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Ariadne’s Notes will update readers and participants on the World Poetry Site, special events, help needed and our goals for the future.

World Poetry Celebrates the Great Scott Reeves!

 

 

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Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show  on  June 28,  1-2 pm PST on CFRO 100.5 FM with the team of Ariadne Sawyer, Producer and host, Victor Swartzman , super tech and Sharon Rowe special volunteer  welcomed  the e-Poem section by Ahmad Al-Khatat. He was born in Baghdad on May 8th. From Iraq, he came to Canada at the age of 10, the same age when he wrote his very first poem and also Md Khalilur Rahman, a published poet from  Dhaka, Bangladesh  with a love poem.

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We also welcomed the  wonderful and talented creators from three disciplines, animated poetry, Nick Curl, Jazz musician and educator, Scott Reeves with his new CD Jazz Orchestra’s Without a Trace . Media courtesy of Braitwaite and Katz .The amazing actress Niketa Calame with her words of wisdom and answer to a young actor from Nigeria . 

I am featuring each featured  guest separately  on this site to give them more exposure. This feature is for the wonderful musician and educator Scott Reeves.

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The Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra celebrates its first decade on Without a Trace from Origin Records. 

This17-piece big band’s second release features a stellar line-up of New York City jazz greats on bandleader/composer/trombonist Reeves’ vibrant originals and reimagined jazz classics.

The Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra celebrates its first decade

on Without a Trace, due out March 16, 2018 from Origin Records

The 17-piece big band’s second release features a stellar line-up of New York City jazz greats on bandleader/composer/trombonist Reeves’ vibrant originals and reimagined jazz classics

“[Reeves’] compositions are sophisticated yet accessible, his arrangements scrupulously burnished and invariably engaging.”

– Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

 “This group of fabulous musicians are continuing and developing the great tradition of big band music.” – Adrian Fry, London Jazz News

Duke Ellington famously insisted that he never wrote music for instruments, but tailored each piece for the particular individuals in his band. After nearly ten years together with a remarkably stable line-up featuring some of the most gifted musicians on the New York City jazz scene, the Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra offers bandleader, composer and trombonist Scott Reeves a similar opportunity. The big band’s thrilling second album, Without a Trace, showcases the results with a decade-spanning repertoire drawing from both original compositions and bold new arrangements of jazz standards.

Scott’s two books, Creative Jazz Improvisation and Creative Beginnings (both published by Prentice-Hall), are among the most widely used texts in their field.

They have been used in the USA at schools such as the University of Southern California, University of Texas, Cincinnati Conservatory, Rutgers, William Paterson University, City College of New York, Georgia State University, Philadelphia University of the Arts, Temple University, Miami/Dade College and High School for the Performing Arts, University of Minnesota, and Berklee. 

In Europe, they have been adopted by academies such as Brunel University in London, The Royal Conservatory in Brussels, and the Università della Musica in Rome.

Scott has also written eleven articles and papers on jazz; his article on jazz arranger Gil Evans was the feature story for a 1995 issue of Jazz Educators Journal. His compositions and arrangements for jazz ensemble are available from Reebone Music, Aebersold Jazz, and UNC press.

“I’ve had people describe my band as sounding like ‘swinging dissonance’,” Reeves says with a laugh. “A lot of my music is overtly swinging in the tradition of big band jazz, but in the majority of my work I’m trying to get away from the typical harmonic palette.”

It helps when bridging such a stylistic gulf to be supported by some of the most talented and sought-after musicians in modern jazz, and Reeves can count many of them as regular band members for the whole of the 17-piece Orchestra’s existence. The line-up on Without a Trace includes saxophonists Steve Wilson, Tim Armacost, Vito Chiavuzzo, Rob Middleton, Jay Brandford and Terry Goss; trumpeters Seneca Black, Nathan Eklund, Chris Rogers, Bill Mobley and Andy Gravish; trombonists Tim Sessions, Matt McDonald, Matt Haviland and Max Siegel; pianist Jim Ridl, vibraphonist Dave Ellson, bassist Todd Coolman, and drummer Andy Watson. Stunning vocalist Carolyn Leonhart, on a break from her busy touring schedule with Steely Dan, guests on the lovely title tune.

