Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe radio show, 100.5 FM on October 24 from 1-2 pm PST had a fascinating show with star co-host Diego Bastinutti and the amazing Victor Schwartzman tech engineer. Calling in at 1:10 pm PST from Italy was Pasquale Verdicchio who is teaching for University of California , San Diego program on poetry and walking.
Calling in at 1:30 pm PST, from the Netherlands was Nancy Braitwaite, world renowned clarinetist from the Netherlands about a new beautiful CD: Onions, in Paradise composed by Edith Hemingway who is in her nineties. Nancy spoke about the creation and collaboration in the making of this new CD.
Right after the show, several listeners in the studio were interested in listening to the CD and one found it on I-Toons to listen to on the way home. It is also available on Amazon and many other platforms.
Great response! Another great musician from Braitwaite and Katz!
Peaceathon Poems by Krishnasankar Acharjee, India, Richard Doiron, Canada and the next installment of the long Peace activist poem Davy Fidel, Nigeria. Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Diego Bastianutti, Tech Victor Schwartzman, special volunteer Sharon Rowe with her new More Big Bessie Stories.
Internationally renowned clarinetist and educator Nancy Braithwaite has performed throughout the USA, Europe and China. As a soloist, she has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, Savannah Symphony Orchestra and others in works by Mozart, Nielsen, Von Weber and Rossini. In addition, she has been very active in chamber music with repertoire encompassing more than 300 works.
Braithwaite studied with Stanley Hasty at the renowned Eastman School of Music graduating with the highest musical distinction, the Performers Certificate.
While studying for her master’s degree at Northwestern University with Robert Marcellus (former principal clarinetist of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell), she worked as his teaching assistant in both clarinet and chamber music. In the USA she furthered her study with Larry Combs, former principal clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In Europe she earned a chamber music degree with the renowned violinist Eli Goren, former leader of the Allegri Quartet and Melos Ensemble and concertmaster of the BBC Symphony, and continued her clarinet studies with the internationally acclaimed Belgian soloist, Walter Boeykens.
At the age of 23 she won the position of principal clarinetist with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra. While there she was also chosen to participate in summer festivals in Spoleto (Italy), Maine (USA) and Tanglewood (USA). In addition she performed for several seasons as principal clarinet of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, while a student at Northwestern University.
Since moving to The Netherlands , Nancy has made a number of radio recordings, toured throughout much of Europe and China and performed as guest artist with Camilli Quartet, Raphael Quartet, Goffriller Quartet, Spinoza Quartet, Engadin Quartet and Trio Microcosmos in works by Mozart, Brahms, Hindemith, Bliss, Keuris, Howells and von Weber. Numerous composers have written works for her ranging in instrumentation from solo clarinet to octet.
In recent years Nancy has performed extensively as a member of the Rietveld Ensemble (violin, clarinet, cello and piano ), Selima Trio (soprano, clarinet and piano), La Rondine (winds and piano), Trio Canteloube (oboe, clarinet and bassoon), Arto Ensemble (mezzo soprano, clarinet, violin, viola and cello), Emmelos Ensemble (octet with strings and winds), Trio Clara (clarinet, viola and piano), Frühling Trio (clarinet, cello and piano), Rondine Winds (wind octet) and regularly gives recitals with piano.
Braithwaite is founder and artistic director of the series Kromme-Rijn Concerten in Bunnik in which the Arto Ensemble functions as the core group performing with a wide variety of guest artists. In addition, she founded a concert series in Utrecht with the Rietveld Ensemble in 2014 which has now expanded with a repeat of the series in Amsterdam and The Hague.
In 2015 Nancy toured China giving master classes and recitals in four major Chinese cities and in March 2016 she visited China again both as a jury member for a major clarinet competition in Beijing and to give master classes and recitals. In 2016 Nancy gave masterclasses as Erasmus exchange Professor at the Conservatory of Castellón de la Plana, Spain and in April 2017 she gave masterclasses at the conservatory of Malaga, Spain in another Erasmus exchange.
