Month: October 2017

Cultivating Jazz: an Interview with Denny Sila

With his son Joey’s phenomenal jazz talent becoming apparent from a young age, Denny Sila has adapted from a business owner and father to additionally being a musical mentor, fostering his son’s talents from small shows in Indonesia all the way to the Grammy’s.   ——— Do you remember the initial moment when you realized your son Joey could be a jazz star?  What was going on inside your head? Denny: I never thought about Joey becoming a jazz star. Introducing the music and nurturing his talent were my only focus after I saw how comfortable he was on...

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Gamers Set to Have Their Hands Full Oct 27

This Friday, three of the largest modern video game franchises will add another installment.   Kicking off the gaming holiday season with a bang, these AAA titles (games produced by bigger, high budget development companies) include Nintendo’s highly anticipated Super Mario Odyssey, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Origins, and MachineGames/Bethesda’s Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus.   While Super Mario Odyssey probably doesn’t need much of a descriptive introduction as almost every gamer has played some form of Mario (hopefully), it is worth noting Nintendo’s efforts to utilize the Switch’s motion sensing controllers by implementing moves which involve Mario throwing his hat...

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Microsoft Jumps the Gun, Announces Surface Book 2

Two years after initially releasing the revolutionary concept, the hybrid laptop-tablet Surface Book, Microsoft announced the next model in the Surface Book evolution on Tuesday. The detailed announcement was not hyped nor promoted much by Microsoft prior to Tuesday, and seemingly came as a slight surprise to the tech community.  The Surface Book 2, which will run a hefty price starting at $1,499, features a completely revamped, metal backlit keyboard (compared to the previous model’s somewhat flimsy texture) and will come standard with a heavy duty power graphics processing unit which allows for gaming in 1080p and at 60fps....

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The Sound of Music: An Interview with Composer Jian Li

Jian (Kin) Li is an award-winning producer and film composer living in Los Angeles. Kin produces music in a vast array of contexts—from writing and international touring with his funk group Project Ace, to producing and arranging for an album with Chinese Top 5 R&B/Soul artist Tia Ray. Kin also has his hand in film composing, and his films have gone on to receive recognition in dozens of film festivals, including awards for Best Original Film Score in the Asian International Short Film Festival. We caught up with Kin to ask him a few questions about his career. —...

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Trailer Park Boy Star John Dunsworth Dies at 71

Unfortunately the ‘shit winds’ have stopped blowin’. John Dunsworth, the actor most known for playing Jim Lahey on the cult TV show Trailer Park Boys, has passed away. On the show, Jim Lahey was an alcoholic trailer park supervisor who was notorious for trying to sabotage the trailer park boys’ endless supply of get-rich-quick schemes. He was also known for his rapid pattering of colorful shit analogies to the boys: shit storm troopers, the winds of shit, [and my personal favorite] a hair-triggered-double-barreled-shit-machine-gun… This Monday actor and sister Sarah Dunsworth tweeted of his passing: “With heavy and broken hearts...

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