Category Archives: Featured musicians and artists.

World Poetry Celebrates the Wonderful Laura Kelsey!

Ariadne’s Notes: On August 22 at 1:10 pm PST, the World Poetry Cafe radio show on CFRO, 100.5 FM officially launched the CD, A Hand that Holds the Match book  with Laura  “Banshee”Kelsey and husband Mike “Builder” Harding . Wonderful music and lyrics with hidden meanings throughout the CD. Laura is a talented musician, singer and poet and I am thrilled to feature her here. She is also a great humanitarian and supporter of woman’s causes.  It was such an honour to feature this lovely CD. To contact her: Please email regarding performances, studio vocal work – including back-up/harmony – and for original compositions and song collaboration.

Also on the show, another CD launch at 1:30 PM with the new CD Dark Matter from the great composer and musician Lafayette Gilchrist who will be featured next on site.

Contact: laura@wordsmore.com Check out the blog or the live link for show updates and more.Connect on:Twitter,Instagram Blog.

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A Hand Holding the Matchbook, by Builder & the Banshee:

With rocking folk songs like “Wires” and “Tangled” to quiet ballads about lost loved ones (“Wild” and “Enough”), A Hand Holding the Matchbook is a thoughtful collection of original acoustic music out of Vancouver Island, B.C. by Builder & the Banshee.

Woodworker-guitarist Mike “Builder” Harding and singer-songwriter Laura “Banshee” Kelsey write a unique blend of soulful folk rock that has hints of metal and blues. They’ve played live around the province and are already working on their second album.

WIRES

Hey there, barefoot

Never around

Calling you

I’m always here for you

 

Freeway driving never so free

Sunny days in June

What we do for food

To feed our moods

 

Don’t touch the wires

Just watch the show

Don’t question anything

You are not supposed to know

 

Mountains cloaked

In smoke and our steel

Crying, “Fools!

“We are your friends, too!”

 

Snapping strings and energy fields

Absorbing truth

Siphoning all souls through

all souls through

 

Don’t touch the wires

Just watch the show

Don’t question anything

You are not supposed to know

 

Just keep your head down

Or you’ll alert the patrol

Shield your eyes from

Blinding lights of control

Source: Laura Kelsey.

 

World Poetry Ambassador Celebrates Poet from Oman!

 

Ariadne’s Notes:

 The World Poetry Ambassador AMITA SANGHVI from Oman,  phoned in and hosted from Oman on World Poetry Poetry Cafe, CFRO 1005.FM,  June 13th   2019 ; the poet Ali Mehdi  who was keen on peace and was a poet and a wonderful short story writer.

This is the first in the series of the World Poetry Ambassador whose goal is to introduce poets from Oman to the world . World Poetry Canada International hopes that other W.P.C. ambassadors will do the same in their different countries. Also, at the Vancouver, BC Coop Radio Station were: Ariadne Sawyer, MA, host and producer , host Dr. Diego Bastinutti. super tech, Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer, Sharon Rowe. 

LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE!

Ali Mehdi (1978- 2008)

Ali Mehdi juggled in many roles as a poet, a columnist and a prolific blogger and writer.  He initiated several blog sites that were very popular among his generation; there sites were:

  • Sleepless in Muscat

  • Rapidly Blue

  • Oman Community Blog

  • A Secret Arabian Journal

  • Pens of Passion

  • Gonu Relief Blog

  • Photo Generation

  • Hope of Islam

  • المدى الأزرق

Ali Mehdi published three collections of his poetry: Rapidly Blue (2002), Wondrous World (2005) and his posthumous book, ‘In the Dimmest of Light’ (2008) and numerous columns and articles on his blog sites, the online edition of the Times of Oman, Oman Daily Observer, The Week and Sultan Qaboos University’s Horizon.

On reading ‘Wondrous World’ I had this initial impression/ reflection on his poems.

Amidst cathartic out-pour of thoughts and wishes, I have found and collected the ‘real gems’, those words and phrases, lyrical images and metaphors, that capture and represent the mindful philosophical Ali.

The jewel collection which I am editing and will soon be published, will contain edited poetry from all his three books, re-edited for impact. The essence of his poetry has its impact in brevity; where each poem hammers and echoes universal feelings and invaluable meaning. These priceless ‘jewels’ I have gathered and edited his poems from across his entire works. Here are a few:

Superman-I

Unblinking,

In the eye of Death,

Story less

Future less

Tears unshed:

Superman, indeed.

