Inside Rising Appalachia’s Socially Conscious Approach To Live Music

first_imgSisters Chloe Smith and Leah Song, along with percussionist Biko Casini and bassist/guitarist David Brown, have created a grassroots musical revolution with their band Rising Appalachia. The band’s folk-driven melodies are backed by a dedication to affecting positive change, using their nationwide touring to work with local communities across the country. It was Leah who coined the term “Slow Music Movement,” the campaign by which Rising Appalachia is able to give back and inspire real social change.We had the opportunity to check in with the band as they continue their battle against the wastefulness of touring, hitting like-minded festivals including the upcoming Symbiosis Gathering, which runs from September 22-25 (more info here). As Symbiosis co-owner Kevin KoChen explains, “we are participants in a movement that skews away from products and services owned by multi-national corporations. It’s common sense and a central tenet of permaculture, ‘earth care, people care, and fair share’.” Read on to learn all about the Movement, and everything going on with Rising Appalachia!L4LM: How were you inspired to create the “Slow Music Movement”? Was there a particular moment, or was it something that grew after spending years on the road?Leah: The Slow Music Movement was a term that I coined while I was prepping for a Ted X talk a little while ago. I wanted to discuss our ways of touring and moving through 12 years of music. Alternative touring has always been a priority of our music project. We tour independently and creatively, have remained self-managed, and have ALWAYS had a relationship with local communities on the ground as often as we can, but when we gave a voice and a title to that intention it became much more powerful. Hence the Slow Music Movement.The Slow Music Movement is an effort to bring in local outreach to each event, reduce single-use waste at shows, source farm-to-table food for backstage, and continue to create and promote sustainable touring practices within the music industry. It’s our effort to take the glitz and glam out of the music industry and bring performance back to its roots – that of public service- where musicians are not just part of a fast-paced entertainment world, but instead influence the cultural shift of communities as troubadours, activists, story tellers, and catalysts of justice.L4LM: Do you see this as the natural progression from your recent tour via train?Leah: Sustainable and alternative travel has been a part of our greater mission from the get go of Rising Appalachia… How can we create a music that reaches beyond the stereotypical bar and club scene and create a way to make music a social service and a public affair… Rail travel was such a natural extension of our investigations in alternative transit… Can rail travel in the US be a sustainable option, and can we use a resource that already exists to launch into a more reliable and publicly available mass transit option? That’s what the train tour was all about. David, our guitarist, got deeply invested in the research and leg work to actually make the tour possible.David: We have toured in other parts of the world via rail and have loved it immensely. We didn’t really know that train travel in the states was a real option until I read a Harper’s article about passenger trains a couple years ago (ironically, while on layover in an airport). Trains appeal to us because we want to ‘walk our talk’ – we have messages about “scaling down” in our music, encouraging folks to drive less, build local relationships, etc, and we want to keep it real as we become a better known and sought after band. The amount of driving and flying that most bands do is really unappealing to us, so its cool to find a means of travel that suits our values more. Pursuing a train based tour really seemed like a powerful step for us towards the kind of world we want to be living in.Biko: Our intentions in undergoing the rail tour was to see for ourselves what rail touring was like. Is it a feasible method of transportation? What does it feel like? This nation was originally built by rail, but most people alive today do not remember traveling the nation by train. If the young people of today are going to be inspired to ride trains, it will be because it seems like trains are a step forward… not because they are looking nostalgically backwards. The challenge facing the passenger rail industry today is to capture peoples imagination by how green rail travel is, and the implications it will have on our experience of travel in the future. We aim to inspire people with what rail travel is, and what it can be.L4LM: Tell us about some of the logistics behind the Slow Music Movement. What work is being done on the ground, and how does it happen?Leah: We work in strong partnership with a multitude of activist organizations…We have continued involvement in important campaigns along our touring routes, such as the “Love Water Not Oil” campaign with Winona LaDuke and the Ojibwe tribe last year working to educate the nation on pipeline proposals at the headwaters of the Mississippi river. We have worked for years with the School of Americas Vigil which is working to close down a federally funded para-military institute in Columbus, GA, tied to human rights abuses around the world. We have toured and worked in partnership with Mountain Justice initiates (putting an end to mountain top removal), dam removals, restorative justice work, and international arts education…among many other things. The lists are lengthy and we each have our own personal politics, but I think the main crossroads for us is using music as a tool and a catalyst for betterment in our communities, and as a platform for dialog around justice issues in our world. That means that the music is always available to be a resource for social change.And yes, we do see progress…in that Slow Movement kind of way. We see progress on a one-on-one basis, when a mountain is saved, or a new song learned, or a return to a landscape is written about. We see progress when someone comes up after a show and says “I want to use my voice for things I believe in” or “thank you because I haven’t danced like that for a long time because I was sick, and its powerful to feel my body move again” or “I decided to quit my job and go into at-risk-youth counseling and I thank you for the courage to make a difference”… or any of the myriads of things that we learn from our powerful fans about how they are each touched to make changes in their own lives. We all need that momentum from each other to live in a fully integrated way. That is the most valuable kind of progress.L4LM: What is the best way for someone to get involved with the Movement?Chloe: Reach out to us if we are coming to your town and lets get the conversation going early about what is happening locally. What initiatives are being pushed. What environmental or social justice movements need to be voiced or gathered around. If you are a local nonprofit or organizer, we want to hear from you ! We are also always looking to source local fresh farm food and apothecaries around our concerts in order to sustain our own health and wellness on the road, so send suggestions ! Rising Appalachia is invested in creating a larger network around our music that helps this massive burst of energy we create with music stay grounded and in service to things much larger than ourselves… which means all hands on deck.L4LM: How do you want to see the Slow Music Movement project grow from here?Leah: We hope for the Slow Music Movement to become a platform that will grow around our intentions to continue pushing music into many realms of grassroots organizing and old school public service, and will also provide a blue print for other artists to utilize for alternative music industry options. Alternative transportation options like trains, boats, horses, bicycles. Food that is sourced locally and grown with care and intention. A platform to share ideas and give voice to the many interwoven global concerns of justice and protection of all things wild. We hope that it will grow much bigger than us.L4LM: Musically speaking, what is your next step for RA after the success of ‘Wider Circles’? Is anything in the works?Leah: We are very content to still be playing the music in our collection, and it is still very fresh and inspiring to pull onto the stage. We are slowly cooking up new ideas with influence from trip-hop, hip-hop, and transformational funk.Currently, Arouna Diarra, an amazing folk musician from Burkina Faso, has been performing more and more frequently with us. He is one of the teachers of Biko who met him in Africa and studied with him here in the states. Diarra is amazing holder and curator of music and we look forward to artistically collaborating more and more with him. He’ll be with us at Symbiosis!Chloe: Collaboration will be key in the coming years. There is talk of remix collaborations in the future as well as EP’s with some favorite folk artist friends. Right now it is less about producing more Rising Appalachia albums and more about opening up our artistic circles and seeing what we can co-create with other artists. Wider Circles is indeed a potent album for the times still and we are loving diving into the depths of its sound and finding the hidden gems inside.last_img read more

