of the reserve’s forest in Kodaikanal.

Gurusamy, who trained specifically for this project, says, “The natural setting had a huge impact on the presentation of the choreography. I did ‘jathis‘ on top of the rocks, did ‘abhinaya’ while walking through the streams. Being on the outside, I think, really added something to the way we all played, which I hope translates to the screen.

Blue Planet Digital music event that blends Indian classical music with the country's rich ecology

Ramakrishnan Murthy with other artists during his performance

Along with these performances, Blue Planet has also shed light on environmental issues like industrial pollution in a place like Ennore, near Chennai. “Here we got involved with children who are part of the Chennai Climate Action Group. They talk about the effects of pollution on their lives and on the neighborhood,” says Dutt.

They also collaborated with the 22 visual artists who are part of the Save Mollem campaign. They made 21 different posters based on 21 locations. These posters, in a very creative way, speak and highlight the ecology of this place.

Goa-based artist Nishant Saldanha, who is associated with Save Mollem, and who is also leading this art poster project, says, “This whole collaboration is interesting because the musicians were new to environmental issues. , and we were new to the world of Carnatic and Hindustani classical music. I think in this process of discovering both sides, this work emerged. I think it’s the energy that keeps it going.

He hopes these works will help raise awareness of ecological issues across India, and not just where these performances are filmed.

These posters, which come out five times a month, will be auctioned online. They are also planning to have a traveling exhibition of these posters in different parts of the country in the coming times.

One of the strengths of this project is to draw analogies between the natural world and the arts ecosystem. It seeks to suggest that both ecosystems should be cared for, understood and respected. By hurting them, we only hurt ourselves.

Dutt explains, “The arts are marginalized in contemporary India as an artistic statement and as an art form, especially classical art. The market economy transforms all forms of art into spectacle. Every art form must be nurtured by audiences, producers, patrons, writers and the artists themselves. Just as we take care of our rivers and forests, we must take care of our various art forms.

(Tickets for these performances are available online at Shaale.com. Once access is purchased, films can be viewed multiple times through May 31, 2022.)

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Peter Welker, accomplished Petaluma musician, music festival founder, dies at 79 https://josecarlosmatos.com/peter-welker-accomplished-petaluma-musician-music-festival-founder-dies-at-79/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 22:29:49 +0000 https://josecarlosmatos.com/peter-welker-accomplished-petaluma-musician-music-festival-founder-dies-at-79/

Peter Welker, composer, arranger, bandleader and trumpeter who for decades was one of Petaluma’s best-known musicians, died Wednesday in Arizona after a brief illness. He was 79 years old.

Welker, one of the founders of the Petaluma Music Festival, lived in the city from 1972 until 2020, when he moved to the Phoenix area to seek a position as a college music teacher.

He was primarily a jazz musician, but was also into rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, and other genres. He has been a member and founder of several bands and has recorded several CDs over the past 40 years.

His latest CD, “Sidemen”, was released in November by Summit Records. The jazz-funk-Latin group included six multiple Grammy-winning musicians.

“It’s the best band I’ve ever put together,” Welker said in an interview with the Argus-Courier, shortly before moving to Arizona.

Welker’s family released a statement on Friday, saying, “The loss we feel is overwhelming and heartbreaking. Peter had a heart of gold and was one of the most loving and kind people you could ever meet. He touched the lives of so many people with his overwhelming musical talent and brought so much joy, love and kindness to everyone he met.

Welker lived with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for years, according to his family.

“He’s kept his lungs healthy and strong by playing the trumpet, but over the past two months it’s had a huge impact on his health and his body,” his daughter-in-law, Stefanee Bowler, said, adding that Welker fell ill in the new year. vacation with COVID-19 and pneumonia. “With complications from everything combined, his body didn’t have the strength to fight it,” she said.

As news of Welker’s death spread on social media, his friends and fellow musicians added their memories and condolences to the local legend’s family.

“Peter was a continuing force in the Bay Area music scene,” said friend and sound engineer Jim Stern of Petaluma. “His influence has rippled through various circles and lives and he has made wonderful music here on a regular basis.” Admitting Welker had spoken about how much he missed his Petaluma friends, Stern said, “He was happy in Arizona, had a new album out and gigs to play while enjoying living there. We had been friends for 50 years and worked on many albums together. We will miss him.”

Other friends mourned her loss in comments on Facebook.

“Petaluma has lost a beautiful bright light,” Petaluma Downtown Association executive director Marie McCusker wrote. “He lit up our community in the best possible way.”

