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ND Collegiate Jazz Festival Kicks Off

first_imgThe 52nd annual University Collegiate Jazz Festival (CJF), the longest-running college jazz event in the nation, will be held at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday at Washington Hall. Nine bands in total will participate in CJF, including Notre Dame’s own Jazz Band 1 and the Notre Dame New Orleans Brass Band.Other jazz groups represented at the Festival will come from Tennessee State University, Western Michigan University, Capital (Ohio) University, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, Alma (Michigan) College, Indiana University at South Bend and the Reunion Jazz Orchestra of Chicago.  “I’m excited to see the outstanding collegiate jazz musicians at their best,” said student coordinator Mike Rodio, a sophomore.  “We’re especially happy to welcome the Tennessee State Jazz Collegians this year. Tennessee State has always boasted an extraordinary jazz program, and they will bring some incredible talent to the Festival on Saturday night.”Five highly acclaimed jazz artists will judge the performances. The judging panel is led by saxophonist Jeff Clayton, who has played and recorded with artists like Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Kenny Rodgers, Michael Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Madonna and Earth, Wind & Fire. Other judges include renowned musicians Ira Nepus (trombone), Llew Matthews (piano), Marion Hayden (bass) and Willie Jones III (drums).At the end of Friday night’s program, the five judges will play a jam session together.The CJF is distinctive because it focuses on learning, not rankings. The judges will select outstanding musicians from each performing group, and provide a feedback session for each group immediately after it performs.The five judges will also present a clinic Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Ricci Band Rehearsal Hall on the east side of campus. The clinic is free and open to the public. The judges will discuss and demonstrate performance methods, and answer questions about instrumental techniques and different jazz styles.Rodio and fellow sophomore student coordinator Bert Hootsmans have been working on the Festival since the beginning of the year. Amy Geist of the Student Union Board and Larry Dwyer, Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Director of Bands, also helped to coordinate the Festival.  “We started with the basics, sending information about the Festival to jazz groups throughout the nation,” Rodio said. “Some of the bands this year are perennial favorites, and others are new this year, like Tennessee State.  We gradually put things together, from the advertising to the merchandising to encouraging volunteers to participate.”Rodio said he believes jazz is still very popular among the young people of college campuses, and that even if students don’t regularly listen to jazz, they should still come out and see the show.  “Jazz is very much alive on college campuses, and we’re proud of Notre Dame’s tradition of showcasing collegiate jazz talent from across the nation,” Rodio said.  All CJF events are free but ticketed for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students. Tickets are available at the LaFortune Box Office.last_img read more

Indonesian worker locked up by Saudi Arabian family who employed her for 18 years

first_imgErnawan said he learned about the case from social media on Friday and immediately reported it to the Agency for the Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BP2MI), which later passed the information to the Indonesian Consulate-General in Jeddah.Read also: Migrant worker protection should begin at home: Activists tell government“The consulate-general immediately followed it up. They formed a team to directly clarify [the information],” he said as quoted by kompas.com. “The report [of the case] was valid and the migrant worker was immediately removed by the consulate-general,” he said.The consulate-general has also reported Surani’s employer to the local police. As of Tuesday, Surani was at the consulate-general office in preparation for her repatriation, he said.Ernawan went on to say that he had also informed local village officials and Surani’s family in Mojorejo regarding the case. (syk) Topics : An Indonesian migrant worker in Saudi Arabia, has been rescued after being subject to ill-treatment by members of the family for whom she had worked for over 18 years.Surani, 45, who is originally from Mojorejo village in Sragen regency, Central Java, was not allowed to return home and was often locked up in a room without any food, after her initial employer died and another member of the family took charge, Sragen Manpower Agency employment placement and information head Ernawan said.Surani went to Saudi Arabia unassisted in 2002, before that she had found work in the Islamic kingdom through an Indonesian migrant worker placement company. “Based on the information we received from her family, she was treated well from 2002 to 2016, before her employer died and a younger sibling took charge. From 2016 she was badly treated,” Ernawan said on Tuesday.last_img read more