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World Poetry Celebrates Alan Santana !

 Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show, September 7, 1-2 pm, CFRO, 100.5,  had a short but important interview with the amazing Alan Santana who gave us insights into the world of boxing and how it helped him at 8 years old to overcome extreme bullying. Also the idea that boxing is like a chess match. My dad liked boxing and said it was “a pure art form” , a quote which I never understood until the interview with Alan.  He also helps youth and has written a book which focuses on  them to be the best they can be and not to get mixed up with shady characters. 

Also on the show were e-poems from Mamta Agarwal,  Poetic News  and a story from Sharon Rowe, read by Victor Swartzman. Music by Pancho and Sal.

To hear the show: CLICK HERE!

Alan Santana ,resounding, gregarious personality is an immediate characteristic that exudes Alan Santana. The fanatical ringside commentator extols an arsenal of burlesque, intelligence and accuracy that is adored by his many fans. A mutli- talented commentator, speaker and serial entrepreneur presiding as the North American Coordinator and Supervisor for the American Boxing Organisation and on the Board of Directors. , the California native is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable experts of our time. He has held the position of Executive Board Member with the World Boxing Hall of Fame, International Boxing Judge and his appointment to these positions has led to an array of opportunities in the boxing world. He has just recently joined the ABO (Adaptive Boxing Organization) as an International Ambassador and Spokesperson to help gain recognition for wheelchair athletes worldwide.

Santana began boxing at the age of 8 years old and it grew into a 20 year career. He earned a spot as a member of the California/USA Boxing Team from 1982 – 1985. During his amateur stint he won many state and local titles and recorded well over 100 plus fights. Shortly after starting his professional run, his career was unexpectedly hampered due to sustaining a career ending injury from an automobile accident. Santana continues his support of the coveted sport of boxing through national and international travel supervising title bouts as a champion of the sport and a passionate mentor to youth.

He currently presides as the CEO, President and Founder of No Teen Riders, INC., a non-profit organization created to educate teen drivers and their families by providing practical information, preventive measures, and compliance standards to reduce and eliminate teen vehicular deaths. Adding the title of author to his repertoire, Santana is also anticipating the release of his forthcoming book entitled UNPROTECTED: A Tactical Approach to Boxing, Business and Life, slated for release in the second quarter of 2017. Alan resides in Orange County, California and is married to wife Annamarie for over 31 years. They have four children, Victoria; twins Austin and Andrew; and Aaron.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/alan-santana-02537b8

https://www.facebook.com/alan.santana1

Alan came to us courtesy of  Osiris Munir,

 

World Poetry Canada International Celebrates Peace!

 

 

World Poetry Canada International Celebrates World Peace!

September 21, 2117, 24 hours plus worldwide.

 All 10,000 participants, World Poetry Directors and Advisors are welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

What you can do: 
1  Signup, send a letter and a peace poem, marked URGENT in the e-mail to ariadnes@uniserve.com

2.  Copy your poem and send it to communities, governments, friends and family. Print it and roll it with a ribbon for a gift poem to give away, buses, planes etc. Ask bookstores and other places to display the free gift Peace Poem in a basket or other display.

3. Plan a block or village Peace Party or come up with new ideas.

4. World Poetry Canada International will read selected Peace Poems on our radio show, put on site at www.worldpoetry.ca
and will send each participant a WP Certificate by e-mail.

 

World Poetry Celebarates the Amazing Christopher Jentsch!

Ariadne’s Notes: A fascinating radio interview with the creative musician  Christopher Jentsch on the World Poetry Café  CFRO , 100.5 FM , on August 31, at 1: 35 PM,  Music from his CD Fractured Rock was included along with at poem that he wrote for one of his productions. Christopher also spoke about the strength of Jazz but the difficultly of making a living, due to down loads and other internet availabilities. This seems a problem that is coming up more and more with many creative people.  It seems like there must be some answers to this situation. Any ideas? Check out his You Tube video channel https://www.youtube.com/user/ JentschChris

Contact him directly at www.ChrisJentsch.com

A great interview.  LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE!

*Thanks to Braitwaite and Katz communications.

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Jentsch has had  the following fellowships from American Composers Forum (3), New Music USA, Meet the Composer, New York State Council on the Arts (3), Ucross Foundation (2), and most recently, Chamber Music America/Doris Duke New Jazz Works, which commissioned his new work Topics in American History. The work had its world premiere on Friday, December 2 at ShapeShifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY, and was also performed on Sunday, January 8 at IBeam, 168 7th St., Brooklyn. It was performed by Jentsch Group No Net, a nine-piece chamber jazz ensemble conducted by JC Sanford with Jentsch on guitar,Michel Gentile on flute, Mike McGinnis on clarinet, Jason Rigby on saxophone, David Smith on trumpet, Brian Drye on trombone, Jacob Sacks on piano, Jim Whitney on bass, and Eric Halvorson on percussion.

As a bandleader and sideman Jentsch has performed in clubs and concert halls throughout the East Coast, and has worked with such diverse musical personalities as George Russell, John Cage, Maria Schneider, and Chris Wood. He appears as a guitarist on the CD John Cage, Volume 11 (ModeRecords 41). He is also featured in Scott Yanowa’s book The Great Jazz Guitarists (2013 Hal Leonard). Jentsch has released five CDs as a leader.

Jentsch attended Berklee College of Music and has liberal arts and jazz guitar degrees from Gettysburg College, New England Conservatory, and the Eastman School of Music. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Composition from the University of Miami in 1999 and is published by the University of Northern Colorado Press, Advance Music, and Fleur de Son Records.

Fight the Fray – by Chris Jentsch (C)

What is which, and why is who?

Take the names. Submit to you.

 

Where is when? Yet why is now

before there’s after anyhow.

 

Take the hit, not fit to quit.

Held together with dirt and spit.

 

How’s this feeling in my bones –

no escaping from this jones.

 

Why is what, so fight the fray,

which is where I had to say.

2017 Chris Jentsch Events:

April 7, 2017 – Fractured Pop CD/DVD release on the Fleur de Son label.

June 9, 2017 – Jentsch Group Quartet at IBeam, Brooklyn NY (8:00 PM) – CD/DVD Release Concert

(Jentsch, Matt Renzi, Jim Whitney, John Mettam).

Ongoing – Last fall was the debut of Jentsch’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/ JentschChris. Six hours of content including an entire 2012 set from Jentsch Group No Net (HQ),selections from a 2015 trio date, two jazz orchestra records, live modified aleatoric music for two mixed chamber quartets, and more.

 You can find him at : www.ChrisJentsch.com

Topics in American History by Christopher Jentsch and Jentsch Group No Net has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s 2015 New Jazz Works Program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.