Musical artist – Jose Carlos Matos Tue, 12 Oct 2021 10:06:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Musical artist – Jose Carlos Matos 32 32 Kadarius Toney is the new ‘Human Joystick’ and a fun addition to the Giants’ offense – New York Giants blog Tue, 12 Oct 2021 10:06:14 +0000

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – The New York Giants have something in wide receiver Kadarius Toney. The 20th overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft is simply moving differently than most. This was evident when looking at Sunday’s 44-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

It’s like he’s sliding instead of running, like quick receiver DeSean Jackson, who has consistently left defensemen in the dust over the years and will be on the opposing sideline on Sunday when his Los Angeles Rams visit the Los Angeles Rams. Giants (1 p.m. ET, Fox).

There aren’t many receivers who catch the ball like Toney did at the end of the second quarter, go from zero to 100 seemingly within a yard, put their foot in the ground and split a pair of defenders about to be tripped. near the goal line. On the play when Toney was kicked out for throwing a punch in the fourth quarter, he first caught a pass near the numbers, stopped, started, jumped back and slid through a pair. defenders before turning and carrying the stack a few more yards.

No wonder his varsity trainer at the University of Florida, Jim McElwain, once called Toney the “human joystick”.

His game resembles former receiver / returner Dante Hall, who also wore that nickname. It’s like a player slamming the A, B, X, and Y buttons simultaneously when the ball is in Toney’s hands. He finished with 10 catches on 13 targets for 189 yards against the Cowboys and has shown he can catch, run, miss people, throw and jump over defensemen. He even took a straight snap, gaining seven yards at the Dallas yard line early in the fourth quarter.

“[Toney’s] special, ”said Mike Glennon, who took over as quarterback when starter Daniel Jones left the end of the second quarter with a concussion. “I think he has shown what he can do. It was fun to watch. … You throw him a short pass and he takes it, you don’t see him very often at the NFL level, which makes guys miss out on like that. He has a unique skill set that we are all finally seeing. I’m glad he’s on our team. “

Among the 57 players with a minimum of 20 receptions this season, Toney has the fourth-highest number of yards after catches at 8.25 per reception (third among receivers), according to ESPN Stats and Information.

Hesitation, dead leg, supersonic spin, and high speed cuts are all part of his repertoire. They’ve played a much bigger role over the past two weeks with the Giants running out of receivers and Toney more ready to play after a spring and summer where he hardly ever trained for various reasons, illnesses and injuries.

“The process is really more than, if he’s going to the left, I have to go to the right,” Toney said last week of missing defenders. “It’s kind of like playing freeze tag, something like that. It’s that kind of feeling when you’re there.”

Either way, it’s special and has to be a big part of the offense to move forward.

Toney was hit late against the Cowboys and faces an ankle problem that calls into question his status for Sunday’s game against the Rams. Still, he proves he could be the scariest weapon on this offense, even when running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) and wide receiver Kenny Golladay (knee) are healthy. The game plan will certainly put him a lot more forward than at the start of this season, when he was still in the process of getting up to speed.

Toney’s unmissable ability hasn’t been seen in these areas since the Giants last recruited an SEC school receiver, LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr., in 2014. And similar to the time of day. ‘OBJ with the Giants, the drama seems to find Toney – see Sunday’s ejection, when he came out after punching Cowboys safety Damontae Kazee following a minor scrum. This drew the wrath of coach Joe Judge.

“There is a pretty distinct line in terms of competing and doing the things that we are not going to tolerate as a team that has sidelined us. It will not be accepted,” said Judge. “It’s not going to be tolerated. It’s as far as I’m going to go with this.”

Toney is expected to avoid a suspension, a league source told ESPN on Monday. He goes through the standard disciplinary process with the league which will likely result in a fine.

The young playmaker seems to recognize his mistake and apologized to the entire organization on Monday morning.

Now it is a matter of learning from one’s mistakes.

“At the end of the day, he’s still a rookie and he’s got a lot to learn. He’s going to make mistakes,” Golladay said. “I’m pretty sure he wishes he could get that moment back. Turn the other cheek. He will learn from it.”

If he does, it’ll put all the attention on the unique things he can do on the pitch. The “Human Joystick” is more than just a description, and it embraces the nickname, even though it calls itself Yung Joka online and as a musical artist.

