Steve Kimock & J.M. Kimock Release Gorgeous Collaborative Track, “Invocations 1” [Listen]

first_imgSteve Kimock has released a new studio track with his son, John Morgan Kimock. The multi-generational collaboration, which takes on a nostalgic, airy, and bright feel, is titled “Invocations 1”. The song features banjoist Patrick Biondo (Cabinet), guitarist Justin Mazer (Starbird, Ryan Montbleau), and bassist Josh Weinstein (Kat Wright).Sparked from William Allaudin Mathieu’s Streaming Wisdom, a solo piano piece recorded in 1981, John Morgan Kimock explaind:My dad would play it [“Streaming Wisdom”] in the mornings on one of my trips out West, when we were waking up from foggy studio nights banging our heads against the wall. It took us in the direction that inspired some of the material from Satellite City. We wanted to collaborate with Allaudin [W.A. Mathieu] somehow, so we asked permission to sample some bits in hopes of one day working on something in person. He happened to live right down the street so it wasn’t hard to ask.This father/son duo have been playing music together and on the road for decades, but this single marks another level of collaboration following their Satellite City release. “It’s a patchwork quilt of a tune spanning a couple generations of musicians, which is really special for me to have been a part of,” said John.“Invocations I” pays homage to the past while looking towards a future filled with hope. “What a great way to start the year, here’s that new music I’ve been waiting for,” Steve Kimock added.The track finds “Streaming Wisdom” repurposed, with additional layers added in by Kimock and company, weaving a complex musical tapestry that’s captivating and dynamic. The new tune, “Invocations 1”, was produced, mixed, and mastered by John Morgan Kimock, with additional recording and production from Jason Reed.You can listen to the track on iTunes and Amazon, or stream it below on Spotify:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>TOUR DATES (appearances by both Steve Kimock & John Kimock)*Feb 12-14: Steve Kimock & Friends Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CA*Mar 30: Steve Kimock & Friends 10 Mile Ride – Frisco, CO*Feb 21-23: Maximum Love Vibes featuring Steve Kimock, Jerry Joseph, Dave Schools, John Kimock, Sitzmark @ Alyeska Resort – Girdwood, AK*May 4-5 Voodoo Dead Republic NOLA – New Orleans, LAlast_img read more

Salvadoran and Colombian Armed Forces Share Post-Conflict Experiences

first_imgThe Salvadoran Armed Forces (FAES, for its Spanish acronym) recently shared their post-conflict experiences with instructors and officials from the Superior War School of Colombia during a special meeting at the headquarters of the FAES’ College for High Strategic Studies in San Salvador. Since April 18, 600 highly specialized military personnel have been patrolling the streets of the country’s 50 most dangerous towns alongside the National Civil Police (PNC) to ensure peace. Additionally, 1,000 members of specialized units have been deployed since July throughout the country’s entire public transit system. They travel in pairs, select routes and buses randomly between 6 a.m. – 9 p.m., and protect the public from possible gang attacks. “The upcoming challenges that the Colombian Armed Forces will have to overcome during the peace negotiation process will deal with combating terrorism and violence that are products of drug trafficking. In addition, security problems that used to be taken care of by the Police alone – such as migration or the illegal trafficking of weapons and chemical substances – are all now considered to be ‘new threats.’” At the close a recent meeting, Brigadier General Carlos Mena Torres, the Salvadoran Air Force’s General Chief of Staff, highlighted the importance of such meetings between fellow security forces. Transitioning toward peace “Ever since we achieved peace, it has been of utmost importance for us to share with other military forces how the Salvadoran Armed Forces have developed post-conflict, and it continues to support the ongoing efforts aimed at protecting the public from emerging threats.” “This exchange of information concerning successful strategies to combat terrorist groups gathered over the last 23 years can end up being very useful now for Colombia, as it finds itself in the midst of a peace negotiation process,” said Colonel Juan Molina, the Operational Chief for the FAES Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the end of one of the meetings on September 5. The process of transitioning toward peace in Colombia will involve security and defense challenges, said Brigadier General Rodrigo Valencia, Chief of Staff of the Colombian Air Force’s Joint Special Operations Command. Since El Salvador’s internal armed conflict ended in 1992, the FAES has become known for their peacekeeping efforts, providing national security and supporting law enforcement agencies in combating illegal armed groups, including the Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18 gangs. “The Latin American Armed Forces are facing what we call ‘emerging threats’ such as gangs and conflicts with drug traffickers.Thus, it has been very important for us to learn from the experiences of our Salvadoran colleagues, their theoretical underpinnings, and the tactics they have used in the field to combat these groups that appear after a conflict, such as those which Colombia is currently combating.” El Salvador’s Ministry of Defense won’t release the results of these operations, citing an effort to protect the methods’ security and effectiveness. However, data has been made public for the “Safe House” operations, where the Military and PNC work together to clear out the abandoned homes that gangs use illegally to plan crimes. This year, authorities have closed 381 of the approximately 6,300 occupied houses and arrested 1,178 alleged gang leaders. Due to these “new threats,” learning about the strategy used by their Salvadoran colleagues to perform operations that aim to keep the peace allows the Colombian Armed Forces to accumulate tested knowledge. By Dialogo November 23, 2015last_img read more

Exmar moves CFLNG to Cosco shipyard in China

first_imgImage courtesy of ExmarBelgium’s Exmar, the Nicolas Savery-led shipowner said Thursday it has relocated its Caribbean FLNG (CFLNG) to a temporary location at Cosco shipyard in China.The barge-based floating natural gas liquefaction and storage facility was previously located at the Wison Offshore & Marine’s yard in Nantong, China.It has been in lay-up at the Wison yard since its delivery to Exmar in July last year.To remind, CFLNG was scheduled for delivery to Pacific Exploration and Production in 2015, however, in March last year, the agreement was terminated.Since then, Exmar has been trying to secure an employment for the facility but with no luck.At Cosco, the FLNG will be “awaiting final deployment with several candidate projects under consideration,” Exmar said.The FLNG has a storage capacity of 16,100-cbm and a liquefaction capacity of 500,000 tons per year. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more