Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show on Feb. 23, 2017, at 1:40 pm PST , CFRO, 100.5 FM,welcomed the amazing pianist and composer Satoko Fujii who phoned in from Japan featuring her unique new album promoting peace.
The World Poetry Team: Ariadne Sawyer producer and host, guest host, Ruth Kozak and super engineer Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer Sharon Rowe . Also, presented were Fauzia Rafique and Icis Benjamin with her e-poem.
With each new orchestra album, pianist-composer Satoko Fujii deepens and refines one of the most startling and singular concepts in large ensemble free jazz today. Peace (January 27, 2017, Libra Records), the fifth album with her 15-member Orchestra Tokyo, is no exception. A tribute to the late guitarist Kelly Churko, the recording features special guests drummer Peter Orins and trumpeter Christian Pruvost with whom Fujii and her husband Natsuki Tamura perform in the collective quartet KAZE. Together these friends and colleagues create one of the most personal of Fujii’s 18 (!) big band albums.
Peace, a tribute to the late guitarist Kelly Churko, who played on Fujii’s Zakoplane and also her First Meeting set, Cut the Rope (Libra Records, 2009), starts with noise music—something Churko loved. The tune “2014” (the year Churko died) opens the album with what sounds like ghost breezes blowing through a spooky house. Then the chattering begins—the guess here it Natsuki Tamura working his trumpet magic, unaccompanied, then in duo with one of the set’s two drummers five minutes into the thirty-three minute tune. Then the orchestra enters, in a loose, surging, melancholy segment that cuts off sharply, giving way a stuttering, squawking trombone interjected with low-in-the-mix vocal proclamations leading into a spirited trombone/tenor sax conversation. There is also a section that sounds like a stroll through a working construction site: jack hammers pounding, power saws singing.
Peace features a pair of guests from one of Fujii’s wilder ensembles, Kaze: drummer Peter Orins and trumpeter Christian Pruvost. Provost combines his powerhouse percussive propulsion with that of the regular Orchestra Tokyo drummer Akira Horikoshi’s. It results in some explosive moments. And Orins, combined with Tamura, leads the orchestra’s brass sound into levels of density and strangeness not often heard.
The Natsuki Tamura-penned “Jasper” is a different sound, washes of horns pulsing over a drone, building to a crescendo then tapering down to relative peace. And the tune “Peace” is anything but peaceful. It opens as a riot, then moves into a segment that sounds as though they put a microphone up against a jar full of hornets, after somebody shook the jar. And the closer, “Beguine Nummer Eins,” sounds almost mainstream, in a boldly pastoral way.
The pre-Peace spin-through of Fujii’s previous orchestral outing says that the composer took more than her usual risks in putting this sound together. It has an audacity and powerful joy of creation that rises, ever so slightly, above her best orchestral work.
Albums are available on Amazon.com
Sources : Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo: Peace – allaboutjazz.com and Braithwaite and Katz.
Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with host Ariadne Sawyer and guest host Ruth Kozak , super engineer Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed the talented Fauzia Rafique February 23, 1-2 pm PST on CFRO, 100.5 FM. Also featured were pianist and composer Satoko Fujii calling in from Japan (courtesy of Braithwaite & Katz ) and featured e-poet Icis C. Benjamin, originally from Antigua with his poem Mandela. Both will be featured separately on site.
A South Asian Canadian writer of fiction and poetry, Fauzia Rafique writes in English, Punjabi and Urdu. Her second novel ‘The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless Warrior’ is being launched by Libros Libertad in November 2016 while her third novel ‘Triple’ is being considered by a publisher for 2017. She was recognized in 2012 by peer group WIN Canada as ‘Distinguished Poet & Novelist’ for her first novel ‘Skeena’ (Libros Libertad 2011) and the first chapbook of English and Punjabi poems ‘Passion Fruit/Tahnget Phal’ (Uddari Books 2011). Her eBook of poems ‘Holier Than Life’ was published in 2013. Earlier, she edited an anthology of writings of women of South Asian origin, ‘Aurat durbar: The Court of Women’ (Toronto 1995). In Pakistan, Fauzia worked as a journalist and screenwriter.
Through creative writing, blogging and community development work Fauzia supports freedom of expression and equality. In 2013, she declined Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to protest against Canadian Government and British Monarchy for refusing to meet hunger-striking Native Canadian leaders. She publishes blogs on Punjabi literature, blasphemy and honor killings. She is a co-founder and the coordinator of Surrey Muse, an interdisciplinary art and literature presentation group that meets every month in Surrey since 2011.
Fauzia is working on a collection of her poems, a novel, and, on a translation of a Greek poets’ anthology from English to Punjabi and Urdu.
Good news…’ by Fauzia Rafique
i moved to a place with a thick patch of lush green trees a block or so from me fenced in exploration was trespassing but it was there on my way home a privilege to walk by hear the birds chirp play fly some squirrels rats signs of hedgehogs all kinds of people offencing the fence a lovely spring and then the summer arrived flowering bushes and blackberries sprawled out of the fence burying it in a cover of color and nutrition one morning my neighborhood sounded too busy for itself heavy equipment moved in and in the next four days the trees were cut thrashed raised to the ground, except for a couple fronting the kgb, a decorative marketing ploy, selling the illusion of home 138 brand new 3-4 bedroom 1500-1750 sqft townhomes.
Poisoned rats began to come and die in my yard. Birds went silent for a day or two witnessing the deaths we did not see.
Someone grieves, leaving signs saying ‘i grieve’ at the scenes of the crime. My friend, david dalley, i grieve with you and i demand from the city and its developers (as they make their money) a tree for a tree
a tree for every tree
a tree for every profit-damned earth-loving brown-ass tree
Plant it in that neighborhood as you make your money. A Tree For A Tree!
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