“At the time, I really didn’t think of anything [the nickname]. It was just me who wanted to play and do what I could, “Toney said.” I didn’t really think about it, but now I kind of thank you. [McElwain], do you know what I’m saying? Because it’s kind of like a brand in that I play the way I play. “

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“Mozart entered my head” Mon, 11 Oct 2021 04:00:05 +0000

English pianist Christian Blackshaw is gentle and soft-spoken. He carefully analyzes questions before answering them, not as a politician looking for the best angle, but as someone who wants to be sure that he has understood all the nuances of what he is asked.

Our Zoom conversation begins, not with Mozart – the subject of his next concert for the 40th anniversary season of Music for Galway – but with the late great John Ogdon, a giant among 20th century British pianists, who died in 1989 in the age 52. I had the privilege of interviewing Ogdon before one of his Irish appearances and he joined in our conversation for a while to praise the achievements of young pianists, with Blackshaw at the top of the list.

Blackshaw, now 72, studied with the ‘wonderful Gordon Green’ at the Royal College of Music in Manchester from the age of 16. “Gordon,” he told me, “had been John’s teacher. So maybe it was through this connection that John very generously mentioned to me. He was phenomenal talent and we missed him very much. His recording of Busoni’s Piano Concerto is absolutely amazing. He was just the sweetest, kindest man. A deep thinker. And then a lion on the keyboard.

Ogdon, of course, rose to fame early on and shared the first prize in the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1962 with Vladimir Ashkenazy. Blackshaw’s career was interrupted by tragedy – the death of his wife in 1990 – and his subsequent decision to focus on raising his family at the expense of his music career.

There is an endless fascination for: how do you articulate music that is so supremely vocal with what is a percussion instrument?

His interpretations of Mozart’s piano sonatas, recorded live at Wigmore Hall in London and released on CD from 2013, have transformed the public’s perception of him. He became a specialist in Mozart. He performed the composer’s full cycle of sonatas for the Kilkenny Arts Festival in 2016 and his concert in Galway will also be entirely dedicated to Mozart.

But the great Salzburg prodigy was not always quite to his liking. “I wasn’t particularly drawn to Mozart from the age of 10, 11, 12, 13,” he says. “Probably because I found him puzzled. In those early days, I loved Haydn. It seemed easier to grasp, somehow. But then I had to learn Mozart’s Fantasy in D minor, K397. And, maybe through that, I realized how amazing this person is.

He has an explanation for his precocious blindness. “I think the reason I couldn’t understand him is that he’s the supreme vocal composer. Maybe Haydn is a little more down to earth – that’s not a disrespect for Haydn, who is an imposing genius in our world, of course.

At that time he was playing “a very, very large repertoire” – “Bartók’s Sonata, Scriabin – we all have our Scriabin moments – the French repertoire, the Austro-German repertoire, a lot of Beethoven. But, as he puts it, “Mozart went into my head. There is an endless fascination with: how do you articulate music that is so supremely vocal with what is a percussion instrument, and with the thinnest means at your disposal?

“I just watched this morning, once again, the Sonata in B flat, K281. While that’s more of Haydn’s inspiration … there’s definitely an influence there, maybe, from Johann Christian Bach. But, with very thin means, he is able to articulate the beauty of the universe. If I’m not mistaken, soprano Gundula Janowitz, to whom I am devoted as a great, great artist, recently said her inspirations were Mozart and Schubert. I think it’s because of that vocal element and their worldview, which is almost unmatched.

The perfection is such that it is dangerous because you can focus on getting all the right grades in the right order. But in the process you can lose the meaning

The other composer who attracts him the most is Schumann. “When these men enter your bloodstream, you cannot escape. There is a need and a will to continue and to do better. I hear some of Mozart’s interpretations, in particular, where the notes may be there but I don’t get the meaning. And I spent a tremendous amount of time trying to unravel the mystery of the meaning. Of course, it should never seem like studied, thought out, or tied to the earth. You have to be free, but it has to come from deep inside you, down the arm, straight through the fingers and up to the fingerboard, and be an organic experience, if you will.

I offer him a quote on Mozart’s elusiveness, that when you study his work, you become convinced that you can see what you need out of the corner of your eye. But when you turn to look, it’s always in the corner of your eye.

