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World Poetry Celebrates Donna Jean MacKinnon!

 

 Ariadne’s Notes?:The World Poetry Café radio show, 100.5 FM CFRO on Nov.7  is honoured to welcome two wonderful writers, poets and authors. Calling in at 1:10 pm PST is the author,  historian and archivist Donna Jean MacKinnon!  Calling in from New Westminster is the amazing Ruth Kozak who will be talking about her latest trip to Greece! I will be promoting them separately. Also, opening poems by Malik Ahmed, Vancouver and Pieter-Joris Morssink, Australia . A new Big Bessie story by Sharon Rowe read by Victor Shwartzman was also featured .

A young poet and writer who wants to bring the old history from Dubai wrote in to ask our guests about suggestions. He felt that there was a lot of attention on the future  but not as much on bringing the past to life. Dubai is our 129 the country that listens in at times! 

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Donna Jean MacKinnon writes:

“I am working on a local historical novel set in Vancouver 1884-1913 – a woman’s story because so much of what there is in local historical lore is male-oriented. The poem just came out of me one night after I’d been working on my manuscript and had gotten to a new phase/realization.. I’m very humbled by the form of the novel as well – but am enjoying the process immensely. . . https://historicalresearch.blog 

 

Revise Revise Revise 

The manuscript

a bed sheet fresh from the line

snaking out above the yard.

 

I grab it by two corners and 

Shake out the wrinkles 

Trying to get it to 

Lie flat

 

A smooth logic to gain dominion over 

The peaks and valleys of redundancy 

actions and characters that don’t work or fit

To find the fabric of its logic 

 

Or maybe it’s more like making toffee 

twisting and turning

Creating a heat of its own

A shape of its own

A texture 

Seeing what sticks and solidifies

 

Never mind the polishing yet to come

The burnishing stone I need

To smooth out the sharp angles

Edges too jarring

Characters too simple

Actions illogical

 

To bring out the lustre 

To make it shine and sparkle

To emulate the masters 

Who so humble me in this endeavor

 

To shape and nurture

With poetry 

 

To give the story life

By Donna Jean MacKinnon (C), Vancouver B.C. Canada. All rights reserved.

 

World Poetry Celebrates Halloween, Music and Poetry !

 

Ariadne’s Notes:

 A wonderful show! It was such fun to speak in Spanish and listen to live music, talk about Guatemala and the Elders, meet the musician Antu, flutist and read the Peaceathon poetry plus congratulate Costa Rica for their well deserved award: https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/press-release/costa-rica-named-un-champion-earth-pioneering-role-fighting-climate?fbclid=IwAR2PXEDZyB9JPrPktUISSvT3iUvf-E_NXOszcL9f0Pe3q87te0zBdyecW_0

The World Poetry Café radio show , celebrated Halloween On  October 31, 1-2 pm PST CFRO 100.5 FM with live music, Spanish and Peace Poetry from Timileyn Gabriel Olajuwon from Nigeria , Jackson Dukpa  from Bhutan and Davy Fidel (chapter 3) from Nigeria.

Also great thanks to John Preston and Bernice Lever whose contributions pushed us over the top of fundraising for our show!

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 First guest:  , “Alfredo Flores arrived in Canada from Guatemala 28 years ago. After spending time in Toronto and Montreal he landed in Vancouver in 1997. Latino, plays traditional South American folk music. Accomplished street performer.”  He is representing our long partnership with the Heart of the City Festival, 16th anniversary with over 150 performances. You may hear live music on the show and Spanish! http://www.heartofthecityfestival.com/ Alfredo and his friend, Antu  originally from Chile played live music and also a selection from their CD, Blue Mountain.

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  Second guest from the UK  known as the poet Guppyman. “I have grave concerns for the environment and the future of mother earth. My mission is to make people more aware of the environmental issues of the planet through the art of poetry. I am also a puppeteer, my puppets are known as Guppies Crew. My puppets preach love, peace and environmental care through the art of poetry. Peace 2 all”

Listen live at www.coopradio.org or go to archives after the show. Also, listen on Canada Player.

 

World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Nancy Braithwaite!

 

Ariadne’s Notes:

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe radio show, 100.5 FM on October 24 from 1-2 pm PST had a fascinating show with star co-host Diego Bastinutti and the amazing Victor Schwartzman tech engineer. Calling in at 1:10 pm PST from Italy  was Pasquale Verdicchio  who is teaching for University of California , San Diego program on poetry and walking.

