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 JentschChris

Contact him directly at

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 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 :

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.

World Poetry Celebrates The Talented Sophia Xinyuan Zhang!

Ariadne’s Notes: A special  World Poetry Café Show , August 30 , 1-2 pm on CFRO, 100.5 FM. We welcomed two wonderful guests, Sophia Xinyuan Zhang with poems in Mandarin  and information on a great new Contest listed below.  Also on the program, we were honoured to welcome  talented Jazz Musician  Christopher Jentsch with his new CD, Fractured Pop and a poem.




Poet and World Poetry  Canada International Director, Sophia Xinyuan Zhang,  a long-time supporter of community programs and city services. As an administrator, facilitator, communication coordinator, writer, poet, teacher, auxiliary city employee, and a passionate volunteer, Sophia has planned, organized and hosted many community events at the RPL, VPL, as well as many other community places. Sophia has extensive experience working with immigrants to facilitate multicultural education and is an effective advocate in supporting people to achieve their life goals.

Celebrate Canada 150-great contest for all!

Canada and Me – From Far and Wide

2017 Multicultural Creative Writing Contest & Festival

For celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday and Culture Days, for encouraging multicultural creative writing and lightening up community spirit, WS Immigrant and Multicultral Services Society will host ‘Canada and Me – From Far and Wide: 2017 Multicultural Creative Writing Contest and Festival’, sponsored by Culture Days, BC Culture Days, City of Richmond, Richmond Art Centre and Richmond Public Library.

Time: August 16, 2017 – September 15, 2017

Who can submit: everyone has a special connection with Canada include Canadian citizens, permanent residents, international students, refugees, any visitors are in Canada or have been to Canada, or have any family or friend in Canada.

What to write: anything related with Canada, any story between you and Canada, your close family or friend’s story in Canada, or write about a Canadian place, movie, food, sport, etc. Poems, essays, short stories, drama, songs, plays, etc. are all encouraged. Must be original writing. Each submission shall be no more than 500 words; if written in other languages rather than English, please provide English translation at least a brief English translation. If you prefer, you can provide a brief writer’s introduction and a photo to be published in the book. Submissions are very welcome.

Prize: 150 writings will be selected by WSIMS Contest Committee as ‘Most Inspirational Writings 2017″ for a publication; among the 150 writings, 15 will be awarded as “Touching Canada 2017” and shared on the 2017 Multicultural Creative Writing Festival on September 29.

Please note: WS Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society reserves the right to use the submitted works for publication purpose.

How to submit: please submit email to


Ancestral Home

In a dream last night, I came back to my ancestral home

As usual, Grandma was talking with me, kind and gentle, all smiles

It was a Spring, flowers were blooming, the toon trees were sprouting

The dogs Pirate and Black Bear had gone hunting

With my cousin for three days

In a dream last night, I came back to my ancestral home

Grandpa bathed in sun setting, bare footed, with kiddos

Busy catching fish and shrimps in a creek

A fat fish bumped over me, causing beautiful splashes

In a dream last night, I came back to my ancestral home

Happened to be Dragon Boat Festival, Grandpa made cakes with new rice

Under the bright moon and stars, neighbors joined us in high spirits

We chit-chatted sitting on a huge natural stone ground

In a dream last night, I came back to my ancestral home

Under the HuangJue tree of a hundred years stood Grandma, who  waved and waved

The car drove by several mountains and hills, I still saw Grandma’s waving

And the top of the huge white fig, Grandma’s lasting elegance

*Pirate and Black Bear: two dogs names.

**Grandma’s grandson,my cousin.

***HuangJue tree: a kind of ficus virens, big and tall, beautiful shaped, often can grow hundreds years old.

English Translator: Mingfu Liu.

Sophia Xinyuan Zhang (c)   ( All rights reserved)



Snow, falling again

Dawn to Dusk

Without a gentle word, or a passionate whisper

But I’ve seen, I’ve seen, the love letter

The sky is writing to the earth

Fallen leaves feed nutrition to the root

Dancing snow rewards the ground a warmer blanket

What could I share with you

Nothing, nothing, but,

If you are expecting, next Spring

The lush green

would grow

where now

covered by the white snow.


