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.
The World Poetry Café Radio Show on October, 17, CFRO, 105 FM from 1-2 pm PST featured: Two movies opening in Vancouver Oct. 18, BEFORE YOU KNOW IT and MONOS Vancouver Opening – October 18th, Van City Theatre. Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Other features are coming.
Mini-reviews with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Victor Schwartzman due to time constraints.
Before You Know It, the film will be released in Vancouver on Friday, October 18 at the Vancity Theatre. Unfortunately, I could not find a poster.
In this everchanging film, full of surprises, stage manager Rachel Gurner (Hannah Pearl Utt) still lives in her childhood apartment above the theater her family owns and operates in New York City. Level-headed Rachel is the only thing standing between her family — her off-kilter actress sister Jackie (Jen Tullock), her eccentric playwright father Mel (Mandy Patinkin), and her deadpan preteen niece Dodge (Oona Yaffe) — and utter chaos. Then, in the wake of a sudden family tragedy, Rachel and Jackie learn their presumed-deceased mother (Judith Light) is not just alive but thriving as a soap-opera star. Also starring Mike Colter and Alec Baldwin. Directed By: Hannah Pearl Utt. Written By: Hannah Pearl Utt, Jen Tullock.
As Victor says: he loves a film from New York!
MONOS, a fascinating film opening on Saturday, October 18, at Van City Theatre in Vancouver BC, Canada.
This powerful film shows the possibilities of mindsets and change.
MONOS, Alejandro Landes’ awe-inspiring third feature, is a breathtaking survivalist saga set on a remote mountain in Latin America. The film tracks a young group of soldiers and rebels — bearing names like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom — who keep watch over an American hostage, Doctora (Julianne Nicholson).
The teenage commandos perform military training exercises by day and indulge in youthful hedonism by night, an unconventional family bound together under a shadowy force known only as The Organization. After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, both the mission and the intricate bonds between the group begin to disintegrate. Order descends into chaos and within MONOS the strong begin to prey on the weak in this vivid, cautionary fever dream.
With a rapturous score by Mica Levi (only her third, after UNDER THE SKIN and JACKIE), director Alejandro Landes examines the chaos and absurdity of war from the unique perspective of adolescence, recalling LORD OF THE FLIES and BEAU TRAVAIL in a way that feels wholly original. Landes brings together a diverse young cast of both seasoned professionals (including Hannah Montana’s Moisés Arias) and untrained neophytes and thrusts them into an unforgiving, irrational and often surreal environment where anything can happen — even peace. WRITTEN BY: Alejandro Landes, Alexis Dos Santos. DIRECTED BY: Alejandro Landes.SOURCE: TARO PR.
Peaceathon poets: Peace Poems by Amita J Sanghavi, WP Ambassador to Oman who is also working on our Peaceathon Kindle Book, A Fragile Peace by Cesar Molina Consuegra, Montreal and time permitting , chapter 1, Peace by Davy Fidel , Nigeria, an official book launch for Rehana Daud with her books: slithering Shadows and Secrets of Moonlight are on Amazon and Kindle.
Ariadne’s Notes: On October 10, calling in at 1:10 pm, PST, the incomparable Randall Stephen Hall from Ireland with a wonderful selection of poetry, music, and updates. There is a significant collection of songs and poetry uponSound Cloud/Randall Stephen Hall, Sound Cloud/Hugh Midden SpeakYouTube/ Randall Stephen Hall, two different channels. YouTube/Ragnall stiffen MacHalla. My songs are funny, sad or serious. Light and shade. Dappled light.
Also on the show with a worldwide birthday greeting for Davy Fidel This is a new service for WP participants who have birthdays. Also, a new e-poem Search of Love, by Ram Mohan an artist and writer living in India who has been on the waitlist for a long time. Plus repeats of Peaceathon poets Vani Pradeep, Matilda Miraka, and Aida Roque from September 26th.
Randall writes: I grew up in North Belfast at the height of the Troubles. Born 1957. I grew up beyond many people’s context there and neither of my parents was from Belfast. These two experiences collided and reverberated with more for all my years since then, shaping much of my art and outlook.
I left college in 1980 and got a job in a small ad agency. That winter John Lennon was shot. I remember the news on the radio. It seemed to link with the shift, change, and conflict in Northern Ireland.
Ann and I got married in 1983. We had two girls in 1985 and 1987. We now have two grandchildren of six and two. Both girls.
I worked in local advertising for six years until 1988 when I became a freelance illustrator. My work, for a time, came from Belfast, Dublin and Glasgow. This carried on until 1998 then my work began to change again. www.earthnativeart.co.uk
In 1996 I self-published a book called THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnN5HQe1Fvk The advertising work began to diminish and I began to receive invites to visit schools to tell this story. A steep learning curve ensued from then until now. (I’ll keep this brief).
During this time I began to create new stories, illustrated for projection and began to shape way of doing storytelling that involved, hand drum, voice, interactive singing, song, poetry, and a main story, lasting about an hour.
All this has evolved slowly in a very natural way over a period of about 20 years.
Around 2009 I began to write and record songs a bit more seriously again. Luckily a local DJ called Gerry Anderson (now sadly passed) found some of my funnier songs interesting and began to play them on the radio. So, in a period of about 9 months, I created my first CD of poems and songs, using local themes, of identity, peace, conflict etc but doing it in an accessible way, with the addition of humour.
This development threw me back into playing live again after a long hiatus of some years . . .
So from then until now I’ve been writing songs and poems, creating art and eventually getting involved in a small business with Natasha, my eldest daughter which sells some of my little illustrated books, T-Shirts, Tea-Towels, cards and music, on the web and, up until recently at St. George’s Market in Belfast.