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World Poetry Celebrates Radio Host Diego Bastianutti

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ariadne’s Notes: On April 4, 1-2 PM PST, the World Poetry Café, 100.5 FM, CFRO had a great show with featured guest and WP Radio host, Diego Bastianutti. Diego had just come back from spending two weeks in Cuba and was able to share with us a fascinating glimpse of life in Cuba. The radio show was in Spanish, English and Italian with poems by Diego also in Spanish, Italian and English.

When I was working with Survivors of Torture, I arranged for a young man from Central America to get the medical treatment he needed in Cuba for free. We only had to raise the airfare. The treatment made a big difference in his life.

Here are some of the highlights about life in Cuba: from the show:

*Diego says that there are two Cuba’s , one wealthy by the tourist trade and one for the Cuban people.

*Due to the US Blockade, there is a rationing of food staples. Also due to the blockade , other countries are not allowed to trade with Cuba. Each person has a rationing card for basic foods.

*The markets mostly have Cuban soft drinks and very little else which has causes health problems. This is due to lots of sugar cane which is abundant. One person told Diego that he had not been able to get any butter for three months.

*Education from kindergarten through university is free as is a high standard of comprehensive medical care. Doctors trained in Cuba are in great demand all over the world.

*Everyone has housing and if you buy a home, your mortgage rate is 10 % of your income.

The Literacy rate in Cuba is 100 %. Books are plentiful and cheap. They are from all over the world without restrictions on topics.

*Recognized poets, artists, musicians, even ping pong players are considered to be professionals are paid a monthly stipend
to live on.

*While Diego was there, a new constitution was being written with input from all the communities. Every point was discussed and put down for review.

To know more, please listen to the show.

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Diego Bastianutti is in the process of editing three books being published which are being published at the same time.
Originally  from Fiume, Italy,  he has crossed many borders separating States as well as “states of being.” Diego is at ease with various languages and cultures. A retired Professor of Spanish and Italian literature, and former Honorary Vice Consul of Italy.

He has received wide recognition here and abroad for his work as a writer, poet and translator. Among his works he counts five volumes of poetry and his awarded book A Major Selection of the Poetry of Giuseppe Ungaretti. Currently he is a Canadian correspondent for an Italian literary magazine in San José, Costa Rica, and a member of various writers’ associations. His writings have become material of study in a graduate course offered at the University of Toronto. A forthcoming book published by the University of Toronto Press will feature an entire chapter on Bastianutti the poet and writer.

Here is a poem in English and Spanish by Diego:

Stop stop
in god’s name
don’t break the final seal
my face already wears the years
I’ll never have
I don’t want to see
I don’t want to know
I’ve seen enough
to last me a lifetime
seal the book under seven locks
throw the keys in the deepest sea
now turn off the lamp
and let me sleep

Mujer

Tu dulce sonrisa
capaz de desvelar
la pepita de dolor que se esconde
debajo de nuestra risa
la bondad de tu mirada
que pesca el pez de la vergüenza
en nuestro mar de gloria
tus finas palabras que pelan
en lenta espiral la cáscara de presunción
que los hombres vestimos

 By Diego Bastinutti, (C)  all rights reserved.

World Poetry Celebrates Christopher Jentz!

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Ariadne’s Notes: Christopher Jentsch ‘s new CD was previewed on the WP Café Radio Show last week. Topics in America History CD traces historical points focusing on seven points in American History, ranging from European entry in 1491 and the weariness and hope from the statue of liberty as the huddled and weary masses make their way in Tempest –Tost  among others. He is a Brooklyn –based composer, bandleader and guitarist whose main ensemble is Jentsch Group. 
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 Foundation.

***LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE!***

Poems:

Fight the Fray – by Chris Jentsch

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.

My poem for the day:

Done ran the dharma down.
I’ve neither lost nor won.
Don’t even want nothing.
A peanut weighs a ton.

Christopher Jentsch (C) All rights reserved by the author.

