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New Fresh Casual Chinese Restaurant Now Open In Brandon
Wok Chi – a stylish, fresh casual restaurant that serves authentic, pan-regional Chinese food - is now open at Regency Square in Brandon. Wok Chi offers a fun, interactive experience that honors tradition while embracing contemporary style. Wok Chi captures the life force energy known as "chi,” which is expressed in the restaurant’s design, cooking style and overall experience (hence the name Wok Chi).
"We look forward to serving the Brandon community authentic Chinese food. Every single item on the menu is MSG-free, presented quickly, and always made to order,” said Rahul Chaubal, vice president of Operations of Wok Chi. "It is our intention to immerse and tra nsport our guests to a modern Chinese experience. We appeal to the guest who is in search of a speedy, fresh and satisfying dining experience.”
At Wok Chi, they wok sear. Dishes are quickly crafted to order in the wok—a traditional Chinese vessel with a rounded bottom that relies more on steam than oil. Wok searing seals in the juices, sauces and chi (energy) of the ingredients while imparting a rich, smoky flavor. Each stir-fry is individually customized and prepared fresh, just the way guests crave it, every single time. The dim sum—from jioazi (dumplings) and spring rolls to pork buns and crab rangoon—is always fresh, hearty, made to order and fun to sample. Guests can experiment with small plates, discover new favorites and create their own dim sum medley.
Easy to navigate and packed with flavorful combinations, the Wok Chi menu has scrumptious choices for every taste. The restaurant features fresh, healthy choices using the best-tasting, most nutr itious ingredients available on the market today. MSG is not used in any of its menu items. Guests can select flavorful sauces that come with crisp veggies, choose natural proteins, add dim sum or a soup and finish with a signature dessert to create a vibrant, healthy plate, and let the Wok Masters work their magic.
Each dish is prepared quickly and always made to order. Upon placing their order, guests can choose from over 100 beverage options through Coca-Cola Freestyle as well as a variety of flavored iced teas to complete their custom-order experience. They are then welcome to take a seat while waiting for their meals to be delivered to the table. As a gesture of warmth and hospitality, Wok Chi also offers complimentary freshly brewed hot green tea for guests to enjoy throughout their meal.
The size of the restaurant is approximately 3,300 square feet, with ca pacity for 80 people inside and up to 50 people on the covered outdoor patio. Wok Chi serves lunch and dinner seven days a week, 11 AM - 10 PM. The check average is $12, and takeout is available.
Made In The Shade Or Fun In The Sun? Summerfest At Gaylord Palms
May 19 2013
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. It’s time to kick back and soak up the summer fun in style. Splash, slide, sip it down and shake it up with the best of ’em! Step into SummerFest at Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee.
Strike up a splashin’ good time with friends and family at Cypress Springs Family Fun Water Park. Climb the multi-level Tree House play structure and drop down one of four waterslides or drench yourself with its 60 interactive water games. Watch out for the oversized tipping bucket which soaks guests with more than 317 gallons of water every 10 minutes! Then dance your flippers off with your favorite Madagascar DreamWorks Animation (SKG, Inc.) characters at a Crack-A-Lackin’ Pool Party!
At night, settle in poolside to enjoy a DreamWorks Splash ‘N’ Screen movie while you savor some all-American tasty treats from SandBar or a fancy-free food cart. For a quieter tropical oasis, escape to our exclusive adults-only, sophisticated South Beach pool and reserve a cozy poolside cabana.
Perhaps you prefer to enjoy your summertime fun with a more inward glow, one that doesn’t require sunshine? No worries! We’ve got you covered under our 4.5 acre atrium with loads of awesome, one-of-a-kind activities.
Gator and Fish Feedings It’s a feeding frenzy! Don’t miss the alligator feedings with our friends from Gatorland in the St. Augustine atrium; and catch the fish feedings in the Key West lagoon, filled with 161,000 gallons of water and home to three of Florida's most sought after game fish: redfish, snook and tarpon, among others.
DreamWorks Character Meet & Greets You never know who you’ll run into around here in the evenings. Gaylord Palms’ atriums are chock-full of celebrities! Snag a hug and snap a photo with your favorite characters from DreamWorks Animation films such as Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda.
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Live Music at Sunset Sam’s: This joint is jumpin’! Swing by Sunset Sam’s Friday nights for some tropical island-themed live music while you sink your teeth into the tastiest New World Floridian cuisine, with a variety of fresh seafood prepared to your preference. Saturday evenings are devoted to sizzlin’ Key West Sunset Celebrations featuring music and colorful entertainment reminiscent of what you would find in Mallory Square in Key West.
