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World Poetry Celebrates the Amazing Phil Haynes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ariadne’s Notes:  On May 17,  1:30 PM PST, the World Poetry Cafe , 100.5 FM , CFRO welcomed the talented drummer, composer and musician , Phil Haynes to the show. We were celebrating his two new CD’s, No Fast Food’s Settings For Three and My Favorite Things   which to me felt like a breath of much needed freedom. in this world. Our sound engineer Victor Swartzman especially enjoyed the slow Star Track theme which was played at the end.The CD’s are at www.cornerstorejazz.com/shop  Sales are used to help others create their CD’s. You can reach Phil at : philhaynes.com

Also on the show was a message from Alaha Ahrar, an interview with Koyali Burman and another story by Sharon Rowe from her Big Bessie Book: https://www.amazon.com/Big-Bessie-Stories-Sharon-Rowe/dp/1926457005/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416163528&sr=1-2&keywords=big+Bessie

 

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Phil Haynes

Drummer/Composer Phil Haynes Explores ‘60s Rock Classics and Bold New Territory on Two New Recordings available June 1, 2018 

A veteran artist based in New York for 25 years, drummer/composer Phil Haynes is featured on more than 70 releases from numerous American and European record labels.  His collaborations include many of the seminal musicians of this generation: saxophonists Anthony Braxton, Ellery Eskelin, and David Liebman; trumpeters Dave Douglas, Herb Robertson, and Paul Smoker; bassists Mark Dresser, Ken Filiano, and Drew Gress; keyboard artists David Kikoski, Denman Maroney, and Michelle Rosewoman; vocalists Theo Bleckman, Nicholas Horner, and Hank Roberts; violinist Mark Feldman, and the composers collective Joint Venture. His current projects include the romantic “jazz-grass” string band, Free Country; the saxophone trio No Fast Food; bluesy power organ unit The Hammond Brothers, featuring young B-3 master Paul Bratcher; and the classic piano trio Day Dream, a cooperative with Yamaha artist Steve Rudolph.

My Favorite Things (1960-1969) takes on The Beatles, Hendrix, Coltrane, James Brown and more with “jazz-grass” string band Free Country with Hank Roberts, Jim Yanda, Drew Gress

No Fast Food’s Settings For Three sparks inspired improvisation

from bassist Drew Gress and NEA Jazz Master David Liebman

“[No Fast Food is] ridiculously good — One of the two best trios since the legendary Elvin Jones.” 

– CriticalJazz.com

“Just like Jack DeJohnette or Bob Moses, [Haynes] is broadening the beat by means of a significantly melodic component. You don’t have to be a prophet to foresee a great future.” — Heinrich Oehmsen, Szene

It’s not that he has anything against whiskers on kittens, mind you, but these are a few of drummer Phil Haynes’ favorite things: creating in the moment with old friends, who just happen to be some of the most inventive improvisers on the scene; digging deep into the rich musical legacy of the 1960s; navigating original compositions that offer tricky surprises and wide open spaces, just perfect for inspired spontaneity. With a wide-ranging pair of new releases featuring his bands Free Country and No Fast Food, Haynes gets to indulge all of those faves alongside an amazing crew sure to make you forget any dog bites or bee stings. Both are due for release on June 1, 2018 through Corner Store Jazz.

My Favorite Things (1960-1969) concludes a trilogy by Haynes’ free-wheeling “jazz-grass” string band Free Country, where he’s joined by longtime collaborators Hank Roberts (cello and vocals), Jim Yanda (guitar) and Drew Gress (bass). Released over nearly two decades, the band’s three albums encompass nearly the entire history of American popular music in their own irreverent, stripped-down fashion: their 1999 debut focused on pre-1900 tunes from the Revolutionary War to Stephen Foster; The Way the West Was Won took on the first half of the 20th century, with cowboy songs and Hollywood movie soundtracks.

The concluding chapter narrows the focus to a single decade, but what a decade: over the course of two discs, the quartet takes on everything from John Coltrane, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix to Burt Bacharach and the theme from Star Trek – as Haynes himself puts it, “you’ve got everything from schmaltz to the highest art.”