Sophia Xinyuan Zhang (c)   ( All rights reserved)

  • Poems in Mandarin hopefully will be put on site .


World Poetry Celebrates Rising Star Emmanuel Kabongo!


Ariadne’s Notes: On August 24, 1:35 pm, the World Poetry Café welcomed youth star Emmanuel Kabongo to the show in a special interview about the new CBC show 21 Thunder, broadcasting every Monday night at 9 pm, PST. Also he gave tips to upcoming youth actors. He is a shinning light in the world and we wish him well in his career



New TV show: 21 Thunder   shows the cutthroat world of pro soccer, a club lives and dies by the stars on its under-21 team. They are the future and lifeblood of any franchise, but most will never make it. 21 THUNDER is the story of the Montreal Thunder U21 team, following the team’s star players on and off the field. A story of love, crime, race, sex and athletic glory, at its core the series is about how a group of players and coaches unite as family in the whirlwind of life, one step away from the pros.

A CBC original series, 21 THUNDER is produced by PMA Productions and Generic Productions, and executive produced by Kenneth Hirsch (Extraordinary Canadians, Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague), Michael Levine (Republic of Doyle), Adrian Wills (The Surrogacy Trap, All Together Now), Riley Adams (Crossing the Rubicon: The Journey, Flashpoint) and Malcolm MacRury (Republic of Doyle, Saving Hope), who also serves as showrunner. Adams is co-creator along with Hirsch and Wills. The series was filmed in Montreal in summer and fall 2016.

Kabongo was born and raised in Zaire (now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo) and subsequently relocated to South Africa during the war with his family. They later moved to Toronto, in 1998.

Since 2009, Kabongo has starred in several feature films, including The Animal Project (2014), directed by Ingrid Veninger, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, Pompeii (2014), directed by Paul W.S Anderson, Antibirth (2016), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and Brown Girl Begins (2017) directed by Sharon Lewis. Kabongo has also guest-starred on a variety of television programs, including Nikita, Flashpoint, Rookie Blue, Call Me Fitz Murdoch Mysteries, Hemlock Grove and Quantico.

He won the award for Best African Actor at the 2013 African Entertainment Awards, in Toronto. He completed the Actors Conservatory Program at the Canadian Film Centre in 2015. In 2014, Kabongo co-produced the first season of the award-winning web series Teenagers alongside emerging filmmaker M. H. Murray. Kabongo also starred as T, the series’ lead male protagonist. Kabongo reprised his role as T in the second season of the series, which he received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Performance in a Program or Series Produced for Digital Media in 2016. Also in 2016, Kabongo produced and starred the short film A Man’s Story, for which he received funding from bravoFACT. The short film went on to screen at the ReelWorld Film Festival in Toronto, where it won an award for Best Short Film in 2016.

In September 2016, CBC announced it had commissioned a one-hour drama series that follows the star players of an under-21 soccer academy in Montreal, titled 21 Thunder, with Kabongo slated to star as one of the lead characters, an Ivory Coast mid-fielder named Junior Lolo. Kabongo is also a supporting character in Shaftesbury’s Frankie Drake, also commissioned by the CBC.

Here is my exclusive e-interview with the amazing and talented Emmanuel Kabongo

  Ariadne: What does acting mean to you?

Emmanuel:  Acting to me is a mirror to life. It is a path to self-realization. Acting to me also means being a vessel, an instrument to something bigger than me. This craft has allowed me to not just learn about myself and my history; it also continues to inspire me to keep growing and gaining knowledge about people and the world. The best gift in this career is knowing that my work has affected someone personally, in a positive way. If I can continue being given a chance to do this, I will forever be content.

 Ariadne: What advice would you give young black actors starting out?

