Katharsis Release Latest Single “Rise Up Lights,” Begin Colorado Run Tonight

first_imgNew collaborative jam project Katharsis is coming out of the gates with a purpose, as is evidenced by the release of their third, and latest, single “Rise Up Lights.” The group, consisting of drummer Dave Watts (The Motet), keyboardist Todd Stoops (RAQ / Electric Beethoven), bassist Chuck Jones (Dopapod), and guitarist Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine) is getting ready for a 3-night run in Colorado beginning tonight with a free show at Frisco’s Barkley Ballroom. The group will support G. Love & Special Sauce on Thursday night (9/28) at Fort Collins’ Aggie Theatre, with a final show on Friday night (9/29) in Denver at Cervantes.With some percussive afrobeat rhythmic groundwork laid out by Watts and Jones, Stoops provides some psychedelic flourishes on keys, allowing Rezak to take the lead on guitar and elevate things to the next level. While the funk is ever-present on the first three tracks Katharsis has delivered, “Rise Up Lights” raises the bar even higher for what we can expect out of this new project of seasoned veterans in the live setting. Over the coming weeks, the band plans on continuously releasing additional music that they have written via the singles format. We caught up with Marcus Rezak to discuss the latest single release and upcoming shows“‘Rise up Lights’, when pronounced with an Australian accent is ‘razor blades.’ This track represents our psychedelic edge, incorporating funky grooves and colorful sonic landscapes. Each track release is trending harder amongst fans and musicians with many more in the pipeline. RUL starts out with a funk Afro Cuban groove immediately starting the dance party. Halfway through this track we reach a deep trance improv section, and things start to get serious… people can expect a lot of this style live, reminiscent of early Motet jamtronica style with an enhanced modernized style (2:50). Combining live instrumentation with Ableton production and liquid projection visuals, our sound and live experience is completely unique concert experience throwing back to elements of the 60’s psychedelic movement and current music styles.”Rezak continued on the Colorado run, which begins tonight, followed by the Chicago show next week, “The upcoming shows in Colorado and Chicago are poised as a launchpad for many tours and festival plays to come in 2018. Music fans can expect extended psychedelic jams, heavy funk and edm drum grooves, shredding guitar licks with spacey sonic landscapes, sub sonic bass propulsion, glistening synth pads and leads. Jamming and composing with this group has been a huge breath of fresh air for all of us. When we are on stage there is synergy. We function as a moving unit building improvs together reaching new heights of exploration. We trust each other and that usually takes a long time for a band, but our chemistry is just right for us to take flight!”Take a listen to “Rise Up Lights” below:Katharsis Tour Dates9.27   The Barkley Ballroom | Frisco, CO (FREE – tix)9.28   Aggie Theatre | Fort Collins, CO (tix) *9.29   Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO (tix)10.5.  Emporium Arcade | Chicago, IL (tix)* support for G. Love & Special SauceEnter To Win A Pair Of Tix To Your Show Of Choice Below!last_img read more

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US pledges smallpox vaccine for world stockpile

first_imgDec 10, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The United States is pledging 20 million doses of smallpox vaccine to a global stockpile managed by the World Health Organization (WHO), Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson announced today.The vaccine will remain in the Strategic National Stockpile but will be available to the WHO for emergency use, according to an HHS news release. Thompson said last week that the United States has more than 400 million doses of smallpox vaccine as a result of a buildup since 2001, when the nation had only about 15 million doses.Canada, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom also have pledged vaccine for the stockpile, according to HHS, but the announcement did not list the amounts.Thompson made his announcement at a Paris meeting with foreign health ministers participating in the Global Health Security Initiative (GHSI). Founded after Sep 11, 2001, the group includes the health ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus the European Union health commissioner and the WHO director-general.The United States suggested establishing the WHO Smallpox Vaccine Bank in 2003, at a GHSI meeting, the HHS statement said. The proposal was for a physical stockpile in Geneva and a “virtual global stockpile of pledged vaccine stocks from around the world.”The global stockpile will be used only if at least one case of smallpox is confirmed. Smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980, but the United States and Russia maintain stocks of the virus for research purposes, and disease experts fear that samples may have fallen into the hands of terrorists at some point. The former Soviet Union made large quantities of the virus in its biological weapons programs.Thompson said the US pledge to the global stockpile does not compromise the supply of vaccine for Americans. “We have stockpiled more than enough smallpox vaccine for every man, woman, and child in America,” he said. “But in this age of global interconnectedness, we need to take extra steps to be prepared for threats around the world.”See also:Dec 10 HHS news releaselast_img read more

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Mckinley takes the honours

first_img Press Association With Mumbo Bay setting a sedate gallop in the Grade Three contest, 11-4 chance Mckinley sat on his tail before moving smoothly to the front rounding the home bend. Mumbo Bay proved a persistent challenger until the second-last, after which the champion trainer’s runner put the race to bed with a smart change of gear, skipping over the last and being kept up to his work to seal victory over Fort Smith by two and three-quarter lengths. Hot favourite Princely Conn failed to pick up in a slowly run race and was well held in third. Mullins, who went on to a treble, said: “He’s improving nicely all the time. I’d say that ground stayed nice and wasn’t too soft. He’ll go up in grade now. He seemed to be galloping away at the end of two miles there and was up in the van the whole way. “I’d rather have nice ground for him, I don’t think he’s a real middle of the winter horse, but we’ll see and let him tell us.” The victory was some sort of compensation for Mullins after long odds-on favourite Uradel proved a bitter disappointment in the Join Navan Members 2015 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle. Having won twice on the Flat in France before finishing fifth in the Melrose Stakes at York on his debut for the Closutton team, Uradel was all the rage as the 2-5 market leader. The hooded three-year-old travelled well for most of the two-mile journey, but the response was limited once Ruby Walsh asked him to close on the leaders at the top of the home straight and he finished well beaten. The Jessica Harrington-trained Kabjoy, next in the betting at 9-2, had shown a decent level of ability on the level and was never too far off the pace in the hands of Robbie Power. She moved smoothly to the lead after jumping the third-last flight and a good leap at the final obstacle sealed her five-and-a-half-length victory. Prussian Eagle was a clear second, ahead of Lady Clitico in third. Power said: “She did it well. From the first day we schooled her she was a natural and loves jumping. She’s very, very good and enjoys it. She handled the ground well and hopefully we have a nice winter to look forward to with her.” center_img Willie Mullins landed the ‘For Auction’ Novice Hurdle at Navan as Mckinley led home a Gigginstown House Stud one-two in the hands of Bryan Cooper. last_img read more

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