“I often think his music is like a slippery eel. You can see them. You can try to catch them. But you can’t. They are gone when your hands are in the water. The perfection is such that it is dangerous because you can focus on getting all the right grades in the right order. But in the process, you can lose the meaning.

We are talking about the great quote from Austrian pianist Artur Schnabel, that sonatas are “too easy for children, too difficult for artists”. Blackshaw says he knows exactly what Schnabel was talking about. “In a way, the music sounds very simple. And I think when you’re very young, whether you’re six or twelve, you might think it’s too easy, so I’m not interested in that. When you’re an adult, it’s too difficult to cross the emotional and expressive barrier. I find it hard to talk about Mozart’s music. I just have to really do it.

It’s the difficulty of being a performer – just hoping we’re on the right track, that we’ll get there, not fair, but a little better next time.

He moved on to the pandemic-related thoughts on performance. “In these times, don’t you find that another essential part of giving a concert is the audience. So the three of us – the composer, performer and listener – all play their part. We are all there for the composer. I firmly believe that we are the servants of the composer.

More than once he has expressed his disapproval of a metronomic approach. “It’s wrong, isn’t it?” But then we have to have a flowing tempo. The tempo itself is still a minefield. What is an allegro? What is an adagio? What is a largo? What is an andante? The content tells you that. That said how it should be.

Of course, it’s not really that simple. “The brain tells you very often that, yes, you have found the right tempo. And if this particular performance was recorded by any means, and if I hear it in return, I’m disappointed. Because it’s either too fast or too slow. But at the time, very often, it feels good. It’s the difficulty of being a performer – just hoping that we’re on the right track, that we’ll get there, not fair, but a little better next time. There will be more expression, more feeling. But without the academic. Being free is a real gift.

“This is something Artur Schnabel may have been referring to. The freedom you feel when you are a child. You are told that you are good or whatever, and you are encouraged to keep going. As you get older and have to make these decisions on your own, you start to wonder more about what you’re doing. It’s difficult. When you hear an artist like Maria Callas, I not only marvel at the technical brilliance, [but] respect for the score. When you hear these recitatives and barely hear it breathe, especially in the bel canto repertoire, I am absolutely amazed by this miraculous artist how, in the space of one note, she is able to convey differences of note. ’emotion. This is something that we can’t really do on the piano, because once you stroke or hit the note, it is effectively gone. There are times when you can extend a sound, intuitively. But great singers can change emotion through just one note. For me, it is truly miraculous.

Christian Blackshaw plays Mozart at the Hardiman Hotel in Galway on Friday October 22. See

Christian Blackshaw on his Galway program

Fantasy in D minor, K397
A piece that I have picked up and put down several times in my life. I had the audacity a few years ago to put a different end. It’s a student who put this pretty quick and pretty ending [Mozart never completed the work]. I don’t think it’s particularly suitable for the darkness of the opening, in particular.

Rondo in D, K485
Again, something from an earlier period in my own life. I returned there quite recently.

Adagio in B minor, K540
One of the great works of all our piano literature. Going through so many keys is in itself remarkable. People are very moved by this piece. I certainly am.

Sonata in F, K332
It is a joy. The first movement is very lyrical and people really respond to it. It makes you smile.

Sonata in C, K545
Probably one of the most difficult. How it could be called simple is beyond me. [Mozart listed it in a catalogue as being “for beginners”.] This is one of the most difficult because it is so exposed, and like any well-known movement – like the opening movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata – having to articulate it in front of different audiences is in itself. a great task to undertake.

Sonata in C minor, K475
You can get lost in it more, because there are more notes, more expressive means. I am still puzzled as to why he wrote this sonata and the fantasy that accompanies it. Mozart lived in the Trattners’ house in Vienna. Some researchers have hinted at a possible infatuation between Wolfgang Amadeus and Theresa von Trattner. Who knows? The turbulence and mystery of the music might suggest that there could have been something. It’s a tumultuous room. And I love it.

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Warner Music SA signs Kiddo CSA Sat, 09 Oct 2021 22:00:11 +0000

By Grant Moyo

Emerging Johannesburg rapper Sipho Ncube, known as Kiddo CSA, is officially on track to reach new heights in his music career after recently signing with Warner Music South Africa.

