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World Poetry Celebarates the Amazing Christopher Jentsch!

Ariadne’s Notes: A fascinating radio interview with the creative musician  Christopher Jentsch on the World Poetry Café  CFRO , 100.5 FM , on August 31, at 1: 35 PM,  Music from his CD Fractured Rock was included along with at poem that he wrote for one of his productions. Christopher also spoke about the strength of Jazz but the difficultly of making a living, due to down loads and other internet availabilities. This seems a problem that is coming up more and more with many creative people.  It seems like there must be some answers to this situation. Any ideas? Check out his You Tube video channel https://www.youtube.com/user/ JentschChris

Contact him directly at www.ChrisJentsch.com

A great interview.  LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE!

*Thanks to Braitwaite and Katz communications.






Christopher Jentsch has had  the following 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 (ModeRecords 41). He is also featured in Scott Yanowa’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.

Fight the Fray – by Chris Jentsch (C)

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.

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/ JentschChris. 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.

 You can find him at : www.ChrisJentsch.com

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 Charitable Foundation.

World Poetry Celebrates The Talented Sophia Xinyuan Zhang!

Ariadne’s Notes: A special  World Poetry Café Show , August 30 , 1-2 pm on CFRO, 100.5 FM. We welcomed two wonderful guests, Sophia Xinyuan Zhang with poems in Mandarin  and information on a great new Contest listed below.  Also on the program, we were honoured to welcome  talented Jazz Musician  Christopher Jentsch with his new CD, Fractured Pop and a poem.




Poet and World Poetry  Canada International Director, Sophia Xinyuan Zhang,  a long-time supporter of community programs and city services. As an administrator, facilitator, communication coordinator, writer, poet, teacher, auxiliary city employee, and a passionate volunteer, Sophia has planned, organized and hosted many community events at the RPL, VPL, as well as many other community places. Sophia has extensive experience working with immigrants to facilitate multicultural education and is an effective advocate in supporting people to achieve their life goals.

Celebrate Canada 150-great contest for all!

Canada and Me – From Far and Wide

2017 Multicultural Creative Writing Contest & Festival

For celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday and Culture Days, for encouraging multicultural creative writing and lightening up community spirit, WS Immigrant and Multicultral Services Society will host ‘Canada and Me – From Far and Wide: 2017 Multicultural Creative Writing Contest and Festival’, sponsored by Culture Days, BC Culture Days, City of Richmond, Richmond Art Centre and Richmond Public Library.

Time: August 16, 2017 – September 15, 2017

Who can submit: everyone has a special connection with Canada include Canadian citizens, permanent residents, international students, refugees, any visitors are in Canada or have been to Canada, or have any family or friend in Canada.

What to write: anything related with Canada, any story between you and Canada, your close family or friend’s story in Canada, or write about a Canadian place, movie, food, sport, etc. Poems, essays, short stories, drama, songs, plays, etc. are all encouraged. Must be original writing. Each submission shall be no more than 500 words; if written in other languages rather than English, please provide English translation at least a brief English translation. If you prefer, you can provide a brief writer’s introduction and a photo to be published in the book. Submissions are very welcome.

Prize: 150 writings will be selected by WSIMS Contest Committee as ‘Most Inspirational Writings 2017″ for a publication; among the 150 writings, 15 will be awarded as “Touching Canada 2017” and shared on the 2017 Multicultural Creative Writing Festival on September 29.

Please note: WS Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society reserves the right to use the submitted works for publication purpose.

How to submit: please submit email to sophia@wsisc.com.


Ancestral Home

In a dream last night, I came back to my ancestral home

As usual, Grandma was talking with me, kind and gentle, all smiles

It was a Spring, flowers were blooming, the toon trees were sprouting

The dogs Pirate and Black Bear had gone hunting

With my cousin for three days

In a dream last night, I came back to my ancestral home

Grandpa bathed in sun setting, bare footed, with kiddos

Busy catching fish and shrimps in a creek

A fat fish bumped over me, causing beautiful splashes

In a dream last night, I came back to my ancestral home

Happened to be Dragon Boat Festival, Grandpa made cakes with new rice

Under the bright moon and stars, neighbors joined us in high spirits

We chit-chatted sitting on a huge natural stone ground

In a dream last night, I came back to my ancestral home

Under the HuangJue tree of a hundred years stood Grandma, who  waved and waved

The car drove by several mountains and hills, I still saw Grandma’s waving

And the top of the huge white fig, Grandma’s lasting elegance

*Pirate and Black Bear: two dogs names.

