World Poetry Celebrates Wayne Wallace and Michael Spiro!

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Ariadne’s Notes: the World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon , super tech, Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed Grammy Nominee Wayne Wallace to the show on December 22, 1-2 pm to talk about the nominated CD Canto America and the tapestry of artists and features in this amazing CD.

TO LISTEN TO THE SHOW, CLICK HERE!

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PERCUSSIONIST MICHAEL SPIRO AND TROMBONIST WAYNE WALLACE’S Canto América EARNS GRAMMY® NOMINATION FOR “BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM”!

“Simply put, Canto América is a certified masterpiece – one of the most aurally-arresting and culturally-distinctive recordings in recent memory.” – Mark Holston, Latino Magazine.com

World-renowned trombonist Wayne Wallace and percussionist Michael Spiro have earned a GRAMMY ®  nomination for “Best Latin Jazz Album” for their CD Canto América on the Patois label.

The Grammy Awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 12, 2017. “We are extremely proud of this recording, and would like to take the opportunity to personally thank the Academy and all of the musicians who participated in the making of this project,” say Spiro and Wallace. Wallace, Spiro and La Orquesta Sinfonietta (consisting of 35 performers, many of whom are affiliated with Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where Wallace and Spiro teach) weave a colorful tapestry of classic-to-modern rhythms – bolero to timba, Haitian petro to Cuban rumba, mambo to guiro – refreshed by traditional and newly composed compositions, along with surprising treatments of 20th-century standards.

 

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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. This is the eighth time that Wallace — a San Francisco native who splits his time between the Bay Area and the Midwest where he’s a professor at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music — has been on a GRAMMY nominated album.

 

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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.  

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World Poetry Welcomes Kendra Shank & Geoffrey Keezer!


Ariadne’s Notes: The  World Poetry Café Radio Show with host and producer Ariadne Sawyer , co-host Neall Ryon, Super Tech Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed Kendra Shank (Vocalist) on air  talking about their new CD. Half Moon is a lovely CD , poetic and meaningful, a listening delight.

Quote: A deep, stimulating rapport honed over many years…. Mesmeric…uplifting…powerful…– Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times”

“Shank and Keezer each have an impressive command of nuance, dynamics and texture…. Their shared reverence is balanced by a desire and ability to subtly surprise their listeners…– George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune.”

Jan. 9 concert tickets & info: https://www.mezzrow.com/events/2451-kendra-shank-geoffrey-keezer CD purchase: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/kendrashank (downloads also available at Amazon & iTunesWebsites:  www.kendrashank.com  /  www.geoffreykeezer.com with their new CD, Half Moon  with Geoffrey Keezer (Piano).

Also on the show : Wayne Wallace , Canto America,  unfortunately  poetess  Tara Kimberly Torme was not able to join us.  The show included the return of Creativity Rocks.

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Artists: Kendra Shank (Vocalist), Kendra Shank mixes modern jazz, standards, world music, folk/pop, and open improvisation, all unified by her soulful storytelling, inventive phrasing, and spontaneous group interplay. Geoffrey Keezer’s singular style of intellectually abstract lyricism woven over exotically complex rhythms and harmonies makes him one of the most sought-after artists on the modern jazz scene. Join vocalist Kendra Shank and pianist Geoffrey Keezer in celebration as they play music from their new album “Half Moon.”

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Geoffrey Keezer (Piano)

With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. Whether recording with jazzy chanteuses Diana Krall or Dianne Reeves, touring with trumpet king Chris Botti, or collaborating with pop icon Sting, sax legend Wayne Shorter, guitar wizard Jim Hall, star bassist Christian McBride or vibes master Joe Locke, Geoffrey “has more than enough virtuosity and sheer musical wit and intelligence to weave all of his apparently disparate strands of influence into an original and compelling whole” (Time Magazine).”

* Thanks to Ann Braithwaite of Braithwaite & Katz Communications for source materials.

 

 

World Poetry Celebrates Dimitris P. Kraniotis!

Ariadne’s notes: We are honoured to present our first e-poet feature! In the future we also hope to have a newsletter with correspondents from World Poetry Canada International poets, artists, musicians and others.  Welcome Dimitris P. Kraniotis, our first featured e-poet! His e-poem was read on the World Poetry Café Radio Show ; CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!

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Dimitris P. Kraniotis is an award-winning Greek poet. He was born in 1966 in Stomio (Larissa) in central Greece. He studied Medicine at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He lives and works as a Medical Doctor (Internal Medicine Specialist Physician) in Larissa (Greece).

He is the author of 7 poetry books: “Traces” (Greece 1985), “Clay Faces” (Greece 1992), “Fictitious Line” (Greece 2005), “Dunes” (Romania 2007), “Endogram” (Greece 2010), “Edda” (Romania 2010) and “Illusions” (Romania 2010). Also he is the Editor-in-Chief of the international anthology in English “World Poetry 2011” (205 poets from 65 countries).

He was invited and he has participated in several International Poetry Festivals around the World. His poems have been translated into 25 languages and published in many countries around the World.

He is Academician of Academy Tiberina of Rome & International Academy of Micenei (Italy), Doctor of Literature by World Academy of Arts and Culture, President of 22nd World Congress of Poets (Larissa, Greece 2011) by United Poets Laureate International and Founder & Director of Mediterranean Poetry Festival in Larissa (Greece).

His official website: http://www.dimitriskraniotis.com/

 

Our Heart’s Visitors

 

A stranger’s talk

with a stony garment,

threateningly hovers

in our every step,

cold drops of courtesy

burn our breath.

Did hope ceased

to visit our heart?

The snow today

isn’t white.

It is colourless

like the iris of our eyes,

like good morning

which doesn’t come out of our lips.

Did love ceased

to visit our heart?

A torn poster

in the whirl of the wind

our every word,

blue pebbles

sunk in the blue of the sea

our dreams.

Did poetry ceased

to visit our heart?

Dimitris P. Kraniotis (C) Larissa, Greece