“Peter was a gem in this community,” Diane Emery Hole wrote, “always supporting young musicians and bands. He was always warm and helpful and very generous. A bright light went out.

Local musician Sebastian Saint James described Welker as “an incredible human being and an incredible musician”. Saint James recalled that early in his musical career, Welker called him and asked to meet him. “I had never met him before but… we hit it off at the first of many lunches together. He had such an amazing story…what a treasure we were blessed to have in our city.

A Massachusetts native, Welker graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston before moving to San Francisco in 1962. He formed a three-horn sextet that performed at concerts and festivals in the Bay Area for five years.

Between 1967 and 1980, Welker performed with Cold Blood, a popular East Bay R&B group, as well as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Van Morrison, Jerry Garcia, Malo, Jesse Colin Young, Buddy Miles and Joe Walker. In 1981, he formed WBBH, a jazz-funk-soul group which recorded an album. In the mid-1990s, he performed on a Bob Dylan-produced CD, “The Music of Jimmie Rodgers: A Tribute”, and a Garcia and David Grisman-produced CD, “Not for Kids Only”.

Between 1997 and 2006 he arranged, produced and recorded three more CDs, ‘Para Peachy’ (1997), ‘Paradise is Awfully Nice’ (2002) and ‘Duke, Billy and Tadd’ (2006), which were distributed and broadcast. worldwide.

Before moving to Arizona, Welker’s jazz sextet played for 26 years in outdoor venues along the Petaluma River on summer Friday nights, attracting a devoted following.

Welker was the co-founder of the Petaluma Music Festival, which has become an annual event, raising funds to support music education at local high schools.

He was also one of the founders of the Carousel Fund, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds for Petaluma families with children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. The organization has hosted an annual “Casino Night” fundraiser for over 20 years, featuring well-known musicians as headliners. As the event’s talent scout, Welker brought in artists such as Huey Lewis, Elvin Bishop, Eddie Money, Norton Buffalo, Charlie Musselwhite, John Hammond and Roy Rogers. He was often the conductor for the concerts.

Welker is survived by his wife, Carole Smith Welker, of Sun City, Arizona, his daughter Jennifer Lee of Iowa City, Iowa, and several other relatives. Her 5-year-old son, Jacob, died of leukemia in 1993.

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‘Encore Cabaret’ mixes Broadway, jazz and more at Appleton PAC https://josecarlosmatos.com/encore-cabaret-mixes-broadway-jazz-and-more-at-appleton-pac/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 14:45:09 +0000 https://josecarlosmatos.com/encore-cabaret-mixes-broadway-jazz-and-more-at-appleton-pac/

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – Hybrid vigor is on display in “Encore Cabaret,” a show with roots in Broadway musicals and branches everywhere.

In the branches are young voices and top instrumental jazz musicians. Broadway songs are performed in a jazzy way.

The show is an offshoot of Fox Cities Performing Arts Center’s Center Stage High School musical theater program.

Another show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. today, Saturday, January 15, at the Kimberly-Clark Theater downtown. Info: foxcitiespac.com.

The seats are cabaret style. The “cabaret” element extends to the service of drinks.

COVID-19 protocols are present: Masking for public and staff. The singers wear clear plastic face shields.

The program features Broadway music from then and now.

The 12-member Cornerstone Jazz Orchestra rocks with instrumentals like “On Broadway” and “A New World” from “Songs for a New World” and medleys from shows like “West Side Story” and “ Gypsy. ”

The orchestra also supports the students of Center Stage Encore Singers in songs such as “Freak Flag” and “Who I’d Be” from “Shrek”, “The Impossible Dream” from “Man of La Mancha”, “She Used To Be Mine». ” from “Waitress”, “You’re Nothing Without Me” from “City of Angels”, “Welcome to the Rock” from “Come from Away”, “If I Loved You” from “Carousel”, and “Marry the Man Today”” from “Guys and Dolls”.

Each piece is introduced with a backstory by musical director/arranger Shawn Postell, who basically put this whole shebang together at the request of the center, with lots of help from the center to staff the lights and sound elements, more ushers/servers, plus finance. On Friday night, Shawn Postell mentioned to the audience (who got a standing ovation at the end) that he couldn’t believe the number of phone calls it took to organize this project.

About thirty-five years ago, Shawn Postell arranged music for concerts as a student in the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Jazz Program, guided by master/arranger Lovell Ives.

Side Stories: “On Broadway,” which opens this concert, is one of the pieces he arranged as a student. Following Friday’s performance, Shawn Postell said after writing the original version, “I went to Lovell Ives and he fixed it.” Saxophonist Marc Jimos, one of the musicians who deliver complex solos, is also part of the current band of this era at the UWGB.

