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World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Laszlo Gardony!

Ariadne’s notes: 

World Poetry Café Radio Show, a fascinating show October 9,1-2 pm, CFRO 100.5 FM with Lazlo Gordony http://www.lgjazz.com/ calling in at 1:10 pm and Award Winners Elena and George Gilliam calling in at 1:35 pm.

Powerful Jazz greats!  Due to the stature of the guests , I will do separate features. Peace e-poems from  Bam Sharma, Nepal and Davynouich Fidel plus a special poem by Mamta Agarwal from India, a Big Bessie story  by Sharon Rowe. (people look forward to her stories)  Suburb piano solo music from his new CD “Serious Play” by Lazlo Gordony and live singing with the amazing voice of Gillian Williams made the show a special one. Many thanks to  Ann Braithwaite and Katherine Growdon for presenting Lazlo and Osiris Munir for presenting George and Elena.http://gilliamjazz.com

Thanks to Victor Swartzman , super tech and reader and Sharon Rowe , special volunteer.

***Next Thursday, on November 16, a celebration of African Voices  with Michael Kwaku Kesse Somuah from Ghana and e-poet Olajuwon Timileyin from Nigeria will make a must hear show!

 

LISTEN HERE FOR THE SHOW!  (Oct.9th show)

 

Laszlo Gardony is a critically acclaimed artist who has brought his soulful improvisations and compositions to audiences in 26 countries. Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Gardony has been called a pianist worthy of praise within the highest pantheon of performers by Jazz Review and a great pianist by Dave Brubeck.

He has released twelve albums, leading groups that included Dave Holland, Miroslav Vitous, Mick Goodrick, Yoron Israel, John Lockwood, Jamey Haddad, Bill Pierce, Don Braden and Stan Strickland among others.

Laszlo Gardony’s new solo piano CD, Serious Play, released in July 2017, received a 4-star review in  All About Jazz. His previous CD, Life In Real Time – featuring Bill Pierce (saxophone), Don Braden (saxophone), Stan Strickland (sax, bass clarinet, vocals), John Lockwood (bass), Yoron Israel (drums) and Laszlo Gardony (piano, composer, arranger) – received a four-star review in Down Beat and was named by the  Boston Globe as one the ten best jazz albums of 2015.

Gardony has been praised for his fluid piano by The New York Times and for his uniformly high quality of compositions by All About Jazz Magazine. Jazz Times has called him one of contemporary music truly original voices and a formidable soloist who lives in the moment.

 

As a sideman, Gardony recorded and toured extensively with Yoron Israel’s High Standards Quartet and with Matt Glaser’s Wayfaring Strangers. He has performed with the David Fathead Newman Quintet at numerous jazz festivals. Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman and John Blake appeared as guest soloists with his group.

Gardony has been featured with the Boston Pops, the Utah Symphony and The Smithsonian Institute Beyond Category Traveling Duke Ellington Exhibit.

Additionally, he appeared live and on record with vocalist, Shelley Neill’s group and with guitarist, Garrison Fewell’s quartet. He has performed with the Eddie Gomez Quintet, Victor Lewis and the Marco Pignataro Jazzet. Gardony was also commissioned to arrange his original compositions for The Danish Radio Big Band.

Laszlo has been living in Boston for the past twenty five years, where he is a Professor of Piano at Berklee College of Music.

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Born in Hungary, Gardony showed an early aptitude on the piano. He wasn’t much older when he started improvising, devising little tunes inspired by the blues, pop and classical music he heard around the house. Immersed in the European classical tradition while growing up, he was drawn to progressive rock as a teenager, and spent countless hours improvising blues-based music at the piano. He investigated gospel and studied jazz, a passion that soon overshadowed his classical pursuits. We had jazz and African music classes at the Conservatory, Gardony recalls. There were some very knowledgeable people and a lot of records. When it came to jazz it was a tiny community, but very inspiring.

After graduating from the Bela Bartok Conservatory and the Science University of Budapest, he became one of Europe’s most sought after accompanists, and released his first albums as a leader. Possessing a powerful sense of swing, a strong feel for the blues and a firm command of post-bop vocabulary, he gained invaluable insight by sharing festival stages with acts like Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and Abdullah Ibrahim. After several years on the road, Gardony decided he needed to deepen his knowledge of jazz.

