Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe radio show had exceptional guests today! January 11, 1-2 PM . First up was Kevin Morris, a blind poet who was launching his new audio book and reading poems from London, England. Then, we had the dynamic duo of Digs Lewis and Paul Bolotin , film music composers from LA who spoke about their work and gave tips for young music film composers just starting out. We also had a brand new Big Bessie story from Sharon Rowe and a proclamation from Alaha Ahrar, back by popular request and a e-peace poem from Egypt from the talented Mahinour Tawfik. also by popular request. Music by Andy Vine and Kendra Shank.
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 one 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.
Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with host and producer Ariadne Sawyer , co-host Neall Ryon, Super Tech Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe welcomed Kendra Shank (Vocalist) on air talking about their new CD. Half Moon is a lovely CD , poetic and meaningful, a listening delight.
Quote: A deep, stimulating rapport honed over many years…. Mesmeric…uplifting…powerful…– Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times”
“Shank and Keezer each have an impressive command of nuance, dynamics and texture…. Their shared reverence is balanced by a desire and ability to subtly surprise their listeners…– George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune.”
Artists: Kendra Shank (Vocalist), Kendra Shank mixes modern jazz, standards, world music, folk/pop, and open improvisation, all unified by her soulful storytelling, inventive phrasing, and spontaneous group interplay. Geoffrey Keezer’s singular style of intellectually abstract lyricism woven over exotically complex rhythms and harmonies makes him one of the most sought-after artists on the modern jazz scene. Join vocalist Kendra Shank and pianist Geoffrey Keezer in celebration as they play music from their new album “Half Moon.”
Geoffrey Keezer (Piano)
With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. Whether recording with jazzy chanteuses Diana Krall or Dianne Reeves, touring with trumpet king Chris Botti, or collaborating with pop icon Sting, sax legend Wayne Shorter, guitar wizard Jim Hall, star bassist Christian McBride or vibes master Joe Locke, Geoffrey “has more than enough virtuosity and sheer musical wit and intelligence to weave all of his apparently disparate strands of influence into an original and compelling whole” (Time Magazine).”
* Thanks to Ann Braithwaite of Braithwaite & Katz Communications for source materials.