Unblinking,

In the eye of Death.

 

Superman-II

Super-manly?

I’m not that kind of a person,

Although I try to be

That kind of man-

To look upon danger,

Unblinking,

To move on, again.

 

I smile,

But somehow

Its out of place,

Not so super manly.

 

Superman- III

Upon her smile,

In love I stumble,

In her eyes

To be a Superman,

My heart tries.

Ali Mehdi (C) All rights reserved.

“These are but a glimpse of his heart and mind; his short stories are worth a whole new article that I will come up with in the near future.

To Ali, writing was an integral ingredient of his survival kit.

Ali held a BA with honors, from Luton University in collaboration with Majan University College in Muscat majoring in Business Administration (Tourism).

Prof. Gargi Chugh, (Senior Quality Expert at OAAA and Honorary President of the Indian International Cambridge School Management Committee) who taught him in Majan college, recalls Ali wistfully:

“I remember Ali as a very gentle, lost in his thoughts kind of a student. He was always good with words and a charmer always!!! I still remember his lovely smile.”

 Following this degree, he joined a professional diploma course in Insurance at the College of Banking and Financial Studies but was often interrupted due to illness.

Ali traveled not only in the depths of his soul, but also extensively throughout the World and enjoyed learning from and about other individuals and cultures; this precisely makes him so suitable a poet to be introduced on the WORLD POETRY CANADA Forum as the first voice of Oman, writing poetry in English.

Ali was an amicable, sociable, affable and transparent individual.  He loathed hypocrisy and sought fulfillment in open-minded, down-to-earth and truthful exchange of thoughts and feelings.

Sadly, his soul-searching expeditions had to come to an end when he succumbed to his illness, on his hospital bed on June 21st 2008, among family.

Ali Mehdi left a legacy of a young courageous daring individual and an articulate poet and columnist who sought to reach out with an earnest desire to change the World and reintroduce sincerity and truthfulness in our lives and relationships.  That was his never ending desire and quest.  He touched the lives of many with his openness, sincerity, dedication and noble selflessness.  He kept reminding us of his fighting attributes by often saying that he managed to “snatch success out of the jaws of defeat.”

A person is his thoughts and words. Ali Mehdi is always among us with his thoughts and words questioning, seeking, consoling, sharing deep concerns, deeper uncertainties and deepest fears that bind all humanity.

A poet lives on, forever.

His thoughts and words are universal and at once deeply personal, and this in itself make his poetry so connectable to every soul, every reader.”

By AMITA SANGHVI 

(M.A., M. PHIL, B.ED FROM MUMBAI UNIVERSITY, INDIA, AND M.A. (TESOL) FROM UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER, UK)

POET AND FACULTY AT SULTAN QABOOS UNIVERSITY, MUSCAT, OMAN

World Poetry Celebrates Claire Ritter!

The World Poetry Cafe radio show,  CFRO 100.5 FM July 1:30 pm PST welcomed the talented Claire Ritter celebrating the debut of the new CD Eclipse Orange with legendary Ran Blake. It was a delight to talk to her and hear her describe her work  and experiences. It was also fun to hear her accent since some of my ancestors came from the Carolinas and I had not heard it for a long time.

To hear the show  click here.

It includes a tribute at 1:10 PM PST for World Poetry Ambassador to Japan, poet and composer Yoshifumi Sakura. Also, beautiful poems from the Greek poet  ILIAS FOUKIS.

American jazz master, composer/pianist/educator Claire Ritter, is a multiple award recipient, and “among the most successful Thirdstream synthesis of jazz & classical musics” author Ed Hazel/ Wikipedia encyclopedia. In 2014 Ritter was the recipient of an artist grant awarded by the NC Arts & Science Council, her third, as well as a previous NC Arts Council Jazz Composer Fellowship. AllAboutJazz describes Ritter as “an under sung jazz master, with each engaging melody buffed up like a little jewel”. JazzTimes notes the music as “painterly, exquisite & poetic”. Beginning with the great Mary Lou Williams at Duke University in the 1970s, Ritter has studied, worked, performed & recorded with the best, which includes over a decade with MacArthur Grant Genius recipient Ran Blake at New England Conservatory of Boston, where she taught her contemporary songwriting class in the Contemporary Improvisation department during the 1990s. The economic song-like quality & harmonic sophistication of her tunes are hallmarks of Ritter’s style, described by Owen Cordle, writer for JazzTimes/News & Observer as “direct, succinct & skillful – like the NC born pianist/composer, Thelonious Monk’s style.