A full scholarship to Berklee brought him to America in 1983, and a faculty position at the school upon graduation kept him stateside. He made his US recording debut with the acclaimed 1988 album The Secret (Antilles) featuring Czech bass great Miroslav Vitous and drummer Ian Froman, but it was his 1st place win the following year at the Great American Jazz Piano Competition that catapulted him into the national spotlight.

His primary vehicle for the past decade has been his state-of-the-art trio with bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel, an ensemble first documented on the 2003 Sunnyside release Ever Before Ever After. One of the finest working bands in jazz, the group performs and records regularly, exploring Gardony’s extensive book of original pieces as well as the occasional standard and jazz classics by the likes of Horace Silver and Billy Strayhorn. Gardony augments the trio’s latest release, 2011’s beautifully textured tribute to jazz’s African roots Signature Time’s (Sunnyside), with Stan Strickland on saxophone.

Laszlo continues to tour and record, attracting new fans and earning critical acclaim for his synthesis of many musical sources and for creating a joyous, powerful, insightful, and open spirited music.

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Laszlo Gardony is a New England Foundation for the Arts Touring Roster artist. NEFA provides up to 50% of musician fees when his trio is presented by a non-profit organization in five New England states (not in MA) . For more information please visit Laszlo Gardony’s page at NEFA’s CreativeGround.org (formerly Matchbook.org)

World Poetry Celebrates a Special Book Launch with Nolan Halloway !

 

 

 

 

 

Hope by Neamat  Haidari  ( Afghanistan )

Ariadne’s Notes: On November 2, 1:10 PM, PST, The World Poetry Café with host and producer, Ariadne Sawyer and super tech and peace poem reader, Victor Swartzman; celebrated Nolan Holloway with a special book launch of his new book  Life Between the Words with philosophical poet and author Nolan Holloway from Georgia, USA!  A balanced mixture of  spirituality,personal loss, tributes to family members and  racial inequalities , this unique book offers us all the power of hope. 

Peace poems by  Del Gachallan and special poet Jon Billet  with a powerful poem by Mbizo Chirasha- Zimbabwean Poet.  Music by Leadbelly and  pianist Lazlo Gardony who will be calling in next Thursday as well as Creative Rocks Tips and a special story dedicated to Tom the cat by Sharon Rowe from her Big Bessie Stories completed the show.

***It is fundraising time for the World Poetry Café Radio Show. We need to raise $1,000 to keep the show on the air. If you appreciate our show and this site please go to : http://www.coopradio.org/content/become-member-co-op-radio

Please put in the name of the World Poetry Café so that the money will go into our account.

CLICK HERE FOR THE SHOW! You can now download.

We are getting famous with our special book launches and Nolan’s is one of the best!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is Nolan Holloway’s third book Life Between the Words

I am a writer of poetry currently living in Stone Mountain, Georgia. My interests range from poetry to sports. My dreams are my words are shared across the globe to touch and share with everyone who will read them. Please get in touch with him through the links below. Also, you can find his books on amazon. com.

My website is nolanphollowayjr.com  about.me/NolanHolloway    

A BLESSED SADNESS (LAST WORD)

Morning clouded with tears Why is sadness oppressing me When happiness has me in her embrace

I know my Father loves me Spirit soars but flesh gravity bound Wrapped in suit of earthiness

Brightness hidden behind the darkness Searching, just searching

My needs are being provided Yet life’s rain is raging Not soft droplets that soothe and caress

But hard pelting blasts that sting the skin Bending the body in negative arch Face toward the ground in surrender

No reason when life’s beauty is present But can’t be felt when the mind is focused on the storm Moving to reach the edge of the chaos

Continuing to move into purpose

Beginning to understand that this moment is necessary The purging and releasing of the pain On what happens when the storm is raging and destroying

Precious things are lost never to be seen again Swept away in the wind…..

But cling to the notion that circumstances are temporary The sky will open up the clearness of blue Populated with softness of white

Happiness is the reward when sadness is endured When it is passed through…..