Sake and Omakase at SORA: Are you ready for the next level of refreshing summertime fun? Stroll in to SORA, which features the art of sushi with the style of South Beach and offers a full bar of handcrafted drinks. Enjoy Sake and Omakase as our chefs showcase traditional Japanese cuisine with a unique Gaylord twist!
The Craft Beer Garden at Wreckers Sports Bar: Wreckers Sports Bar is excited to introduce a new feature on Friday nights this summer: an exclusive Craft Beer Garden! Smack your lips on craft beers and specialty menu pairings before you head inside for dinner or an evening of adventure. Be mesmerized by our two-story sports screen and the feel of an Old Key West bar.
ShrekFeast at Villa de Flora: Guests can kick off their mornings with a ShrekFeast Interactive Character Breakfast at Villa de Flora. Kids will love solving riddles and puzzles on their quest to become an honorary Ogre. Join Shrek and friends for a fairytale feast fit for a king. Tableside hugs included! This experience features a Magic Fountain bubbling over with intoxicating chocolate potions and Shrek-shaped waffles with syrup. Individual tickets are required. Call 407-586-1114 to reserve your seat at the table. Join us this summer for season-long fun in the sun. Don’t miss out on your chance to make your summer shine with a getaway to Gaylord Palms Resort. Summer packages are available to suit every taste. Just call 407-586-2000 or visit www.gaylordpalms.com/summerfest for details and package information.
Gaylord Palms Resort is located five minutes from the gates of Walt Disney World at 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34746.
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SYNTHESIST STEPHEN SAVAGE SAYS SPACE MUSIC ENERGIZES HIM
May 08 2013
STEPHEN SAVAGE FUTURE MEMORY
Keyboardist Stephen Savage has taught classical music for more than three decades and has served on the faculties of both the prestigious Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, but when it came time to compose and record original compositions for his first album, Future Memory, he went in a different direction and created synthesizer-based space music.
“I love classical music, but I am energized by the possibilities of space music,” says Savage. “I especially enjoy how it allows me to subtly incorporate elements of ambient-new age, avant-garde jazz, modern-classical and electronica.”
Savage explains, “I called the album Future Memory because the phrase is symbolic of the cycle of life. Everything in the future that eventually happens becomes a memory. The future is a bit like a sci-fi mystery, but we know it will contain more technology, space exploration and types of music we have never heard before. So the title seemed representative of this project. The music originated as improvisations before I refined it in the studio. Improvisation is all about creating new music in the moment, that fleeting place between the future and the past.”
Future Memory is available worldwide online from CDbaby.com and Amazon.com, and from various digital download locations such as iTunes. More information about Stephen Savage is available at his website, www.ssavage.com, and at www.proofofinfinity.com.
“This music probably had its origins for me when I was 13-years-old and I heard Pink Floyd’s ‘Interstellar Overdrive.’ Then in college I became enamored with the modern classical music of 20th Century composers such as Bartok, Charles Ives, Elliott Carter, Varese, Stockhausen, Stravinsky and Copland. Shortly after that I explored jazz starting with Parker, Coltrane and Monk, moving through Hancock, Corea and Tyner, and finally delving into John McLaughlin, Weather Report and Pat Metheny. Eventually I also heard the very avant-garde cutting-edge music of artists such as John Cage, Steve Reich and Pierre Boulez. All of these musical experiences led me to my love of composing and recording ambient and space music.”
In addition to teaching music for five years at the Berklee College of Music and the past couple of decades at the New England Conservatory of Music, Savage also has taught at Indian Hill Music Center and top prep schools (Groton School, Lawrence Academy) as well as giving private lessons. Savage also has performed concerts in the academic world, served as an orchestral pianist and choral accompanist, worked with an improvisational operatic group, played in rock bands, received commissions to write several modern classical pieces, won a composition prize, created a substantial catalogue of publicly-performed compositions, played as a duo with a female singer, and worked in the field of computer programming for more than four years.
One of Savage’s music theory students, Michael O’Connell, began recording an album and invited Savage to come to the studio. Soon the two were collaborating and O’Connell encouraged Savage to record his own album. O’Connell produced, engineered and mixed Future Memory, and also added drums or percussion to four of the tunes. “Michael helped me make decisions about the sound and instrumentation as well as the structure of the pieces,” states Savage. “Most of the music started with me doing piano improvisation in my home studio and then orchestrating the basic track for electronic media. Sometimes the original track stayed intact and other times the best sections were edited together. I took the music to Michael and we molded it into its final form at his professional studio.”
