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World Poetry Celebrates Jacqueline Maire & Lello Molinari!

 

 

 

Ariadne’s Notes:

On March 29th. 1-2 PM PST, the World Poetry Café Radio Show, CFRO 100.5 FM PST  welcomed features:

Jacqueline Maire, World Poetry Lifetime Achievement Winner  and author with her poems in English and French.

Co-host Dr. Diego Bastianutti took the hosting lead for  Bassist/bandleader Lello Molinari’s new album  Italian Job, Lello and Diego discussed  the importance of roots with music selections. A fascinating show in English, French, Italian and Spanish. Lello’s section below. 

E-poem: By the talented youth Wonder Poet Kezang Dawa from the lovely country of Bhutan.

 E-poem by Malik Ahmed originally from Bangladesh.

Thanks to our World Poetry Team of Ariadne Sawyer, MA, producer , co-host Diego Bastianutti and special Volunteer Sharon Rowe.

Music by Laura Kelsey with her new CD Dispell, . http://dispellband.bandcamp.com to be launched on the World Poetry Café radio Show, April 5th, 1-2 pm.

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 Feature Bassist/Bandleader Lello Molinari Returns to his Italian Roots, Reimagines Classic Repertoire in Stunning Modern Jazz Settings

Lello’s Italian Job, Volume 2 features Italian and Italian-American musicians transforming folk and popular songs and classical arias from throughout Italy’s rich musical history

“Lello’s Italian Job, Volume 1 is a dynamic showcase for [Molinari’s] instrumental skills… covering an all-star roster of Italian musical icons with passion, respect and imagination.”

– Stacey Zering, No Depression

“Molinari’s music: in your face, a little raw, fiercely alive.” – Thomas Conrad, DownBeat

It’s often been said that “you can’t go home again” – but with his Italian Job project, Lello Molinari proves that old cliché wrong. The acclaimed bassist has not only returned to his Italian roots, but brought with him three decades of experience as a bandleader, an educator, and a virtuosic bassist with his fingers on the pulse of modern jazz. Now he views the unparalleled musical traditions of his homeland through the lens of a lifetime’s worth of accumulated musical knowledge, creating something that’s both Old World and New, deeply personal while reflecting a profound tradition.

Molinari left his native Naples, Italy in 1986 to study jazz at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. In the intervening years he’s gone on to become a revered educator at that same institution, perform as an in-demand bassist on both the jazz and classical music scenes in Boston, tour the U.S. and Europe with his own Quintet, and venture to the leading edges of jazz in partnership with saxophone great George Garzone.

In recent years, however, Molinari began to glance back over his shoulder at the wealth of musical riches to be found in the land of his birth. That adventure began as part of his 2000 album Multiple Personalities, which peppered three Italian tunes into an album that also veered from forward-leaning jazz to a Monk classic, and featured Garzone, guitarist Mick Goodrick, pianist Frank Carlberg and renowned Italian vocalist Chiara Civello. On the 2016 release Lello’s Italian Job, Volume 1, he explored material from across the wide spectrum of Italian song – traditional folk music, classical arias, popular songs – and radically transformed them through his own singular jazz voice. Now, with Lello’s Italian Job, Volume 2, he offers a second collection that marries timeless melodies to contemporary sounds.  The CD will be released on Friday, March 9, 2018 via Fata Morgana Music.

“I had a desire to reconnect with my roots,” Molinari says. “But I also wanted to incorporate these new things that I’ve learned over the years here in the States to old material and give it a fresh look and a fresh take.”

As on the first volume, Molinari leads a quartet of stellar artists who share his Italian heritage – and are all members of the Berklee faculty. Drummer Marcello Pellitteri is a fellow immigrant, hailing originally from Sicily, while saxophonist Dino Govoni and guitarist Sal DiFusco are both Italian-American. Their repertoire for Volume 2 varies from a Respighi tone poem to popular Neapolitan songs that have been sung for generations, to original music penned for the project.

With centuries of musical history to delve into, Molinari found that the hardest part of the project has been whittling down his list to just enough repertoire to fill (so far) two volumes. “Rather than picking which songs to do, I really had to think about which ones not to do,” he says. “If you think about Italian music, it’s like saying

‘Jazz’ – there’s so much and it’s so diverse that it’s impossible to put it into one place. Because I play with a number of orchestras, I’ve reconnected recently with classical music and opera. Then there are certain pieces of music that I just adore and that I wanted to do with my group in my way. Others were songs that I grew up with, folk songs that I’ve known since I was a kid. So it was a natural process.”

