Here are the upcoming events and the World Poetry Café Radio Show guests! Radio shows: Thursdays, April 28, CFRO 100.5 FM . Guests: Carla Evans and Raoul Fernandez. 1-2 pm. Phone poem from India Vani Pradeep for National Poetry Month. May 5, guests: Yaman Saleh , Syrian poet and author and Aruán Ortiz , jazz musician on tour.
World Poetry New Westminster Celebrates National Poetry Month and Spring!, April 27th, 6:30-8:30 pm. New Westminster Public Library
April 29the Media Lab, Richmond Cultural Centre. Richmond, BC.
Rapping Afghan: an intimate evening of film, poetry and music”Friday April 29th 7:30 pm – 9:00pm, Richmond Media Lab,7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond BC Canada.Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Ying Wang. First event of Cinevolution’s year around Media Cafe series and part of the national Asian Heritage Month activities, Rapping Afghan brings films, poetry and music together to highlight the Afghan art and culture. Come with your art to this intimate evening of sharing and celebration.
Poetry by Wida Tausif and others. Need musicians, artists, readers in Farsi , poets in other languages. Please register: email@example.com.
Special Afghan Films: Rahmat Haidari’s film Street Wolves, and RAP Under the Skin of Afghanistan , a brand new film by Sharif Saedi
Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with host and producer, Ariadne Sawyer, co-hosts Neall Ryon and Anita Aguirre Nieveras plus super engineer Victor Schwartzman welcomed the amazing poet Carmelo Militano with a preview of his new book :The Fate of Olives’.‘The Stone-Mason’s Notebook,’ a poetry collection, is to be released May, 2016 with Ekstasis Editions. Also he had tips for beginning youth writers in response to a question asked by e-mail. Also featured: a beautiful love poem by Dr. Nihil Kallingal. To hear the show: CLICK HERE!
Carmelo Militano is a poet, novelist, and essayist. He is the winner of the 2004 F.G.Bressani award for the poetry collection ‘Ariadne’s Thread’. He has since published another poetry collection’ Morning After You’ and a novel ‘Sebastian’s Vine’ both with Ekstasis Editions and a travelogue/family memoir ‘The Fate of Olives’.‘The Stone-Mason’s Notebook,’ a poetry collection, is to be released May, 2016 with Ekstasis Editions.
‘An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.’
I idealize, like most people, North African sunsets
Poetry, Psychoanalysis, narrow cobble stone streets
Believe myself to be a Continental philosopher in a 50’s sort of way
Order a double espresso and a chocolate croissant
Use my reader reward card for the 10% discount
Tell pretty young woman in training
I am pretending its my first morning in Paris
When I took the metro from the Gare du Nord
And exchanged money into thick colourful francs
Do not believe what they say about Parisians
They are not always rude
There was a kind woman short and stout
Smiling alert eyes and glasses
Wearing a brown wool coat even though it was summer
She guided directed me to the St. Michel subway stop
How she knew I needed to be in the Latin Quarter
Add to the list of philosophical unknowable
Merge with the underground to arrive at the Place
Where green bronzed Michael the archangel
Stood in the alcove of the fountain
And two small winged dragons
Breathed swollen ragged edged water into a pool.
I wanted to be your newly arrived gypsy
You were no where to be found
Wandered the streets wearing a black sweater
Found at the entrance to the Tuileries Garden
And into a bar at midnight where a man and woman kissed
He felt my presence and whispered into her ear
‘Qu’est-ce que c’est’ as my pen scratched the surface of things
Into a graph lined notebook each square holding a tiny bit of emptiness
‘Un ecrivain,’ she replied
Back in my hotel room was the mystery of the bidet
Where I chilled my wine read Tropic of Cancer
Exhausted after my greedy walks through the streets
A flanuer of infinite thirst
Drunk on bruised coloured evening light and grey rooftops
I walked everywhere too poor for Les Deux Magots Café
Too shy to sit in such elegant leisure crossed legged reading
Or write in a journal that you remember the deep inhuman sound of the sea
Greeted every morning instead by the old concierge in the stairwell
‘Monsieur, vous etes tres gentil et un auteur’
But not before I had seen a man with a step- ladder
And a boy with a goat and tin drum coax it to the top
A visual French metaphor for seduction if there ever was one
In front of the cafe where I waited one last time
Interpreted as a gentil ecrivain in the Latin Quarter
Writing to a woman in a navy dress with white polka dots
Ariadne’s Notes: An exciting and wonderful show on April 7th, 2016 ,welcomed Michael Spiro talking about their new CD Canto America with a perfect mix of Latin American Jazz, Afro-Cuban music and North American jazz with as host and producer Ariadne Sawyer, Jazz co-host Neall Ryon and sound engineer Victor Schwartzman on CFRO 100.5 FM Featured e-poem by Monsif Beroual
Michael Spiro has performed on each of those nominated albums – a mere fraction of the literally hundreds of wide-ranging albums on which he has worked, which include GRAMMY-nominated albums by John Santos, pianist Mark Levine, and vocalist Karrin Allyson. (He has also performed with Ella Fitzgerald, Carlos Santana, and McCoy Tyner.) Internationally recognized for his expertise and his …exploration of African and Latin rhythms, he has authored three books on Afro-Caribbean percussion. The first album under his own name, BataKetu (with Mark Lamson), released in 1996, was named by DRUM! Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Drum Records” of all time.
Wallace and Spiro met more than 30 years ago in San Francisco, forging a personal and professional relationship tempered by their shared interest in the music of Cuba. In 2008, Spiro joined the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at IU, and under his direction the percussion department grew from its emphasis on orchestral work to include the world’s rhythms. He soon began leading a Latin Jazz big band at the school, which used many of Wallace’s acclaimed arrangements, which led to a guest appearance with the band — and eventually to the school hiring Wallace as a professor in 2013.Wayne Wallace:In his four-decade career, San Francisco native Wayne Wallace has collaborated with artists ranging from Count Basie to Stevie Wonder, Sonny Rollins to Carlos Santana, Tito Puente to Lena Horne and Aretha Franklin – as sideman, composer, arranger, and producer. His debut album as a leader, 2000’s Three In One (Spirit Nectar), showcased his writing skills and his encyclopedic knowledge of Afro-Cuban rhythms, the result of years of music-making in the close-knit Bay Area jazz community, where Wallace has played an oversized role. He has earned particular notice for his approach to Latin Jazz, a vision shaped by his work with Latin Jazz percussion giants Pete Escovedo and John Santos, in whose Machete Ensemble he served as music director for more than 20 years. As leader of the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, he has received seven GRAMMY nominations to date, most recently for 2015’s Intercambio. www.patoisrecords.com