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World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Pianist and Composer, Danny Green!

 

*World Poetry Peace Gift poems, over 900 were given away at UBC during the last WP Peace and Human Right Festival.

 

  Ariadne’s Notes:Wonderful guests on the World Poetry Café last week , Thursday, July 19, 1-2 PM  Alara Bretanne, Canada and Danny Green USA ! Tune into the World Poetry Café Radio Show celebrating our 20th year!  It was exciting to interview Danny with his beautiful new CD  One Day It Will.

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To buy the CD or learn more about upcoming events; www.dannygreen.net

Also featured  on the show was Jeanie Robertson at her website is: www.jeaniepoet.com  First award winning poet 2017 from the  Lincoln Club, our new partners with her award winning poem : Love is Where You Find It, a poem about  dogs, which would delight our next weeks guest the legendary  filmmaker Foster Corder! Also, a lovely e-poem from Monsif Beroual from Morocco was read by Tech Victor Swartzman and O Iraq, a dream poem was read by Ariadne Sawyer.  WP correspondent Jeanne Claire Probst was again on the show with her weekly inspirational poems read by Ariadne.Another favorite story by Sharon Rowe with her Big Bessie Stories completed the show , 

link:  http://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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Featured Musician: Danny Green

 

 

 

 

 

A rising force on the jazz scene and an award-winning Origin Records recording artist, pianist and composer Danny Green has distinguished himself with his beautifully articulated touch and melodically charged sensibility. His Original compositions – a vivid blend of jazz, classical, and Brazilian elements – delights critics and audiences across the country and around the world.

Green’s talents have taken him from the Blue Note in New York City to the Blue Whale in Los Angeles, and his work has been featured in DownBeat Magazine, Jazziz, the San Diego Union Tribune, The Boston Globe, NPR, and JazzEd. According to JazzReview.com, “Danny Green is what evolution in jazz is all about, expressing the traits of those that came before him, with a style and panache that is all his own…an individual who expresses what is inside of him.”

A Southern California native, Green began studying classical piano at the age of five. His passion for music was apparent early on — his parents had to pull him away from the piano at his first recital. As they tugged him by his right hand, he continued playing with his left hand. At the age of twelve, Green grew disenchanted with reading music and quit lessons. He taught himself to play by ear and spent the next two years only playing Nirvana. Toward the end of high school, he fell in love with Afro Cuban music, which led to his discovery of Brazilian music and eventually jazz.

Green resumed his formal training at UC San Diego, where he studied jazz piano with Grammy-winning producer Kamau Kenyatta and classical piano with John Mark Harris and Luciane Cardassi. He performed the first jazz honors recital at UCSD and received the Jimmy Cheatham Jazz Award. Green continued his education by pursuing a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies at San Diego State University, where he studied jazz piano with Rick Helzer. He was awarded several scholarships and named “Outstanding Graduate.” In 2013, Green was honored as an “Alumni to Watch” from SDSU’s School of Music and Dance.

The Danny Green Trio features the talents of upright and electric bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm.  Since its formation in 2010, the trio has performed at notable venues, series, and festivals across the county, including the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, Shapeshifter Lab (NYC), The Blue Whale (LA), Vibrato Jazz Grill (LA), The Lilypad (Cambridge), The Loft @ UCSD, KSDS KSDS Jazz 88.3’s Jazz Live, the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library (San Diego), CSU Summer Arts Monterey (residency), the Integrity Jazz festival in North Dakota, TEDxUCSD, The Sound Room (Oakland), Tula’s Jazz Club (Seattle), Jazz Live at Marine View Church (Tacoma), and the KSDS Jazz 88.3 Ocean Beach Jazz Festival. The trio was chosen to be a resident artist in the San Diego Museum of Art’s 2013 Summer Residency Project.

Green revealed his unique talents on his 2009 debut recording With You In Mind, which won “Best Jazz Album” at the 2009 San Diego Music Awards. In 2012, Green teamed up with Tapestry Records to release A Thousand Ways Home, featuring Justin Grinnell on bass, Julien Cantelm on drums, and Tripp Sprague on sax, as well as a talented cast of guest artists inducing guitarists Chico Pinheiro, Peter Sprague, and Dusty Brough, Brazilian vocalist Claudia Villela, and mandolinist Eva Scow. That album was voted into KSDS Jazz 88.3’s “Top Ten Jazz Releases of 2012,” and was nominated “Best Jazz Album” at the 2013 San Diego Music Awards.