His addition to the multi-talented family of the global label will see the diverse artist with a lyrical genius and a smooth, effortless tone, begin along his musical journey to recording stardom in a creative space that has already been. honored by some of the most talented internationally recognized. South African and African artists and producers.

With an endowment that has already caught the attention of American rapper Jayson Mick Jenkins and famous music producer Tee-WaTT, Kiddo CSA will soon be a widely recognized rapper, a household name and a voice to be reckoned with among southern musicians. -africans and artists around the world. .

Warner Music South Africa is the South African subsidiary of Warner Music Group (WMG), based in Hyde Park, Gauteng. WMG is a world leader in musical repertoire and is home to some of the most well-known labels in the recorded music industry. WMG operates through numerous subsidiaries, including Warner Music South Africa and licensees in over 50 countries.

Straight out of the east of Johannesburg in Gauteng, Kiddo CSA has its finger on the hip hop and rap scene.

Taking advantage of the internet’s wide reach of audiences in obscure bear-sized quantities, his undeniable love for the genre can be seen in his countless freestyle audiovisuals posted on various social media platforms.

Raising the bar with each delivery, it is through his punchy freestyles that Kiddo CSA caught the attention of musical artist DJ PH.

This led him to feature on the track I leave you alongside South African and American hip hop artist and record producer Da LES as well as musical artist Tumi Tladi.

Prior to joining Warner Music South Africa, Kiddo CSA previously delivered a single titled Stay on the ground which stars American rapper Jayson Mick Jenkins.

This particular musical composition was produced by Undfind, an extremely talented producer.

“I’m really excited for what the future holds. I get goosebumps every time I think about what’s going to happen. I am ‘hell’ energized by the trip and ready to start making some fiery music. A year ago, I never imagined I would be where I am now. I can’t wait to do the necessary work to take me higher. I just want to make sure that the people who believed in me and invested in my growth are proud of me, ”said Kiddo CSA.

Excited by the signing of new rising rap star, Warner Music South Africa’s creative manager, Garth Brown acknowledged the record company’s philosophy and building his affiliation with Kiddo CSA.

“I came across Kiddo CSA on social media and after listening to one of his freestyles, I immediately knew I had to sign him. There is something so unique and effortless about his sound and his talent. Even after meeting him, what I took away about his character and his energy is that he is aligned with him to become a superstar. I am very much looking forward to working with Kiddo CSA and grateful that he has chosen Warner Music SA to accompany him on his journey to greatness, ”said Brown.

By recording incredible music with remarkable artists and producers who line up on his trajectory to become one of South Africa’s greatest rappers to emerge, Kiddo CSA is undeniably putting his career in the right direction.

The rapper’s first outing with Warner Music South Africa will be released soon, and the record company looks forward to a successful relationship with the rapper.

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]]> 0 Why young artists pursuing pop-punk are thriving Fri, 08 Oct 2021 15:05:13 +0000

LILHUDDY, who also translated a TikTok sequel into a loyal fan base, found rapid success in the pop-punk route – and even starred in the Machine Gun Kelly album film, High falls. After signing with Adam Mersel’s Immersive Records (an Interscope imprint) in January, the rising artist released his debut album and scored a high profile brand campaign with Burger King.

Considering TikTok’s role in helping what was once to become new again, it’s only natural for artists like jxdn, LILHUDDY and others to find success by infusing a new flavor into the genre: mixing guitars with hip-hop beats for bites adapted to social media choirs.

LILHUDDY “was really a student of pop-punk,” Mersel says of what first marked him about the artist. “For him it was always about the genre and redefining what it meant to be a youngster in 2020… making that kind of music and doing it in an authentic way that made sense to him and didn’t feel like a copycat or whatever. something like that was derived from something else.

“Even though there’s this resurgence of pop-punk going on, I didn’t feel like [LILHUDDY] made that kind of music so that it would fit in a box, ”continues Mersel. “But I think it’s a blessing because it opened the door to the sound that really resonates with young people and a rediscovery [of this genre] by young people.

Top of the charts artists like The Kid LAROI and Olivia Rodrigo are among those embracing and enjoying the mainstream comeback of pop-punk with songs that heavily rely on the guitar. While the two scored No. 1 non-rock hits with “Stay” and “drivers license” respectively, they also showed a propensity for alternative rock on songs like “Without You” and “good 4 u” (including the last retroactively credited Paramore’s “Misery Business” as inspiration).