The insistent tap of Pellitteri’s percussion opens “’O Sarracino,” a popular song by legendary Neapolitan performer Renato Carosone, given a jazz-funk feel by Govoni’s keening soprano, Molinari’s slinky electric bass line, and DiFusco’s strummed groove. “Jazz Tarantella” takes the melody that is the bane of every Italian’s existence – you know the one, it accompanies every Italian stereotype and cartoon that’s ever appeared on screen – and reimagines it as an alluring straightahead jazz tune in the vein of Miles Davis’ “Dear Old Stockholm.” DiFusco’s original “Sulla Strada di Damasco” follows, inspired by the story of the conversion of Saint Paul and incorporating a vaguely Middle Eastern feel.

“Intermezzo Sinfonico,” from Pietro Mascagni’s operatic masterpiece “Cavalleria Rusticana,” is jolted into the present via Govoni’s EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument) and Lello’s harmonies on Electric basses, while Pino Daniele’s “’na Tazzulella ‘e Café” makes the unlikely journey from Napoli espresso bar to Bourbon Street coffeehouse in Molinari’s New Orleans-influenced arrangement. Ottorino Respighi’s four-movement tone poem “Pini di Roma” becomes a lush, impressionistic ballad, followed by Luigi Canoro’s famous mazurka “Tra Veglia e Sonno,” which opens familiarly with a mandolin and percussion intro before Govoni’s tenor shifts it firmly into the jazz realm.

“Lidio Napoletano” shows off the improvisational empathy of the trio, built on a short melody in the Lydian mode and created in homage to the treasured Boston band The Fringe, mainstays on the local scene for more than four decades. “Anema e Core,” which has been sung in different languages by everyone from Perry Como to Andrea Boccelli, is a famous Neapolitan song written by Salve D’Esposito in 1950, rendered as a moving duet for bass and guitar. Another song that’s traveled the globe, the famous “Torna a Surriento” has been recorded by everyone from Luciano Pavarotti to Dean Martin to Elvis Presley (as “Surrender”), its heartbreaking melody here pairing Govoni’s EWI with cello played by Meena Murthy. The gorgeous melody of “Tu ‘si ‘na Cosa Grande” is set to a slow, swaying beguine, while Molinari and Pellitteri close the session with an improvised duet, evocatively titled “Neapolitan Snake.”

“I guess as I get more mature,” Molinari concludes, “I don’t need to play ‘punk jazz’ anymore or do music that’s so difficult to listen to. I can enjoy a simple structure, a simple melody – Lello’s Italian Job lets me do both, reinterpreting this old material from a new, contemporary jazz point of view.”

Lello Molinari: Born and raised in Naples, Italy, bassist, bandleader and educator Lello Molinari studied contrabass at the Scuola Civica in Sesto San Giovanni. In 1985 he joined the Italian Vocal Ensemble, performing on radio and television as well as at Italy’s leading jazz festivals. The following year he moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music, earning his Bachelors Degree there and his Masters from the New England Conservatory. He’s since joined the Berklee faculty, where he leads an ensemble dedicated to the music of his mentor, Dave Holland, and a new ensemble drawing on Italian repertoire. In the early ‘90s Molinari toured the US and Canada with the acclaimed Either/Orchestra and began a longstanding collaboration with sax great George Garzone. Since 1992 he’s been the principal bassist for the Melrose Symphony Orchestra, with whom he’s recorded several albums. He’s also a member of the Cape Ann Symphony, Hillyer Festival Orchestra, and Salem Philharmonic. Molinari has played with such jazz legends as Kenny Wheeler, George Garzone, Mike Melillo, Jerry Bergonzi and Victor Lewis, leads his own Quintet and co-leads the trio 3Play. Lello’s Italian Job, Volume 2 is his 5th release as a leader.

Source :  Braitwaite and Katz with thanks. * Sorry to be so late, was doing a special project.

 

World Poetry Celebrates Alfonso Martínez Pretel !

 

 

World Poetry Peace gift poems. Over the years, we have given away over 3,000.

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show on February 8, on CFRO 100.5 PM at 1:PM, PST welcomed a number of guests, including an e-peace poem from e- features: Malik Ahmed and the multilingual poet Alfonso Martinez Pretel from Spain.  Other guests included the amazing poet Barry Plamondon reading from his new book, a  surprise special birthday party for the renowned pianist and touring composer, Satoko Fujii  with her solo 60th birthday CD with special welcoming guests Yurie Hoyoyon and  Soramaru Takayama  in Japanese and English.

We are featuring the talented Alfonso Martinez Pretel ! 

