Natalie Cressman and Brazilian guitarist/singer Ian Faquini have teamed up to write and record 10 new songs which will appear on a forthcoming album, Setting Rays Of Summer. The collaborative album is scheduled to arrive through Cressman’s own label on April 5th and acts as the first solo release for the Trey Anastasio Band horn player since her The Traces EP arrived in March 2017.According to reports, two musicians tracked each of 10 new original songs in a live setting at the recording studio owned by Cressman’s father in San Francisco. Aside from “a few overdubs,” listeners will hear almost exactly what was played in real-time by the two musicians, who performed the songs together in one room throughout the recording process. The album will also feature song lyrics sung in three different languages including Portuguese, English, and French.Related: Natalie Cressman Joins Pit Orchestra For New ‘The Cher Show’ Musical On BroadwayA statement shared to go with the album’s announcement on Wednesday reads, “With the warm instrumentation of acoustic guitar and trombone alongside two-part vocal harmonies hugging the Brazilian-accented Portuguese, Cressman & Faquini weave their musical voices together to create a fully orchestrated sound befitting a much larger ensemble.”“With the release, we hope people will respond to the honesty and intimacy of this music,” Natalie and Ian also mentioned in a joint statement. “We hope that the songs resonate with people on an emotional level as they experience new stories and new styles of Brazilian music and that they will find the simplicity of two instruments and two voices making music together to be a welcome change from the majority of music made today.”Cressman and Faquini are no strangers to playing with each other. Last year saw the two form a new project named Brasilense alongside Rebecca Kleinmann and Julien Cantelm. The band even spent some time performing across California for a brief run of concerts last spring.As of Thursday, the two have a trio of upcoming performances scheduled including shows in Portland, OR (April 10th); Seattle, WA (April 13th); and Denver, CO (April 16th). They’re expected to announce more tour dates in California, New York, and Washington in the coming weeks leading up to the album’s April arrival.Setting Rays Of Summer Tracklist:1. Terê2. L’Aube3. Lenga Lenga4. Debandada5. Setting Rays Of Summer6. Mandingueira7. My Heart Again Will Rise8. Uirapuru9. Museu Nacional10. SereiaView Album Tracklisting
This week Wenger has endured one of the most difficult periods of his 17-year reign at the club. The Gunners were knocked out of the FA Cup by npower Championship Blackburn and were then completely outclassed by Bayern Munich, going down 3-1 to the Germans in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie. But Wenger’s men beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Saturday to move within just one point of fourth-placed Spurs, and Wenger said: “I’m not sure it will only be a fight with Tottenham. I’m not sure the other places are not reachable. Chelsea are just ahead and even Man City is not out of reach. It could be a tight fight until the end.” His team may have spent most of last week on the ropes, but manager Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal can finish second in the Barclays Premier League this season. Press Association For most of the game against Villa, Arsenal looked anything but capable of leapfrogging Chelsea and City into second. Their passing was often sloppy, their defence edgy and their propensity to try to walk the ball into the goal infuriated a large chunk of the home support. But after a testing week, Wenger hopes the Santi Cazorla-inspired victory will restore a sense of calm and normality to the Arsenal camp ahead of Sunday’s north London derby at White Hart Lane. “I hope this gives us a bit more quietness for us to prepare our next game. It was a very important day for Arsenal Football Club,” Wenger said. “I am very happy for the players because they have a good attitude and want to do well. “We went through some difficult times so it was important first to show that we are united, determined and focused to win the game, and we were. “We were a bit nervous – I concede that – because we are a lot under pressure, we had our backs to the wall and had to win the game.”
DES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds today said the Iowa National Guard is “potentially” part of the state’s response to rioting and property destruction, but the governor indicated Guard soldiers are not needed at this time.“They are ready at a moment’s notice to be deployed and it would be to support what is already taking place,” Reynolds said during a statehouse news conference. “…It would help us maybe secure some facilities if that became an issue.”President Trump has said he will send the U.S. military into states which are not controlling rioters. Reynolds said there has been “incredible collaboration” among city, county and state law enforcement agencies and they’ve been able to mobilize enough resources.“They have done an incredible and professional job of standing on the front line, doing everything that they can to facilitate peaceful protests,” Reynolds said, “but also to be prepared and ready when we have agitators and individuals that have a different agenda, that want to put Iowans’ lives at risk and want to destroy properties and our communities.”Iowa Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Bayens said authorities identified a group of individuals who are using “sophisticated” strategies inside peaceful protests in Des Moines, hoping the situation spirals into chaos. He says that’s what happened last night on the state capitol grounds.“We were experiencing yesterday a fair amount of calculated, intentional activity by a small group of folks that were organized,” Bayens said, “and they were using very specific tactics.”The decision to use pepper spray, rubber bullets and tear gas to get crowds to disperse is not done in a vacuum, Bayens said during the governor’s news conference.“We are extremely reluctant to take those actions,” Bayens said. “I can tell you honestly the Iowa State Patrol last night and the tactical teams that were out in combination with the Story County Sheriff’s Office — it was restraint, restraint, restraint.”According to Bayens, surveillance inside the crowd, intelligence information and social media posts indicated after five orders to leave the capitol grounds were not followed and it was time for use of force at 11:30 p.m.