The World Poetry Café welcomed the talented Koyali Burman , World Poetry Canada International Cultural Ambassador, in a fascinating interview on the arts, dance, poetry and healing with a focus on Kathak dancing and hand Mudras. Also featured was World Poetry Director Alaha Ahrar with a inspirational message, Poems by Mamta Agarwal , a story by Sharon Rowe, Creative Rocks Tips, by Ariadne Sawyer all under the expert controls of Victor Schwartzman , the sound engineer.
Koyali is a graduate from the University of British Columbia. Besides her rising professional career, Koyali is an accomplished Kathak dancer a North Indian classical dance form. From a tender age of 3, she was fascinated to Kathak dance form. She has also learnt Rabindra Nritya and Mohiniyattam dances. She has received awards and featured in numerous Television, stage performances and radio interview in India and Vancouver.
Being the Cultural Ambassador of the World Poetry Canada International she is creating awareness in Vancouver of glorious Indian classical dance and focusing on exploring connectivity with Kathak, poetry and therapeutic value of one of the Indian dance form. If poetry could come to life, you’d find Koyali Burman dancing and teaching.
She has also reverence for global learning and development and fortunate to have worked with some of the well known women like Frances Ferreira who share her interest in international development.
Koyali also does Healing Workshops in the Vancouver, B.C. Canada area.
On December 7, 1-2 pm PST, the World Poetry hosted a special tribute to Franco De Santis, a Italian Canadian Poet living in Hamilton Ontario, Canada . He was born in Morolo, Italy near Rome and Â came to Canada in 1967. De Santis is the author of 11 published books in Italian and the winner of over 20 literary awards. His new book, Selected Poems had been translated by Diego Bastianutti and allows English speaking readers to connect with the poet for the first time. In celebration of this book, published by Hamilton Trinacria Association is offering free books (only postage needs to be paid)
Exquisitely presented by Anna Ciampolini Foschi and Diego Bastianutti, the show featured his poems in English and Italian.
Special E- Peace Poets Preethi Saravana, India and Danny Teller from China. Another Big Bessie Story from Sharon Rowe, read by the wonderful voice of World Poetry Café technician Victor Swartzman. Note: The World Poetry Café is honoured to welcome Professor Diego Bastianutti as a co-host of the show once per month.
Anna Ciampolini Foschi lives in Vancouver, B.C.Â A short story writer, freelance journalist and translator, she co-edited three major anthologies: Emigrante, Writers in Transition and Strange Peregrinations: Italian-Canadian Literary Landscapes. Literary awards include First Prize (2007)Literary awards include First Prize (2007) Citta di Forli and First Prize Italian Week-Ottawa (2010). She is a founding member of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers and co- founded the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize. She has lectured in Italy and Canada. Her works are published in Canada, Italy, U.S.A. and Costa Rica. Anna was inducted in the Hall of Fame at Vancouver’s Italian Cultural Centre
Diego Bastianutti, from Fiume, Italy, has crossed many borders separating States as well as “states of being.” He is at ease with various languages.
After a few years in international banking on Wall Street, he took up his tenure as Professor of Spanish and Italian literature at Queens University from 1970 to 1997, while holding the post of Honorary Vice Consul of Italy (1977-1995).
He retired in Sicily for six years, where he spearheaded a movement for the understanding of the process of integration and assimilation of new immigrants from North Africa.
Since his arrival in Vancouver, and thanks to his own personal background as a Julian Dalmatian exile, he has come to know and understand the sense of alienation of the people in DTES (Vancouver Downtown Eastside), but he has also been struck by their resilience, their undeniable humanity and dignity, and their sense of community. This experience inspired him to write a collection of poems dedicated to them. Similarly, the international photographer Jon Guido Bertelli was moved to produce a set of powerfully moving photographs. The poems and photos were mounted in two successful exhibits in Vancouver in 2016 and 2017. The exhibit was also mounted in Trieste, Italy this past April, invited and financed by the University of Trieste and the Julian-Dalmatians in the World.
Prof. Bastianutti has received wide recognition here and abroad for his work as a writer, poet and translator. His prize-winning poems, articles and short stories have been featured in various national and international literary journals and anthologies. Currently he is a free-lance editor, a Canadian correspondent for an Italian literary magazine in San Jose, Costa Rica, and a member of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers, the Canadian Authors Association, and the Federation of BC Writers.
His socio-historical articles, short stories and four collections of poetry have become material of study in a graduate course offered at the University of Toronto.
Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show was honoured to welcome the wonderful team of George and Elena Gillian on November 16at 1:35 PM, PST Highlights of the show included the beautiful voice of Elena and the great work of George with specially abled people, two of which wrote a powerful poem which George on the radio show. Elena also works with youth and performance. Recent award winners of Living Legend awards, they embody the best in humanitarian caring and help. You can contact them at http://gilliamjazz.com/
Thanks to publicist Osiris Munir, tech Victor Swartzman and Special volunteer Sharon Rowe.
Honored as a Living Legend of Jazz by Living Legends Inc. in Los Angeles, California, Elena Gilliam is an astonishing jazz vocalist with a rare depth of natural talent. Her level of performance is widely applauded as analogous with such jazz greats as Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and the like. Her unique rich, eloquent tones and brilliant phrasing take you on a musical journey of jazz, swing, standards, latin and blues. Elena charms you with her animated that exemplifies her musical versatility, while she cleverly connects you to song lyrics. Her confidence, enthusiasm and love for music shine through every performance. Her extraordinary sound is indeed a treat for anyone who appreciates a true songstress.