Bolivia, Brazil, and United States Begin Coca-Monitoring Program

first_img “Drug trafficking has to be defeated jointly, sharing efforts among states. This is the great contribution of this system, this trilateral plan involving Bolivia, the United States, and Brazil,” Interior Minister Carlos Romero affirmed here. The ancient plant is also the raw material for manufacturing cocaine, an activity in which Bolivia is ranked third in the world, behind Peru and Colombia, according to the UN. The trinational agreement, which will last a year, aims to promote technical and scientific coordination among the signatory countries, in order to achieve improved monitoring of and greater precision about the areas where excess coca is grown, for the purpose of its eradication, with a budget of 350,000 dollars. The GPS equipment makes it possible to verify the amount of coca eradicated on site and then do follow-up to come back to check whether rural workers have replanted coca, an unsolved problem in Bolivia. In the town of Chimoré, in Chapare, Brazil’s ambassador in La Paz, Marcel Biato, and the U.S. chargé d’affaires, John Creamer, delivered GPS (Global Positioning System) equipment as part of an anti-drug agreement signed in January. Bolivia has 31,000 hectares of coca, according to United Nations data, of which only 12,000 are legal for traditional uses, such as chewing, infusion, and in Andean religious rituals. On April 1, in the Bolivian region of Chapare, the Governments of Bolivia, Brazil, and the United States began to use a satellite system to monitor a reduction in areas planted with coca, AFP confirmed. Since the late 1980s, the country has eradicated between 5,000 and 10,000 hectares a year, manually and with the participation of police and Military personnel, but at the same time that the Government destroys crops, rural workers replant more coca. By Dialogo April 03, 2012last_img read more

