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World Poetry Celebrates Talented Richard Doiron from Canada!

Ariadne’s Notes: We are so honoured to feature the talented and amazing poet , World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and poet for peace. He has been featured at the past three World Poetry Peace and Human Rights Exhibitions at the University Of British Columbia and is an active and cherished participant on the World Poetry Canada International Facebook Group.

Richard Doiron 2012






Photo By Janet Kvammen

Richard Doiron writes: ” On July 16, I will be a featured reader at the First Annual Sojourner Literary Festival in Richibucto, New Brunswick. The event will now be part of the Richibucto Scallop Festival, at present in its 46th season. Donna Allard, the former President of the Canadian Poetry Association, a well-known presence in literature is behind the inception of the event. Donna has some very credible people working with her on this new venture, which will feature numerous authors of note. This is being held at the O’Leary Inn, on Main Street. I have read there before. In March 2002, I spent 12 hours there, spear-heading a literary event put together by the Acadian Society of New Brunswick. My roots are, after all, Acadian. I look forward to returning to the Inn, which is rich in Victorian quality and traditions. Richibucto is a Mi’kmaq name, the Mi’kmaq being our predominant Native Nation in NB. Nearby is Elsipogtog, our largest reserve. Also nearby is the world famous Kouchibouguac National Park. Fishing has always been one of the biggest economic boosters of the area, which is also steeped in art and culture. We even produced a former Prime Minister of Britain, born in Rexton, Kent County, a stone’s throw away from Richibucto.
Bonar Law (16 September 1858 – 30 October 1923), commonly called Bonar Law was a British Conservative Party statesman and Prime Minister.
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Richard Doiron:  Published 52 years. Work read at UN. Published alongside
the Dalai Lama twice by invitation. 2012 World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Estimated 1000 poems published to date. Participant in national and international literary festivals, including the Northrop Frye Festival. Graduate in journalism, Certified Lifeskills Coach, and Reiki Master.

Interview with Richard:

WP: What does poetry mean to you? It seems to be such a big part of your life.

Richard Doiron: Poetry is life itself. It is the beginning and the end and everything in-between. It is joy, sorrow, peace, discord, life and death. It is the sunrise, sunset, the rainbows and the rain. It is  beauty, unsightliness, shadow, light, good, and evil. It is a noun, a verb, an adjective. It is a smile, a frown, fullness, emptiness, desire, indifference, the known and that which cannot be defined. Poetry is everything. It is beyond words. It is the formulation of books yet needs no books to define itself. Some of the foremost poets I have known have been illiterate. Their poetry resounded in their every word. Poetry is a way of being, of seeing, of doing. Native Elders always come to mind for me. To listen to their great words, else to their great silence, is to be moved. In the end, though, poetry is as vague as it is vibrant.

WP: What other aspects of your life are important to you?

Everything is interconnected. It is in disconnecting from the natural world that problems arise. We are part of the natural world, no more, no less. Some have given themselves license, by way of domain, culture, religion, wealth, to have dominion over all of creation, which is nothing short of madness. Equality, justice, balance, ultimately, peace in the world, these things are not negotiable to me. But peace begins with the self. And Love is key. Love does not come conditionally. Those who make conditions to love are not lovers of people but of conditions.

In the presence of love, there is calm; in the absence of love, there is strife. Peace implies justice; justice implies equity; equity implies vision; vision forever implies love. In the end, it always comes back to love, which is the deciding factor. My quatrain on love says it well, I think:

Love transcends all things as known
Let all the world reprove it
Not one atom yet has shown
A single thing disproves it

WP: Any message to the world?

Richard Doiron: We are a planet in peril today. Things are not in the least what they seem. History has been distorted. We have had unspeakable horrors perpetrated on earth going back into antiquity. It is said in the Old Testament that where there is no vision the people perish. Today, like never before, we teeter on the brink of oblivion. The weapons on this earth are sufficient to snuff out all life a hundred times over. And we’re using them. Scientists tell us we are losing up to 200 living species daily. We’re also losing one language every 14 days. We have treated this planet as a garbage dump, surely not as the Garden of Eden. Sadly, greed rules the day. It’s either war or talk of war. The sale of weapons, and military expenditures, outrank all else combined. We have disparity: the haves and the have-nots, and this like never before. Violence is found in all sectors. We are a species that has lost its way. And  we need to turn things around and fast. Our oceans, our forests, everything is dying. It never needed to be this way. Again, it goes back to interconnectedness, and to be connected is to understand how it all works. Instead of teaching our children to be robotic, we need to teach Lifeskills, and we need to be loving. We need to revisit our roots and root causes for strife. We still have the very best of role models among our ranks. We need a spiritual revival, not a religious one, and the Spirit is still alive and well, most notably in our enduring First Nations Communities. If we have missed the significance of those teachers, it has been a wilful act. I have to say we need peace, but how do we have peace by continually readying for war? We do not trust our neighbours, quite simply, because we do not trust ourselves. Our neighbour is but a version of us, human, vulnerable, in search of peace and fulfilment. We need a constant meeting of the minds. And we need to stop sending military men to talk peace with other military men. We need to send our poets, artists, and thinkers – the proponents of peace – to reason with their brothers and sisters. Had the old paradigm been tenable, we would surely not be this close to annihilation. I wish peace in the world, but peace means balance. We have thousands of military academies, but where are the peace academies?