By Nolan P. Holloway, Jr. (C) All rights reserved.

 

World Poetry Celebrates Brian Landrus!

 Ariadne’s Notes:

 The World Poetry Café Radio Show, CRFO 100.5 FM on October 5, 1:35 FM, PST  welcomed the talented Brian Landrus featuring his new CD Generations. This is a wonderful CD , a multilayered tapestry of music that enchants the listeners.  Great detail and care was taken  to create the best possible sound. World Poetry Team : Ariadne Sawyer, Victor Swartzman and Special volunteer Sharon Rowe. Peace poems by Lina Zeron.

LISTEN HERE FOR THE RADIO SHOW!http://www.coopradio.org/station/archives/1707

 

 

A Must Hear CD! 

Composer and Baritone Saxophonist Brian Landrus Reveals a Thrilling, Ground-Breaking New Vision for the Jazz Orchestra on Generations   out July 28 via Blue Land Records   The 25-piece Brian Landrus Orchestra makes a stunning debut with sweeping compositions inspired by generations of composers, genres and family  This is really like nothing I’ve ever heard before.  It’s going to be amazing and I can’t wait to hear the final product! Joe Locke . To be part of Brian’s vision is enlightening.  It causes me optimism.”  Billy Hart   CD Release Concert  was Friday and Saturday July 28 & 29 at Cornelia Street Café, NYC.

 

Monumental in creative ambition, imaginative scope, and artistic achievement not to mention sheer scale – Generations is the breathtaking debut of the Brian Landrus Orchestra, a 25-piece all-star ensemble stocked with some of the most inventive musicians in modern music. These adventurous virtuosos have congregated to realize the extraordinary, sweeping music of composer, baritone saxophonist and low woodwind master Brian Landrus, whose work combines a lifetime worth of wide-ranging listening and playing into an arrestingly bold, radiant and singular vision.   Far from a standard big band project and unlike any orchestral jazz ensemble that come before it, the Brian Landrus Orchestra incorporates inspiration from classical music, hip-hop, soul, funk, jazz, reggae and world music with inspiration being the key word. In Landrusa inventive hands these diverse genres are deconstructed and absorbed, emerging in startling and unrecognizable ways to conjure a dramatic and thrilling sonic landscape.   The title Generations carries multiple meanings for Landrus including influences that span centuries from Bach to Ellington to Motown to Led Zeppelin to J Dilla; the family members that inspired Landrus and his music, from his father to his children; and the generations of musicians who have come together to breathe life into these deeply personal compositions. The drum chair alone features a four-decade difference in age, from the legendary Billy Hart to rising star drummer Justin Brown.   The awe-inspiring ensemble also features Jamie Baum, Tom Christensen, Darryl Harper, Michael Rabinowitz, Alden Banta and Landrus himself on woodwinds; Debbie Schmidt, Ralph Alessi, Igmar Thomas, Alan Ferber and Marcus Rojas on brass; harpist Brandee Younger and a string section featuring Sara Caswell, Mark Feldman, Joyce Hammann, Meg Okura, Lois Martin, Nora Krohn, Jody Redhage and Maria Jeffers; vibraphonist Joe Locke; and bassists Jay Anderson and Lonnie Plaxico. The Orchestra is conducted by bandleader JC Sanford, who has also held the baton for the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble and the Alice Coltrane Orchestra. Landrus co-produced the album with fellow composers Robert Livingston Aldridge and Frank Carlberg.   Landrus comes to the project with a wealth of experience both as a leader and as a performer with some of the worlds most distinctive artists from a variety of genres: has toured the world in superstar Esperanza Spalding band and played in Ryan Truesdella  prize-winning Gil Evans Project as well as working with the likes of Bob Brookmeyer, Rufus Reid, Danilo Perez, Frank Kimbrough, Gary Smulyan, Maria Schneider, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, George Garzone, Bob Moses, Louis Nash, Nicholas Urie, Jerry Bergonzi, Ayn Inserto, Alan Ferber, Uri Caine and Ralph Alessi, among others. Generations is the culmination of a long-held dream for Landrus.

You can find the CD and all the outlets.

Source:  Braitwaite and Katz Communications.