Ariadne’s Notes: On March 7, The World Poetry Café, CFRO 100,5 FM was honoured to have the talented composer and musician Wadada Leo Smith (https://wadadaleosmith.com) call in at 1:30 pm PST for an special Black History Month with his beautiful music and his advice to the world. The oratorio to Rosa Parks was breath taking. It is so important to honour the heroines of the past because their courage helps us all to come together in appreciation.
This was our best Black History Month ever with talented and insightful guests! In the interview with Wadada, he talked about his work and had the following advice for the world: “The planet needs to come together to accept each other’s humanity without conditions. Follow your heart.”
Also featured was a living heroine, Addena Sumter-Freitag, author and poet at 1:30 pm PST who had written a poem for Rosa Parks and thanks to our radio tech, we were able to hear Rosa Parks speak from archives.
Breaking news: Courtesy of Brathwaite and Katz. The endlessly innovative composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith presents the Third Annual CREATE Festival in New Haven, CT, a two-day gathering to delve deeply into his multi-faceted and unclassifiable music featuring brilliant works for a diverse roster of musicians and ensembles. Taking place Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Firehouse 12, 45 Crown Street, New Haven, CT, the festival will include performances by four of Wadada’s own wide-ranging groups as well as unique collaborations and solo performances, alongside an exhibit of Smith’s Ankhrasmation Symbolic Language Art-Scores. Go to http://firehouse12.com/ for more information.