And, as Will Calder, director of branding and programming for Florida stations WPOI Tampa and WPYO Orlando, said. Billboard by LAROI and Rodrigo in September: “[They] are the new kings and queens of pop radio right now.

This story originally appeared in the October 9, 2021 issue of Billboard.

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Versatile musical artist Barista envelops all listeners with his latest musical offering ‘Dreams Remix B’ Thu, 07 Oct 2021 08:24:17 +0000

Make room for the multi-talented music mogul Barista because he released his last song ‘Dreams Remix B’ with a nice balance of expressions and escape.

Poffer listeners a unique taste of his exquisite musical creations, Barista released his last track Dreams Remix B. This versatile musical artist is a pioneer in the music industry with nothing but his talent and individuality and the latest single is the best example of that. This track features huge swaths of electronic music and meandering, flowing female vocals, which deliver a pop-infused sound design as well as multiple genre elements. The grandiose musical arrangement is fluid, enjoyable and punchy for everyone.

Bahadir Han, also known as Barista is an Israel-based musical artist who spreads his creative aura around the world. He developed his talent for music at a very young age and began his journey as a pro about eight years ago. “Daydream” is the first milestone of his career released in 2014. Later he released “57” which also garnered a lot of attention from fans. This year he released an album called “Open Sesame” which sets an example in the music industry while keeping his name there. The last track ‘Dreams Remix B’ is part of his prolific musical journey. Follow this talented music artist on all major music platforms to get a taste of his music.

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New Genesee County Youth Talent Competition Aims To Help Artists Empower Their Communities Through Poetry, Music Wed, 06 Oct 2021 19:30:00 +0000

FLINT, MI – Are you a poet or a musical artist?

A talent competition is looking for you to showcase your talents and creatively express a vision of a better future to the community.

Signal Boost, a talent competition run by Shop Floor Theater Company and Luma Legacy, will launch on Wednesday, October 6.

Residents of Genesee County between the ages of 14 and 23 can apply by submitting a completely original song or poem specifically about the issues in their community, country or planet that matter most to them.

Submissions close at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 24. Full eligibility rules are available at

Detroit-based rap artist and record producer Helluva (Martin McCurtis), who rose to prominence working with artists such as Megan Thee Stallion, Tee Grizzley and Kodak Black, will serve as the finalists’ mentor and producer .

“Detroit and the surrounding counties are so talented and if I can do my part to help our young men and women thrive and shine a light on what I have seen and experienced all my life then sign me up.” Helluva said. “We take care of each other here and I can’t wait to show everyone what Michigan is all about.”

Submissions will be judged on message, structure, originality and delivery.

Applicants who advance to the next cycle will benefit from the mentorship and guidance of Helluva, among other local artists and civic leaders, and record their song or poem in a Detroit recording studio, and participate in a photo and video shoot. .

“The shoot is all about making young people feel incredibly special and helping them in their careers,” Kate Glantz, director of Luma Legacy, told MLive-The Flint Journal.

The video shoot will show the finalists’ journey from open audition to the stage in a docu-style room, Glantz added.

The talent competition will take place on Thursday, December 9, 2021 during the free Signal Boost concert at the historic Capitol Theater, 140 E. 2nd St., in downtown Flint, where the finalists will perform their song or poem in front of a full audience and a group of notable judges with backgrounds in music, civics and education.

The public will be able to vote for their favorite number via a text-to-vote platform.

Helluva will be one of those five judges.

All finalists will receive $ 500 and a matching grant to the Genesee County-based nonprofit of their choice, along with additional hours of studio time to continue developing their craft.

The first place winner will receive $ 2,500 and a matching grant to a local non-profit organization of their choice, and the public favorite winner will receive $ 1,500 and a matching grant to the non-profit organization locale of their choice.

“This is your opportunity, be strong,” Kendrick Jones, executive director of Shop Floor Theater Company, told MLive-The Flint Journal in a message to potential artists entering the competition. “Our kids have been asking for it for a while and it’s a way of doing what they love without barriers and that’s it.”

Jones remembers his parents trying to find affordable and creative ways to make him active and involved in the community.