In October 2016 Braithwaite was a jury member for the clarinet competition on the Clarinet and Saxophone Association on Great Britain during their 40th anniversary celebration and she performed in the evening Gala Concert of this event.
Nancy is Professor of Clarinet and Chamber Music at the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts) The Netherlands.
She endorses the Uebel Superior clarinets and is a member of the Silverstein Inspiring Pro team endorsing the Silverstein.
Ariadne’s Notes: On October 3, another moving peace poem was read on the World Poetry Cafe radio show. from the author, Aida G. Roque! She’s from Wilmington, Delaware, USA. A retired Sped teacher in Maryland Public School and a faculty member of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, where she earned her degree in Education and Siena College as School Psychometrician before she moved to the USA. She also obtained her Graduate Studies in Master’s degree in Special Education and Post Graduate at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia as the Teacher Ambassador Scholarship Program. Authored and published three children’s books and an anthology with another group of poets around the world. Her other poems were selected and published by renowned publishers in New York, the SPILLWORDS PRESS Publishing Company and Poetry Soup.
Since the show was not archived, I am putting the poem on site and plan on re-reading the poems that were not saved Thursday on the World Poetry Cafe radio show 100.5 FM, radio show the October 10 from 1-10 pm PST.
THEME OF POEM: PEACE
“ONE BROTHER, ONE NATION “
We all live on one planet and in God’s
hands, we were molded from dirt and
when we die, to dust, we will all return.
We are born naked and no wealth
and back to its final journey empty.
In God’s eyes, we’re all special,
our apprehension leads us to
dissimulation of judgment,
creating jealousy, hatred and
greediness, that evoke a chaos life.
We should have no borders to cross
and no immigration officers to scrutinize,
with one faith in one God, no race and no
declaration of skin color. Nobody is
illegal or displaced immigrants.
Now, I sing my glorious song and thanksgiving
for God gave you and me as one brother,
from umbilical cord and one universal type of
blood flowing on our vein, inherited from our ancestors,
from Africa, who live in a continent, we now share us one home,
Photo by Matilda Miraka from her village in Albania.
Ariadne’s Notes: on October 3, CFRO 100.5 FM World Poetry Cafe radio show in Vancouver, BC, Canada celebrated the first peace poet Matilda Miraka with her poem on peace, from Elbasan, Albania. This is our 21st year on the show with 129 countries listening in at times.
***Due to the radio show not being archived, I am unable to provide the link but will read her poem again next week.
Photo by Matilda Miraka from her village in Albania.
Matilda Miraka, 23 years old.Education: High / Degree: Bachelor (Bachelor)Literature and Albania language Masters degree: For literature and Albania language teacher. Mother tongue: Albanian Other: English, Spanish.
Entertaining activities: ” I’ve been part of a lot of national and international competitions for poem an essay. I won most of them. In Trieste, Italy (“Castello Di Duino XIII edition” I was one of the winners) for 3 times. (Equipped with a certificate and coup) Participating in the “World Youth Forum right to dialogue X edition” (equipped with certificate.”
I find peace inside my spirit!
inside reason, inside positivity
I? I love myself and life
I don’t want to die even when my soul is in pain
even when my body is sick
even when my family is suffering
You know why?
Because I have to be strong for myself and for them
Because I believe in God, my creator I’m just a creature
Created just to be tested in this life
We cannot be happy all our lives.
But you know what?
We can, we can be quiet
But how to do this?
I find peace in my god and yours. My family, my loved ones
They want me to be good and I will be.
Dear human beings, lookup, is there a big sky or not? Do you feel small too?
Look down at you, down at your feet? Do you see the earth or not? You’re so small, so small that you don’t have to worry.
You are a temporary human being on earth so enjoy it all sun, rain, wind, hail river stones, storms, seasons, flowering, snow, leaf fall winter, animals, cats, dogs, birds.
Enjoy it please take a deep breath and enjoy it, embrace the soul with peace
but most of all dear human beings be good, do good things to be remembered for good
One day you will die.
Remember you are a temporary human being so you find peace, find peace and be good.
You will really be happy.
Matilda Miraka (C) All rights reserved by the author.