Here is the list of students with * meaning they only perform on Saturdays:

Amelia Bazett-Jones* – Green Bay East High School

Ione Berken* – Green Bay East Secondary School

Ryan Bouchard – Pulaski High School

Isaac Bowman* – Green Bay East High School

Jennifer Duarte Castillo* – Green Bay East High School

Nandi Dubé* – Xavier High School

Karli Huss – Little Chute High School

Audryn Just – Pulaski High School

Leah Nolte – Fox Valley Lutheran High School

Dalena Pakalske – Southern Door County High School

Lily Polzin – De Pere High School

Josh Thone – Xavier High School

Also present are former Mickey Wirtz (2020), Kyra Hietpas (2019) and Matthew Wautier-Rodriguez (2019).

On Friday, Mickey Wirtz and Matthew Wautier-Rodriguez sang two solos each and had the opportunity to add character staging to their songs.

Today’s setups for high school musicals include wireless headsets so students can move freely. In this show, two to six students deliver the goods as they adjust to performing with fixed microphones.

Yes, hybrid vigor – an energetic spirit drawn from separate sources to create something special (my definition).

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THE PLACE: The Kimberly-Clark Theater is a specialty/”black box” theater – flexible, focused on performance space, open ceiling with exposed theater and ventilation equipment, and little ornamentation (although this theater has red curtains, upholstered red seats and wooden elements). Located in the largest Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, the space is 56 feet wide, 75 feet long, and 25 feet high. For “Encore Cabaret”, around 28 round tables are spread over the floor to accommodate around 112 listeners. The elevated show stage is to the right of the entrance. The second level of the room is lined with segments of woodwork, an acoustic touch that adds a visual boost.

THE PEOPLE: Kimberly, Clark and Company was established in 1872 in Neenah, with the key figures in the paper business being four friendly businessmen – John A. Kimberly, Havilah Babcock, Charles B. Clark and Frank C. Shattuck. The company has been Kimberly-Clark Co. since 1906. John A. Kimberly, from a poor New York State family, was a man of ideas who got into business at an early age. Charles B. Clark, also of New York, was popular enough to be elected mayor of Neenah and to the United States House of Representatives.

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A guitarist will be presented at the Strand Theater | Local https://josecarlosmatos.com/a-guitarist-will-be-presented-at-the-strand-theater-local/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://josecarlosmatos.com/a-guitarist-will-be-presented-at-the-strand-theater-local/

DAVID BLOW Special for The Post-Star

Tim Reynolds has played his guitar with the Dave Matthews Band in stadiums around the world in front of literally millions of fans.

He frequently appears on lists of the greatest guitarists of all time among guitar gods like Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and Jimmy Page – and DMB fans consider him a king.

So the fact that he’ll be performing in front of barely hundreds of people at the Strand Theater in Hudson Falls on Jan. 22 is a bit of a knock on general manager Jonathan Newell.

It’s also just a continuation of a stream of longtime guitar rockers that have graced the scene since its revival as part of its “Guitar Masters Series.”

Reynolds will join guitar legends Albert Lee, who played with Clapton, and Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre, to grace The Strand stage.

And in May, Ace Frehley of legendary band KISS will be in town.

Newell said these rockers initially agreed to play The Strand thinking it was this quaint and interesting place. Then they are blown away by the acoustics and ambiance of the place and come back.

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Barre will play his third Strand show and Lee will play his sixth.

“It’s a really great sounding space,” Newell said. “And once they get here, they really feel a grateful community too.”

Reynolds, reached by phone Tuesday, said he would be performing with his side band, a trio known as TR3, and audiences would be treated to something quite different from DMB.

“We do a lot of different music, from power trio rock to weird covers. We’re doing a Doors and (David) Bowie song,” he said.

Reynolds said what people won’t hear are the Dave Matthews songs. He said a lot of artists play songs from the band they became famous with when doing solo projects, but he said he has a lot of different music in him to release.

The tour is partly in support of the trio’s latest album, “Wild in the Sky”, which will be released on Friday. Although there’s a fair amount of “shredding” to it, Reynolds said his favorite track, “On this mountain, born in clouds” is a bit more melodic.

“It’s almost a Pink Floyd vibe,” he said.

As the conversation veered a bit towards Pink Floyd, it led to thoughts about how David Gilmour’s guitar was almost like another voice.

“My ultimate goal is that – to sing with my guitar,” he said.

Although fearful of hitting the road during a pandemic, which could require them to dine in the van and in the green rooms, he said the desire to play was too great not to try.

