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Electric Blues Icon Howlin’ Wolf’s Legendary 1959 Debut LP ‘Moanin’ In The Moonlight’ Reissued On Vinyl Ahead Of 60th Anniversary

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Chester Arthur Burnett, better known to blues fans as Howlin’ Wolf, remains one of the essential exponents of the electric blues. With a raw, booming voice and explosive guitar and harmonica styles to match, the Mississippi-bred Wolf made music that was unmatched in its primal ferocity. In the process, he helped to put Chess Records on the map as America’s preeminent blues label.

Now, just in time for the 60th anniversary of Moanin’ In The Moonlight‘s original release, Geffen/UMehas released a special vinyl edition of the original mono album. Remastered from the original flat master tape, this new edition features a high quality 150-gram black vinyl pressing housed in a printed sleeve with scans of the analog tape box and comes in a distinctive tip-on jacket reproducing the album’s distinctive original cover art. A perfect tribute to Howlin’ Wolf’s originality and influence, this anniversary edition of Moanin’ In The Moonlight is available now: https://UMe.lnk.to/HowlinWolfMoonlightPR

Howlin’ Wolf performed throughout the South in the 1930s and 1940s, having reportedly learned to play guitar and harmonica from legendary bluesman Charlie Patton and Sonny Boy Williamson, respectively. He was discovered in the early 1950s by future Sun Records founder Sam Phillips, who recorded Wolf’s early sides, some of which he licensed to Chess. Wolf eventually relocated to Chicagoand began recording for Chess directly.

Like many LPs of the period, Moanin’ In The Moonlight includes tracks stretching back several years, including a trio of numbers—”Moanin’ at Midnight,” “How Many More Years” and “All Night Boogie”—recorded in Memphis in the early ’50s with Sam Phillips. The album’s nine remaining songs were recorded after Wolf’s move to Chicago and produced either by label owners Leonard and Phil Chess, or by staff musician/songwriter Willie Dixon. Moanin’ In The Moonlight features four songs that had been hits on Billboard‘s national R&B charts: “Moanin’ at Midnight”, “How Many More Years,” “Smokestack Lightning” and “I Asked for Water (She Gave Me Gasoline).”

In the years since his passing in 1976, Howlin’ Wolf has been widely recognized for his musical achievements. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Blues Hall of Fame, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. In 2011, Rolling Stone ranked him number 54 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” Meanwhile, the Howlin’ Wolf Foundation continues to preserve and extend the artist’s legacy.

Moanin’ In The Moonlight continues to be singled out for individual praise. In 1987, the album received a prestigious W.C. Handy Award under the category of “Vintage/Reissue Album (US).” Rolling Stonemagazine ranked the album as #153 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. And seminal rock critic Robert Palmer cited “How Many More Years” as the first record to feature a distorted power chord.

Although Howlin’ Wolf would continue to release new albums for the next decade and a half, it’s widely agreed that Moanin’ In The Moonlight is the definitive document of his remarkable talent. Now it can be heard once again, in all of its original vinyl glory.

MOANIN’ IN THE MOONLIGHT TRACK LISTING
SIDE A
1. Moanin’ At Midnight
2. How Many More Years
3. Smokestack Lightnin’
4. Baby, How Long
5. No Place To Go
6. All Night Boogie

SIDE B
1. Evil
2. I’m Leavin’ You
3. Moanin’ For My Baby
4. I Asked For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)
5. Forty-Four
6. Somebody In My Home

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M&C Saatchi WW Buys Minority Stake In Hybrid Agency Technology, Humans And Taste (THAT)

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L-R: THAT Co-Founder/CEO David Kalvert, Co-Founder/CCO Nathan Phillips, Managing Director Dena Graham
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M&C Saatchi Worldwide today announced that it has purchased a minority interest in Technology, Humans and Taste (THAT), a Canal Street creative shop whose nontraditional approach is attracting brands such as Nike, Michael Kors, IBM, Kayak, The Kraken Rum, DKNY, Casper Mattress and Grubhub.

“As a network, we are committed to bringing our clients creative solutions that address the constantly shifting communications landscape,” said Moray Maclennan, Worldwide CEO at M&C Saatchi. “THAT has a completely new approach that nets consistently unique ideas – lots of them. We’re confident that bringing them into the network will push us all to stretch creatively and bring truly modern solutions to our clients.”

THAT Co-Founder/CEO David Kalvert said, “We’ve built THAT with the reliability of a traditional agency in our client services, strategy and production groups, to support our nontraditional creative department. M&C Saatchi is a network known for affording autonomy to entrepreneurs. They’re the right partner to help scale our model in a way that supports our creative process.”

THAT’s nontraditional approach is best represented through its proprietary ‘Creative Dim Sum’ methodology – a series of strategic workshops in a dinner party setting that inspire collaboration between subject matter experts, professional creatives and brand executives to drive breakthrough thinking.