In 2014, the Danny Green Trio, comprised of Green, Grinnell, and Cantelm, released the highly-acclaimed album After The Calm on OA2 Records. Featuring ten of Green’s compositions, the album received much praise from the press and nationwide radio play. JazzWax described the album as “A highly impressive album that will knock you out,” and the San Diego Troubadour called it, “Unconditionally recommended to anyone who appreciates good jazz, instrumental music or soundtracks.” After The Calm won “Best Jazz Album” at the 2015 San Diego Music Awards and was nominated for “Album of the Year.”

The trio recorded their 2016 release, Altered Narratives, at New York City’s famed Sear Sound recording studio with award-winning producer Matt Pierson. Released on OA2 Records, the album consists of eleven original compositions by Green. The three tunes at the center of the album feature the trio with a string quartet led by violinist Antoine Silverman, a widely admired New York classical and studio player. All About Jazz critic Dan McClenaghan commented, “There’s nothing that adds a touch of elegance to a jazz set more than an adeptly-done string arrangement, and these are superb; violins, viola and cello in a sinuous, sometimes whispering embrace with a vibrant, top-notch piano trio, delving into Danny Green’s distinguished compositions.”  The album remained on the Jazz Week Top 50 chart for fourteen weeks and earned high praise from critics worldwide.

Since the release of Altered Narratives, Green has continued composing music for trio plus strings and performing it. The Danny Green Trio Plus Strings’s debut performance at New York City’s Shapeshifter Lab featured members of the New York based chamber ensemble, Hotel Elefant, along with special guest Chico Pinheiro on guitar. Other performances include a live radio broadcast on KSDS Jazz 88.3’s Jazz Live, featuring members of the San Diego Symphony, TEDxSan Diego, the Museum of Making Music, and the Western Arts Alliance Juried Showcase in Seattle. NBC San Diego reviewed their Jazz Live performance noting,  “Green’s acuity for string writing and the seamless integration of the quartet and the improvising trio were nothing short of sterling.” The Danny Green Trio Plus Strings is currently in production on a new album, slated for release on Origin Records in April 2018.

Green is also highly devoted to music education. In addition to teaching private lessons, he is a faculty member of the annual Jazz 88.3 Summer Jazz Workshop, teaches piano at Grossmont Community College, and presents a jazz appreciation workshop at elementary schools as part of the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library’s outreach program. Green directed the jazz ensemble at Coronado School of the Arts from 2014-2017, and was an artist in residence at Canyon Crest Academy and at CSU Summer Arts Monterey.

Source  with thanks to Braitwaite and Katz  and  www.dannygreen.net

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World Poetry Celebrates the Metaphysical Poetess Alara Bretanne!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Beautiful Afghan purse and First Nations Cedar Rose from Ariadne’s collection.

 Ariadne’s Notes:Wonderful guests on the World Poetry Café last week , Thursday, July 19, 1-2 PM  Alara Bretanne, Canada and Danny Green USA ! Tune into the World Poetry Café Radio Show celebrating our 20th year!  Listen live  below  !Remember that if you have been on the show before you can go to www.worldpoetry,ca and go up and right to search, Put your name in and you will see your old features.

Also featured was Jeanie Robertson  First award winning poet 2017 ( www.jeaniepoet.com)  from the  Lincoln Club, our new partners with her award winning poem : Love is Where You Find It, a poem about  dogs, which would delight our next weeks guest the legendary  filmmaker Foster Corder! Also, a lovely e-poem from Monsif Beroual from Morocco was read by Tech Victor Swartzman and O Iraq, a dream poem was read by Ariadne Sawyer.  WP correspondent Jeanne Claire Probst was again on the show with her weekly inspirational poems read by Ariadne.

Another favorite story by Sharon Rowe with her Big Bessie Stories completed the show , 

link:  http://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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Alara Bretanne

                At 15, Alara was introduced to poetry by an extraordinary English Lit. teacher from Trinidad.  Through his encouragement, one of her poems was published in the local newspaper.  While attaining her B.A., majoring  in English Lit., at Western University in London, Ontario, she was strongly influenced by the poets of the “Romantic Era” such as Blake, Byron, Shelley, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats. The mystical and metaphysical orientation of their writing gave Alara an expanded world vision

                Alara was involved with World Poetry, The Millennium Writers Group, and was featured as a guest poet on World Poetry’s radio station in Vancouver, BC. In 2011, upon moving to Vancouver Island, BC, she joined the Cowichan Writers Group and began writing short stories. Poetry and short stories were published in the Anthologies “One Brick Shorts” in 2013 and “Love Notes” in 2016. 