Beyond the fact that the ‘60s were the formative years for the band’s members, the decade is so ripe for extensive reinvention because, Haynes explains, “It was our last cultural revolution. This is the last decade that everybody agrees on, so this is a look at that psychedelic, diverse musical landscape. We face many of the same questions now that we faced then, and it will be interesting to see if there’s another social revolution.”

If there is, Free Country is here to provide the soundtrack. With Roberts’ wry baritone, the knotty interaction of the strings, Haynes’ loose-limbed, evocative percussion, and a profound conversational spark forged over decades of collaboration and the magical live sound born of recording in the round, the band captures the spirit of the 1960s with the urgency of now. “The ‘60s had this great American outpouring of creativity,” Haynes says. “There was music that everybody shared: Santana and The Beatles knew about A Love Supreme, from Hendrix to what Bernstein did on Broadway, everything was changing. This band focuses all those things into one sound.”

Haynes – My Favorite Things, Settings for Three                                           On the opposite end of the creative spectrum, No Fast Food, with Gress and NEA Jazz Master David Liebman, was formed as an outlet for Haynes’ compositions. The trio’s third album, Settings For Three, is their first not recorded in concert but carries the electricity of their live performances into the studio. As the straightforward title implies, the intent was simply to provide fodder for the three musicians’ estimable improvisational gifts, or as Haynes puts it, “I wanted to give the guys some new settings to play in and also familiar territory to romp in.”

The opening track, “El Smoke,” takes its name and inspiration from a different group – Haynes’ collective quartet Joint Venture, where he and Gress are joined by saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and trumpeter Paul Smoker. Of course, No Fast Food make it utterly their own, ranging from the atmospheric to the rhapsodic over the track’s ten minutes. Haynes has written lyrics for the second tune, “Joy,” though they’re not sung on the recording. No matter, as Lieb and Gress seem to have absorbed the composer’s poetic meaning, which looks at the many different sides of joy, from the outwardly ecstatic to the more profound and complicated.

“There’s joy as we know it,” Haynes says, “but then there are all these other shadow aspects of joy. I really appreciated how the guys played on it because they reveal those different depths: not just that first expression but then all the ripples that happen beyond that.”

Speaking of multi-faceted, the blues offers an endless supply of variations and possibilities, and that’s certainly the case with the wide-open “Blue Dop.” High-spirited and grooving in this rendition, it’s a piece that suggests myriad approaches and changes each time the trio launches into it. The onomatopoeic “Whack Whap” shows off the mirth and humor that the three can share, a wild avalanche of sounds and sonic surprises.

“Longer Shorter” pays homage to Wayne Shorter, taking the legendary saxophonist’s composition “Pinocchio” as a starting point. The hard-driving, sharp-angled tune nods toward Liebman’s history with Miles Davis and Elvin Jones while spotlighting his singular approach to the soprano. The ballad “String Theory,” which kicks off with Liebman conjuring fluttering bird calls on flute, is a vehicle for Gress’ poignant arco emoting. To close the album, “Shramba” takes a different twist on the samba, progressing through all twelve keys over Haynes’ rollicking rhythmic bed.

Through the simultaneous release of these two thrilling albums, Haynes provides a study of two facets of his expansive musical personality. Both are wildly inventive and thrive on the personal interactions of the musicians involved, but where My Favorite Things is subversively accessible, Settings For Three is an enticing challenge. “You’ve got one group where the universe is the option,” Haynes says, “and another group where the microcosm is the universe. They’re very different kinds of playing yet you look for freedom in both.”

Source with thanks: Braitwaite and Katz

World Poetry Brings You a Messege From Alaha Ahar !

 

 

 

 

Ariadne’s Notes: World Poetry Canada International is honoured to bring you another message from World Poetry Canada International Youth Director, Alaha Ahar. 

LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE to hear the Afghan poems and message, as well as interviews with Koyali Berman and Phil Hayes.