“We designed every aspect of the Creative Dim Sum process to hold ourselves accountable to delivering original thinking, diverse perspectives and unexpected solutions for our clients. It’s collaborative nature requires experienced and trusting partners at every level and this was the perfect solution to grow our offering,” said THAT Co-Founder/CCO Nathan Phillips.

The creative product resulting from Dim Sum is presented to clients as a “menu” of 25 strategic creative ideas, which the agency and clients collaboratively shape into a truly bespoke campaign. Recent examples include an augmented reality (AR) App to transform the big-box shopping experience, and an interactive film for one of the country’s top retailers that welcomes kids to test toys and share their favorites with Santa.

THAT will work alongside M&C Saatchi’s New York agency hub, SS+K, to drive creative excellence among the North American division of the network. Born from politics, SS+K is known for its iconic work as the youth agency of record for both Obama campaigns, the development of LiveStrong’s yellow band, and the creation of HBO’s multiple Cannes award-winning brand campaign, “Awkward Family Viewing.” SS+K’s current clients include Samsung, Wells Fargo, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others.

Phillips worked for SS+K from 2011-2013. M&C Saatchi Co-Chair and SS+K Co-founder Rob Shepardsonsaid, “Nathan did some of the best work we’ve done when he was at SS+K and we’re blown away by what he and Dave have created at THAT. We think our two very different agencies complement each other in ways that add up to a unique and powerful offering.”

This investment will help the boutique agency scale rapidly and bring its innovative creative process to even more clients looking for truly modern marketing solutions.

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Oprah Winfrey and UMass Lowell raise over $3 million for scholarships

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First Oprah Winfrey Scholars announced at night filled with cheers and laughter

UMass Lowell thought it was saving the biggest news of the night for the end.

Oprah Winfrey had even bigger news.

After Chancellor Jacquie Moloney announced that UMass Lowell had raised more than $1.5 million for scholarships at the Chancellor’s Speaker Series Nov. 15, Winfrey pledged on stage to match it.

Visit https://www.uml.edu/News/press-releases/2018/oprah-speaker-series.aspx to see Oprah Winfrey Scholar bios and to download video and photos.

More than 6,000 people listened to the nearly 90-minute conversation between Winfrey and Moloney, which touched on education, gratitude, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” her work with children in South Africa, a 10-day visit with Nelson Mandela and her commitment to living a life of purpose and service.

Earlier in the day, Winfrey met with more than 200 UMass Lowell students for a master class that provided students with the opportunity to ask her questions.

The evening concluded with the introduction of the first six Oprah Winfrey Scholars and the presentation to Winfrey of an honorary doctor of humane letters degree by UMass President Marty Meehan, UMass Board of Trustees Chairman Rob Manning and Chairman of the Committee on Academic and Student Affairs Trustee Imari Paris Jeffries.

“Oprah Winfrey’s visit will provide scholarship support for UMass Lowell for years to come,” Moloney said. “We are so honored to share an evening with one of the most powerful and most positive people on Earth.”

Asked by Moloney why she had decided to spend her night at UMass Lowell, Winfrey pointed to the goal of the Chancellor’s Speaker Series, saying she decided to come when she learned the university would use the event to raise money for scholarships.

Lowell was also on Winfrey’s radar thanks to one of her Oprah’s Book Club recommendations: “House of Sand and Fog” by UMass Lowell English professor and best-selling author Andre Dubus III. Winfrey said Dubus was one of the few authors she featured who wrote her a personal thank you note, something that stuck with her.

Moloney and Winfrey also discussed the value of education, including offering a standing ovation to the many teachers in the audience.

“The only way you change a life is by changing the way someone thinks about their life and you do that with education,” Winfrey said.

Winfrey ended the night with a piece of advice for the audience.

“I try to do the right thing even when no one is looking,” she said. “When you don’t know what to do, do nothing until you do know. There is that still, small voice inside of you that always – always – has the answer.”

UMass Lowell is a national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its more than 18,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be leaders in their communities and around the globe. www.uml.edu

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World-class sounds of L-Acoustics K2 now in Arena of Stars

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(From left to right) Faz Salleh, Senior Consultant of Pro Audio Solutions, Sennheiser Eletronice Asia Pte Ltd, Kevin Tann, Vice President of Promotions & Entertainment Department, Resorts World Genting and Vince Tan, Vice President of Pro Audio Solutions Sales, Sennheiser Electronic Asia Pte Ltd at the launch of largest and one of the world's best L-Acoustics K2 installation in Asia at Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting - Source: Resorts World Genting
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Music, it has been said, is the universal language of mankind. Which is why is it all the more important that the music that we bask in is rousing and magnificent. With the recent installation of the new L-Acoustics K2 sound system at the Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting is once again raising the bar for sonic bliss in Malaysia, ensuring that the music delivered by the arena’s star-studded list of international performers is clear, crisp and comprehensive.