**Grandma’s grandson,my cousin.

***HuangJue tree: a kind of ficus virens, big and tall, beautiful shaped, often can grow hundreds years old.

English Translator: Mingfu Liu.

Sophia Xinyuan Zhang (c)   ( All rights reserved)



Snow, falling again

Dawn to Dusk

Without a gentle word, or a passionate whisper

But I’ve seen, I’ve seen, the love letter

The sky is writing to the earth

Fallen leaves feed nutrition to the root

Dancing snow rewards the ground a warmer blanket

What could I share with you

Nothing, nothing, but,

If you are expecting, next Spring

The lush green

would grow

where now

covered by the white snow.


Sophia Xinyuan Zhang (c)   ( All rights reserved)

  • Poems in Mandarin hopefully will be put on site .


World Poetry Cafe Celebrates Blair Trewartha from Canada!



World Poetry Café Radio Show, 100.5 FM welcomed the talented poet  Blair Trewartha on August 24, 1-2 pm , CFRO 100.5 FM in a delightful show sharing poetry from his new book and upcoming manuscript . Music by the San Francisco Trio celebrates the Beatles 50th anniversary . Host and producer Ariadne Sawyer, sound engineer Victor Swartzman and special volunteer Sharon Rowe.

LISTEN TO THE SHOW HERE! http://www.coopradio.org/content/world-poetry-caf%C3%A9-el-mundo-de-la-poesia-9


Blair Trewartha is the author of two chapbooks: Break In (Cactus Press, 2010) and Porcupine Burning (Baseline Press, 2012). His poetry has appeared in Carousel, Prism, Event, Existere, and Contemporary Verse 2. Currently residing in London, Ontario, Blair is an active member of Poetry London reading series and an editor for Anstruther Press.  His debut full-length collection of poetry, Easy Fix (Palimpsest Press, 2014), was shortlisted for the 2015 ReLit award, and his poem “Breach” received honourable mention in Arc’s 2016 Poem of the Year 


            Beaches Park (Victoria Day, 2015)

In crumpled leaves, gnats gnaw the backs of burnt necks

waiting for fireworks. We don’t worry about an eclipse

yet a career is a hurtling rock we never counted on.                                    

Fear of overcast, constant tease of rain.

Everything sealed above will always hold,

but it won’t let us stray far from store fronts and awnings.


You worry about burn out and the intangible,

that will never have a normal night again.

But that’s what saves me from my imagination,

that circus where it locks, where we ride cabs like battering rams

to hospitals, long swords singing the wood-splinter of our entrance.


Soon in this park, they’ll begin to blow things up.

Families will keep their kids up too late to watch that first crack

and flare waves flopping onto shore, dark blue long gone

from the water. I think of that beach in Newfoundland that’s losing

all its sand. Shadows we can’t angle without the sun.


On those darkest nights to come, meet me outside the NICU.

Or let me hold you in front of our hatchback when you lose the keys.

How many nights will you open someone up, pull fresh hands and feet

into the room with you? How often, when everything goes blue,

will you return something no one even had yet?


The first one is lit. Spiral of yellow buckshot confetti fire

snuffing out across the lake. I read somewhere that Orcas are learning

to beach themselves for a kill. Two weeks each year, their bulging bodies

breach a mere sand-dune away from suicide, wiggle back to blue-depth

before they’re trapped. I’ll bet that’s a trick we could learn

if it comes to that.

Blair Trewartha (C) All rights reserved.

Breach received honorable mention in Arc Magazine’s 2016 Poem of the Year contest and appears in ARC 83