Shell completes $1B acquisition of Turritella FPSO

first_imgShell has taken over the ownership of the FPSO Turritella, moored at the Stones field in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.The takeover, ending an operational transition period, follows a previously announced agreement with the SBM Offshore-led consortium owning the FPSO.“Both companies have worked successfully together to ensure a safe and controlled handover of operations,” SBM Offshore, the world’s largest FPSO supplier said in Tuesday.The FPSO Turritella is being used to produce oil from Shell’s Stones field in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, considered the world’s deepest FPSO development.In previous statements SBM Offshore said the acquisition would allow Shell to assume operatorship of the Stones development in its entirety, creating additional efficiencies through integration of sub-sea to surface operations and allowing leverage of its optimized Gulf of Mexico organization and infrastructure.Shell paid around $1 billion for the acquisition. The FPSO Turritella has been on hire since September 2, 2016 and forms an early phase in Shell’s Stones development.The Stones development is located in 2,896 meters (9,500 feet) of water approximately 320 kilometers (200 miles) offshore Louisiana in the Walker Ridge area.FPSO Turritella is the deepest FPSO development in the world and has a turret with a disconnectable buoy allowing it to weathervane in normal conditions and disconnect from the FPSO upon the approach of a hurricane.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Lampard: Title race still alive

first_img “But I enjoyed it. I have to give my best when I come on the pitch and I was delighted with my reception. “City fans have been brilliant since I’ve been here. I appreciate that. “They might not have known what to expect from me when I came here. Would I come here and just jolly up for five months and then go away to America? “They can see when I play I try to give everything and then I came back here after 13 years and got a great reception at the end. “When you play for a long time it is nice to have that rapport and I’m lucky to have two sets of fans that were very good. “I’m pleased for that moment because I didn’t get it at the end of last year. I’m very thankful for that.” City captain Vincent Kompany has no doubts his side can overcome the deficit, with 45 points to play for. Kompany said: “That’s probably the hardest away game we’ll have this season. It gives us enough confidence to carry on and push for the league. “Five points is not too much. Experience tells us that five points is nothing so for us it’s time to start a good run again and to put everything behind and play at the level that we can again.” Chelsea took the lead four minutes before half-time through Loic Remy, only to see David Silva swiftly equalise. Remy was deputising for Diego Costa after the Brazil-born Spain striker was suspended for treading on Emre Can as Chelsea advanced to the Capital One Cup final at Liverpool’s expense. Costa will miss the matches with Aston Villa and Everton, too, and Remy has been backed to fill the void created by the absence of Chelsea’s top scorer. Midfielder Nemanja Matic told Chelsea TV: “Remy did a good job. He scored a goal and did exactly what the coach wanted from him. “He gives us more confidence now for the next game. I’m very excited for the next game, how he’s going to play. “Now people will see he’s a very good player and he’s going to be very important for us.” The Blues, who were also without Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) and Filipe Luis (calf), could also be boosted by the imminent arrival of Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina. The Colombia forward was at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in a transfer which is likely to be financed by the sale of Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg, with Mohamed Salah also moving on. Meanwhile, Mourinho again opted out of media duties and could face a fine from the Premier League. The draw meant City remain five points behind Chelsea with 15 games to go. “You lose and it’s eight points difference and the league will become a bit more clear,” Lampard told mcfc.com. “Now it’s very much lots of points to play for and it’s on. It’s important to keep focused. “The draw keeps the league bubbling. Chelsea are obviously the favourites as they’re five points ahead. “It doesn’t change anything and Chelsea will be happy with that but we can’t be too upset.” Lampard joined City ahead of a move to New York City FC, having previously said he would never play for another Premier League club. He might have expected a muted reception from Blues supporters, but, bar the odd dissenting voice, he was well received from fans who held him so dear for so long. “I was excited but also a bit nervous to come back here,” said Lampard, who came on as a substitute 13 minutes from time. Lampard, Chelsea’s record goalscorer, scored the equaliser in September’s clash with the Blues but was unable to force a winner in the return fixture as Jose Mourinho’s men survived a City siege to draw 1-1 on Saturday. The 36-year-old midfielder scored a club record 211 goals in 13 years at Chelsea and won three Premier League titles, but could be a key figure in City’s title defence after leaving Stamford Bridge last May. Frank Lampard has told Chelsea the title race remains on as he targets a fourth Premier League winners’ medal and a first with Manchester City. Press Associationlast_img read more

Allardyce has done good job – Zola

first_img Press Association But the Italian, one of Allardyce’s predecessors, wants whoever is in charge of the Hammers next season to take the club to “another level”. Allardyce is out of contract and Sunday’s Barclays Premier League match at Newcastle could be his last as West Ham boss. Zola, speaking on behalf of Premier League sponsors Barclays, told Press Association Sport: “I know where this is coming from. I know the supporters want to see another style of football than the team has been playing in the last few years. Gianfranco Zola has sympathy for Sam Allardyce if he is replaced as West Ham manager. center_img “(But) it would be unfair to say Sam doesn’t deserve to be there, because he’s done an extremely good job for the club, in terms of achieving results and that has to be said. “The club, the supporters, want to see something different. They might be looking for somebody else. Who? It’s difficult for me to say. “It’s a good club and I really hope they’re going to get somebody good to take the team to another level.” last_img read more