Having been able to get know his musicians’ sounds so intimately over the years, Reeves has become adept at styling his arrangements to spotlight their particular talents. Not that there’s much that a virtuoso like Steve Wilson – an in-demand guest soloist for most bands, but regular lead alto with Reeves’ Orchestra – couldn’t handle. Wilson’s fiery yet controlled voice drove Reeves’ take on Kurt Weill’s classic “Speak Low,” which begins with a nod to Bill Evans’ classic rendition from his New Jazz Conceptions album before surging along on an Afro-Cuban beat. Trumpeter Chris Rogers and drummer Andy Watson follow with their own blistering solos.

Leonhart’s elegant turn on Reeves’ own “Without a Trace” follows. Where the orchestra’s debut, Portraits and Places, featured wordless vocals as a coloristic element, here Reeves pens lyrics to craft a love song that matches the emotion and drama of some of the Songbook standards in his repertoire. Leonhart’s subtle grace belies the tune’s angular melody, which combine to conjure a uniquely dark-tinged atmosphere for the song. The familiar “All or Nothing at All” is completely reimagined in Reeves’ handling, with an Ahmad Jamal-inspired groove and a taste of John Coltrane’s immortal “Giant Steps,” giving the timeless tune a feeling unmoored from any particular era.

“I always try to transform a song in some way when I do an arrangement,” Reeves explains. “I learned that particularly from studying Gil Evans’ music. He would take a tune and it would somehow end up in a completely different universe from where it originally started.”

Reeves’ entrancing original “Incandescence” was inspired by a trip to the south of France, where the composer – an amateur astronomer when away from the bandstand – marveled at the star-filled skies over a medieval walled village. The very next day he was at the piano in his rented house, capturing the majesty and mystery of that experience in music. “Shapeshifter” is similarly evocative, built on a tonal twelve-tone row that adds a touch of sci-fi strangeness (with an explicit wink towards Star Trek).

“JuJu” has been a favorite of forward-looking jazz musicians since Wayne Shorter first recorded it more than 50 years ago; of course, being one of the most forward-looking of them all, Shorter has never been interested in doing things the same way. John Patitucci, the longtime bassist in Shorter’s revered modern quartet, gave Reeves the lead sheet for the sax icon’s current approach to the song, which Reeves combines with a sax-section arrangement of Shorter’s original solo, making this version something of a portrait of Shorter’s incredible evolution. Another portrait of sorts, the lively “Something for Thad” closes the album with a brisk homage to another of Reeves’ bandleading heroes, the great Thad Jones.

Though the prospect of leading a big band in the current music-industry environment is a daunting one, Reeves has learned all the right lessons from his mentors: assemble brilliant musicians; pen original, heartfelt music and inventive arrangements; innovate without losing touch with the tradition. With all of those elements radiantly in place, the Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra takes its place among jazz’s most compelling ensembles on Without a Trace.

*Source: Katherine Growdon, Braithwaite and Katz with thanks.

 

World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Amita Sanghvi From Oman !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with host and producer Ariadne Sawyer and co-host Diego Bastianutti  on June  21 , 1-2 PM, PST  CFRO , 100.5 FM was honoured to welcome  the amazing and talented Amita Sanghvi from Oman to the show. Also, we read the bio and played music from Juan Andres Ospina’s CD , Tramontana (released April 20) He unfortunately was not able to call in.

The show included a good Father’s Day E Poem from Ahmad Al-Khatat. He was born in Baghdad on May 8th. From Iraq, he came to Canada at the age of 10, the same age when he wrote his very first poem back in the year 2000. 

Also, we sang Happy Birthday to special volunteer Sharon Rowe in English, Spanish, Brooklynese, Italian and our great tech Victor Schwartzman read another one of her Big Bessie stories.

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Amita Sanghvi teaches English at Sultan Qaboos University in Muscat, Oman. She was a British Council Hornby Award winner and successfully completed her Masters in English Language Teaching from Lancaster University, UK. She has presented several academic papers in the USA, UK, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Malaysia, Japan, Oman and India. To buy her latest book: Amazon.com: LAVENDER MEMORIES AND OTHER POEMS (9789386794925): AMITA JAYANT SANGHVI, MS. AMITA JAYANT SANGHVI: Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Feb 2018, Amita has published her first book of poetry “Lavender Memories and Other Poems”.

