Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven are one of the most unique groups to come out of 2016. The collective efforts of bassist Reed Mathis, keyboardist Todd Stoops, drummer Jay Lane, and guitarist Clay Welch create the foundation for the world’s first “Classical Dance Music” project. Reimagining Beethoven symphonies to a new generation of live music lovers, the band has been traveling the country to spread some serious musical explorations of the modernized material.Today, they’ve shared something quite special. A song they call “Thunderstorm” is defined as a passage from the fourth movement of Beethoven’s sixth symphony, “tranced the funk out for a dance exploration and meditation improvisation.” What Reed Mathis has done with this recent Denver recording is even more interesting.He explains in a Facebook post, “So, in my Beethoven band we have this one tune where it’s one long chord progression that we can move through at any pace we like, and we just make up riffs and ornaments through repetition, sort of like crickets talking. The recording of us doing this in Denver was 44 minutes long. ‘Just for the hell of it,’ I wondered, ‘what would happen if I remove the transitional bits, and just string together all the improvised riffs using only the parts where they had solidified?’ So, I spent a couple hours last night editing that 44 minute performance down to 21 minutes. Pretty crazy! Fascinating to hear our collective-improvised negotiations go from stepping-stone to stepping-stone so quickly. Plus, Beet’s chord progression is definitely non-shitty. Freakin’ unique little band I’ve got here.” Indeed!Check out the 21 minute compilation of improvisational material from Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven at Cervantes below:
Fogel believes that in the future, all payments will be made mainly via mobile phones, and cash payments will become a rarity. “You can already make payments by phone using your fingerprints or scan your mobile phone at the reception, but the process is still quite fragmented.” Strategic cooperation within the entire ecosystem is the most important factor in leaving a positive and lasting impression on the global travel industry, Fogel believes. “We envision a future in which travel operators, independent researchers, NGOs, institutes, social enterprises and governments work hand in hand to continuously advance the global travel experience.” Also, Fogel does not believe that private companies should take on their roles in trying to tackle mass tourism. “Our job is not to tell passengers where they have to go, but our job is to provide passengers with as many different choices as possible”, Said Fogel. With the development of super applications, ie a range of various applications that are implemented in one (such as WeChat), Booking is also interested in a similar strategy. “We want to provide a complete platform for the end-to-end experience. Our mission is to help people experience the world. The whole world is at your fingertips, but it’s still too complicated to experience. Technology could make this possible so complete infrastructure is needed in one place. Payments are a great example of this. We work to build a payment infrastructure for all types of payments – credit cards, WeChat Pay, Alipay and the like – in our technology so that anyone and anywhere can pay for a hotel or any experience, without worrying about whether the supplier accepts the preferred form of payment payment.” Also, Fogel recognizes the potential for a new form of global currency that is protected and secure. “When Bitcoin became famous, many questioned its legitimacy. But I believe that blockchain currencies will continue to emerge and there is a possibility that some of them will become more widely accepted around the world.” Glenn Fogel, CEO of Booking Holdings Booking Holdings has entered into cooperation with Libra cryptocurrency and is currently working on new payment systems. Fogel believes that security and privacy are the most important items in the development of payment systems. “Everything must work without any difficulty. The most advanced payment technologies and solutions can be developed, but if the public is not convinced of the security of their data, everything loses its meaning.” Fogel also touched on mass tourism, especially on the example of Amsterdam where Booking.com is headquartered. Asked whether he believes that Booking, as a responsible online travel agency, should limit the number of tourists in overcrowded tourist destinations, Fogel believes that it is not up to private companies to regulate tourism in destinations. “There is no doubt that there are concerns about mass tourism and we do not take it lightly, but city officials and governments have a responsibility to determine the right steps, rules and legislation in favor of their cities. In these cases, we will abide by any law that is set. We have a great relationship with Amsterdam and are active in many discussions about solving the problems the city is facing. Also, it is not our job to tell passengers where they have to go. Our job is to provide passengers with as many choices as possible where they want to go.” Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel is a big proponent of the development and use of various payment systems for travelers, especially in countries outside the United States where credit cards are not the primary method of payment, Skift reports. Source / photo: Shift
Advertisement Atletico Madrid to offer Vitolo in player-plus-cash deal for Arsenal star Hector Bellerin Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Jun 2019 11:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link601Shares Vitolo joined Atletico shortly after Emery moved to PSG (Picture: Getty)The 24-year-old has attracted interest from Juventus and Barcelona in the past, though Arsenal were adamant it would take an offer in excess of £50million to even come to the negotiating table.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThat stance has not changed despite Bellerin’s latest injury, though Atletico believe they can lower the cash value of the deal by including Vitolo as part of the package.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 CityThe Spaniard played under Emery for three seasons at Sevilla before the coach moved to Paris Saint-Germain in 2016.He was part of the side that won three successive Europa League titles and played a significant role under Emery in both the domestic and European campaigns, with his manager really appreciating his versatility – able to play as a winger or forward. Comment The Spanish side are hoping to tempt Emery into selling Bellerin this summer (Picture: Getty)Atletico Madrid are hoping to tempt Unai Emery into selling Hector Bellerin by offering the Arsenal manager one of his old players, Vitolo, in an ambitious swap deal.The right-back is currently sidelined after rupturing his ACL in January and is not expected to be fit for the start of the season, though that has not put off Spanish giants Atletico from trying to secure a deal.According to The Telegraph, Diego Simeone has made a new full-back one of his top priorities this summer and wants to bring Bellerin to Madrid. Advertisement Bellerin is not expected to return to fitness in time for the start of the season (Picture: Getty)Emery is in the market for a player of that ilk at Arsenal now, though it remains to be seen if Emery is prepared to sanction a swap – especially with Vitolo only scoring one La Liga goal in his two seasons at Atletico.Arsenal are already believed to be in the market for a new right-back to provide cover and competition for Bellerin and could instead move for a first-choice option if the Spaniard leaves, while Emery also wants a centre-back and box-to-box midfielder.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal
Real estate significantly improved its performance compared to 2013, returning 3.75%, up from 0.25% the year prior.Corporate bonds boosted the scheme’s asset value by 6.8%, aided by the book value increase due to low interest rates, while nearly all equity markets saw positive returns.Across all of Publica’s 21 pension funds, the average coverage ratio rose 1.2 percentage points to 105.3%, with none of the schemes underfunded. The fund was until recently shielded from the SNB’s negative deposit charges, a decision overturned after public backlash. The number of active members across all scheme members rose by 2.6% to 62,500, and pensioners fell by 3.3%.For more on Publica’s investment strategy, read IPE’s interview with deputy CIO Patrick Uelfeti Switzerland’s Publica has praised returns from its corporate bond and equity portfolios, while noting that its approach to hedging held back performance in 2014.The public pension fund, with assets of CHF37.7bn (€31.3bn) at the end of December, said as it published its annual report that overall returns would have been 8.9% last year rather than 5.9%, had it not fully hedged its currency exposure.It defended its hedging approach earlier this year after the Swiss National Bank (SNB) ended the franc’s peg to the euro, a move that would have led to significant losses had it not been for the hedge.Falling oil price also hit Publica, with the fund saying the nearly 29% decline in crude oil prices led to a loss of 1.1% in 2014. The loss was despite only 2% of the fund’s portfolio being invested in commodities – comprising crude oil, petrol and heating oil.