After a premier in New York City and screening on Jam Cruise, festival goers at this year’s Mountain Jam (June 2-6) will have the opportunity to screen Lettuce’s Let Us Play film documentary. Directed by Jay Sansone of Human Being Media and produced by Live for Live Music’s Kunj Shah, the film merges footage from live sets, recording sessions, interviews, and candid scenes from the road. Filmed over a six-month period, the footage chronicles the mechanics of improvisation and the artistry behind making a funk record. Viewers will get an in-depth diagnosis of the band, who they are as artists, how they work together and use their ridiculous expertise to come up with some of the funkiest music around.This news comes on the back of last week’s exciting announcement of Let Us Play being made available worldwide, for rent or purchase via Vimeo.In addition to a screening of Let Us Play, attendees at Mountain Jam will also have a chance to take part in other activities including a yoga session guided by Michael Franti and a presentation by photographer Jay Blakesberg on his 35 years in the music business, entitled Chasing The Light.Let Us Play from Human Being on Vimeo.Lettuce will also be hosting the inaugural Fool’s Paradise (April 1-2) in St. Augustine, FL in a little over a month alongside Vulfpeck, GRiZ, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue (ft. George Porter Jr., Eric Krasno, Nikki Glaspie & more), The Nth Power, and more. Tickets are on-sale now and can be purchased here.
Naughty Professor has released the live studio video for “Venison Poetry,” off of their new album, Identity. “Venison Poetry” features percussion virtuoso Mike Dillon (Les Claypool’s Fancy Band, Primus, Garage A Trois, Dean Ween Band, et al) on vibraphones and progressive jazz guitarist Cliff Hines (Cliff Hines Band). The video showcases the tight musicianship, complicated arrangements, and distinct personalities of which Naughty Professor is known.The 6-piece future funk outfit, hailing from New Orleans, raises the stakes on their newly-released album. Where their prior releases showcased the group’s knack for self-contained instrumentals, Identity finds the band teaming with a stellar assortment of more than a dozen cutting-edge collaborators, with David Shaw of The Revivalists, Ivan Neville, members of The Soul Rebels, Eric “Benny” Bloom from Lettuce, and others lending vocal, instrumental and compositional contributions. Additionally, Naughty Professor teamed up with Qmillion (Robert Glasper) to mix the record. The result finds Naughty Professor expanding their music into exciting new territory.Watch the recording of “Venison Poetry” in the new video below:Naughty Professor is currently on an extensive album release tour, with dates upcoming in Boulder, Denver, Brooklyn, Boston and more. The band has additionally announced that they will be joining TAUK on tour for select dates this Fall. All announced dates are below and tickets are available on the band’s website. Currently available on all digital service providers, Identity can also be purchased physically as a CD/DVD bundle, which includes in-studio footage of every track on the album.
Two of Finland’s largest pension providers have raised concerns about the impact of the political crisis in Ukraine on its investments.Ilmarinen, the €33bn pensions mutual insurer, returned 1.3% over the first quarter of the year, down from 2% over the corresponding period in 2013, and cited increased market uncertainty and fluctuating share prices as the reason for the lower returns.Timo Ritakallio, the mutual’s CIO, cited the escalation of political tensions between Russia and Ukraine and uncertainty over developments in China as driving the uncertainty.The €19bn Elo, returning 1.1% over the first quarter of the year, also said the situation in Ukraine was increasing market uncertainty. Ritakallio noted that only 0.3% of the mutual’s investments were located in either Russia or Ukriane and that country-related risk was “already low at the start of the crisis”.However, he expressed concerns that the problems would impact Finnish listed companies, many of which benefit from Russian tourism and trade.“The crisis will create difficulties, especially for Finnish companies operating in Russia, as well as for companies engaged in exports to the country,” he said.“This negative development will be reflected in the companies’ share prices and therefore also in Ilmarinen’s investment portfolio.”Ilmarinen’s equity portfolio returned 1.5% over the first three months of the year, down from 4.1% over the first quarter of 2013.However, fixed income and real estate returns were largely unchanged over the same period last year.Elo’s returns mirrored those of Ilmarinen, seeing 1.1% growth from the equity portfolio overall, despite private equity returning 3.7% and unlisted equity 7.6%.Hanna Hiidenpalo, director and CIO at Elo, said: “On the equity markets, little changed during the first quarter of the year. On the fixed income markets, long-term rates fell in both the US and Europe. Central bank reactions to the economic trend diverged on the two continents.”For more on the Nordic pensions sector, see the upcoming May issue of IPE