Having made its public debut at the recent Il Divo Timeless Tour Live in Genting last month, a few select guests of Resorts World Genting got a chance to experience this state-of-the-art sound system up close and personal. Represented by Sennheiser Asia in Singapore and Malaysia, L-Acoustics is a French professional audio specialist that is driven to continuously engineer an unforgettable audio experience for listeners through equipment under its L-Acoustics, L-ISA, Blububbles and Simea brands. Guests were introduced to the technical prowess and full product range of L-Acoustics through a captivating presentation, with a specific focus on the L-Acoustics K2 system adapted for Arena of Stars which showed how the venue was mapped out with the system.

The installation of the L-Acoustics K2 system into the Arena of Stars took incredibly meticulous planning to create and integrate, since it had to conform to the existing layout and infrastructure of the cherished stage. Four K2 array clusters — two 12-box arrays at the front, and two 10-box arrays at the sides — ensure that the sound of musical superstars such is projected outwards to the audience with beautiful precision. Four stacks of L-Acoustics K1-SB subwoofers bring the music’s bass to life, while eight KARA enclosures placed in line with KS-28 subwoofers ensure that sound fills the arena evenly and marvellously, with no feedback, reflection or dead spaces no matter where the listener is. The entire system is driven by four LA4X and twenty LA12X amplified controllers, the most powerful equipment available in the L-Acoustics family.

“We are thrilled that Resorts World Genting chose L-Acoustics for the Arena of Stars to deliver outstanding sound quality for their musical shows and live concert events,” said Vince Tan, Vice President of Sales for Pro Audio Solutions at Sennheiser Asia. “We have worked very closely with L-Acoustics for many successful years, and their reputation for delivering powerful, precise and consistent audio quality to our customers and audiences across Asia is second-to-none. The K2 sound system installed here at the Arena of Stars is the very same state-of-the-art system used in international music festivals such as Coachella and Tomorrowland, and the choice of top touring artistes like Adele, Pink and Jacky Cheung. With a stellar track record for technical riders and impeccable audio quality, the L-Acoustics K2 sound system will raise performances here to glorious new heights.”

To put the system to the test, guests were then treated to a 30 mins musical performance by the band “John Thomas & Friends”. John Ashley Thomas, one of Malaysia’s most in-demand drummers delivered a performance that filled the arena along with his bandmates playing the bass, guitar, saxophone, keyboard and a lead vocalist who hit all the right notes with her raspy vocals. John has performed with several international acclaimed artists, including A-Mei, Jacky Cheung, David Tao, Lo Ta-yu, Jonathan Lee. Moving from the classic funky R&B hit ‘Ain’t Nobody’ by the legendary Chaka Khan to delicate acoustic arrangements ‘Chinese Dude from Cheras’, an original composition by John Thomas & Friends as well as electro funk number ‘Chunky’ by Bruno Mars, the session proved the quality and the versatility of the system in transforming the energy of the musicians into musical reproductions of unsurpassable clarity.

“The Arena of Stars averages eight international concerts and eight corporate events each month, a demanding schedule that requires a first-rate sound system that is as reliable as it is outstanding,” said Kevin Tann, Vice President of Promotions and Entertainment for Resorts World Genting.

“The L-Acoustics K2 sound system has already debuted to rave reviews in our recent concerts, and the feedback has been amazing. At the recent sold-out Kenny G concert held here, I found that someone could enjoy the system from every single section in the arena. Our audiences can now hear the difference clearly, able to pick out every change in timbre, modulation in pitch or subtleties of cadence clearly as the musical wave sweeps and reverberates around our arena without a single note of dissonance. This is the best arena sound system that money can buy, and we have made this significant investment because we believe that our audiences deserve only the best and Arena of Stars is the only concert hall in Malaysia that has this system offering our audience the best sounds. We’ve found that over the years, artistes have started to demand more in terms of the quality delivered through the sound system and we’ve fulfilled that with L-Acoustics,” said Kevin.

The L-Acoustics K2 sound system showcase at Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting was supported by Tegas Broadcast & Multimedia Sdn Bhd – a leading systems integration service provider for the broadcasting sector in Malaysia and long-term logistics partner of Sennheiser Asia. Tegas Broadcast & Multimedia Sdn Bhd offers a comprehensive range of broadcasting services and solutions across Promotional Tools, Planning & Design, Network Management & Maintenance, Onsite Systems Integration, and Technical Support.

Guests at the event included notable concert organisers such as Unusual, Biz Trends, JS Entertainment, IMC Live and Macpiepro.

For more information, please visit www.rwgenting.com or call +60-3-2718 1118.

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