Scheduled for release on April 15, Santana IV will reunite virtuoso guitar player Carlos Santana with bandmates from his classic 1971 lineup. The recording, which features Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), Neal Schon (guitar, vocals), Michael Carabello (percussion) and Michael Shrieve (drums) will be the first time in 41 years that this five-piece has come together. The album also receives contributions from percussionist Karl Perazzo, bassist Benny Rietveld and vocalist Ronald Isley.In lieu of this momentous occasion, Santana has revealed that the band will be playing their first show since 1973 at the House of Blues Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay on March 21. The show will also be taped for for an upcoming DVD and TV release. Pre-sale tickets for the event go on sale Saturday, March 5 at 10 AM PST, with public on sale beginning March 14 at 9 AM. More ticketing details can be found here.Fans can get a sneak peak of Santana IV here with the new slow-burning single Santana has just released today titled “Blues Magic,” which you can stream below:For a further look inside the making of the new album, check out the new teaser trailer via Guitar World here.
Composer and musician Fred Ho is comfortable in his own skin, and sometimes not much else. In photographs, the self-described nudist is often seen covered up only by his regular companion, a strategically placed baritone saxophone.There is a sense of peaceful strength and comfort with life that surrounds Ho, the result, in part, of his recent battle with an often-lethal enemy.In August 2006, Ho, who is also a political activist, author, and playwright, was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer and given almost impossible odds of survival. But after three years, seven surgeries, and chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Ho was declared free of the disease.“I feel much better,” said the 1979 Harvard graduate in the lobby of Harvard’s New College Theatre on Holyoke Street, “considering I was supposed to be dead last year.”On Nov. 13, the outspoken Ho will receive this year’s Harvard Arts Medal, an honor given to a Harvard or Radcliffe graduate or faculty member in recognition of contributing to the arts, and in particular contributing to education or the public good. Past winners include cellist Yo-Yo Ma ’76, film director Mira Nair ’79, author John Updike ’54, and actor Jack Lemmon ’47.Ho has been on campus for several weeks, participating in a residency sponsored by the Office for the Arts’ Learning From Performers program. He has worked closely with student performers on his new piece “Take the Zen Train.” The work, commissioned by the Harvard Jazz Bands and the Office for the Arts, will premiere at Lowell Lecture Hall on Nov. 14.The 20-minute composition in six movements incorporates music for the Jazz Bands with choreography for three student dancers who have backgrounds in hip-hop, ballet, and the Chinese martial art of Wushu. Ho enlisted the help of New York stage director Daniel Jáquez, a product of the American Repertory Theater /Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, to stage the dance element of the piece, which chronicles Ho’s battle with cancer.“It’s my philosophical journey,” Ho said, “a series of epiphanies, what the war against cancer taught me.”Jáquez, who has made frequent visits to Harvard to work with students on the production, said he tried to find dancers during auditions who “had the passion and the understanding of what this struggle was for Fred.”For Ho, battling the disease deepened his understanding of the importance of health, wisdom, and love, and gave him a profound understanding of “how creativity can really make us better.”“We are not the sum of our blood vessels, our DNA, our tissue, and our bones,” said Ho. “What makes the human species and each of us individually unique is our consciousness, our ability to create.”Conformity was never part of Ho’s larger picture. At Harvard in the 1970s, the sociology concentrator challenged what he deemed the “hard core [Max] Weberians” with his thoughts on communism and Karl Marx. He also delved into political and social activism, and founded the Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Association.The trend extended to his socially charged music, which refused to fit a particular genre. Though often labeled jazz, Ho’s work frequently incorporates elements of traditional African and Asian music, resulting in a complex and multilayered product.Ho’s pieces have been called “fiercely imaginative” and include interactive video opera, as well as musical theater. The composer said he was thrilled to create a work for Harvard using his “revolutionary earth music,” a style that “challenges conventional harmony.”My chords “don’t follow any of the formulas or tropes [of jazz]. For a student group to take on that challenge is remarkable,” he said, adding that the Harvard students share his willingness to “try new things.”Thomas G. Everett, director of the Harvard University Bands, was a bit concerned when he first saw the music created by Ho, who as an undergraduate was a member of the Harvard Jazz Band and wrote compositions for the ensemble. Everett wondered if “Take the Zen Train’s” rapid changes of style, key, tempo, and dynamics, which are “crucial to the success of the piece,” might overwhelm the group.“The students on first playing were a little baffled,’’ Everett said. But at subsequent rehearsals — with Ho in attendance, playing along, and helping guide the students through the work — the players began to blend into the piece.“That is when the magic happened,” said Everett.In the end, Ho hopes he can inspire students and listeners alike with the music and the message in “Take the Zen Train.”“I hope,” he said, “that people come away with a spirit of elation about the impossible.”the world of fred hoFred Ho will receive the Harvard Arts Medal Friday (Nov. 13) at 5 p.m. in the New College Theatre, 12 Holyoke St. Free and open to the public but tickets required; available through the Harvard Box Office (617.496.2222, ofa.fas.harvard.edu/boxoffice), limit two per person.“The World of Fred Ho” is a tribute concert with Ho and the Harvard Jazz Bands Saturday (Nov. 14) at 8 p.m. in Lowell Lecture Hall, 17 Kirkland St. Tickets are $10 general admission; $8 students and senior citizens and are available through the Harvard Box Office.The world of Fred HoFred Ho will receive the Harvard Arts Medal Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. in the New College Theatre, 12 Holyoke St. Free and open to the public but tickets required; available through the Harvard Box Office (617.496.2222) limit two per person.“The World of Fred Ho” is a tribute concert with Ho and the Harvard Jazz Bands Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. in Lowell Lecture Hall, 17 Kirkland St. Tickets are $10 general admission; $8 students and senior citizens and are available through the Harvard Box Office.