Claire Ritter is the author of over 200 compositions, most of which have been published and recorded; and performed in festivals, concert halls, and museums in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Her work has been the subject of numerous publications & radio interviews on WGBH Boston, WHRB Harvard University, WBUR Boston, & WFAE Charlotte, and has been recorded on European labels Soul Note, HatArt, and the independent label Zoning Recordings, founded in Boston in honor of a major work by Mary Lou Williams. Ritter’s compositions have been recorded by internationally acclaimed Jazz artists including Steve Swallow, Dave Holland, Ran Blake, Dominique Eade, Stan Strickland, Christine Correa, Ricky Ford, Jon Metzger, and Franz Koglmann, as well as performed in concert halls including Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Festival at NEC, American Women Composers Boston, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Brandeis University Jazz Band, New England Conservatory Jazz-Thirdstream Festival, Josef Matthias Haur Konservatorium, Osterreichischen Museum in Europe, Multicultural Arts Center in Boston, Queens University, 2014 Charlotte New Music Festival, and Central Piedmont Community College 21st Century Music Series & Tate Hall Music Series in Charlotte, NC, to name a few.

Ritter’s discography includes 12 CD/DVD recordings on Zoning Recordings: In Between (Ran Blake, Dave Holland, Dominique Eade/1988); Ain’t Life a Circus (Christine Correa, Stan Strickland/1991); Mistral (by Eleni Odoni, with Ran Blake/1991); At One (Taki Masuko/1994); True (Taki Masuko, Kaku Sato/ 1998); Castles in the Air (Steve Swallow/2001); River of Joy (Steve Swallow, Ran Blake/2001); Greener Than Blue (Stan Strickland, Bob Weiner/2004); Waltzing the Splendor (Jon Metzger, Jane Hart Brendle, Ashima Scripp/2007); Stream of Pearls Project (Taki Masuko, Ashima Scripp, Toni Naples/2011); Claire Ritter & Friends at Multicultural Arts Center in Boston (Dominique Eade, Stan Strickland, Taki Masuko/2013); Soho Solo (2015). Recorded by others: Ran Blake (“Short Life of Barbara Monk”/Soul Note/1988); Franz Koglman (“Orte Der Geometrie” with Ran Blake/HatArt/1989); Documentary “Streaming” New England Conservatory; Southern Arts Federation “Jazz South # 3”); Film collaboration, Queens University & Charlotte New Music Festival with photographer JoAnn Sieburg-Baker “Mirrors Project/Six Jazz Variations.”

Other compositional performances/workshops include:

* 2014 Charlotte New Music Festival

* Central Piedmont Community College Tate Hall New Music Series

* Ottawa Jazz Festival

* New England Conservatory Jazz-Third Stream Festival

* Josef Matthias Haur Konservatorium

* Osterreichischen Museum

* Brandeis University

* University of North Carolina

* Queens University

* Festival of Women Improvisers, Boston

* Multicultural Arts Center, Boston

* Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance

* Stockbridge Music Series, Massachusetts

* Berkley School of Music

* Longy School of Music

* American Women Composers

* Club Passim, Cambridge

 

Claire Ritter is the recipient of a 2014, 2006 Arts and Science Regional Artist Grant; 2001 ‘Composers Charlotte’ Grassroots Grant as Artist Director/Queens University, 2000 NC Arts Council Jazz Composers Fellowship, and 2000 Arts and Science Regional Artist Grant.

Another great guest from Braitewaite and Katz.

Additional grants/awards include the Massachusetts Arts Lottery in Boston, and the Southern Arts Federation in Atlanta, Georgia. Claire Ritter is also the founder of the Ziggy Hurwitz Jazz Scholarship at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC.

Claire Ritter teaches and composes in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she is the Artistic Director Composers Concert at Queens University.