Victor Wooten Is Now Part Of A Progressive Metal Band Called Octavision

first_imgRenowned bassist Victor Wooten has worked in a lot of musical settings, but nobody could have predicted this. Wooten is apparently the bassist for a new project called Octavision, which describes themselves as “progressive rock/metal.”The band, who recently shared a preview of their first track “Three Lives,” features Wooten as part of a five-piece ensemble with keyboardist Steve Weingart, keyboardist Ara Torosyan, drummer Roman Lomtadze and guitarist Hovak Alaverdyan. According to Hovak, the band will release their debut single soon, and follow that up later with a full album.Watch the preview for the band’s first track, “Three Lives,” streaming below.While joining a metal band is certainly unexpected for Wooten, it’s not a total surprise. In his 2006 book The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music, Wooten talks about how becoming more open-minded allowed him to accept a role playing in a bluegrass-influenced band. That group, of course, is Béla Fleck & The Flecktones, and their unique fusion of bluegrass and jazz proved to be one of Wooten’s most well-known roles.As for Octavision, we’re liking what we see from Wooten already. To learn more about the band, we fortunately have a recently-shared note from guitarist Hovak Alaverdyan, who goes in-depth on the band, their origins, and their future plans. Read it below:Hello Everyone,First off, thank you all SO much for the kind words about what you have seen thus far. It’s very exciting for me to see such a positive reaction to just the teaser! I’m humbled and thankful. Secondly, I’d like to briefly introduce myself and the band. My name is Hovak, I am the guitarist, founder and primary composer of Octavision. Octavision is a project bringing together many different influences, elements, and styles of music from around the world. I am also humbled and honored to be part of a band that has some of the best musicians in the world, each brining their own unique individual performance style and virtuosity to the table. With that, I am happy to announce that the music video for our first single, “Three Lives”, will officially be released tomorrow, September 13th, 2016, at 6:00 pm pacific time on YouTube. The song will also be available for purchase tomorrow on first, and then across all digital distribution channels such as iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, for purchase and streaming next week. Stay tuned to this page for more news. And lastly, for those wondering if this is a one-off project or not, I’d like you to know that this is a real project and there are more songs and releases to follow. So thanks again for all the great feedback and kind words and stay tuned for the official release of our first single for now and more music in the future. – HovakWe can’t wait for more from Octavision! Be sure to check back tomorrow for the band’s debut single…last_img read more


Stunning transformation of beach shack into two new homes

first_imgThe ground floor of Lot 2 features urban polished concrete floors.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago It’s built over three levels.The ground floor has maintained its beach-home heritage with modern flourishes such as streamline stone and timber benchtops. “It’s come up a treat while still maintaining its character,” Mr Glennon said.“For example, the original entry was on the side and there were a heap of breezeway blocks. We knocked it down and kept the breezeway blocks and now they form part of the front fence.” Bricks in other parts of the home were recycled during the redesign and the old laundry window is now the bedroom window. Lots 1 and 2/34 Leyte Ave, Palm Beach are on the market for offers over $999,00 and $1.15 million.TO a passer-by, it was an old brick home surrounded by empty space.To local residential developer Danny Glennon, it was an opportunity.“The original beach home that was on there was the typical yellow brick house that was standard throughout Palm Beach, but we didn’t want to lose the character of that,” said vendor Mr Glennon who bought the property in late 2016 and began work six months later. Lot 1 features a new extension added on to the existing classic house.Instead, Mr Glennon renovated and crafted the old house into the modern day and built a brand new house in the backyard.“We built residential along with a complete renovation, it was a combination of both,” he said.“You see duplexes around but we wanted to create homes rather than units.”Lot 1, which is on the market for offers over $999,000 is the renovated home — a master bedroom and parents’ retreat were added and the interior underwent a complete overhaul. The property features four bedrooms, two bathrooms and two living areas. Lot 2 is a brand new build. Both lots are central.“It was designed for multi-generational living. I think children are staying at home more and more these days, so it was the most important design aspect,” he said. “We were passionate about creating something special in and around Palm Beach and Currumbin.”The properties can be purchased and accessed separately and there are two car spaces available for each home. The home is designed for multi-generational living.“Both have high-end finishing and European appliances,” Mr Glennon said.“I’m very proud of how they turned out. One is retro and one has an urban feel.”Mr Glennon and his wife lived in Lot 2 (pictured) for four months while their own home was being renovated.That property, which is listed for $1.15 million, features four bedrooms and three bathrooms over three levels. last_img read more


