Soulive Announces New EP, Releases First New Song In Six Years [Listen]

first_imgSoulive will release their first collection of new music in six years when their long-awaited EP Cinematics, Vol. 1 drops on February 23 via Soulive Music. However, today the jazz-funk trio is offering fans an early taste of the record today with the single, “Kings March”.Accompanied by a music video that finds the guitarist Eric Krasno, drummer Alan Evans, and keyboardist Neal Evans in the studio, the laid-back “Kings March” marks the first release from the forthcoming Cinematics, Vol. 1. The EP takes its name from its five tracks’ cinematic quality, and the band’s press release even offers some thoughts on the types of films that might be complemented each song (“Kings March”, for instance, could work with a vintage spy thriller).“A cinematic piece of music creates a mood. Film composers like Jerry Goldsmith, David Axelrod, Ennio Morricone and Melvin Van Peebles were all influential in the concept for ‘Cinematics,’” Krasno says. “The idea is to use soundscape and melodic interplay to enhance the feeling and sentiment of a visual and to amplify the emotion that it’s relating.”“Kings March”Recorded late last year at Alan Evans’ Iron Wax studio in Western Massachusetts, Cinematic, Vol. 1 is the first release of a planned series of “Cinematics” EPs. That means fans can expect plenty of new music from Solve in the foreseeable future.“One of the advantages of putting out music in 2018 is that we can do it quickly and on our own schedule,” Krasno says. “We made this record top to bottom in two days and put it out about a month later, while it’s still fresh from being created.”“We didn’t have to talk about anything,” Alan says. “It all unfolded as we were working on it; one song influences the direction of the next, and soon you find yourself going down this path. We want this music to take people on a little journey.”Despite the forthcoming release, Soulive hasn’t announced any new tour dates. As of press time, the band is scheduled to perform at the Ardmore Music Hall outside of Philadelphia on March 2nd and 3rd before heading to London for a show at The Jazz Cafe on March 6th.[Photo: Andrew Scott Blackstein]last_img read more

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Longevity-linked securities also of use as short-term holdings, researchers argue

first_imgHe added the research team was “surprised” by the 0.5 Sharpe ratio from longevity-linked investments, but stressed it was “risky in risk-return tradeoffs with a lot of leverage”.For a longevity securitisation market to work, however, “a more transparent and efficient pricing of life annuities” was required to create “an integrated market for insurance and financial contracts with a publically traded longevity index”.The prediction of returns of such products was “surprisingly accurate” as “aggregate longevity is mean reverting and can be used for the predictions”, Tebaldi noted.This was confirmed by Marcel Fischer from the Copenhagen University who discussed the paper at the conference.However, Fischer pointed out there was “no well-working secondary market for products underwritten by insurers” and therefore it was “difficult” for investors to assess such risks.He also questioned whether investors could “make money on this or if the market is too narrow”.Last year, the OECD had also called for more standardisation and transparency in the pricing of longevity risk to allow the market to grow. Researchers have identified the re-packaging of longevity risks into products tradable on the secondary market as a “crucial step” to increasing interest longevity-linked securities, conference participants heard in Vienna.At a retirement symposium organised by Bank Gutmann and the Vienna Economic University (WU), Claudio Tebaldi from the Italian L. Bocconi University presented research he published last year together with other researchers entitled “A Multivariate Model of Strategic Asset Allocation with Longevity Risk”. They found a potentially large number of short-term investors would be willing to increase their exposure to longevity risk, but without increasing the duration in their portfolio.According to Tebaldi the potential investors wanted to use the proceeds from these assets ”to fund bond and equity investments as this gives them a non-cyclically correlated source of financing”.last_img read more

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Griffith encourages Franchise League cricketers to play smart cricket

first_imgGeorgetown3111203091.325.3 Lower Corentyne3121200091.622.6 Upper Demerara/ East Bank3111200 Outrightwin Draw … says performance key for national selection AS the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Franchise League three-day cricket tournament approaches the halfway stage, chairman of the senior selection panel, Rayon Griffith, has implored cricketers participating in the League to play smart cricket which will ultimately aid in their performance. The League, which replaced the traditional Inter-county competition, comprises eight franchises; geared at placing Guyana’s cricket on a more solid footing.However, Griffith, who is also the Guyana Jaguars’ assistant coach/manager, feels that while the League continues to help the game locally, and at the same time exposes players to a professional set-up, performances will be the key criteria for players to either retain their place or earn a spot to represent the Guyana Jaguars in the 2017–2018 regional first class session“While the selection panel will be looking at a number of factors, players’ performances during the League will be the key criteria for selection to the national set-up,” Griffith said. He added “Yes we have 15 contracted players, and a number of Academy players selected, but that does not mean that other players can’t make the Guyana Jaguars squad. Once they perform they will definitely be in the selectors’ eyes. Apart from those contracted players, other players who have reached the selectors’ criteria are also eligible for national selection under the ‘Pay for Play’ criteria.”.Meanwhile, the League resumes today, and the Essequibo Franchise have maintained the lead in the eight-team fixture.Essequibo emerged as point-standing leaders on 40.8 points, closely followed by West Demerara with 38.4.For today’s fourth round fixtures; Lower Corentyne face East Bank at Young Warriors, Upper Corentyne battle West Demerara at Port Mourant, West Berbice take on East Coast at Bush Lot and Georgetown go up against Essequibo at Tuschen.Point standings after round three: Loses West Demerara3202430461.438.4 Batting BonusTeam Bowling BonusFast Bowling Bonus East Coast Demerara30003626118 Essequibo320240349.840.8 Matches Wins Abandon Upper Corentyne311120319126 372.324.3 Teams Total West Berbice30300009.99.9last_img read more

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