Ariadne’s Notes: It was a great pleasure to have the well known pianist and composer Frank Kimbrough call into the World Poetry Café , CFRO 100.5 FM at 1:40 pm PST. Co-host Neall Ryon waxed poetic in speaking to him.
“Frank Kimbrough counts among a handful of New York-based pianists who have been refining and expanding the language of ensemble playing over the last few decades (this November he marks 35 years in New York and his sixtieth birthday). Declared a “a near-visionary whose piano-improvising, composing, and band-leading skills seek out the dark corners of introduced jazz terrain” by The New Yorker, Kimbrough is noted for his exquisite ensemble, trio and solo recordings as well as his duo work with Lee Konitz, Scott Robinson, Joe Locke and Paul Bley, his work as a sideman in Dewey Redman’s quartet, and his long-term involvement with the Jazz Composers Collective and the Maria Schneider Orchestra. On Solstice, acclaimed players and longtime musical companions, bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Jeff Hirshfield join Frank to explore the music of some of the jazz masters who have left a personal imprint on his life. The new album is now available in our Pirouet Label Shop and in stores worldwide on Friday. Pre-listen here.~Pirouet Records| 2016”
Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with host Ariadne Sawyer and guest host Ruth Kozak , super engineer Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed the talented Fauzia Rafique February 23, 1-2 pm PST on CFRO, 100.5 FM. Also featured were pianist and composer Satoko Fujii calling in from Japan (courtesy of Braithwaite & Katz ) and featured e-poet Icis C. Benjamin, originally from Antigua with his poem Mandela. Both will be featured separately on site.
A South Asian Canadian writer of fiction and poetry, Fauzia Rafique writes in English, Punjabi and Urdu. Her second novel ‘The Adventures of SahebaN: Biography of a Relentless Warrior’ is being launched by Libros Libertad in November 2016 while her third novel ‘Triple’ is being considered by a publisher for 2017. She was recognized in 2012 by peer group WIN Canada as ‘Distinguished Poet & Novelist’ for her first novel ‘Skeena’ (Libros Libertad 2011) and the first chapbook of English and Punjabi poems ‘Passion Fruit/Tahnget Phal’ (Uddari Books 2011). Her eBook of poems ‘Holier Than Life’ was published in 2013. Earlier, she edited an anthology of writings of women of South Asian origin, ‘Aurat durbar: The Court of Women’ (Toronto 1995). In Pakistan, Fauzia worked as a journalist and screenwriter.
Through creative writing, blogging and community development work Fauzia supports freedom of expression and equality. In 2013, she declined Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to protest against Canadian Government and British Monarchy for refusing to meet hunger-striking Native Canadian leaders. She publishes blogs on Punjabi literature, blasphemy and honor killings. She is a co-founder and the coordinator of Surrey Muse, an interdisciplinary art and literature presentation group that meets every month in Surrey since 2011.
Fauzia is working on a collection of her poems, a novel, and, on a translation of a Greek poets’ anthology from English to Punjabi and Urdu.
Good news…’ by Fauzia Rafique
i moved to a place with a thick patch of lush green trees a block or so from me fenced in exploration was trespassing but it was there on my way home a privilege to walk by hear the birds chirp play fly some squirrels rats signs of hedgehogs all kinds of people offencing the fence a lovely spring and then the summer arrived flowering bushes and blackberries sprawled out of the fence burying it in a cover of color and nutrition one morning my neighborhood sounded too busy for itself heavy equipment moved in and in the next four days the trees were cut thrashed raised to the ground, except for a couple fronting the kgb, a decorative marketing ploy, selling the illusion of home 138 brand new 3-4 bedroom 1500-1750 sqft townhomes.
Poisoned rats began to come and die in my yard. Birds went silent for a day or two witnessing the deaths we did not see.
Someone grieves, leaving signs saying ‘i grieve’ at the scenes of the crime. My friend, david dalley, i grieve with you and i demand from the city and its developers (as they make their money) a tree for a tree
a tree for every tree
a tree for every profit-damned earth-loving brown-ass tree
Plant it in that neighborhood as you make your money. A Tree For A Tree!
Fauzia Rafique (C) All rights reserved. Copy write is the author’s.
Ariadne’s Notes: On January 26, 1-2 pm, on CFRO, 100.5 FM, the World Poetry Café Radio Show with producer and host, Ariadne Sawyer, co-host Neall Ryon, super tech Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer, Sharon Rowe welcomed the poet Kevin Morris from England. He read his beautiful and profound poems on the show and talked about his life as a blind person and how it has influenced his poetry and senses. You can reach him at https://newauthoronline.com/
Also on the show was the music of Mike Jones and special e-poems by Wida Taursif, Afghanistan, Australia and Hongri Yuan from China.
Kevin Morris was born in Liverpool (UK) on 6 January 1969.
Kevin lost the majority of his eyesight at 18-months-old due to a blood clot.
He is a braille user and has happy memories of leafingthrough “The Oxford Book of English Verse” and other poetry collections in the school library.
Kevin read history and politics at University College Swansea and graduated with a BA (joint hons) and a MA in political theory.
In 1994 Kevin moved to London where he now lives and works. He began writing poetry in 2012. Most of Kevin’s poems can be found on his website, https://newauthoronline.com/ which also contains links to his published works. His Twitter account: https://twitter.com/drewdog2060
Much of Kevin’s poetry is inspired by the environment. He lives close to an historic park in the Upper Norwood/Crystal Palace area (a suburb of London). Upper Norwood derives it’s name from the Great North Wood and remains of the greenest parts of greater London.
Being visually impaired Kevin uses Job Access with Speech or JAWS software which converts text into speech and braille enabling him to use a standard Windows computer or laptop. You can also contact Kevin at: newauthoronline.wordpress.com
“On such a day, when the winter sun
Casts my shadow upon yonder wall,
It is difficult to recall
This will, one day be done.
In future will some other one, sitting here, and seeing their shadow fall