The World Poetry Café Radio Show, CRFO 100.5 FM on October 5, 1:35 FM, PST welcomed the talented Brian Landrus featuring his new CD Generations. This is a wonderful CD , a multilayered tapestry of music that enchants the listeners. Great detail and care was taken to create the best possible sound. World Poetry Team : Ariadne Sawyer, Victor Swartzman and Special volunteer Sharon Rowe. Peace poems by Lina Zeron.
Composer and Baritone Saxophonist Brian Landrus Reveals a Thrilling, Ground-Breaking New Vision for the Jazz Orchestra on Generationsout July 28 via Blue Land RecordsThe 25-piece Brian Landrus Orchestra makes a stunning debut with sweeping compositions inspired by generations of composers, genres and familyThis is really like nothing I’ve ever heard before. It’s going to be amazing and I can’t wait to hear the final product! Joe Locke . To be part of Brian’s vision is enlightening. It causes me optimism.” Billy Hart CD Release Concert was Friday and Saturday July 28 & 29 at Cornelia Street Café, NYC.
Monumental in creative ambition, imaginative scope, and artistic achievement not to mention sheer scale – Generations is the breathtaking debut of the Brian Landrus Orchestra, a 25-piece all-star ensemble stocked with some of the most inventive musicians in modern music. These adventurous virtuosos have congregated to realize the extraordinary, sweeping music of composer, baritone saxophonist and low woodwind master Brian Landrus, whose work combines a lifetime worth of wide-ranging listening and playing into an arrestingly bold, radiant and singular vision. Far from a standard big band project and unlike any orchestral jazz ensemble that come before it, the Brian Landrus Orchestra incorporates inspiration from classical music, hip-hop, soul, funk, jazz, reggae and world music with inspiration being the key word. In Landrusa inventive hands these diverse genres are deconstructed and absorbed, emerging in startling and unrecognizable ways to conjure a dramatic and thrilling sonic landscape. The title Generations carries multiple meanings for Landrus including influences that span centuries from Bach to Ellington to Motown to Led Zeppelin to J Dilla; the family members that inspired Landrus and his music, from his father to his children; and the generations of musicians who have come together to breathe life into these deeply personal compositions. The drum chair alone features a four-decade difference in age, from the legendary Billy Hart to rising star drummer Justin Brown. The awe-inspiring ensemble also features Jamie Baum, Tom Christensen, Darryl Harper, Michael Rabinowitz, Alden Banta and Landrus himself on woodwinds; Debbie Schmidt, Ralph Alessi, Igmar Thomas, Alan Ferber and Marcus Rojas on brass; harpist Brandee Younger and a string section featuring Sara Caswell, Mark Feldman, Joyce Hammann, Meg Okura, Lois Martin, Nora Krohn, Jody Redhage and Maria Jeffers; vibraphonist Joe Locke; and bassists Jay Anderson and Lonnie Plaxico. The Orchestra is conducted by bandleader JC Sanford, who has also held the baton for the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble and the Alice Coltrane Orchestra. Landrus co-produced the album with fellow composers Robert Livingston Aldridge and Frank Carlberg. Landrus comes to the project with a wealth of experience both as a leader and as a performer with some of the worlds most distinctive artists from a variety of genres: has toured the world in superstar Esperanza Spalding band and played in Ryan Truesdella prize-winning Gil Evans Project as well as working with the likes of Bob Brookmeyer, Rufus Reid, Danilo Perez, Frank Kimbrough, Gary Smulyan, Maria Schneider, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, George Garzone, Bob Moses, Louis Nash, Nicholas Urie, Jerry Bergonzi, Ayn Inserto, Alan Ferber, Uri Caine and Ralph Alessi, among others. Generations is the culmination of a long-held dream for Landrus.
Ariadne’s Notes: Another great guest on the World Poetry Café Radio Show, September 7, 1:35 pm, PST! John Vanore , composer and trumpet player called in to talk about his tribute album Stolen Moments: Celebrating Oliver Nelson, that was released in August. I was impressed with his attention to detail and hard work to create a loving , beautiful yet professional CD for Oliver Nelson. WP Team: Ariadne Sawyer, Victor Swartzman tech, Sharon Rowe, Braitwaite and Katz and Katherine Growdon.
