Jam fans have taken note of Owen York, as the 13-year old pianist first turned heads with a show-stopping four-hour performance in January for Umphrey’s McGee fans. The popularity for York’s mash-up piano medleys has only grown, and he even got to perform a cover of David Bowie on the floor of Madison Square Garden! Very cool.Today we’re delighted to share a brand new venture for York, as he debuts an instrumental jazz composition entitled “Lotos.” The three-minute piece sees the young pianist tackle an intricate composition in style. Accompanied by British drummer Matt Griffiths, “Lotos” showcases the skills that earned Owen York a seat as the youngest member of Rockland Youth Jazz Ensemble, an elite group of musicians from New York and New Jersey.Watch the video of Owen York’s “Lotos,” taken in July at the French Woods Camp in Upstate New York.Be sure to check out York’s YouTube channel for covers and medleys of Radiohead, Grateful Dead, Beck, Steely Dan, Umphrey’s McGee, Phish, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Peter Gabriel, Neil Young, Gorillaz, Outkast, Mashups and more!
The rumors were true and the Broadway-bound Groundhog Day will receive its world premiere at London’s Old Vic Theatre. The production will be part of incoming artistic director Matthew Warchus’ first season and will open in 2016. Ralph Fiennes will also headline Ibsen’s The Master Builder, as previously speculated. Dates have not yet been set for either production.The season will kick off on September 1 with Tamsin Oglesby’s Future Conditional, starring comedian Rob Brydon and 23 young performers. Opening night will be on September 10. This will be followed by a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s The Hairy Ape. Directed by Richard Jones, performances will begin on October 17 and officially open on October 29. There will be a Christmas show based on Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax; previews will start on December 2 with opening night scheduled for December 15.Along with Groundhog Day and The Master Builder, other productions without announced timings include Timothy Spall leading Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker, a dance thriller version of Jekyll and Hyde by choreographer Drew McOnie and Rise, directed by Alexander Ferris. Old Vic “Variety Nights” will also take place on Sundays.Subsequent seasons are set to include a revival of Yasmina Reza’s 1990s hit Art, a 50th-anniversary production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and the musical adaptation of Pride, the Warchus-directed film about an alliance between gay activists and striking Welsh coal miners in the 1980s.Warchus plans for some productions to transfer to West End theaters and Broadway in partnership with commercial producers Scott Rudin and Sonia Friedman. View Comments
The so-called ‘middle way’ for the new Dutch pensions contract being hammered out by the government will have little impact on pension funds’ asset allocation, according to investment experts.A large majority of investment professionals attending a conference held by IPE sister publication IP Nederland said the new hybrid contract would not lead to a more “aggressive” investment policy, even if pension funds are given more options for smoothing out rights cuts, as is expected.Hans de Ruiter, head of investments at the €5bn pension fund of technical research institute TNO and a member of an IP Nederland discussion panel, said: “The new pensions contract is not meant to increase investment risks.”Hedwig Peters, professional pension fund board member and also on the panel, fully shared his opinion, pointing out that “current legislation would still apply”. Also during the conference, the audience showed no clear preference for the recently proposed new discount rate, which consists of an ultimate forward rate (UFR) of the average 20-year interest rate over the previous 10 years.The new criterion is to replace the current discount rate of the three-month average of the forward curve as of 2015, when the new financial assessment framework (FTK) is scheduled to come into force.Gerard Roelofs, head of investments for Continental Europe at Towers Watson, said: “The impact is not very different from the current discount rate.”However, the expert panel was very pleased the three-month average would disappear from the discount criterion.Both Peters and De Ruiter noticed that no financial instruments existed to hedge the interest risk on liabilities based on the UFR.Therefore, pension funds should not adjust their current interest-matching policy because of the new discount rate, Peters argued.Almost the entire audience agreed with her that market valuation of liabilities should be the guiding principle for pension funds’ investment policy.A large majority of the audience also said they did not expect a hybrid pensions contract to lead to an increase of inflation-linked products in their investment portfolios.