 Christopher Jentsch has 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 (Mode Records 41). He is also featured in Scott Yanow’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.
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 https://www.youtube.com/user/
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.
Go to ChrisJentsch.com for more information and to buy CD’s.

Source: Braitwaite and Katz and Christopher Jentsch.

URGENT! Our World Poetry Café Radio show needs members and donations. We are starting our Spring Fundraiser and need to come up with enough memberships and donations to meet our $1,500 dollar quota, To make a donation, please go to www.coopradio.org and click on the membership and donations link. Please put in the name of the World Poetry Café so that your donation will be credited to our account. Each new or returning member, will be given at least one interview in the year and our grateful thanks. Please let us know for we can send you a thank you. We have been on the air for 21 years and have 121 countries that have listened in. We welcome poets, musicians, writers, directors, film people, volunteers, actors and more

World Poetry Celebrates Film Director Jill Carter!

 

 

 

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café radio show was honoured to have the Canadian firm director, Jill Carter call into the show at 1:20 PM, PST. She told us about her new exciting show which  Jill recently completed  by directing half the season, including the pilot episode, of the soon to be launched CityTV drama ‘THE MURDER’S’ staring Jessica Lucas (Gotham) on Monday nights, at 9 PM. It was really exciting to talk to a woman director and learn about the art of directing. A young woman from Scotland sent a question about directing and Jill kindly answered her. I would like to thank our wonderful guests who answer questions from young people all over the world.

URGENT! Our World Poetry Café Radio show needs members and donations. We are starting our Spring Fundraiser and need to come up with enough memberships and donations to meet our $1,500 dollar quota, To make a donation, please go to www.coopradio.org and click on the membership and donations link. Please put in the name of the World Poetry Café so that your donation will be credited to our account. Each new or returning member, will be given at least one interview in the year and our grateful thanks. Please let us know for we can send you a thank you. We have been on the air for 21 years and have 121 countries that have listened in. We welcome poets, musicians, writers, directors, film people, volunteers, actors and more.

 

CLICK  HERE TO LISTEN TO THE SHOW!http://www.coopradio.org/content/world-poetry-café-36

 

Director Jill Carter was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, and has an extensive background as a script supervisor along with a keen interest in all forms of the arts. She is interested in uniting people of all ages through thoughtful universal experiences.
Carter’s first short film as director, MOMENT (2006), screened at festivals around the world. Following two more successful short films, NINETY-ONE (2010) and LITTLE
LARRY (2011), which was nominated for a Directors Guild of Canada Award.
She has gone on to direct episodes of such television shows as the CW’s BEAUTY &
THE BEAST, CBC’s MURDOCH MYSTERIES, Global’s PRIVATE EYES and BET’s ‘INCONTEMPT’. SPIRAL, a web-series Jill directed in 2017 was nominated for 5 Vancouver Web Fest awards, including best drama.
Jill recently completed directing half the season, including the pilot episode, of the soon to be launched CityTV drama ‘THE MURDER’S’ staring Jessica Lucas (Gotham).
In 2016 she participated in the incubator program run by the Toronto International Film
Festival TIFF STUDIO. Jill has a number of film and television Synopsis: Rookie Homicide Detective Kate Jameson (Jessica Lucas) is the biracial daughter of an ambitious and well-loved mother, and her dearly departed father who was a decorated Vancouver police officer killed in the line of duty. With the fight for justice deeply rooted in her, Kate’s only desire is to be a good cop like her father. She’s determined to make her mark in Homicide, the MPD’s most coveted assignment.
But things go horribly awry on her first day, when Kate breaks the number one rule of policing — never leave your gun unattended. Haunted by her fatal mistake, a driven Kate will seek to make amends through every case and ongoing investigation – including that of a mysterious killer with a particular obsession with Detective Jameson.
The Murders is a stylish police procedural with a killer soundtrack, starring Jessica Lucas (Gotham), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black), Terry Chen (Jessica Jones), and Luvia Peterson (Ghost Wars). 

She has projects in various stages. Source : Tamar Gibbert with thanks.