March 22, 2017ANDREAS KAPSALIS returns to Arcosanti for a Solo Guitar Performance in the Arcosanti cafe on Sunday afternoon, March 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm. “I am very impressed that Andreas could cover on guitar what I had written for piano. It is quite amazing to hear my own music performed by great instrumentalists.” – Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist and composer“Andreas is reinventing the art of guitar playing. He is the next level.” – Jim Tulio, Grammy Award winning producerConcert Ticket: $20 ($10 for students) Buffet Lunch available at Cafe: $10For ticket purchase, please call 928.632.6217Andreas Kapsalis is a Greek American guitarist and composer born in the suburbs of Chicago. His first exposure to music was through his mother, Frances, a student of opera, and his father Peter, a violinist. Andreas began teaching himself guitar at the age of 11, reading and writing music as well as music theory. At the age of 18 he suffered a hand injury; during his recovery period, he began developing his 10 finger tapping techniques. Under the tutelage of composer and producer Jim Tullio, a student of Aaron Copland, he refined his compositional approach on the guitar using these techniques. Tullio produced Andreas’ first EP with Andreas’ arrangement of Dave Brubeck’s composition Blue Rondo a la Turk, which garnered attention from the composer himself, who said “I am very impressed that Andreas could cover on guitar what I had written for piano. It is quite amazing to hear my own music performed by great instrumentalists.”Andreas began performing nationally with the Andreas Kapsalis Trio and recorded two discs featuring his compositions. While performing in LA, he was invited to apply for the Sundance Composers Labs. He was awarded the fellowship, an honor awarded to only six composers a year. This was his initiation into film composing. At the end of the Sundance Composers Lab, Andreas was invited by the directors to complete a score for their documentary film “Black Gold” among the documentaries selected for the January premier at the Sundance Film Festival. Founder of the Sundance Institute and Festival, Robert Redford, noted this was the first time in Sundance Institute history that documentary fellows and a composer fellow had an “official selection” at the Sundance Film Festival. Subsequently, he composed scores for several documentary and feature films such as “Pig Business” and “Mulberry Street” to name a few. He also has been commissioned by Northwestern University and Notre Dame to compose music for their silent film festivals as well. Following this, Andreas performed and recorded several discs with Polish singer/contra bassist Megitza and the AKGI duo. He has been performing internationally, solo and in various ensembles for festivals and concert series in North America, Europe and Asia, such as Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Calcutta Guitar Festival in India, the Canadian Guitar Festival and the Guitar Festival in the Phillipines.In addition, concerts have taken place in Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovakia. Most recently Andreas was invited to Armenia to participate in “Sounds of Peace” a musical exchange featuring 60 artists from 10 different countries. Throughout his career he has also enjoyed teaching guitar for many years, first at the Kapsalis Music Shoppe, Elgin Community College, and Northwestern University Mini Courses. Being very much a self taught musician with a relatively unique playing technique and musical perspective, together with the variety of cultural experiences in the world of music, and as a traveler, Andreas continues to be inspired and eager to share the beauty of music and how it can enrich one’s life. Among his many projects, Andreas is composing and arranging pieces for a solo album.
08May House approves Rep. Vaupel’s plan protecting Michigan children Measure gives parents more opportunities to choose health care coverageThe Michigan House this week unanimously approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Hank Vaupel to help children have access to affordable health care coverage.Vaupel’s plan allows parents involved in certain court proceedings to meet legal requirements by having their children enrolled in affordable public health care coverage programs.Current Michigan law requires parents involved in child custody or divorce cases to provide their children with health care coverage through employment or private coverage. This new plan would allow parents to enroll their child in an affordable and accessible public health care plan to meet their obligations.“This plan gives parents more opportunities to ensure their children are getting health care coverage for long-lasting health benefits,” said Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “With these changes, Michigan would be in compliance with federal guidelines, ensuring parents can afford a health care plan fitting the needs of their children.”House Bills 4304-05 now move to the Senate for further consideration.### Categories: Vaupel News
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has acquired an Italian digital free-to-air (FTA) frequency in order to launch Spike locally, and a 50% stake in kids channel Super!.One agreement, with Scripps Networks Interactive, will see Viacom acquiring the LCN 49 frequency ahead of launching male-skewed Spike in Italy by the end of October.The other deal sees Viacom take a 50% stake in kids FTA network Super!, which De Agostini Editore (DeA) has solely owned to this point.The pair has formed a joint venture that will now operate Super! in Italy.DeA is part of Gruppo De Agostini, which holds about a third of Paris-based production and distribution giant Banijay Group.Viacom has seen major growth in free TV distribution since launching Paramount Channel in Italy in February 2016. It claims to be close to reaching 30 million viewers each month.“Our pay TV partnerships remain the priority for Viacom, but free-to-air distribution is helping us grow ratings and revenues in TV markets where free-to-air networks are predominant,” said VIMN CEO David Lynn.“Free-to-air channel launches have helped us significantly expand our reach amongst Italian TV viewers and we’re ambitious for future share growth in this valuable and important TV market.”VIMN’s president and managing director for Southern and Western Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Raffaele Annecchino, said the deals marked “latest step in our ongoing strategy to scale-up our business in Italy”.He noted the territory “has the highest number of free-to-air channels of any European TV market and is the third biggest in terms of advertising revenues”.“These new free-to-air channels, combined with our strong distribution relationship with [pay TV provider] Sky, give us a great balance between free-to-air and pay TV in this market and allow us to reach all demographics with distinct and competitive offers.”The launch of Spike is opposite to developments in the US, where the channel is to become a general entertainment offer called the Paramount Network in January.