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World Poetry Celebrates Wayne Wallace and Michael Spiro!

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Ariadne’s Notes: the World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon , super tech, Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed Grammy Nominee Wayne Wallace to the show on December 22, 1-2 pm to talk about the nominated CD Canto America and the tapestry of artists and features in this amazing CD.

TO LISTEN TO THE SHOW, CLICK HERE!

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PERCUSSIONIST MICHAEL SPIRO AND TROMBONIST WAYNE WALLACE’S Canto América EARNS GRAMMY® NOMINATION FOR “BEST LATIN JAZZ ALBUM”!

“Simply put, Canto América is a certified masterpiece – one of the most aurally-arresting and culturally-distinctive recordings in recent memory.” – Mark Holston, Latino Magazine.com

World-renowned trombonist Wayne Wallace and percussionist Michael Spiro have earned a GRAMMY ®  nomination for “Best Latin Jazz Album” for their CD Canto América on the Patois label.

The Grammy Awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 12, 2017. “We are extremely proud of this recording, and would like to take the opportunity to personally thank the Academy and all of the musicians who participated in the making of this project,” say Spiro and Wallace. Wallace, Spiro and La Orquesta Sinfonietta (consisting of 35 performers, many of whom are affiliated with Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music where Wallace and Spiro teach) weave a colorful tapestry of classic-to-modern rhythms – bolero to timba, Haitian petro to Cuban rumba, mambo to guiro – refreshed by traditional and newly composed compositions, along with surprising treatments of 20th-century standards.

 

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San Francisco native Wayne Wallace has collaborated with artists ranging from Count Basie to Stevie Wonder, Sonny Rollins to Carlos Santana, Tito Puente to Lena Horne and Aretha Franklin – as sideman, composer, arranger, and producer. His debut album as a leader, 2000’s Three In One (Spirit Nectar), showcased his writing skills and his encyclopedic knowledge of Afro-Cuban rhythms, the result of years of music-making in the close-knit Bay Area jazz community, where Wallace has played an oversized role. He has earned particular notice for his approach to Latin Jazz, a vision shaped by his work with Latin Jazz percussion giants Pete Escovedo and John Santos, in whose Machete Ensemble he served as music director for more than 20 years. This is the eighth time that Wallace — a San Francisco native who splits his time between the Bay Area and the Midwest where he’s a professor at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music — has been on a GRAMMY nominated album.

 

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Michael Spiro has performed on each of those nominated albums – a mere fraction of the literally hundreds of wide-ranging albums on which he has worked, which include GRAMMY-nominated albums by John Santos, pianist Mark Levine, and vocalist Karrin Allyson. He has also performed with Ella Fitzgerald, Carlos Santana, and McCoy Tyner. Internationally recognized for his expertise and his exploration of African and Latin rhythms, he has authored three books on Afro-Caribbean percussion. The first album under his own name, BataKetu (with Mark Lamson), released in 1996, was named by DRUM! Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Drum Records” of all time.

 

Wallace and Spiro met more than 30 years ago in San Francisco, forging a personal and professional relationship tempered by their shared interest in the music of Cuba. In 2008, Spiro joined the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at IU, and under his direction the percussion department grew from its emphasis on orchestral work to include the world’s rhythms. He soon began leading a Latin Jazz big band at the school, which used many of Wallace’s acclaimed arrangements, which led to a guest appearance with the band — and eventually to the school hiring Wallace as a professor in 2013.  

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World Poetry Celebrates The Great Kris Allen!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café  welcomed the Jazz musician Kris Allen to the monthly Jazz corner, on August 25, 1-2 pm on CRFO 100.5 FM with the team of Ariadne Sawyer, producer and host, Neall Ryon, Jazz host, Victor Schwartzman, sound engineer and Sharon Rowe volunteer.

To hear the show CLICK HERE!

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Born in June 1976, Kris Allen grew up outside of Hartford, Connecticut, and studied with Jackie McLean at the Artists Collective and University of Hartford. He inherited a love of music from his mother, a church organist who gave him his first lessons on a tiny xylophone. Although he showed a gift while studying classical piano, the young Allen fell for jazz upon hearing a copy of Lee Morgan’s Blue Note LP The Gigolo and switched to alto saxophone. He entered two venerable jazz academies: first Hall High School in West Hartford, known for nurturing excellent jazz musicians (including Brad Mehldau and Joel Frahm) and then the Artists Collective in Hartford, where founder McLean schooled Allen in the blues and bebop language, composition and arranging. Allen was drafted twice for the Grammy All-American High School Jazz Band and named its Most Valuable Player in 1994.

With a full scholarship, Allen continued his apprenticeship with McLean at the Hartt School of Music. After graduation, Allen moved to New York City. Playing in multiple groups and fronting a few of his own, Allen also toured and recorded with the likes of Gerald Wilson, Illinois Jacquet, Andy Gonzales and Curtis Fuller, as well as Winard Harper, Andy Laverne, Mario Pavone and Helen Sung. An in-demand sideman, Allen has played in the groups of Jen Allen, Noah Baerman, Earl MacDonald, Benje Daneman, Andy Jaffe and Avery Sharpe among others. He is a member and co-founder of the Jazz Samaritan Alliance, as well as a member of the Truth Revolution Recording Collective. In 1999, Allen was handpicked by McLean to teach saxophone and ensembles at the Hartt School. He went on to hold positions at Trinity College, Southern Connecticut State University and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Since 2013, he has been the Lyell B. Clay Artist in Residence in Jazz at Williams College. Allen has also been a teaching artist for the Litchfield Jazz Festival since 2001.