Successful versus Unsuccessful People.

Think about what makes successful people better than those who aren’t successful. Getting to the top is not easy, requiring hard work and much sacrifice.

Successful individuals set goals and work to achieve them. Also, they believe in doing right, even when no one sees them.

However, when we consider those who aren’t successful, we often encounter two types.  First, there are those who don’t work hard, who think mainly of their own interests, although they do appreciate the successful individuals around them. Then there are the unsuccessful people who are liars: they lie about everything and spend their lives trying to ruin others. They are good at making up numbers. They claim to be successful but have no proof.

And worst of all, these unsuccessful ones spend time denying the success and hard work of those who achieve.

Remember, hard work is like sunlight and truth. It cannot be hidden. Again and again the light of the sun and the truth of good people keep emerging to shine over everything, to brighten the earth and our lives.

Hard work and honesty are the truth

but lies are short and untrue

Sooner or later

Everyone will learn the truth

Truth lasts forever

Truth is stronger than any small or large lie

And liars are always losers

Because honest and true people are winners

Alaha Ahrar (C) All rights are held by the author.

Alaha with WP medal

Ambassador of Youth, Peace and Goodwill 

Human Rights Activist 

Community Development Advocate-FACETS 

Board of Directors Afghan Women’s Writing Project

Director of Media and Publication Afghan-American Women’s Association (A-AWA)           

The Director of International World Poetry, Youth Team Canada

More International Women’s Day Poems!

 

 

Ariadne’s Notes: On March 8, we had a amazing on air International Women’s Day Celebration on the World Poetry Café Radio Show, 1-2 PM , PST. with feature Alara Bretanne  and poems read by poets from several countries. I have posted them below  in the order that they were read and also want to thank Michael Collins from Australia for his poem which would be posted as a feature later.

 

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She’s of Grit, Grace & Glamour; A shooting star! Comes from miles across as a blessing to earth & family. She is woman! Wish you a Wonderful Woman’s Day!

– Vani Pradeep, India, World Poetry Director . All rights reserved by author.

 

 

 


 

SUN’S  STAR

you become traces

of legendary heroines,

rekindle freedom.

you are a big tank

of powerful decision makers,

execute truth.

you, who veil inspiration to the warrior’s head,

she, woman under the sun,

be the defender

of birthing stars.

* ♥ ceri naz Phillipines, World Poetry Advisor. All rights reserved.

Sun’s star

( a tribute to all women of the world)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gradual Death of Vulnerable Afghan Women

The rights of women are high in the world, it is said,

but this privilege is mere words.

Women do not possess their own rights,

be it in the past or present, it is apparent.

To restore women’s rights, they all talk,

but except to win status, they take no actions.

 

O Afghan woman, strive to win your own rights!

Seek knowledge and be aware of your rights.

If you do not win your rights, who will give them to you?

How long will you be vulnerable? Fight for your rights!

A gradual death has given you this day.

If you want to be rescued, then be a fighter and fear nothing.

(Alaha) is the defender of the deprived Afghan women and their rights.

We share the pain of the women of the world. 

 

Alaha Ahrar (C)  Afghanistan, USA All rights reserved by author. * Note this poem was given permission for posting by Alaha Ahrar, World Poetry Youth and Women  Director.  

 

 

WORKING FOR WOMEN

Working for women
is many times a scuffle
against the own mates
for wages or positions
in a sort of battlefield.

Equality means
that no one is superior
or deserves pover
for a specific sex,
but for a proven value.

The real feminism
doesn’t intends to destroy
men nor systems,
just a lasting injustice
oppressing the times and minds.

(Trabajar para las mujeres
es muchas veces una pelea
contra los propios compañeros
por salarios o puestos
en una especie de campo de batalla.

La igualdad significa
que nadie es superior
o merece poder
por un sexo concreto,
sino por su probada valía.

El auténtico feminismo
no pretende destruir
hombres ni sistemas,
sólo una injusticia duradera
que oprime los tiempos y las mentes.)

(Alfonso Pretel) All rights reserved by author.

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