The Shop Floor Theater Company, a Flint-based nonprofit that is committed to breaking down social barriers and dispelling preconceptions, offers the same opportunities Jones’ parents sought as a child, Jones said. .

“The Shop Floor Theater Company is truly honored to play a role in bringing this creative opportunity to Greater Flint,” said Jones. “We have such wonderful young artists in our region who have incredible talent but don’t have the finances, the platform or the visibility they need. Signal Boost offers a unique opportunity for artists to shine and fully experience what they love to do, by providing these resources. It’s huge !

Glantz and Jones were connected by a mutual friend to reunite and start Signal Boost.

Glantz said Luma Legacy, Luma’s social impact arm dedicated to empowering and implementing change, knows that when young people are empowered it can impact not only their lives but also their lives. their communities.

“Luma Legacy is thrilled to partner with Shop Floor Theater Company on Signal Boost and engage the next generation with an opportunity and platform to express themselves and positively impact their communities,” said Glantz.

Learn more about MLive:

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Tina Turner sells the rights to her 60-year music catalog | Tina turner Wed, 06 Oct 2021 05:01:00 +0000

Tina Turner has sold the rights to her music catalog spanning six decades, including hits such as What’s Love Got to Do With It and Private Dancer, to music publishing company BMG.

The “queen of rock’n’roll” has sold her shares of artist and writer of her recordings, as well as the management of her name, image and likeness, as part of the biggest contract with only one artist in the history of BMG. The amounts involved were not disclosed.

Turner, 81, is the latest major artist to cash in on the meteoric value of evergreen hits in the streaming age, following in the footsteps of Bob Dylan’s $ 300 million deal with Universal Music and the Neil Young’s agreement with the music company Hipgnosis.

The streaming revolution has created a gold rush for artist royalty rights, and for aging stars, it’s increasingly becoming an important part of estate planning.

Turner, who will continue to be a recording artist on the Warner Music books after the deal, recognized the need to plan. “Like any artist, protecting my life’s work, my musical heritage, is something personal,” she said. “I am convinced that with BMG and Warner Music my work is in professional and reliable hands. “

In December, Dolly Parton, whose hugely valuable song portfolio includes I Will Always Love You and 9 to 5, said she was considering selling her 3,000 song credits “for business, estate planning and other reasons. family “.

BMG, part of media conglomerate Bertelsmann, which owns pan-European broadcaster RTL and publisher Penguin Random House, already represents or owns the rights to the work of stars such as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, John Lennon and Ringo Starr, Mick Fleetwood, Iron Maiden, Kurt Cobain and David Bowie.

“Tina Turner’s musical journey has literally inspired hundreds of millions of people around the world and continues to reach new audiences,” said Hartwig Masuch, CEO of BMG. “We are honored to take on the management of Tina Turner’s musical and business interests. “

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Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia – Part 2 – Houston Public Media Mon, 04 Oct 2021 23:35:47 +0000

A doctor takes a PET brain scan at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix.

Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Connect to 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to Podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, Where @townsquaretalk.

Last night, 60 Minutes had a profile of acclaimed musical artist Tony Bennett as he prepared for his final concert. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming at times.

Bennett faces the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

We spoke about Alzheimer’s disease on this show just over a week ago and noticed the overwhelming response to the subject,

In light of this and Bennett’s story, we return to our conversation about the disease that steals so much from his patients as well as those who love them.

What’s more, the latest version of the new experimental COVID pill called Merk could cut the risk of death and hospitalization in half.


Dr Mark Kunik

  • Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Director of VA South Central Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center at Baylor College of Medicine and Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Dr Jill Weatherhead

24-hour telephone assistance from the Alzheimer’s Association: 800-272-3900

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LITTLE TOWN * BIG ART welcomes Lori Hepner Sun, 03 Oct 2021 19:08:00 +0000


Wailuku’s creative place-making program, SMALL TOWN * BIG ART (ST * BA), announces its latest public art collaboration to share stories of its distinctive sense of place, history and culture.

In her January 2021 proposal to co-develop an innovative project with the ST * BA team and the community of Wailuku, Lori Hepner developed a piece centered on a series of community artistic creation workshops in which local musicians / performers would be hired to provide dance music for public light-painting sessions while workshop participants donned portable LEDs and programmable Pixelsticks to “draw with light”.