Calling in at 1:30 pm PST, from the Netherlands was Nancy Braitwaite, world renowned clarinetist from the Netherlands about a new beautiful CD: Onions, in Paradise composed by Edith Hemingway  who is in her nineties. Nancy spoke about the creation and collaboration in the making of this new CD.

Right after the show, several listeners in the studio were interested in listening to the CD and one found it on I-Toons to listen to on the way home. It is also available on Amazon and many other platforms.

Great response! Another great musician from Braitwaite and Katz!

To Paradise for Onions - Songs and Chamber Works of Edith Hemenway

Peaceathon Poems by Krishnasankar Acharjee, India, Richard Doiron, Canada  and the next installment of the long Peace activist poem Davy Fidel, Nigeria. Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Diego Bastianutti, Tech Victor Schwartzman, special volunteer Sharon Rowe with her new More Big Bessie Stories.

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Nancy Braithwaite

Internationally renowned clarinetist and educator Nancy Braithwaite has performed throughout the USA, Europe and China.  As a soloist, she has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, Savannah Symphony Orchestra and others in works by Mozart, Nielsen, Von Weber and Rossini.  In addition, she has  been very active in chamber music with repertoire encompassing more than 300 works. 

Braithwaite studied with Stanley Hasty at the renowned Eastman School of Music graduating with the highest musical distinction, the Performers Certificate.  

While studying for her master’s degree at Northwestern University with Robert Marcellus (former principal clarinetist of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell), she worked as his teaching assistant in both clarinet and chamber music. In the USA she furthered her study with Larry Combs, former principal clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  In Europe she earned a chamber music degree with the renowned violinist Eli Goren, former leader of the Allegri Quartet and Melos Ensemble and concertmaster of the BBC Symphony, and continued her clarinet studies with the internationally acclaimed Belgian soloist, Walter Boeykens.

At the age of 23 she won the position of principal clarinetist with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra.  While there she was also chosen to participate in summer festivals in Spoleto (Italy), Maine (USA) and Tanglewood (USA). In addition she performed for several seasons as principal clarinet of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, while a student at Northwestern University.

Since moving to The Netherlands , Nancy has made a number of radio recordings, toured throughout much of Europe and China and performed as guest artist with Camilli Quartet, Raphael Quartet, Goffriller Quartet, Spinoza Quartet, Engadin Quartet and Trio Microcosmos in works by Mozart, Brahms, Hindemith, Bliss, Keuris, Howells and von Weber.  Numerous composers have written works for her ranging in instrumentation from solo clarinet to octet.

In recent years Nancy has performed extensively as a member of the Rietveld Ensemble (violin, clarinet, cello and piano ), Selima Trio (soprano, clarinet and piano), La Rondine (winds and piano), Trio Canteloube (oboe, clarinet and bassoon), Arto Ensemble (mezzo soprano, clarinet, violin, viola and cello), Emmelos Ensemble (octet with strings and winds), Trio Clara (clarinet, viola and piano), Frühling Trio (clarinet, cello and piano), Rondine Winds (wind octet) and regularly gives recitals with piano.

Braithwaite is founder and artistic director of the series Kromme-Rijn Concerten in Bunnik in which the Arto Ensemble functions as the core group performing with a wide variety of guest artists.  In addition, she founded a concert series in Utrecht with the Rietveld Ensemble in 2014 which has now expanded with a repeat of the series in Amsterdam and The Hague.

In 2015 Nancy toured China giving master classes and recitals in four major Chinese cities and in March 2016 she  visited China again both as a jury member for a major clarinet competition in Beijing and to give master classes and recitals. In 2016 Nancy gave masterclasses as  Erasmus exchange Professor  at the Conservatory of Castellón de la Plana, Spain   and in April 2017 she gave masterclasses at the conservatory of Malaga, Spain in another Erasmus exchange.

  In October 2016 Braithwaite was  a jury member for the clarinet competition on the Clarinet and Saxophone Association on Great Britain during their 40th anniversary celebration and she performed in the evening Gala Concert of   this event.

Nancy is Professor of Clarinet and Chamber Music at the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts)  The Netherlands.

She endorses the Uebel Superior clarinets and is a member of the Silverstein Inspiring Pro team endorsing the  Silverstein.