Please forgive me for presenting you with such a treatise. My passion, however, is peace, and my poetry is merely an expression of this passion, a passion which, surely, is fuelled by the four-letter word: LOVE.”

-Richard Doiron

World Poetry Celebrates the Enchanting Alchemy Sound Project!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show  with Producer and host Ariadne Sawyer, co-host Neall Ryon, Sound engineer Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe, welcomed two special guests David Arend and Sumi Tonooka from the Alchemy Sound Project, (  celebrating their new CD , the exquisite Future Explorations a special tapestry  creation of music, with many different melodic threads. Also featured were three E-poets,Mahmood Jan, from Afghanistan, Caroline Nazareno from the Philippines  and Yuan Hongri from China. To hear this informative and lovely program CLICK HERE!

Further Explorations, the excellent new project from Alchemy Sound Project featuring five extraordinary composer/performers: Sumi Tonooka, Erica Lindsay, Samantha Boshnack, Sumi Tonooka, and Salim Washington.

The five core members of Alchemy Sound Project were brought together by the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, a program initiated by the American Composers Orchestra and the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University to encourage jazz composers to explore writing music for the symphony orchestra.





Double bassist and composer David Arend performs classical, jazz, hip hop, singer/songwriter and electroacoustic music, exploring hybrids in his compositions. Photo credit: Bryon Malik.

David’s music has been performed by jazz combos such as Alchemy Sound Project, chamber ensembles, soloists, DJs, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Academy Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, West Point Woodwind Quintet and members of the San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Nashville Symphony.

David has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Carlos Santana, Bobby McFerrin, soloists such as Mark O’Connor, Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, Gidon Kremer and Lynn Harrell, and is a member of the Oakland Symphony directed by Michael Morgan. A passionate commitment to new music has led David to work with influential composers such as Ornette Coleman, George Crumb, Thomas Adés, John Harbison, Chen Yi, John Psathas, Tan Dun and George Tsontakis, and next generation composers such as Jack Perla, Mason Bates, Marisol Jimenez, Jonathan Newman and John Mackey.

Hip hop and electronica club appearances include Envision Festival and Bamboo Bass Festival (Costa Rica), Roter Salon and Zu mir oder zu Dir (Berlin, Germany), Cryptoportico at the American Academy (Rome, Italy), Beyond Samsara (Los Angeles, CA), The New Parish (Oakland, CA) and San Francisco’s Mezzanine, Ruby Skye, 111 Minna, John Colins, Varnish, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The De Young Museum.

A graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music) and The Juilliard School (Master of Music), David held a fellowship for four summers as solo bassist with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble under director George Tsontakis. Primary double bass mentors include Eugene Levinson, Scott Haigh and Albert Laszlo.



Sumi Tonooka has been called a “fierce and fascinating composer and pianist” (Jazz Times), “provocative and compelling” (New York Times), and “continually inventive, original, surprising, and a total delight,” (Cuadranos de Jazz, Madrid). Photo credit: Karen Sterling.

During a career spanning more than 30 years that has taken her from bases in Philadelphia & Boston, to New York & Seattle, Tonooka has been developing a body of work that surprises and delights audiences – quietly piling up accolades from jazz writers and fellow musicians.Her recent activity as a composer includes receiving the Music Alive: New Partnership is also a recent recipient of the 2105 Artist Trust award and received the Carl & Jini Dellaccio GAP title to compose a new jazz chamber work Driftwood.

In addition to her symphonic and chamber works, jazz recordings and performances, Tonooka has composed over a dozen film scores, including the Academy Award-nominated Family Gathering by Lise Yasui and Daring To Resist by Martha Lubell, aired on PBS. She is also featured in A Note of Hope, released in 2011, a full-length documentary from Citygate Films on the youngest victiims of HIV/AIDS in Africa. She toured West Africa as part of a sextet featuring her musical compadre of two decades, jazz violinist John Blake, Jr. Their recorded output includes A New Beginning: Live at The Village Gate, Kindred Spirits (as a duo), and the Traveler featuring Boris Koslov on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums. As a member of the Rufus Reid Quintent, Tonooka appears on the CD and DVD The Rufus Reid Quintent: Live at the Kennedy Center (Motema). The group appeared at Dizzy’s Club Cocoa Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York in 2007 for the release performance.

Tonooka’s career has been chronicled on several highly regarded jazz books, including Living the Jazz Life by Royal Stokes, ln The Moment by Francis Davis, and Madame Jazz by Leslie Gourse (all on Oxford University Press). As a professional response to an inherent void within the music industry, Tonooka, along with alto saxophonist Chris Burnett and tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay, co-founded the Artists Recording Collective (ARC), an internationally recognized brand and professional recording label. She now divides her time between her responsibilities as the Chief, Public Relations Officer for ARC, composing and performing for an increasingly widespread audience of jazz aficionados. In his liner notes to pianist, composer and educator Sumi Tonooka’s fifth CD, Long Ago Today, journalist Russ Musto restated his praise from thirty years ago:”…it has been a pleasure to hear her blossom into one of the most talented musicians of her generation.