Esperanza Spalding, Claire Chase join music faculty

first_imgJazz virtuoso Esperanza Spalding and renowned flutist Claire Chase have been appointed professors of practice in the Music Department.Beginning in the 2017–18 academic year, the two artists will teach courses that cross musical styles and genres. Chase will start to teach in fall, Spalding in the spring.“The appointments of Claire Chase and Esperanza Spalding have great symbolic importance to our department,” said department chair Suzannah Clark. “They signal a commitment to the creative performing arts as a core feature of liberal arts education in the 21st century, and position the department for the musical landscape of the future, while providing Harvard students — and all of us — with bold models for how to live as artists in the world.”Spalding, a bassist, singer, and songwriter, has won four Grammy Awards. She has five solo albums and is known for her unique blend of jazz, rock, funk, soul, and R&B, along with influences from Brazilian music.After graduating from the Berklee College of Music in 2005, Spalding was hired as one of the school’s youngest-ever instructors at age 20. Her numerous prizes include an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Artist, a Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for the Performing Arts, and a Jazz Vanguard Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation.Spalding’s voice has carried beyond music. She made a video in 2013 called “We Are America” about Guantanamo Bay and prison, and performed this past winter at the Peace Ball at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.“Esperanza is a superstar performer: Not only does she sing and play multiple instruments, she’s multilingual and writes her own lyrics, which are often witty and wry and always assuredly profound and perspicacious,” said Clark. “There is a great thirst amongst current students at Harvard for courses in songwriting and music video, in both improvised and composed formats. Esperanza brings a formidable experience and dazzling range of stylistic capacities in these areas.Chase has performed more than 100 world premieres for the flute throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. She has a reputation for being a fearless creator with a flair for intricately complicated repertoire.Co-founder of the entrepreneurial and educational International Contemporary Ensemble, she has been a critical voice for musical innovation across genres. Winner of this year’s Avery Fisher Prize, Chase has twice been honored with the Chamber Music America ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. Among her current performance projects is “Density 2036,” a long-term commission for new flute music over the next two decades.,Said Clark: “It’s absolutely fitting that Claire’s legacy of commissioning new works began as an undergraduate at Oberlin after she used prize money to commission a work for flute. Harvard is filled with students who are eager to experiment with new musical initiatives and they will be able take courses from a key player who is at the forefront of creating new models for socially relevant, artist-led collectives in avant-garde music.”last_img read more

Brentwood Man Gets 25 Years for Trying to Join al-Qaeda

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Brentwood man was sentenced Monday to 25 years in federal prison after admitting last year to trying to join the terrorist group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, aka Ansar al-Sharia.Marcos Alonso Zea, aka “Ali Zea,” had pleaded guilty in September at Central Islip federal court to attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and obstruction of justice.“Marcos Alonso Zea presents a chilling reminder of the danger presented to the United States by homegrown terrorists,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.Prosecutors said the 26-year-old man planned to travel overseas in order to wage violent jihad beginning in 2012, when he boarded a flight at John F. Kennedy Airport to London, with a stop on his way to Yemen, but British authorities returned him to the United States.He continued plotting along with his co-conspirator, 19-year-old Justin Kaliebe, who was later arrested at JFK airport while trying to fly to Yemen to join al-Qaeda. Kaliebe has pleaded guilty to similar crimes and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.Upon learning that he was under investigation, Zea tried to destroy electronic evidence on his computer, but forensic experts recovered it anyway. The materials included violent Islamic extremist materials, such as issues of Inspire, al-Qaeda’s English-language magazine.The two men are the third and fourth Long Islanders to be arrested for trying to join the global terrorist group since its Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The other two include Samir Khan, a 25-year-old Westbury native, who had been editor of that magazine when he was killed in a U.S. drone missile strike in Yemen in 2011. The first local resident known to join al-Qaeda was Bryant Neal Vinas, a Patchogue native who pleaded guilty to helping the group plot to blow up the Long Island Rail Road in 2008.last_img read more

Goodbye potholes, hello smoother roads in 2020

first_img“I mean you’ve driven the roads, you see what needs to be done. You see a lot of temporary repair out there. This is actually going to allow us to do a full renewal of this section, and a lot of other sections across the region,” said Scott Cook, the public information specialist for NYSDOT Region 9. More than $14 million of that funding is coming to the Southern Tier to help patch up cracks and potholes created by severe weather. The DOT says these repairs could not have come at a better time. The DOT says instead of just temporary measures to repair the roads, this funding will make it possible for complete renewal projects to take place. HARPURSVILLE (WBNG) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week more than $151 million in funding to fix roads as part of the PAVE-NY initiative. The only rule is projects have to be started and completed in 2020. The Department of Transportation says when water gets underneath the surface of the road, it expands and contracts due to the changing temperatures, leading to the nasty cracks and potholes so common in the area. Cook said work will begin as soon as the last freeze is over, most likely early spring, and will have to be completed by the time winter rolls around again.last_img read more

LA Dodgers, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes renew player development contract

first_imgBy all accounts, it’s been a good relationship and both sides want it to continue for at least two more years.The Quakes and Dodgers announced Thursday an extension of their player development contract for two more years, through 2018. It had been set to expire at the end of the 2016 season. PDCs are set to expire after even-numbered seasons and can be renewed for either two or four years.Dodgers Director of Player Development Gabe Kapler said it was an easy decision to renew with the Quakes.“First, the fans are sensational,” Kapler said. “We want a good atmosphere for developing players and we have that here. Second, Grant (Riddle, Quakes vice president/general manager) and Brent (Miles, Quakes president) have been great to work with.” The Dodgers announced last week they had agreed to two-year extensions with Triple-A Oklahoma City, Double-A Tulsa, and low Single-A Great Lakes. Kapler didn’t give a reason as to why a Quakes agreement took another week to announce, but said there were no delays.“We just took a look to see what time would be best to make this announcement,” Kapler said.Kapler said that rookie-level Ogden is the only current affiliate that has not yet been renewed.The Quakes, who moved from San Bernardino for the 1993 season, spent eight seasons as a San Diego Padres affiliate and 10 seasons as an Angels affiliate before becoming a Dodgers affiliate beginning in the 2011 season.In the first five years affiliated with the Dodgers, the Quakes made the playoffs three times, and won the second California League title in their history last season. If the 2016 season ended today, the Quakes would be in the playoffs again. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more