Emmanuel: READ. READ. READ ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING. The more you know, the more equipped you become and the more confidence you can gain. On top of self-education, it’s also really critical to enroll yourself in an acting program or acting workshop(s) so that you can be familiar with the business and technical aspects of the craft, how to better take direction, improve your creativity, attain new skills, and add to your natural talents by working with other people. The most important thing is to find what style works and resonates with you. Like in any career, having a resume is critical and with it you must also include a headshot, which is a professional photo of yourself. A resume is something that you continuously build on and for those who don’t have any working experience in acting, your training will be sufficient enough for someone to take a chance on you. One way to build your experience as an actor is to search for and get involved with student films or independent projects. You can find auditions online through casting services or google and once you feel you’re ready, the next step would be to get an agent. The best way to find an agent is to go on the internet and search for talent representation in your area. After you sign with someone who values your talent and potential be sure to always be on the same page with your agent. Be aware not to allow yourself or your agent to typecast you. You want to build the habit to audition for different types characters even if you don’t fit them. This will allow you to stretch yourself and not be seen as one dimensional by casting directors. The beginning will not be easy, it will feel slow and you will be thinking about giving up, but hang on and continue to improve yourself. Once you land your first role and get a taste, it will only push you to work harder and smarter. Your hard work will pay off, eventually.

Ariadne: To what, (beside your own hard work, talent and commitment) do you owe your success?

Emmanuel: First and foremost, I’m a believer of a force bigger than me. A higher power. Some call it God or the Universe. So I owe my success to the source of my creation. Secondly, my parents, Nene and Toure Kabongo. If it weren’t for their hard work, commitment and love, I wouldn’t be in North America. To say the least, I wouldn’t have been exposed to acting if my mother never watched soap operas and films. I wouldn’t have known what a set is if my father never worked as a background actor to make extra cash for the family. I also owe the character choices that I make for different roles to my siblings Billy, Vanessa, Myck and Jonathan. They help me make wise decisions before starting a gig. Because of them I make sure to bring something fresh with each character that I portray. Credit for the position that I’m currently in professionally goes to the team that represents me: Amanda Rosenthal, Marc Hamou and Mike Carr.  Without their support, professionalism and dedication towards my career, I wouldn’t have been given the opportunities to portray interesting characters. Last but not least, for my education and training, I owe my gratitude to Earl Nanhu of EVN Studios whom instilled in me a solid foundation.  He taught me a great deal, not just about acting but also about myself and life. I’m also very fortunate for being a part of the Actors Conservatory Program at the Canadian Film Centre. This program gave me a chance to network and form strong relationships with other actors, directors, producers, writers and casting directors. The different workshops and events provided by the program fueled me with confidence, gave insight on how to improve in my auditions and helped me understand the business behind the camera better. In the CFC is also where I met my mentor Michael Levine. He has been a champion in my corner and I beyond appreciative for his continued mentorship, support and belief in me. I don’t think I would be as passionate about this craft as I am today without these key individuals in my life.

Ariadne: What are your future plans?

Emmanuel: I would like to continue developing and getting better as an actor. I am continuously enrolled in classes because I’ve learned that, there are no limits to what you can learn about yourself and life. I aspire to work all over the world and to also get the opportunity to work alongside some of the talented professionals that I admire and look up to. Growing in a big family and working with children at a daycare for number of years has inspired me to one day have a family of my own, but right now my “babies” are the gigs I get. I also want to give back. Being Congolese, I look forward to the day that I get to go back the Democratic Republic of Congo and be part of initiatives that support shelter, education and well-being.

Ariadne: Are you helping youth in sports?

Emmanuel: At the moment I am working on other initiatives but I plan on continuing to organize obstacle courses and sports such as soccer and basketball for the daycare where I worked for many years. The age groups that I work with range from 6 to 12 year olds.

Ariadne: Please send a quote.

Emmanuel: A quote I live by is from one of my favorite books, The Alchemist written by Paulo Coelho. When you want something, the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

Sources: With great thanks to: Samantha Isenberg , Jen Gorman,  CBC, The Afro News , Jen Gorman  and Ingrid Hamilton. A special thank you to Emmanuel Kabongo for the excellent e-interview. Re-printed from the Afro News.

Photo credits: Jen Gorman.