World Poetry Celebrates Romain Collins!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ariadne’s Notes: On May 23 from 1-2 pm PST, the World Poetry Café radio show , CFRO 100.5 FM, went around the world with poets and musicians from Bhutan, Ghana, the US and Canada! I will doing a feature on each one. 

The  lovely  release of the CD Tiny Lights was featured  with the visionary Romain Collins at 1:30 pm PST  was a highlight in the show. I love the quote: 

” Tiny Lights are a reflection of your personal and unaffected blueprint. They symbolize the ceaseless intuition that flickers deep within, they push you to follow your true north, to peruse a vision that belongs to you and you alone. They are the expression of your primal light force and drive you to become all you can become. Tiny lights live inside of everyone.” Romain Collins.

To find out about shows in the US and Europe, go to https://www.romaincollin.com/

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Tiny Lights release:
Described by NPR as “a visionary composer, an extraordinary jazz pianist and a very bright young rising star in the jazz world”, and touted by the Boston Globe as being “among the leading lights of a new breed of jazz players”, Romain Collin continues to develop “a highly personal and contemporary vision” (A Blog Supreme, NPR), blurring the lines between virtuosic improvisation, sound designing, indie rock and classical music. About to release his new brainchild, Tiny Lights…, Collin keeps developing “a unique voice, a crystal clear vision” (UK VIBE), making his mark on the New York scene, as well as internationally. Tiny Lights… is a unique project that features Obed Calvaire playing acoustic and electronic drums, Matthew Stevens on electric guitar and Collin on piano, vocal effects and Moog Taurus- a bass pedal synthesizer. Two numbers on the record also feature the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 2009, Collin released his debut as a leader, The Rise and Fall of Pipokuhn (Fresh Sound), a record described as “an astonishingly mature and ambitious debut that secures Collin a placeholder in the continuing evolution of the grand tradition of the piano trio” (All About Jazz). The album made New York jazz critic David Adler’s list of notable debuts of 2009 and got radio airplay throughout France, Japan and the US – including a special feature on WNYC Culture program. Collin was soon after invited by legendary pianist Marian McPartland to her prestigious Piano Jazz show on NPR to discuss his artistic vision and to perform solo piano.
In 2012, Collin released his second album as a leader, The Calling (Palmetto). The record was produced by Matt Pierson and features Kendrick Scott on drums and Luques Curtis on bass, a band of “astonishing capabilities, filling a landscape of incredible expanse” (All About Jazz). The Calling has been described as “a tour de force that showcases Collin’s strengths as an accomplished composer and virtuoso pianist of the highest order” (JazzEd Magazine), and as “a work of art that is worthy of being held onto for generations to come” (Eric Sandler, The Revivalist).
Collin’s third release, Press Enter (ACT, 2015) features once again Scott on drums and Curtis on bass. This record was described by the New York Times as a “winning new album”, hailed by Jazz journal, UK as an “absolute masterpiece” and praised by All About Jazz as an “extraordinary album”. The group has toured in major venues and festivals throughout France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, the United States and Japan.
Romain, originally born in France, attended Berklee College of Music (’04), where he studied performance with the likes of Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano while majoring in Music Synthesis. In 2007, Collin graduated from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz where he held a Full Scholarship as the pianist of an ensemble handpicked by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard. During this time, Romain toured internationally with Hancock and Shorter, shared the stage with Marcus Miller, Jimmy Heath, and Terence Blanchard, and studied with the likes of Larry Goldings, Russell Ferrante, Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, Mulgrew Miller and Wynton Marsalis.
While furthering his career as a leader, Romain co-leads a group with harmonica virtuoso Gregoire Maret, that features guitarist Bill Frisell- the trio recorded Americana (ACT, 2019). Romain has also composed orchestra scores for Anthem and Syria, two mini-documentaries produced by Peace Nobel Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai and her fund. Other scoring works include various short documentaries for the United Nations Refugee Agency and for the Gates Foundation, Le Bresil par la Cote (five-part feature documentary, 2014), Les Airventuriers (two-part feature documentary, 2015), as well as numerous award-wining short movies. Collin has taught improvisation at the New School of Music in New York, and was invited to teach film scoring at Princeton University as a guest lecturer.

 With thanks to our partners Braitwaite and Katz for sending such great artists.

 

World Poetry Celebrates Oswald Okaitei !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On May 23 from 1-2 pm PST, the World Poetry Café radio show , CFRO 100.5 FM, went around the world with poets  and musicians from Bhutan, Ghana, the US and Canada!  I will doing a feature on each one. 

LISTEN TO THIS AMAZING SHOW HERE!

 Meet World Poetry Award Winning  poet, playwright and actor Oswald Okaitei!  During the show, he read and sang his poetry and talked about the wonderful work he has been doing for young people, activism and peace. As a World Poetry Director and the World Poetry Theatre Ambassador in Ghana, he is a bright light and a hero for the future.

Oswald  is a young multi-award winning Ghanaian poet and a spoken word artiste. He has 7 poetry collections to his credit and 3 published plays. As a Performance Poet, he combines music with his poetry during performance (to paint imagery in the eyes of the mind).
Oswald has shared performing platforms with great African poets/spoken word artistes including Muta Baruka, Rocky Dawuni, Prof. Atukwei Okai, Prof. Anyidoho among others.
As one of the finest young breaths to poetry in Africa and worldwide, he’s a World Poetry Director and the World Poetry Theatre Ambassador in Ghana . In 2016, he was awarded The Pan African Poet/Spoken World Artiste in Ghana.
Titles of his books are
*A WREATH TO AWOONOR*
*A BRIGHT LIGHT SLEEPS *(for Maya Angelou)
*MANDELA: THE SOUL OF HIS EARTH*
*SONGS OF CONDOLENCE TO TACLOBAN*
*THE SAILOR ‘S SAIL IS OVER* (for Komla Dumor)
*WHO STOLE THE CASKET?* (Drama)
*IN THE BAG OF A WOMAN* (Drama).