 

MIRROR, MIRROR

Mirror, mirror                                     Sometimes I was noble

What will I see?                                   Sometimes I was bad

When you reflect                                 Sometimes I was happy

What’s inside of me                             Oft’ times I was sad

 

My magic mirror shimmered                 Galaxies, planets

And spoke to me                                 Lifetimes were there too

Hold your gaze steady                          I’d considered this possible

And you will see                                  I wonder, did you?

 

First, light a candle                              The images faded

And turn out the light                           Then back to my own

I must admit                                       I watched two of me

This gave me a fright                           That flickered as one

 

Shadows played                                  Mirror, what is this?

‘Cross the mirror’s façade                     I’m mystified and confused

I kept my eyes focused                                You and your essence

But I was afraid                                  Mirror said amused

 

Fear not, my dear                               Essence is eternal

Mirror whispered to me                                Consciousness lives on

Watch all your lifetimes                                Personality drapes the mantle

Play out for thee                                 Of a finite life in time

 

My image shifted                                 Much to consider

From woman to man                            Time for a nap

To child and to alien                             Quite right, my dear

Back to woman again                           Let’s call it a wrap

 

Over and over

Different guises and faces

Different costumes and eras

Different ages and races

 

July 4, 2012

Vancouver Island

Copyright Alara Bretanne (C) All rights reserved by the author.

 

World Poetry Celebrates the Talented ALARA BRETANNE!

 

 

 

Ariadne’s Notes:  Happy International Women’s Day! A special celebration with Alara Bretanne and e-poets: Vani Pradeep, India, Ceri Naz, Philippines and Alaha Ahrar, Afghanistan , US. 

Also included were Alfonso Pretel , Spain and  Michael Collins, Australia. Super tech Victor Swartzman sang Happy Birthday to the women of the world. Missing was Craig Earqhart   who was not able to join us since he was in the hospital but we played his UCLA heart transplant song . Music by John Lennon , Susan Cogan and Craig Earqhart. Thanks to Osiris Munir.

Sharon Rowe’s story, the Great Switch a Roo was dedicated to her friend Stuart who passed away recently. 

For years we have had a special event for International Women’s Day but were not able to this year. However this radio show made up for it.   Thank you all!

 

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ALARA BRETANNE

             At 15, Alara was introduced to poetry by an extraordinary English Lit. teacher from Trinidad.  Through his encouragement, one of her poems was published in the local newspaper.  While attaining her B.A., majoring  in English Lit., at Western University in London, Ontario, she was strongly influenced by the poets of the “Romantic Era” such as Blake, Byron, Shelley, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats. The mystical and metaphysical orientation of their writing gave Alara an expanded world vision

            Alara was involved with World Poetry, The Millenium Writers Group, and was featured as a guest poet on World Poetry’s radio station in Vancouver, BC. In 2011, upon moving to Vancouver Island, BC, she joined the Cowichan Writers Group and began writing short stories. Poetry and short stories were published in the Anthologies “One Brick Shorts” in 2013 and “Love Notes” in 2016. 

She describes the background of the poem: 

“The poem I selected to send was a “Goddess” poem to have a feminine style of prayer since much of our current religion is more masculine based, although I can see that changing.

Recently, in an on-line women’s group, a member had expressed her interest in my poem as she was having some difficulty in turning to a male God. I typed it on the Facebook page and it was quite well received. I’ve been involved in enough groups and can honestly say that these women want to get back to a more positive and sovereign form of empowered femininity that includes their sexual healing but not as ball busting feminists, although I think these brave women were very necessary in the early days of creating a path for women’s rights.”

 

FEMINESSENCE

(The Goddess Prayer)

My womb is bathed in golden light

Tiny stars swirling inside

Twinkling, laughing in the void

Peace, tranquility flowing through my body

Like mother’s milk

 

Ecstasy engorging my breasts

Nipples straining

For release, for touch

For light, for love

Body arched to give and to receive

The miracles of spirit

Born into flesh

 

My woman’s spirit in many guises

Soft, yielding

Hard, uncompromising

Seeker of Truth

Breast of Hope

Body of Life Eternal

ALARA BRETANNE

September 24, 1993, The Center, Kamloops. All rights reserved by the author.