“This is one of the best ideas for a jazz record in decades…. [Vanore is] an arranger and a bandleader who truly knows backwards and forwards the subject of his tribute….. a first-rate record…. This is an Oliver Nelson tribute record that Nelson himself would have been proud of…” â€“ Jeff Simon, Buffalo News “John Vanore is Philadelphia’s greatest big band leader and also its best-kept secret…. [a] brilliant new CD. …. Vanore makes great players greater, and creates space for stars to shine. This is an elegant and unrivaled tribute to one of the great arrangers in jazz history.” – Jerry Gordon, WPRB FM, Princeton Though he was only 43 years old when he passed away suddenly in 1975, Oliver Nelson left behind a body of work that is staggering in its breadth and depth. More than 40 years later, his influence as a composer and arranger is still felt, though Nelsonâ€™s name isnâ€™t mentioned as often as his innovations might merit. Vanore’s Stolen Moments revisits nine pieces that were either composed or arranged by Nelson over the course of his prolific career. The album features Vanore’s Philadelphia-based band Abstract Truth, with saxophonists Steve Wilson and Bob Malach; trumpet players Tony Kadleck, Augie Haas, Jon Owens and Dave Ballou; Adam Unsworth and George Barnett on French horns; trombonists Ryan Keberle and Dave Taylor; and the rhythm section of pianist Jim Ridl, bassist Mike Richmond, drummer Danny Gottlieb, guitarist Greg Kettinger, and percussionist Beth Gottlieb. Stream a short compilation of music from the CD
Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show, September 7, 1-2 pm, CFRO, 100.5, had a short but important interview with the amazing Alan Santana who gave us insights into the world of boxing and how it helped him at 8 years old to overcome extreme bullying. Also the idea that boxing is like a chess match. My dad liked boxing and said it was “a pure art form” , a quote which I never understood until the interview with Alan. He also helps youth and has written a book which focuses on them to be the best they can be and not to get mixed up with shady characters.
Also on the show were e-poems from Mamta Agarwal, Poetic News and a story from Sharon Rowe, read by Victor Swartzman. Music by Pancho and Sal.
Alan Santana ,resounding, gregarious personality is an immediate characteristic that exudes Alan Santana. The fanatical ringside commentator extols an arsenal of burlesque, intelligence and accuracy that is adored by his many fans. A mutli- talented commentator, speaker and serial entrepreneur presiding as the North American Coordinator and Supervisor for the American Boxing Organisation and on the Board of Directors. , the California native is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable experts of our time. He has held the position of Executive Board Member with the World Boxing Hall of Fame, International Boxing Judge and his appointment to these positions has led to an array of opportunities in the boxing world. He has just recently joined the ABO (Adaptive Boxing Organization) as an International Ambassador and Spokesperson to help gain recognition for wheelchair athletes worldwide.
Santana began boxing at the age of 8 years old and it grew into a 20 year career. He earned a spot as a member of the California/USA Boxing Team from 1982 â€“ 1985. During his amateur stint he won many state and local titles and recorded well over 100 plus fights. Shortly after starting his professional run, his career was unexpectedly hampered due to sustaining a career ending injury from an automobile accident. Santana continues his support of the coveted sport of boxing through national and international travel supervising title bouts as a champion of the sport and a passionate mentor to youth.
He currently presides as the CEO, President and Founder of No Teen Riders, INC., a non-profit organization created to educate teen drivers and their families by providing practical information, preventive measures, and compliance standards to reduce and eliminate teen vehicular deaths. Adding the title of author to his repertoire, Santana is also anticipating the release of his forthcoming book entitled UNPROTECTED: A Tactical Approach to Boxing, Business and Life, slated for release in the second quarter of 2017. Alan resides in Orange County, California and is married to wife Annamarie for over 31 years. They have four children, Victoria; twins Austin and Andrew; and Aaron.