I plan on doing an article for the Afro News for him.
oswaldokaiteye@gmail.com

 

World Poetry Celebrates Naomi Beth Wakan!

 

Ariadne’s Notes:  The World Poetry Café on March 14 at 1:10 PM PST on CFRO, 100.5 FM  had the honour to celebrate  Naomi Beth Wakan ‘s book launch  and poetry readings  on Tanka and Haiku. Since Naomi was not able to call in, Victor Schwartzman (our super tech) and Ariadne Sawyer, host and producer took turns in reading different segments. This was the first time that we had done this and we did our best.  I learned about both Haiku and Tanka and really liked the easy to learn format and the descriptions.  This show had a lot of positive responses from listeners. Poems and information  below.

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Naomi Beth Wakan is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Nanaimo (2013-2015) and the inaugural Honorary Ambassador for the Federation of BC Writers. She has published over 50 books, among which, her essays are in Late Bloomer-on writing later in life; Composition: notes on the written word; Bookends – a year between the covers; and A Roller-coaster ride – Thoughts on aging (all from Wolsak and Wynn), and On the Arts (Pacific-Rim Publishers), Bent Arm for a Pillow (Pacific-Rim Publishers). Here most recent books are Back and Forth (Pacific-Rim Publishers) and The Way of Tanka (Shanti Arts). Naomi is a member of The League of Canadian Poets, Haiku Canada and Tanka Canada. She lives on Gabriola Island with her husband, the sculptor, Elias Wakan.

www.naomiwakan.com

 

 

Naomi writes:

“I am delighted to announce that my trilogy is at last complete. It covers an introduction to haiku and tanka writing for beginners. The books are “The Way of Haiku,” “The Way of Tanka,” and “Poetry that Heals.” I’d like to tell you a little about each book.

The Way of Haiku is a guide for learning to write the most popular form of Japanese poetry: haiku. It is also a comprehensive examination of the form and, I hope, an eye-opening view into the way that reading and writing haiku can change the way one looks at life. Writing haiku helps you appreciate the wonder of ordinary things and ordinary days. In “The Way of Haiku” I discuss the history of haiku’s development, its important literary elements, and the differences between haiku written in Japanese and those written in English. I provide numerous examples of haiku, some written by Japanese haijin (haiku writers) and presented in translation, and some written by English-speaking writers. In this book I hope to inspire readers to write their own haiku while remaining open to the possibilities it provides for personal growth. The book is 110 pages long. It comes in paperback and also as an e-book.

The Way of Tanka is an approachable yet comprehensive examination of the Japanese form of poetry known as tanka. In it I discuss tanka’s roots in early Japanese courts where it was considered the poetry of lovers, as well as its adaptation to western culture and the characteristics that separate it from the more popular form of Japanese poetry, haiku. It is 144 pages long and comes in paperback as well as an e-book.

In Poetry That Heals, I take the reader on a journey through my long experience writing various forms of Japanese poetry, especially tanka and haiku and its related genres. I include poems from well-known historical and contemporary poets. Looking back in this book, I realize that my practice of poetry writing has moved me towards developing awareness, dispassionate interest, personal healing, as well as compassion. I have come to see that in creating poetry, I am creating myself. The book is 110 pages long and comes in paperback as well as an e-book.

In Canada you can get the books from your neighbourhood bookstore, who can order them via Ingram, or buy them directly and quicker from mail@pagesresort.com. They are $20 each, or $50 if you are getting the complete set.

For the USA and other countries the books can also be ordered through your neighbourhood bookstore, or directly from info@shantiarts.com 

Naomi Beth Wakan

The Uses of Tanka

In Heian times,
tanka were sweet confirmations
between courtier lovers
of deeds done and to be done.
And also of court rapists,
for dark chambers and
many-layers of kimono
hid identities, so seducers
were never quite sure that
they had entered the right woman.
Even in such cases of mistake,
the next morning the maiden
would receive a token tanka
speaking of her long hair perhaps,
and other matters, and it would be
attached to the prescribed branch
from say a flowering cherry.
She, in return, whether mad with anger,
sulking, or perhaps with a small smile,
would be obliged to also write a tanka,
in response, commenting on the situation,
and send it along with maybe
a late blooming plum blossom.
A few years later both women,
whether seduced, or once loved,
might be found writing more acerbic tanka
complaining of neglect, or at least
that the dwelling he had provided
was not up to par.
Tanka-writing would also be called for
when noblemen, at time of banishment,
(maybe for a political misstep, or
for the seduction of the Emperor’s favourite)
thought sadly of the Capitol
they would be leaving for say
the beaches of Suma (always a good place
for writing mournful tanka of exile).
These days, I write tanka
when my haiku get uppity
with the conceit that they have
nailed the moment to the page.
I slap them with two extra lines,
reminding them that all things pass,
particularly the “here and now”
and even if things don’t pass
as quickly as we would like,
it’s all illusory anyway.
Yes, tanka are useful for times
such as these.

Naomi Beth Wakan (C) All rights reserved by author.