World Poetry Celebrates the Enchanting Alchemy Sound Project!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show  with Producer and host Ariadne Sawyer, co-host Neall Ryon, Sound engineer Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe, welcomed two special guests David Arend and Sumi Tonooka from the Alchemy Sound Project, (www.alchemysoundproject.com)  celebrating their new CD , the exquisite Future Explorations a special tapestry  creation of music, with many different melodic threads. Also featured were three E-poets,Mahmood Jan, from Afghanistan, Caroline Nazareno from the Philippines  and Yuan Hongri from China. To hear this informative and lovely program CLICK HERE!

Further Explorations, the excellent new project from Alchemy Sound Project featuring five extraordinary composer/performers: Sumi Tonooka, Erica Lindsay, Samantha Boshnack, Sumi Tonooka, and Salim Washington.

The five core members of Alchemy Sound Project were brought together by the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, a program initiated by the American Composers Orchestra and the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University to encourage jazz composers to explore writing music for the symphony orchestra.

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Double bassist and composer David Arend performs classical, jazz, hip hop, singer/songwriter and electroacoustic music, exploring hybrids in his compositions. Photo credit: Bryon Malik.

David’s music has been performed by jazz combos such as Alchemy Sound Project, chamber ensembles, soloists, DJs, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Academy Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, West Point Woodwind Quintet and members of the San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Nashville Symphony.

David has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Carlos Santana, Bobby McFerrin, soloists such as Mark O’Connor, Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, Gidon Kremer and Lynn Harrell, and is a member of the Oakland Symphony directed by Michael Morgan. A passionate commitment to new music has led David to work with influential composers such as Ornette Coleman, George Crumb, Thomas Adés, John Harbison, Chen Yi, John Psathas, Tan Dun and George Tsontakis, and next generation composers such as Jack Perla, Mason Bates, Marisol Jimenez, Jonathan Newman and John Mackey.

Hip hop and electronica club appearances include Envision Festival and Bamboo Bass Festival (Costa Rica), Roter Salon and Zu mir oder zu Dir (Berlin, Germany), Cryptoportico at the American Academy (Rome, Italy), Beyond Samsara (Los Angeles, CA), The New Parish (Oakland, CA) and San Francisco’s Mezzanine, Ruby Skye, 111 Minna, John Colins, Varnish, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The De Young Museum.

A graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music) and The Juilliard School (Master of Music), David held a fellowship for four summers as solo bassist with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble under director George Tsontakis. Primary double bass mentors include Eugene Levinson, Scott Haigh and Albert Laszlo.

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Sumi Tonooka has been called a “fierce and fascinating composer and pianist” (Jazz Times), “provocative and compelling” (New York Times), and “continually inventive, original, surprising, and a total delight,” (Cuadranos de Jazz, Madrid). Photo credit: Karen Sterling.

During a career spanning more than 30 years that has taken her from bases in Philadelphia & Boston, to New York & Seattle, Tonooka has been developing a body of work that surprises and delights audiences – quietly piling up accolades from jazz writers and fellow musicians.Her recent activity as a composer includes receiving the Music Alive: New Partnership

https://www.newmusicusa.org/grants/music-alive/Tonooka is also a recent recipient of the 2105 Artist Trust award and received the Carl & Jini Dellaccio GAP title to compose a new jazz chamber work Driftwood.

In addition to her symphonic and chamber works, jazz recordings and performances, Tonooka has composed over a dozen film scores, including the Academy Award-nominated Family Gathering by Lise Yasui and Daring To Resist by Martha Lubell, aired on PBS. She is also featured in A Note of Hope, released in 2011, a full-length documentary from Citygate Films on the youngest victiims of HIV/AIDS in Africa. She toured West Africa as part of a sextet featuring her musical compadre of two decades, jazz violinist John Blake, Jr. Their recorded output includes A New Beginning: Live at The Village Gate, Kindred Spirits (as a duo), and the Traveler featuring Boris Koslov on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums. As a member of the Rufus Reid Quintent, Tonooka appears on the CD and DVD The Rufus Reid Quintent: Live at the Kennedy Center (Motema). The group appeared at Dizzy’s Club Cocoa Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York in 2007 for the release performance.

Tonooka’s career has been chronicled on several highly regarded jazz books, including Living the Jazz Life by Royal Stokes, ln The Moment by Francis Davis, and Madame Jazz by Leslie Gourse (all on Oxford University Press). As a professional response to an inherent void within the music industry, Tonooka, along with alto saxophonist Chris Burnett and tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay, co-founded the Artists Recording Collective (ARC), an internationally recognized brand and professional recording label. She now divides her time between her responsibilities as the Chief, Public Relations Officer for ARC, composing and performing for an increasingly widespread audience of jazz aficionados. In his liner notes to pianist, composer and educator Sumi Tonooka’s fifth CD, Long Ago Today, journalist Russ Musto restated his praise from thirty years ago:”…it has been a pleasure to hear her blossom into one of the most talented musicians of her generation.