Inside Matisyahu’s Improvisational Approach To Music On His Current College Tour

first_imgIn 2005, Matisyahu found himself on a Bonnaroo stage with Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio. While Matisyahu had been known for his spiritualized take on the roots-reggae genre, the vocalist impressed with a barrage of beatboxing and lyrical gymnastics to accompany Anastasio’s improvisational style. Though mainstream success saw Matisyahu emphasize lyrical spirituality over musical exploration, the singer’s new approach is sure to please fans of the jam style.Matisyahu’s current touring band is comprised of some of the best musicians in the business. The band features guitarist and longtime staple of the downtown New York improv scene Aaron Dugan, Dub Trio bassist and long-time Matisyahu collaborator Stu Brooks, percussionist and Cyro Baptista, go-to-drummer Tim Keiper, and virtuoso keyboardist BigYuki. As a musical unit, what they produce is greater than the sum of its parts. Of course, it’s Matisyahu’s ability to improvise vocally that makes these performances so unique.As Matisyahu explains, “When I started out I was relatively mixing two black and white things. I was a very specific brand of Chabad, Hasidic orthodox judaism, even though I came to it from a mixture of things, I became very defined as that: I decided to define myself that way. My very first record, a roots reggae record, was very black and white: a Hasidic man making roots reggae music, and over the course of the last 10-15 years, I became more interested in texture and the gray area.”Last week, Matisyahu launched a college campus tour with Nadim Azzam, promoting a message of peace and unity throughout the country. Backed by this new group of musicians, Matisyahu has shared with us a montage capturing the infectious improvisation that his band is bringing to fans on a nightly basis. Enjoy the short film below:Talking about his shows, Matisyahu says, “I don’t write a setlist, I write a list of songs. I take time between songs, sometimes up to 30 seconds or even a minute of silence to decide what the next song should be. I don’t prepare: I prepare my voice and body, but mentally the process is to let go of all preconceived notions of what the show is going to be for that night. If the show the night before went a certain way, the goal in preparation for tonight’s show is to try to not recreate that.” This is certainly a mentality that all jam fans can appreciate.Matisyahu’s college tour continues tonight, Monday March 28th, at the Newport Theatre in Ohio State University. While tickets are limited to students, staff and families, you can stream the show by following this link! We’ll be sharing major updates from Matisyahu’s tour, so don’t miss out!Matisyahu is also hitting the road with 311 this summer, with dates spanning July and August. You can catch all of Matisyahu’s tour dates on his website. Check out the campus tour schedule below:MATISYAHU with Nadim Azzam Campus TourMonday, March 28 – Ohio State University – Newport TheatreWednesday, March 30 – University of Wisconsin – Capture TheatreMonday, April 4 – University of Michigan – Hill AuditoriumTuesday, April 5 – University of Illinois – Canopy ClubSunday, April 10 – University of California Berkeley – Lower SproulTuesday, April 12 – University of California Los Angeles – Schoenberg HallThursday, April 14 – University of California San Diego – Sun God LawnTickets are exclusive, limited to students, staff, and family.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger admits he ‘felt sorry’ for former Arsenal manager Unai Emery

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 18 Dec 2019 9:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link473Shares Arsene Wenger admits he ‘felt sorry’ for former Arsenal manager Unai Emery Ljungberg reacts to Arsenal’s 3-0 thumping by Man CityTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:48FullscreenLjungberg reacts to Arsenal’s 3-0 thumping by Man City is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.The iconic Frenchman has given his backing to Arteta who he knows very well from their time together in north London.Look I am an Arsenal supporter – I said that in my last speech,’ Wenger added.‘At the moment I support the manager in charge, and the manager in charge is Ljungberg. When Arteta will be in charge, I will support Arteta.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He is intelligent, he has passion, he has knowledge, but Ljungberg [does] as well.I believe that Arteta has certainly a great future, he has certainly learned a lot in his first position as an assistant coach and after that as well he will have to deal with the fact that he has no experience at that level and he will have to get surrounded well.‘For the rest, of course Arsenal is going through a very difficult period so it’s better I don’t comment too much on that and I just suffer like every supporter.’MORE: Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool needed transfer target Takumi Minamino against Monterrey Arteta is expected to be in the Arsenal dugout this weekend (Picture: Getty)Wenger insists he backed Emery right up until his sacking and claims his successor was ‘unlucky’ with how results went this term.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I don’t want to judge, that you know. When he was in charge I supported him,’ the legendary former Arsenal manager said.‘He was unlucky because he had a bad spell and football is like that.‘When you don’t win for a while a football manager is always in a position where he has to reduce crisis time because patience is very short.‘They had a long spell of not winning so I felt sorry for him.’center_img Advertisement Advertisement Unai Emery was ‘unlucky’ at Arsenal, claims Arsene Wenger (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger says he ‘felt sorry’ for Unai Emery after a dismal start to the campaign at Arsenal which culminated in the Spaniard’s sacking.Emery managed just four wins from 13 Premier League games this season and a miserable Europa League defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt proved to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.Freddie Ljungberg has been acting as the Gunners’ interim head coach following Emery’s dismissal but the Swede has failed to turn results around, overseeing only one victory away at West Ham.Mikel Arteta is the overwhelming favourite to take over the reins on a permanent basis and the club’s former captain is expected to be appointed in time for this weekend’s trip to Everton.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Schmidt’s Bakery has record breaking year again

first_imgBatesville, IN—2020 was a record-setting year for the Cherry Thing-a-ling.  Schmidt’s Bakery reports that they sold 160,716 Thing-a-lings. That comes to 13,393 dozen of the sweet fritters.last_img

Dajuan Coleman plays season-high 21 minutes in improved performance against 49ers

first_img Published on November 25, 2015 at 6:33 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse explodes for 14 3-pointers in 83-70 win over CharlotteGallery: Syracuse basketball improves to 4-0 by beating CharlotteStorify: Syracuse community reacts to 83-70 win over Charlotte in Battle 4 AtlantisFast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s 13-point win over Charlottecenter_img PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Dajuan Coleman walked off the court to a rousing ovation. More than eight minutes had come off the clock before his first substitution. His stat sheet was littered with two points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal. He’d only played 10 minutes against Elon on Saturday. He’d averaged just 12 through Syracuse’s first three games.On Wednesday, he was aggressive. After a steal, he drew a foul. After a block, he collected a rebound.“I thought Dajuan was good,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “It’s the most active he’s been. He had a good start, good opportunity … a lot of minutes down and I think he was very productive.”Coleman’s night was cut short by foul trouble, but he had his best game since returning from a knee injury that kept him out for the better part of two seasons. He played 21 minutes, seven more than his previous season-high, and had seven rebounds, three assists and three blocks.He helped provide defense in a 17-0 run that spanned nearly seven minutes early in the first half as the Orange (4-0) went on to win 83-70 over Charlotte (1-3) at the Imperial Arena.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It felt good. It felt like I definitely had my legs,” Coleman said. “Maybe it’s the heat or something. I just felt real good out there.”On the first play of the second half, he blocked a Bernard Sullivan shot in the lane and immediately picked up the ball to get Syracuse possession. His defense sagged a bit to start the second half and he picked up the ticky-tack fouls that he said he’s trying to eliminate from his game.He was called for his fourth with 14:25 left in the game. But with Syracuse in control and a lengthy afternoon already logged, the big man wasn’t needed.After the game, he sat in SU’s makeshift locker room, content with how SU’s opening game in the Bahamas had gone.“I feel good,” Coleman said. “I think there’s still some things I need to work on, but I definitely feel like I’m on pace.” Commentslast_img read more