Elena has been featured at countless events (both public and private) at venues such as; the Hyatt Newporter Jazz Festival, the KKJZ 88.1 Jazz and Blues Sunday Brunch at the Hollywood Lowes, Spaghettini Grill & Jazz Club in Seal Beach, The Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach, the Festival of the Arts Laguna Beach Tivoli Terrace summer jazz, at Jazz at Bayside Restaurant in Newport Beach. Currently, you can find Elena at various local Jazz venues; the Port Restaurant in Corona del Mar, the Black Marlin in Tustin and Brix at the Shore in Long Beach, Malarkey’s in Long Beach and others!
“Elena is a true Jazz Vocalist!.” Quotes renowned pianist/band leader Ron Kobayashi (credits; Mel Torme, Kenny Burrell). Elena strives for the best sound and surrounds herself with amazing musicians like Ron, George Gilliam (phenomenal guitarist), Llew Matthews (credits; Nancy Wilson,musical arranger and director, Kenny Burrell), Henry Skipper Franklin, LA Living Legend of Jazz (credits; Joe Williams, Sonny Rollins), Donald Dean, LA Living Legend of Jazz (Les McCann and Eddie Harris), Brad Bobo (Eddie Harris, Linda Hopkins), Jane Getz (Dale Fielder Quartet, Charles Mingus), and countless others!
Elena’s love of music and comfort with the stage are qualities she shares with young artists in the community. She has a strong commitment to foster personal growth through art and music. As a recipient of the 2014 Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation Artist Outreach Project, Elena developed workshops for at risk teens. She continues her work encouraging young adults to build personal strength through performance.
Her journey continues with natural style, versatility and enthusiasm relished by her following. Elena’s sound will enrapture and delight your heart!
George J. Gilliam began his musical journey at only 13 years of age, in Gary, Indiana. Since then he’s developed into a seasoned musical director, producer and extremely talented jazz guitarist. With little experience, Wilson Crump hired this enthusiastic young player to perform with the Mellow Tones. He later moved to Chicago with his family and formed his own groups. The Rocking Soul Brothers became a Chicago success when he teamed up with Hashan Khan, Darnel Hagen and a little unknown vocalist named Chaka Khan. Jerry and the Chantells was next, using his nick name for this group. His talents quickly became known at the famous Regal Theatre Talent shows, television appearances and shows throughout Chicago. George worked with many talents like Rom Lee and Jerry Wilson. George’s father Ira H. Gilliam, was a successful saxophonist and encouraged him to stretch his skills. He formed a Big Band featuring Jimmy Ellis, Bill Yancey, and Willie Pickins. They debuted at the Saber Room in Hickory Hills and became another Chicago favorite.
George carried his instinctive talent to Xavier University in New Orleans. At Xavier, George played guitar for the Xavier University Jazz Band, where a young Wynton Marsalis was just beginning his career. Under the direction of Dr. John E. Fernandez, George sees this as one of the most memorable times of his life. He performed with some of New Orleans biggest talents such as, the Nevelle Brothers, Luther Kent and Trick Bag. He made regular appearances at The New Orleans Jazz Heritage Festivals every year. While earning his bachelors degree in music, he found a steady niche with the renowned James Rivers Band, more recently featured in Clint Eastwood’s film, The Bridges of Madison County. James bragged of George natural skills to play the blues. It’s no wonder he asked him to tour with the group to South America. After graduating George headed for California to pursue his true love jazz.
He strove to build on his talent in the jazz vein and once again formed his own bands. His style became smooth, distinctive and uniquely classic. It was in California that he discovered an aspiring vocalist and soulmate, Elena, who he later married. Her style is inspired by Shirley Bassie, Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald, making Elena and George a perfect pair, who have performed together ever since. George has been a regular at jazz festivals over the years. George Gilliam subtly changes dynamics and adds fills with sweet, well-timed chording. Commented Bill Kohlhaase from the LA Times, about the Hyatt Newporter Jazz Festival. With the Count Basie All-Stars at the Marriott Resort, George showed effortless chord progressions said Rydznski from World News. George insists on surrounding himself with great musicians. Among the many talents have been Kevin Toney, Albert Heath, Harold Land Jr., Richard Reed, Donald Dean, Louis Spears, Larry Van Nash, Henry Franklin and more! All the while, his talent and style have evolved into an outstanding guitarist who appeals to any audience. Weather he excites you with an energetic modern jazz feel or mellows your soul with rich relaxing tones; you’ll love his special touch on the guitar. Most recently George performs with his own jazz trio. This smooth guitar trio takes you on a journey with his new CD, Stepping Lightly, featuring Donald Dean on Drums and Donnell Lambert on upright bass. You’ll surely enjoy the ride.
George’s talent is only matched by his sense of community. After earning another degree as a music therapist, he dedicated himself to working with developmentally disabled adults. Through his clinical studies at Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, Huntington School in Long Beach, and the Betty Clooney Center for Brain Injured in Long Beach California, he developed skills to work with a wide variety of special needs adults. His talents were so keen, that immediately after becoming a therapist, he was hired as the Director of Hope University in Anaheim, California by its founder, Mrs. Doris Walker. Working with Mrs. Walker as an intern, she grew to see that George could become her replacement at Hope. An expert and known author in her field, she knew he was the right choice even with very little experience. George soon became determined to develop his own program and founded Creative Identity, where he utilizes the arts to enrich the lives of those who have been forgotten. George has an intuitive ability to sense individual needs and desires of special needs individuals and believes that everyone can contribute to society and have a fulfilling life. He strives to keep his students involved through the arts.
George’s gift is apparent whether working with special needs clients or entertaining his audience through music. George is truly a talented guitarist with a genuine love for music, expressed sincerely in his performances. He promises to deliver a passionate creative style tantamount to a true seasoned professional.