Instagram, JED start mental health initiative

first_imgWhitlock discussed her research on social media practices, which was used to help develop the toolkit. She connected with thousands of Instagram users from different countries to understand the typical experience on the platform and how it impacts their mental health.  Social media influencers (second-from-left to right) “Teen Wolf” actor Tyler Posey, former USC volleyball player and mental health activist Victoria Garrick and Instagrammer Iffah Karim talked about their experiences with the app.  (Julia Mazzucco | Daily Trojan) “I wasn’t accepting the fact that I was stressed, and I wasn’t feeling great and I wasn’t happy … I just kept trying to bury it with perfect pictures,” Garrick said.  Instagram chose USC as the site to launch the toolkit to improve mental health resources for students. “We were looking at social comparison and pressure and image, and what better place than to be in the heart of Los Angeles, of a place where that is really prevalent?”  said Carolyn Merrell, Instagram’s public policy manager.  Media influencer Carri Twigg moderated the two panel discussions on the importance of healthy Instagram habits. The first panel featured Merrell, Cornell University researcher Janis Whitlock and JED’s chief medical doctor Victor Schwartz.  Posey said he tries to portray himself realistically on Instagram to promote an authentic image to his nearly 6 million Instagram followers. The “Pressure to be Perfect” event promoted the 35-page booklet, which instructs students on mindful social media practices and cautions the negative impacts of excessive screen time. The toolkit includes tips on how to meaningfully use Instagram and three quizzes to assess one’s personal social media use.  Garrick said during her time at USC, she felt that she needed to cultivate a specific image on Instagram to get more likes and comments. She began Photoshopping herself to reflect common beauty standards, which led her to experience anxiety and body image issues.   “The people who have figured out how to use it in the best way have figured out how to slot Instagram and other social media into the landscape of their life already,” Whitlock said. “It’s not something that they built their life around.”  Merrell said Instagram heard concerns from young people about how the platform affected their self image and decided to pursue a mental health initiative. “On Instagram we see incredible things, we see people connecting with things that they love … but what we also see is that it can be a very complicated place,” Merrell said.  Schwartz emphasized that Instagram can help people connect around the globe, but also cautioned against using the platform as a way to create a disingenuous image. He said that the toolkit helps to solidify that message.  “I love that I have a following, that people listen to me … but I realize that I’m a role model whether I like it or not,” Posey said.  Daily Trojan associate managing editor Natalie Bettendorf spoke at the event. Leaders from Instagram and the Jed Foundation spoke  Wednesday about promoting healthy habits on social media for students through a mental health toolkit the two organizations created.  The second panel featured social media influencers, including “Teen Wolf” actor Tyler Posey, former USC volleyball player and mental health advocate Victoria Garrick and Instagrammer Iffah Karim. The panelists described their personal journeys with Instagram and how to use the platform in a mindful way. last_img read more


Tipp clubs in Ulster Bank League action

first_imgElsewhere, in the Munster Junior Cup, the game between Clonmel and Bandon has been cancelled.  Meanwhile, Munster have a chance to go top of the Guinness Pro-12 table tonight.Anthony Foley’s side play host to league leaders the Glasgow Warriors in Cork knowing that a bonus-point win would see them overhaul the Warriors at the top of the table.Kick-off is at 7.15pm. Nenagh Ormond travel to Stradbrook to take on Blackrock College. While Cashel are away to Seapoint in Kilbogget Park.Both games kick-off at 2.30pm. last_img