He also talked about the differences between playing for 70,000 people in a stadium and a few hundred in a small upstate theater. The musical connections can be the same, he said, although the huge venues were more intimidating at times.

As the years passed and stadium shows became more common, he said nerves turned to “inspiration.”

“When we played in Portugal people loved us so much it makes you cry,” he said.

But the people closest to you are several feet away and several meters below the stage, he said, whereas at venues like The Strand they can be an arm’s length away.

“And it’s a very intimate thing, even if the music isn’t that intimate,” he said. “It’s cool to be in a rectangular room.”

Dan Biddiscombe, a super fan of the Dave Matthews Band who has seen 109 shows, called Reynolds “the whole band’s unsung legend” and “god of music”.

“His skill level is just off the charts,” he said. “Having him in our hometown here in this beautiful venue is pretty cool.”

Unfortunately, Reynolds is playing Biddiscombe’s birthday weekend and he’s scheduled to be in New York. As fate would have it, Reynolds has a gig in New York when he’s there and he plans to see him there.

Newell said he liked the way The Strand rose to prominence among rock stars like Reynolds, Frehley, Barre and Lee and he liked the momentum of the theater.

He said a lot of the artists playing The Strand have played in stadiums but are basically going back to the roots of why they started playing music in the first place and The Strand provides a great acoustic room for that.

“When John Waite was here he stopped in the middle of his sound check and was like ‘this is a great sounding room’. These guys all say that and I don’t even know how”, did he declare.

A limited number of tickets are still available for the Reynolds show and can be purchased by visiting The Strand website.

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Celebrity Horoscopes and Birthdays for Friday, January 14 | Advice https://josecarlosmatos.com/celebrity-horoscopes-and-birthdays-for-friday-january-14-advice/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://josecarlosmatos.com/celebrity-horoscopes-and-birthdays-for-friday-january-14-advice/

Birthday today (01/14/22). Enjoy the Midas touch this year. Generate gold with regular and disciplined action. Dreams and visions of winter inspire new love, pleasure and pleasure this spring. Weather the summer transitions with friends and groups before a team win lights up next fall. Maintain, develop and conserve resources.

Aries (March 21-April 19) – Today is a 7 – Team practice makes perfect, with Mercury retrograde over three weeks. Have patience and humor with miscommunications or delays. Cultivate old friends and relationships.

Taurus (April 20-May 20) – Today is an 8 – Carefully examine the professional data, with Aquarius Mercury Retrograde over three weeks. Misunderstandings could lead to delays. Protect yourself against communication failures. Back up hard drives and archives.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) – Today is a 7 – Make educational plans and itineraries for further travel, with Mercury stationary Retrograde. Communicate carefully over the next three weeks. Keep confidences and secrets. Research review.

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Cancer (June 21-July 22) – Today is a 7 – Check financial data, with Mercury Retrograde over the next three weeks. Pay the bills. Secure what you have earned. Review statements and account activity for errors.

Leo (July 23-August 22) — Today is a 7 — Review common goals. Misunderstandings with your partner can easily trigger, with Mercury retrograde for three weeks. Support each other during outages. Share patience and humor.

Virgo (August 23-September 22) — Today is an 8 — Slow down to finish faster. Delays, misunderstandings or mistakes could frustrate your work and your health for three weeks, with Mercury retrograde. Keep the equipment repaired.

Libra (September 23-October 22) – Today is a 7 – Romantic overtures could turn against us over the next three weeks, with Mercury retrograde. Clear up any misunderstandings right away. Find your sense of humor and reconnect.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) – Today is a 7 – Clean, sort and organize at home, with Aquarius Mercury stationed Retrograde. Protect photos, heirlooms and possessions. Make repairs. Backup files. Review potential upgrades.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) — Today is a 6 — Pay particular attention to communications over the next three weeks. Clear up misunderstandings immediately, with Mercury retrograde. Launch creative projects later. Plan and prepare now.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19) — Today is a 7 — Watch cash flow closely. Allow extra time for travel, transportation, shipping, bills and collections, with Mercury Retrograde over three weeks. Review financial statements.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18) – Today is an 8 – Improve your personal brand, with Mercury retrograde in your sign. Determine what works and what doesn’t. Reaffirm commitments. Revise your message, your style and your presentation.

Pisces (February 19-March 20) — Today is a 6 — The comfort of home soothes. Lay low, with Mercury retrograde. Avoid misunderstandings. Define backup plans in case of delay or failure. Review and revise. Rest and recover.