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ION Geophysical has said that a new 2D multi-client program acquisition is in progress offshore Panama. Supported by industry funding, this is the first seismic survey acquired there in approximately 30 years. PanamaSPAN is designed to provide the framework to evaluate the hydrocarbon potential of this unexplored area ahead of the anticipated inaugural license round.According to ION, initial results will be available in Q4 2017 and complete interpretation of the data will be available by mid-2018 to guide investment strategies.The National Energy Secretary of Panama, Víctor Urrutia, said: “Hydrocarbon exploration in Panama has identified various sedimentary basins, proving the existence of geological structures that may contain oil and gas, although there hasn’t been a commercially exploitable discovery. Today, through the use of new and more sophisticated techniques, it is possible to identify prospective areas that previously were not considered economically viable, such as deep water deposits and/or those that are geologically more difficult to locate. The initiation of this seismic survey will provide high-value information to help assess Panama’s oil and natural gas prospectivity. We value the geological and geophysical expertise ION is providing to this process and are confident they will deliver the products and understanding required for proper evaluation. We look forward to working with them throughout this process.”“The unique survey design will provide a better understanding of the hydrocarbon potential offshore Panama,” commented Joe Gagliardi, SVP of ION’s Ventures group. “We will deliver the highest quality products and geologic insight to properly evaluate the exploration potential offshore Panama that our clients have come to expect from BasinSPAN programs.”
“She got a break to freshen her up after that. We took her away to the Curragh the other day and she worked very well. “Shane said she went up through the gears pretty good and he was delighted. She’s a very smart filly. Today was a big test and she came through it well. “I’ll talk to Pat (Downes, stud manager for the Aga Khan) now and he’ll discuss plans with his Highness. The Moyglare is the obvious target, but she does love it fast and she might have had enough for this year. She’s had her four runs and this is the time of the season that fillies can start to go off.” Gleneagles saw his Classic odds tumble after a smart turn of foot sealed the Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes at the Curragh on a day when Aidan O’Brien landed a four-timer. Press Association Winner of the Group Three Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown last time out, Joseph O’Brien’s mount stepped up to Group Two level with the minimum of fuss and was cut to 16-1 from 25-1 for the 2000 Guineas and Derby by Paddy Power. Settled in third as Convergence cut out the running, O’Brien got a lovely gap on the rail two furlongs from home and the response from the 8-13 favourite was taking as he shot through it to put the race to bed, although Vert De Grece ran on well for the Joe Murphy stable to take second, three-quarters of a length back. O’Brien snr said: “I’m delighted with that. He quickened up really well, but didn’t do much in front. He had to move when the gap opened on the rail. “He could possibly come back here for the National Stakes, but he has plenty of options. He has plenty of speed. “He’s a brother to Marvellous and a mile won’t be a problem. He’s able to change gears. He quickened up there and went two or three lengths up easily, but then started to idle.” The winning rider added: “When he gets there he just has a look, it wasn’t ideal getting there so soon, but when I got a little split I had to go.” Raydara ran out a convincing winner of the Group Two Debutante Stakes for Mick Halford and Shane Foley in the familiar colours of the Aga Khan. The daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar had last been seen finishing fourth to Jack Naylor in the Silver Flash Stakes, with the reopposing Qualify in third. Qualify hit the front two out on this occasion as Run The Red Light gave way, and the once-raced joint-favourite Lucida immediately gave chase, but she was soon joined by Raydara (11-1), who quickened in eyecatching fashion on the outside of the pack before scoring by half a length. Halford said: “I’m thrilled with her. When she won her maiden she made the running after finding herself in front, but I thought we made a little bit too much use of her the last day. We’re only learning about her.
Wellington Police notes for Tuesday, January 08, 2013:â€¢7:57 a.m., Officers investigated a burglary and theft in the 500 block N. High Dr., Wellington.â€¢5:48 p.m., Officers investigated a harassment by telephone by known suspect in the 100 block W. 10th, Wellington.â€¢7 p.m., Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block W. 4th, Wellington.