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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 CdBaby.com 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

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Indictment Against Man Charged With Multiple Arson Counts Dismissed

first_imgROCHESTER – New York State’s Fourth Appellate Division ruled Friday that they’ve unanimously dismissed the indictment against Jonathan H. Young, 22, who was charged in connection with numerous fires in the Jamestown/Falconer area.The Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office previously appealed a decision from Judge David Foley dated Feb. 8, 2019 suppressing statements that Young allegedly made to Pennsylvania State Police. Young was indicted on 14 counts of arson and 11 counts of criminal mischief.Assistant District Attorney John Zuroski appeared before New York State’s 4th Appellate Division in December to argue the appeal of a ruling that suppressed evidence against Young.Zuroski told the court that Jamestown Police did not participate in questioning, but rather, observed Pennsylvania State Police interrogate Young. The troopers, according to Zuroski, were primarily focused on their case, not the case in New York. Kaixi Xu, who represented Young, argued that Pennsylvania State Police acted as “agents” of the Jamestown Police Department. Furthermore, Xu said that Young should have been re-mirandized when asked questions about New York’s case.When reached for comment, Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson declined.WNYNewsNow also reached Chautauqua County Public Defender Ned Barone via phone for comment Friday evening Barone said that his office, along with Young, are “thrilled” with the outcome.“We’re extremely thrilled with the decision,” Barone said. “I know they took a little bit of extra time given the importance (of the case). I think the appellate division saw it for what it was.”“I think it’s a win for our fundamental rights (rather than for his office and Young)…Don’t forget, he spent over a year in jail on these charges.”Barone said that the District Attorney could refile charges if they so choose. The attorney added that Young was released from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office this afternoon.WNYNewsNow will continue to follow the story. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Liverpool looking forward to Champions League

first_imgLiverpool are among those looking forward to today’s Champions League group stage draw.The Reds put in an impressive attacking performance to beat Hoffenheim 4-2 in their play off at Anfield last night, and 6-3 on aggregate.It means a record 5 Premier League clubs are among the 32 that will go into the hat for the draw in Monaco at 5.00. Photo: Pixabay Liverpool manager Jurgen Kloop can’t wait to get started.Chelsea are top seeds in the draw, along with the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern MunichManchester United, Man City and Barcelona are among the second seeds.Liverpool and Tottenham will be in pot 3, while Celtic are one of the fourth seeds.last_img