These poems are about finding peace in Nature and healing and regaining strength from Nature.

Here is  sample of published poems. She is currently  working on 3 more books.

 

Poem 1

LAVENDER MEMORIES- I.

 

Velvet violet mounts

Lavendered, darkened

Stand so silent, 

Silhouetted.

 

I stare spellbound 

At the pale gold filtering,

Through grey- blue skies.

 

A few rays visit

The blessed Land,

Reflecting serenity

 Ah my heart,

 Lifts, quietly lit!

 

Poem 2

 

LAVENDER MEMORIES-II.

 

That brown line

 Between truth

 And its reflection.

 

Like fainting memories 

Mirrored, so still, 

So still the Lavenders

In my heart.

 

Frowns drown.

A slight smile

Takes a while

To travel,

 

The miles between 

 Detachment and affection.

 

Poem 3

 

Stripey Strides -I

 

The moment

    Pre-movement

That split 

    Of a second

 

Feet lifted 

    Off ground 

 Yet undecided 

    Where to go

 Direction unfathomed

 

Speck of uncertainty,

 Speck of fear,

 Speck of indecision,

 Speck of lively frenzy,

 

The stripe-adorned

 Speck of life,

From the painter’s eyes

A matter of stride.

 Such a pride!

 

Amita  Sanghvi  (C) All rights reserved by the author.

 * Photos from the Indian Consulate in Oman.

 

 

World Poetry Celebrates Poet Herb Bryce From Canada!

 

 

 

 

 

Hope by Neamat Haidari , with permission.

Ariadne’s Notes: On June, 14, 1-2 PM, PST, the World Poetry Café Radio Show welcomed poet and writer Herb Bryce  (Due to technical difficulties, he will be back on August 2 )and the  beautifully talented  musician and composer Sara Serpa with her new CD  Close Up. Brought to us by our great partners Braitwaite and Katz.

Also on the show was a beautiful poem by Kagan Goh for his father read by Ariadne Sawyer and a Father’s Day poem from Elaine Woo read by our great tech Victor Schwartzman. Another Big Bessie story from  Special Volunteer Sharon Rowe was  also read by Victor. 

 

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W. Bryce is a former journalist and newspaper editor, book editor and teacher. He has been a traveler (kidnapped and robbed), and has worked as a courier and a farm hand. His writings have appeared in anthologies in the United States, in British Columbia, Canada, in the “Fifty-five Plus” annual directory, “Today’s Senior Magazine,” and “Bryce’s Blog for Seniors.” His work is also in several local anthologies. Previous features, and comic strips, have appeared in “The Daily Mirror Book for Boys,” and “…for Girls,” in London, England, where he worked as a book editor. He also plied his journalistic skills with a daily newspaper in Worthing, England. In Canada, he worked at various newspapers in his home province of Saskatchewan, and  at The Globe and Mail. Upon his return from his travels in Spain, Portugal, North Africa, the Middle East, etc., he signed on with The Hamilton Spectator. He has a degree in English and Journalism from Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, as well as teacher’s certification from the University of Alberta. Mr. Bryce, author of “Ann – A Tribute,” and “Chasing a Butterfly – A journey of love and loss to acceptance,” a book of poetry arising from his decade as care giver to his Alzheimer’s wife, writes from his home in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada.

LUCKY ONE

Oh, I have been the lucky one

To have lived and learned with her,

For always it was she,

The happy, doing one,

The giving, caring soul.

Our life has been,

Since those giddy, happy times,

A story of adventure,

One of give and take

And always and for ‘ever,’

Love for each and other’s sake.

How lucky to have met her,

How marvelous she cared.

Forever will I wonder

Why it was she dared

To have belief in me.

But whatever was the mystery,

Always I will cherish

The faith that both we shared

Through our lifelong span together—

So happy we were paired.

And I am not complaining,

Indeed I’m giving thanks,

For what I’ve gained from what she gave

Would enrich, I think, all of Britain’s banks.

And now when she is fading,

And I reflect upon our past,

I see the longer shadow,

The one that she has cast.

Herb W. Bryce (C) All rights reserved by the author.