The music on Future Memory ranges from space music to ambient, from avant-garde to new age. Five of the pieces have rhythmic elements (either real drums, percussion or drum programming), a couple feature avant-garde piano, and the rest are soaring, floating space-music tunes without a distinct beat. The album’s dominant sound is electronic keyboards (synthesizer). In addition to the occasional percussion, there also is a guitar (played by Savage) on one tune, and the sounds of acoustic piano, electric piano, bass, drone, chimes and more.
“Often in this music when you hear the piano it represents the individual and when you hear the synth it represents the whole big universe swirling around an individual person. The tune ‘Gravity’ is like that. The title has the dual meanings of gravitational pull as well as profundity, depth and seriousness. The title of ‘Then There is Here Now’ also has several meanings, but the basic statement is that the past is always here in the present too. There is more than one meaning to the title ‘Lux’ as well since it refers to the light photons of physics as well as the devotional feeling that shows up in most religions. Physics also comes into play with ‘Talking Rocks’ because a rock seems solid, but science tells us there is a lot of energy happening in there with the electrons and molecules moving rapidly, and which I hope is reflected in the music,” says Savage.
“With ‘Other Shore’ I tried to capture the feelings of being transformed and transported, while ‘After the Circus’ contains the feeling of the melancholy sadness often felt following an exciting event. The music of ‘Leaf on a Stream’ symbolizes the ebb and flow of our life journey. ‘Ponder’ was inspired by Charles Ives’ ‘The Unanswered Question.’ On ‘Riding the Cusp’ the rhythm does not always coordinate with the meter so I like to think of that piece as chaos barely under control. I set it up so I would not know exactly what was going to happen with the synthesized elements which makes it fall into the category of aleatoric music, the type of composing explored by Ives, Stockhausen, Cage and Boulez. The title tune begins with acoustic instruments that slowly, by the end, become electrified. The structure of ‘Ruby Sapphire’ is A-B-A and I visualized the outer sections to have a red quality with the inner part a dazzling blue.”
Savage was born in St. Louis and grew up in Santa Fe. He came from a creative family -- his mother played the piano and his father was both a technical writer at the renowned Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory as well as a published novelist and short-story writer. Stephen began piano lessons at age seven, but switched to guitar in his early teens to play in local rock’n’roll bands that performed at school dances. “When I was 16 a switch flipped in my head and I became passionate about classical music, so I started taking piano lessons again and began studying composition.”
He attended the New England Conservatory in Boston where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree with honors in music composition, and spent the next five years as a faculty member at Berklee College of Music teaching theory, composition and piano. After further studies at New England Conservatory, he received his Master of Music degree in composition. He then joined the music theory faculty of NEC’s Preparatory School and Continuing Education Division. Savage has much experience teaching specifically in the areas of theory, counterpoint, harmony, figured bass and jazz improvisation.
Savage also performed recitals in high school, in master classes at college, with the Indian Hill Symphony, at hotels and other venues in the Boston area, and as part of special New England Conservatory faculty concerts. Savage played piano and performed for several years with singer Margaret Richardson (both composed pieces for the duo), and with the improvisational group New Opera Theatre Ensemble.
”A lot of thought went into the creation of the music on Future Memory. For me the music has to develop and go somewhere. I don’t want it to be static; I want the listener to feel the motion. And there has to be an internal coherence to each piece. Sometimes the shifts, changes and reoccurring patterns are subtle, but they’re in there for a reason.”
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KYLE PEDERSON PLACES MODERN ARRANGEMENTS AROUND ANCIENT CHURCH MUSIC
May 08 2013
KYLE PEDERSON RENEWAL (NEW ACOUSTIC ENSEMBLE INSTRUMENTAL ARRANGEMENTS OF CLASSIC HYMNS)
For his album Renewal, pianist and accomplished arranger Kyle Pederson had a specific goal in mind. He wanted to take ancient hymns (all over 150 years old), strip away the lyrics, and provide contemporary instrumental acoustic-ensemble arrangements to spotlight the beauty of these old melodies and make them enjoyable for today’s listeners.
“I wanted to rescue these wonderful melodies that are generally just heard by a few people in church,” explains Pederson. “Though several of these classic hymns indeed carry sacred meaning for many, this music is strong enough to stand on its own and appeal to those with no connection to a particular faith background. I really believe these melodies can stand alongside the best music from the past.”
The music is all acoustic. Pederson plays a nine-foot Yamaha acoustic grand piano throughout the recording, and he arranged all of the music. Pederson plays solo piano on two tunes, and surrounded himself with top musicians from the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, area for the ensemble pieces-- Handt Hanson on acoustic guitar (who also facilitated all the recording), Dana Maeda on oboe, Diane Tremaine Kogle on cello, Sarah Bertsch on violin, Al Hreha on bass, and Scott Malchow on acoustic guitars, mandolin and weissenborn (a lap slide guitar). Malchow also did the studio/technical production.