Lori Hepner. PC: ST * BA

Redesigned for a socially distant world, supporters of the project recruited ʻĪao Middle School and Hālau Makana Aloha O Ka Lauaʻe to organize light painting educational events, the Wailuku Coffee Company to host the artist’s open studio days and the Lokahi Pacific Pono Center to display the resulting artwork: a video projection, two wall decals, and a mobile app to access augmented reality lighting.

After months of project development, Lori Hepner, a Pittsburgh-based new media artist and integrative arts teacher at Penn State, joined Mike Rose’s after-school music program at ʻĪao Middle School on September 30 for her debut. collaborative artistic creation workshop. Students in Grades 6-8 improvised and performed music using ukulele, drums, guitar, and a few vocals under Rose’s direction while Hepner taught others to experiment with light-emitting diodes ( LED lights) to illuminate the entire painting, creating silhouette portraits to the beat of the tape.


“Mike has created an incredibly open, respectful, safe and creative environment for the students of Īao,” said Kelly McHugh-White of ST * BA. Everyone took turns learning from each other – whether with a musical instrument or a light brush – and just seemed to be having a blast. It was really like the masks and social distancing symbolically disappeared for an afternoon we were all creating something new and unique together. “

On October 1st, members of Hālau Makana Aloha O Ka Lauaʻe organized Lori’s second light painting workshop. Musicians Joshua Kulhavy-Sutherland, James “Koakāne” Mattos and Lukela Kanae, known as Kūikawā, performed hula ‘auana (modern hula) as dancers performed on My Yellow Ginger Lei,’ Ulupalakua, Puamana, Papalina Lahilahi and more. Hepner’s video recording technology captured the session as the dancers carried light sticks reflected from a 360-degree camera, which will lead to the artist’s site-specific art installations that will incorporate additional images of the surrounding area .

Lori Hepner. PC: ST * BA

“I’m really impressed with how ST * BA has worked to bring community into all of its projects,” said Hepner, “Sometimes community engagement is something that a public art project claims to have, but in reality, this is only a minimal part of it. In my later years, I made the transition to public art projects, ranging mainly from creating works to exhibiting in galleries and museums. . This type of connection allows the art created to be much richer and meaningful to those who participated in its making. “

The public are invited to be a part of the resulting artwork and learn more about its process during her “open studio” days at the Wailuku Coffee Company on Market Street, where she will be seated outside on Sunday 3 and Monday 3 October. 4 from 7 a.m.

Lori Hepner / Color Beechview. PC: ST * BA

“The Wailuku Coffee Company has, since its inception, created an environment where our community artists can showcase their work and talk with neighborhood residents and visitors about all that makes Wailuku so special,” said owner Jackie Goring. “While we can’t accommodate indoor seating at this time, we want to make sure everyone feels welcome to come and enjoy our take out menu, meet our SMALL TOWN * BIG ART resident artist Lori Hepner , and continue to celebrate the little town we call home. . “

Lori Hepner. PC: ST * BA

About the artist:

Lori Hepner is a Pittsburgh-based new media artist working primarily in new media performance, fine art photography, and community-focused public art projects. She has spent a great deal of time over the past five years in community artist residencies in two Pittsburgh neighborhoods, in a small Arctic community off the Norwegian coast, as well as in Finland, Iceland and the Canadian Yukon.

Hepner’s personal photographic work has been featured in Time, Wired and Next Level Magazine and has been exhibited at the Houston Center for Photography, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, photography festivals in the Netherlands, China and in Spain. One of his Twitter portraits of Status symbols, as well as his performative photographs of #Crowd-sourced landscapes, will be sent to live on the moon in 2021 at The Moon Arch project. A recent collaboration with singer Kendra Ross titled Intersection * ology received grants from the Heinz Endowments, Carnegie International 2018 and The Opportunity Fund and has been performed at the Alloy Studios at Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Durban, South Africa, the InLight Richmond Festival in Richmond, Virginia, and Luminaria Festival in San Antonio, Texas.


Hepner holds an MFA in Digital Media from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in Fine Art Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She is Professor of Integrative Arts at the Greater Allegheny Campus at Penn State University.

LITTLE TOWN * BIG ART presents Lori Hepner. PC: ST * BA
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