Games vs. Jaguars, Steelers highlight 2018 Patriots schedule

first_imgELLSWORTH — The NFL released its 2018 schedule Thursday, and the New England Patriots will open the season at 1 p.m. Sept. 9 when they host the Houston Texans on CBS.Notable games include an AFC championship game rematch on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 16, home games against the NFC North’s Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings on Nov. 4 and Dec. 2, respectively, and a road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a rematch of last season’s controversial finish Dec. 16.Below is the team’s full regular season schedule. Games are played on Sundays unless noted, and those after Week 5 are subject to be moved to different times and networks under the league’s flexible scheduling policy. All times are Eastern.Week 1: 1 p.m. Sept. 9, vs. Houston Texans (CBS)Week 2: 4:25 p.m. Sept. 16, @ Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS)Week 3: 8:20 p.m. Sept. 23, @ Detroit Lions (NBC)Week 4: 1 p.m. Sept. 30, vs. Miami Dolphins (CBS)Week 5: 8:20 p.m. Oct. 4, vs. Indianapolis Colts (FOX/NFL Network, Thursday)Week 6: 8:20 p.m. Oct 14, vs. Kansas City Chiefs (NBC)Week 7: 1 p.m. Oct 21, @ Chicago Bears (CBS)Week 8: 8:15 p.m. Oct. 29, @ Buffalo Bills (ESPN, Monday)Week 9: 8:20 p.m. Nov. 4, vs. Green Bay Packers (NBC)Week 10: 1 p.m. Nov. 11, @ Tennessee Titans (CBS)Week 11: BYE WEEKWeek 12: 1 p.m. Nov. 25, @ New York Jets (CBS)Week 13: 4:25 p.m. Dec. 2, vs. Minnesota Vikings (FOX)Week 14: 4:25 p.m. Dec. 9, @ Dolphins (CBS)Week 15: 4:25 p.m. Dec. 16, @ Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)Week 16: 1 p.m. Dec. 23, vs. Bills (CBS)Week 17: 1 p.m. Dec. 30, vs. Jets (CBS)This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Bellator 224: Julia Budd explains why she’s willing to give up 100 pounds to fight Gabi Garcia

first_imgBudd, 36, is regarded as one of the top women’s featherweights in the world alongside current UFC 145-pound titleholder Amanda Nunes and Cris “Cyborg” Justino. With Justino on the verge of free agency after her fight at UFC 241 later this month, there is the possibility of a Budd-Cyborg showdown in Bellator. But if the Canadian has her way, there’s a clash with another imposing fighter that she’d like to try on.”I really want to fight Gabi Garcia,” Budd told DAZN during a recent interview. “That’s a fantasy match for me.  It might happen. Stay tuned.” “That’s a fantasy match for me. It might happen. Stay tuned.”@JuliaBudd explains to SN’s @SMuehlhausenMMA why she’s willing to give up 100 pounds to fight Gabi Garcia: https://t.co/Rq9rrZOOeX pic.twitter.com/dMSY34aUcB— Sporting News Fights (@sn_fights) July 8, 2019 Budd (12-2) would be giving up nearly 100 pounds, as she’s fought her whole career at 145 pounds, while Garcia has entered a bout weighing in as much as 237 pounds.Join DAZN and watch Bellator 224 plus more than 100 fight nights a yearWhy take the risk facing someone who is significantly bigger than you when you’re at the top of your game?”Just the size difference and just getting in there and being able to fight somebody that much bigger than me and being able to put my skills against someone (like Garcia),” Budd said. “My husband back in the day when there was no weight classes, he was fighting guys 100 pounds heavier than him. When we were talking about it (fighting Garcia), I’m like, ‘That would be amazing to test myself and fight someone 100 pounds heavier than me and get in there and do that.’ That’s one of my goals going forward.” Right now, Julia Budd is at the top of her game.The Bellator women’s featherweight champion has won 10 consecutive fights and looks to make the third defense of her title on Friday night in the Bellator 224 headliner against Olga Rubin, streamed exclusively on DAZN.  Garcia’s (6-0, one no-contest) had six of her seven fights under the Rizin promotion based in Japan. Typically, cross-promotional bouts of this magnitude are difficult to make. In this case, it shouldn’t be a problem as the two companies have worked together in the past. Most recently, they booked two bouts featuring Rizin and Bellator bantamweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi (Rizin) and Darrion Caldwell (Bellator) under each company’s banner. Those events have Budd optimistic that she will eventually lock horns with the Brazilian giant.”I just saw on June 14 (Bellator 222), Rizin and Bellator (work together),” Budd said. “And that’s exciting to me. Maybe a fight in Rizin (with Garcia) as well. I like that they support one another and they let their champs go back and forth.”last_img read more