Previously Pederson released a successful solo piano album, titled 12.25, containing his unique arrangements of classic Christmas hymns. The CD went Top 5 on the international monthly Top 100 Zone Music Reporter airplay chart. That album established Pederson as a pianist known for his inventive arrangements and self-penned sections within traditional tunes, and also for his interesting harmonic progressions and deeply rhythmic piano playing.
Pederson’s music is available in CD form at CDbaby and Amazon, and as digital downloads at a wide variety of online sales sites including iTunes, Rhapsody, eMusic and many others. For more information, go to kylepederson(dot)com.
“The title Renewal has several meanings,” Pederson says. “I was hoping to renew and rejuvenate these classic melodies. And perhaps the music could serve as a soundtrack for anyone needing renewal in their own lives and hoping to ‘begin again.’ On a personal level, I first wrote arrangements for several of these tunes so they could be performed at my wedding -- which definitely represented a new season of my life. This music always gives me the feeling of peace while at the same time providing a sense of energy and purpose -- a wonderful combination.”
Renewal begins with “Be Thou My Vision,” the oldest music on the album (written in Ireland in the 8th Century), and featuring piano with oboe and cello. Several other tunes have an interesting history. “All Creatures of Our God and King” began with words penned by Francis of Assisi in Italy in the early 1200s, but the music was composed in Germany in 1623. Famous religious leader Martin Luther wrote both the lyrics and music for “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” in Germany in the early 1500s (performed as a solo piano piece on this album). Also arranged for solo piano is “Let Mortal Flesh Keep Silent,” whose music derives from a 17th Century French folk carol called “Picardy.”
The earliest American music included is “What Wondrous Love Is This” and “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” both composed in the late 1700s or early 1800s and now considered American folk hymns.
One of the pieces that begins with acoustic guitar before other instruments are added is “For The Beauty of the Earth” (written in Germany in the early 1800s by Conrad Kocher, who founded the School of Sacred Music that popularized four-part singing in churches). The melody for “The King of Love My Shepherd” was composed in the British Isles in the mid-1800s, the same era when “Lord Whose Love in Humble Service” was written (featured here in a piano-dominated arrangement that includes delicate highlights by oboe, cello, guitar and violin). A tune featuring lovely piano and guitar interplay is “Give Me Jesus” (written in America about 1879).
“I originally created the arrangements for this album at home on a synthesizer, but I knew for the recording I wanted to bring in musicians to play the actual instruments,” states Pederson. “This is age-old music and these are old-style acoustic instruments--a perfect match. I purposely did not use an organ anywhere on the album because I felt this music had been heard played on organs in churches for so many years — I wanted the tunes to feel different. A similar motivation was behind the use of some alternate harmonies and/or meters in most of the pieces.”
Pederson was born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he “started banging away on the piano” when he was five. He began taking piano lessons in the second grade and continued through college. A defining moment came when he went to see his first concert, pianist Peter Nero, and the performance and crowd reaction were inspiring. Kyle started accompanying vocal groups (such as choirs and glee clubs) in junior high and continued through college. Although he also sang in school and church choirs, he was most comfortable playing the piano. “At the piano everything just seemed more natural.”
During his school years he was initially attracted to the popular radio music of the day -- Billy Joel, Steely Dan, The Police -- but he also enjoyed certain new age musicians such as George Winston and Mannheim Steamroller (“I liked the liberties that group took with traditional melodies.”).
Pederson attended Augustana College where he got his Bachelor’s Degree in philosophy and political science as well as a secondary education teaching credential. At college he sang in and accompanied choirs, played piano in variety shows, was part of an a cappella men’s group, and performed at competitions and recitals. He also became a professional musician earning money at a local lounge where he played show tunes, jazz standards, pop hits from Elton John to Carole King, and other piano favorites.
Pederson moved to Minnesota (the Minneapolis-St. Paul area) and became a school teacher while indulging his musical passions in various ways -- performing in church, playing at weddings and local events, becoming a member of a jazz group (Shoop) for several years, and taking jazz lessons). At the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Burnsville (just south of Minneapolis), Pederson has been involved in music presentations for many years --accompanying various choirs as part of the Sunday choral worship, playing in the contemporary praise-and-worship band, and being part of many special-event musical performances. Pederson recorded the Renewal album at that church a few years ago, but only decided to release it internationally for the first time in 2013.
“I grew up listening to hymns in church, but it wasn’t until well after college that I realized how much this music had become a part of me,” says Pederson. “For years I’ve enjoyed playing around with these melodies and trying different harmonies to layer underneath. It was an absolute thrill to bring in the musicians and hear it all come together.”
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