Notable anniversaries: Blues singer Clarence Carter is 86 years old. Singer Jack Jones is 84 years old. Actor Faye Dunaway is 81 years old. Actor Holland Taylor is 79 years old. Actor Carl Weathers is 74 years old. Singer-producer T-Bone Burnett is 74 years old. Writer-director Lawrence Kasdan is 73 years old. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Maureen Dowd is 70. Rock singer Geoff Tate (Queensryche) is 63 years old. Writer-director Steven Soderbergh is 59 years old. Actor Mark Addy is 58 years old. Former Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith is 58. Actor/producer Dan Schneider is 58 years old. Rapper Slick Rick is 57 years old. Actor Emily Watson is 55 years old. Actor-comedian Tom Rhodes is 55 years old. Rock musician Zakk Wylde is 55. Rapper-actor LL Cool J is 54 years old. Actor Jason Bateman is 53 years old.

]]> AJ Fletcher Opera Institute presents “Linda di Chamounix” https://josecarlosmatos.com/aj-fletcher-opera-institute-presents-linda-di-chamounix/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 19:55:44 +0000 https://josecarlosmatos.com/aj-fletcher-opera-institute-presents-linda-di-chamounix/

The AJ Fletcher Opera Institute continues its 20th anniversary with performances of Gaetano Donizetti’s “Linda di Chamounix”, a return to the roots of the opera training program in bel canto opera performance, and the first full opera performance of the program with a live audience since February 2019.

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The opera will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 4; 2 p.m. Sunday, February 6; and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8 at the Stevens Center, 405 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem. The Stevens Center will be open at full capacity at the orchestra level. Spectators will be required to wear masks.

Tickets are $25, $20 for students with valid ID, online or by calling the box office at 336-721-1945.

Known for its innovative programming, the Fletcher Institute presented its first production in 2001 with Bellini’s rarely performed 1833 opera, “Beatrice di Tenda.”

The institute honors its history with another rarely performed opera from the same era: “Linda di Chamounix”, the story of a young girl and the sacrifices she makes for her family as political and economic forces conspire against she.

“I am very happy that this is part of our 20th anniversary season,” said Steven LaCosse, artistic director of Fletcher Opera, who is also director of “Linda di Chamounix”.

Bel canto – literally “beautiful song” – originated in Italy and dominated most European opera during the 1700s and early 1800s.

With music by Donizetti and a libretto by Gaetano Rossi, “Linda di Chamounix” will be sung in Italian with English surtitles. James Allbritten, Music Director of Fletcher Opera and General Manager and Artistic Director of Piedmont Opera, is the Music Director. Angela Vanstory Ward does vocal preparation with the singers.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Fletcher Opera has continued to rehearse and enforce safety protocols.

“Throughout COVID, we’ve been fortunate to be able to continue training our artists while staying safe,” LaCosse said. “Theater people are really good at adapting and making things happen. We recognize that there are things we cannot control. We just keep doing what we’re doing, and if anything changes, we find out.

Kameron Alston, a sophomore grad student who is a candidate for his master’s degree in music in the spring of 2022, sings the role of Carlo, the ardent suitor of Linda, the main character.

Kameron Alston

Growing up in a musical family in Texas, Alston always knew he wanted to be a singer. When his mother enrolled him in voice lessons in seventh grade, he fell in love with classical music and knew in ninth grade that he wanted to be an opera singer.

Alston is particularly thrilled to sing his first lead role in a complete three-act opera.

“It’s a lot of fun exploring this character and playing a romantic lead. It’s like being one of those Disney princes,” Alston said. “I love bel canto. bel canto, so that’s where I thrive. With bel canto, you have the ability to add more emotional color and emotional context to what you sing.

Fletcher Opera’s anniversary season continues with performances of the opera ‘Volpone’ from April 20-24 and the 20th anniversary gala concert on April 30, featuring star alumni, current fellows and the singers of UNCSA cantatas joined by the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra in a program of opera favorites. This event is held in conjunction with the NextNow Scholarship fundraiser.

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6 of the Best DAWs for Guitarists https://josecarlosmatos.com/6-of-the-best-daws-for-guitarists/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 10:24:44 +0000 https://josecarlosmatos.com/6-of-the-best-daws-for-guitarists/

Guitarists looking to ditch their hardware amplifier and explore the myriad options available for amp simulation and guitar effects processing offered by modern software will likely need to get your hands on a DAW.

Many of them come pre-loaded with kickass preset tones – Logic, Ableton, Reason and Cubase included. Logic’s Amp Designer plugin is a particularly powerful option, offering up to 20 amp simulations and seven different virtual microphone options to boot.