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

Wenger sees Monreal as attacking threat

first_img The 27-year-old arrived at the Emirates Stadium on January transfer deadline day in an £8.5million deal from Malaga. The defender produced solid displays in his first taste of Barclays Premier League action against Stoke and at Sunderland, before showing glimpses of his forward ability when his run and cross set up a late winner for Santi Cazorla against Aston Villa. Wenger is confident with time, Monreal will provide another outlet to the Gunners’ many attacking options, and he said in the March edition of the official Arsenal magazine: “The first thing you want from your defenders is to defend well, so we cannot reproach him for that. You will see the other aspects of his game more when his confidence has settled.” Press Association He added: “He is good in the air for a guy of his size, has a quick leap and has looked good. Monreal is very strong in other areas too, his crosses for example, and his forward play you will see a bit later. “It happened with Kieran Gibbs too, the more confident he became the more efficient he was going forward. It can take a bit if time to express that side.” Wenger continued: “There is no better culture shock than to play against Stoke and Sunderland. “He has not said a word to me about it, but he has spoken with the other players and he has seen all about the passion and commitment of the English game. You can say Nacho Monreal passed that test.” Gibbs has been sidelined with a thigh injury sustained in the 2-2 draw against Liverpool on January 30 – which gave Arsenal little time to hasten a move for Monreal. Wenger had been on the Spaniard’s case “for a long time”, and was happy to have landed “one of our big targets”. The Arsenal manager admits the January window was a testing period for the club, who came under criticism for not spending big despite obvious shortcomings on the pitch. “We had a difficult first six months of the season, because we were trying to extend the contracts of all the British players. That demanded a lot of work and then we had to deal with the (Theo) Walcott situation as well during January,” Wenger said. “”So personally I am relieved because we dealt with the situation and we extended all of our players (contracts).” center_img Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels Spain international Nacho Monreal will soon develop into as potent an attacking threat down the flank as he is reliable at the back.last_img read more

Verona hold on for win over Cagliari after VAR controversy

first_imgVerona: Verona scored twice in the first half hour but had to hang on for a 2-1 win over Cagliari on Saturday as Serie A produced a VAR controversy on its first day of action since the coronavirus stoppage. The hosts appeared to be cruising to a win thanks to a brace from Samuel Di Carmine until forward Fabio Borini was sent off in the 35th minute for a late challenge on Marko Rog following a long VAR review, infuriating the home team. Giovanni Simeone quickly pulled one back but the visitors could not find an equaliser. Former Italy goalkeeper Walter Zenga, who replaced Rolando Maran as Cagliari coach days before Serie A was suspended for three months in early March, finally made his debut in charge of the struggling Sardinians but could not prevent them extending their winless run to 12 matches in the league. Promoted Verona, who have performed far above expectations this season, climbed to seventh with 38 points. Earlier, Torino and Parma drew 1-1 in the first match of the restarted season. Torino captain Andrea Belotti had a penalty saved in a 1-1 draw at home to Parma as Serie A finally resumed following a three-month coronavirus stoppage on Saturday. Nicolas Nkoulou headed struggling Torino ahead in the 15th minute and the Cameroon defender celebrated the first Serie A goal since the restart by taking a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. AgenciesAlso Watch: Another 1050 Bedded Quarantine Centre Ready in Guwahatilast_img read more

TP Mazembe Hold Off Super Sport To Retain CAF Confederation Cup Title

first_imgCongolese side TP Mazembe have retained the CAF Confederation Cup title after they held off Super Sport United of South Africa in front of their home fans to win the final tie 2-1 on aggregate.Leading 2-1 from their home leg, The team from DR Congo produced a tactical masterclass against their South African opponents in the second leg in a game that ended goalless with both sides finishing the contest with 10 men.TP Mazembe could have easily sealed the tie in their favour in the first half hour but Rainford Kalaba and Daniel Adjei wasted glorious opportunities to grab an away goal. However those little setbacks didn’t prevent the defending champions from keeping their hosts at bay for the rest of the game as Super Sport United were restricted to just one good chance in the second half.The hosts briefly had a numerical advantage when TP Mazembe star Kasongo Chongo was sent off with ten minutes remaining before their star forward Thuso Phala also got his marching orders for a dangerous tackle to all but end the game as a contest in TP Mazembe’s favour.The Congolese side won the trophy for the first time last year and they have now secured a 2nd title after successfully retaining it.RelatedCAF Confederations Cup: Club Africain, TP Mazembe Qualify For SemisSeptember 25, 2017In “Africa”CAF Confederation Cup Final: TP Mazembe Earn Slender AdvantageNovember 20, 2017In “Africa”2017 CAF Confederations Cup: Super Sport United Through To SemisSeptember 24, 2017In “Africa”last_img read more