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

GNPC Stars finish in top 4 of Global Standard Chartered Trophy

first_imgTeam GNPC Stars (Ghana National Petroleum Corporation) braved through chilly weather and tough competition to finish in the top four of the Standard Chartered Trophy Global tournament at the Anfield Stadium of  Liverpool Football Club.The tournament was played immediately after the 2-2 draw between Liverpool and Newscastle on April 24 in an all play all five-a-side format on the Anfield pitch. Each team was coached by one Liverpool legend.GNPC Stars started off with eventually champions Capital FM of  Kenya, who looked organized  but unable to penetrate the defence Ghana defence manned by Skipper Ernest Youngman. There were a few missed chances on both sides leading to an eventual result of a goalless draw.The GNPC lads played under their assigned coach, John Barnes who was assisted  by Eugene Kwasi Ohene a.k.a Bomber,  turned out a more improved side on in the second Group Ben game against Singapore which ended a 1-1 draw. The Asians jumped into the lead a about 4 minutes into the game. This sparked a major fight back from the Ghanaians whose efforts were rewarded with an equalizer six minutes later.The last group game against the US was to turn out one of the highest scoring match of the tournament with the GNPC lads hammering then 6-2. This win secured the ticket to the quarter finals.Ghana (GNPC) was in devastating form and gave proof of it when they put 6 unanswered goals past the England team to book a place in the semis with in- form South Korea.Players for the Ghana team where goalkeeper Ibrahim Alhassan, Captain Ernest Youngman, Gabriel Darko, Edward Attiabahn, Henry Mensah, Platini Yeboah and Augustine Ameworlorna. The journey ended for Ghana in the semi final after losing 3-2 to the South Koreans who dominated in midfield and attack. South Korea eventually lost 3-1 to Kenya in  the final. GNPC made a great impression on the tournament as some staff travelled with the team to cheer continuously in the stands. The conspicuous presence of their CEO, Alex Mould and Head of Investor Relations, Linda Tamakloe and some members of staff provided great motivation for the players. Mr Mould gave them some pep talk before and during the games and had a great influence on the team. In a  interview Alex Mould told Joy Sports “we may be disappointed we did not win the ultimate trophy but we are grateful for the opportunity. My lads played well displayed a great fighting spirit. I am proud of them.”The trip was facilitated by Standard Chartered Bank who are the main sponsor for Liverpool Football club.  Asiedua Addae who is in charge of Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing at Stanchart Bank Ghana congratulated the team for a good performance. “The big trophy may have eluded us but we have left a big impression on this tournament.  GNPC surely deserve commendation and the fact that their CEO Alex Mould took time off his busy schedules to motivate the team personally tells how much value was placed on this event. As sponsors we are happy for a success tour and pray Ghana wins next year.”Similar were views shared by Mark Rollings the Head of Group Sponsorships of Standard Chartered Bank.Teams from Hong Kong, USA, England, Kenya Ghana, South Korea and Singapore a were taken on tours at Melwood the training Ground of Liverpool, their home stadium at Anfield, the Liverpool Academy in Kirksby and the Beatles Story, a music museum on the dock yards of the Mersey River and club which was the home of the legendary group the Beatles. GNPC defeated Team Multimedia in the Ghana final on March 12 at the Lizzy Sports Complex to qualify as the first team from Ghana to play in the prestigious event.Follow Nathaniel for more on @citizenattoh on instagram @niiattoh5 on twitter and Nathaniel Attoh Citizen Attoh on Facebook.last_img read more

Wellington ‘Cruise-aders’ win easily over Mulvane

first_imgWellington girls 65 Mulvane 46 17 6 14 10 46 12 9 Wellington 69 Wellington boys 69 Mulvane 46 Mulvane: Melick 2, Haynes 6, Williams 3, Simon 4, Christian 3, Tharp 5, Chambers 19, Wilson 2. Total 12 (4) 10-12 46 Wellington: Gilmore 2, Ca.Phelps 21, Co. Phelps 10, Frame 1, Snipes 8, King 25, Ybarra 2. Total: 26 (0) 17-22 69. 65 20 Mulvane: Myears 2, Price 17, Blaine 11, Ellis 12, Helbing 4. Total 12 (3) 13-18 46 22 ————The Wellington boys opened the game taking a 10-0 lead including scoring the quickest deuce in the history of basketball (Ok, maybe that’s a hyperbole). On the jump ball, Ian King flipped it to Connor Phelps which scored in less than 5 seconds.The Crusaders would never trail in this game, but Mulvane made an early second quarter run, narrowing the margin to 16-14. Wellington head coach Brian Buchanan called timeout and gave the boys a wake-up call.From that point forward it was all Wellington. The Crusaders led 35-20 at the half. They would take a 57-37 lead into the fourth quarter en route to a running clock.Wellington was led by Ian King with 25 and Cade Phelps with 21. Interestingly, Wellington scored 69 points without a 3-pointer.The Crusaders 9-8 travel to Collegiate against the always run-and-gunning-25-players-on-the-bench Spartans. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.center_img Mulvane Wellington 10 Lauryn Snipes takes off to the basket after Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — There are exciting nights of basketball, and then there are nights like this one.The Wellington boys and girls easily defeated Mulvane by almost identical scores. The boys won 69-46 while the girls won 65-46 Tuesday night at home.The games were almost identical in the way they were played. Both Wellington varsity teams got the wrath of their coaches early. They both started rolling in the second quarter and would eventually win by a comfortable margin.The Crusader boys improved to 9-8 while the girls are 17-0.Mulvane basketball is struggling at the moment. Neither Wildcat teams have had little luck on the hardwood. The girls are 1-16 while the boys are 3-14.Nevertheless both teams gave Wellington a competitive game Tuesday for a sparse crowd at Crusader gymnasium.Wellington girls fell behind early, trailing at one point 11-5. Wellington head coach Eric Adams immediately benched all the starters and sent out the reserves. The Crusaders narrowed the margin with the reserves playing.The Crusader starters eventually came back in and Wellington would lead 14-13 at the end of the first quarter.It quickly got the lead into double digits but at the half Mulvane was trailing by seven points 34-27.The Crusaders never could quite get on track in the second half, but were never in doubt going on to win by 19.Grace Mitchell scored 22 while Avery Rusk had 15 and Lauryn Snipes 11.The Crusaders travel to Wichita Collegiate on Friday. Traditionally, the Lady Dukes have had trouble in that gymnasium. Follow us on Twitter. 21 Wellington: T. French 6, Snipes 11, S. French 5, Rusk 15, Mitchell 22, Moore 6. Total 17 (7) 10-20 65. 14 14 13 46 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 12 19 Mulvane 7last_img read more