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Alfonso Martínez Pretel, Alfonso Pretel or Alph Lonesea, is a Spanish Poet born in 1968 in Cartagena, Region of Murcia, Spain. He studied Law in the University of Murcia. He is married and has two children. He writes poetry in his mother tongue and also in English, French and Italian. He is still an unpublished author, but he shares his literary work in a Blog with the name of MIRA AL FONDO (http://miralfondo.blogspot.com)

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Alfonso Martínez Pretel, Alfonso Pretel or Alph Lonesea, is a Spanish Poet born in 1968 in Cartagena, Region of Murcia, Spain. He studied Law in the University of Murcia. He is married and has two children. He writes poetry in his mother tongue and also in English, French and Italian. He is still an unpublished author, but he shares his literary work in a Blog with the name of MIRA AL FONDO (http://miralfondo.blogspot.com)

He is author of the following books of poems: IN SPANISH– Simas y Cumbres – Melodías de Azahar- Amor Culpabilísimo- Lágrimas Afónicas- Aroma de Arrayán -Versos Corrientes- Crisantemos Amarillos (Tercets inspired by Haiku)- El Tatami Sembrado (Haiku, Tanka, Gogyoshi. Bilingual Spanish / English)

IN ENGLISH:  Brother Verse, Sister Prayer – Franciscan Poems – Haiku Llenando Cuencos (Filling Bowls) – Tanka and Gogyoshi Verses for True TalesIN FRENCH – Bateaux Vers L’Orient – Haiku, Tanka, GogyoshiIN ITALIAN – Foglie Appena Cadute – Haiku, Tanka, Gogyoshi.

THE OCEAN OF PEACE

I don’t mind if peace is an ocean
with a hue of blue difficult to paint,
or a fathomless depth for any diver,
where the diverse creatures of knowledge
don’t show all their submerged wisdom.
I will embark in the vessel of mankind
and join to the idealistic crew
determined to navigate for a dream.
We will always have in our cabins
a palette of colours and a canvas
for trying to become artists
able to express the essencce of waves
along the vast surface of time.
We will also use scuba gear
for not drowning in the chase
of the whales of harmonious chant.
I don’t want to stay in the harbour
where the worst news of wars and hatreds
resemble to annoying gulls
flying around my saddened soul.
I must abandon this coast of indifference.
Because being this kind of sailor
is more than a prayer without name,
more than a commitment with the world
which new generations would deserve.
This ocean is a possible course
towards the islands of civilization.

(No me importa si la paz es un océano
con una tonalidad de azul difícil de pintar,
o una profundidad insondable para cualquier buzo,
donde las distintas criaturas del conocimiento
no muestran toda su sabiduría sumergida.
Embarcaré en el navío de la humanidad
y me uniré a la idealista tripulación
decidida a navegar por un sueño.
Siempre tendremos en nuestros camarotes
una paleta de colores y un lienzo
para intentar convertirnos en artistas
capaces de plasmar la esencia de las olas
a lo largo de la vasta superficie del tiempo.
También usaremos equipo de buceo
para no ahogarnos en la persecución
de las ballenas de canto armónico.
No quiero quedarme en el puerto
donde las peores noticias de guerras y odios
se parecen a gaviotas irritantes
que vuelan alrededor de mi alma apenada.
Debo abandonar esta costa de la indiferencia.
Porque ser esta clase de marinero
es más que una oración sin nombre,
más que un compromiso con el mundo
que las nuevas generaciones merecerían.
Este océano es un rumbo posible
hacia las islas de la civilización.)

(Alfonso Pretel) (c) ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY AUTHOR.

 

World Poetry Celebrates the Poet Barry Plamondon !

 

 

 

 

Film display at UBC Library, World Poetry Peace and Human Rights Festival.

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show on February 8, on CFRO 100.5 PM at 1:PM, PST welcomed a number of guests, including an e-peace poem from e- features: Malik Ahmed and the multilingual poet Alfonso Martinez Pretel from Spain.  Other guests included the amazing poet Barry Plamondon reading from his new book, a  surprise special birthday party for the renowned pianist and touring composer, Satoko Fujii  with her solo 60th birthday CD with special welcoming guests Yurie Hoyoyon and  Soramaru Takayama  in Japanese and English.

We are featuring the talented unsung hero Barry Plamondon! 

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Barry was born in  Penticton B.C. and grew up in South Van,graduated from David Thompson High School, 3 yrs. in U.B.C. Arts program, certificate in Practical Horticulture-B.C.I.T.20 yrs. as professional landscaper turned to poetry after suffering two strokes, -lived for 25 yrs. In Maple Ridge Barry is married with 7 children. He has published 4 books so far-the latest one-“Man and Nature, Silver Bow Press and has appeared in various other anthologies He is an administrator at website-A Poet’s Diary.  His interests include gardening, nature, music and hockey.

Also on the show, a lovely poem from his daughter,  Dominique Marie Plamondon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

GO NOW

Go now my son to do what you must

Let not your youth be encased in rust

Like the fledgeling,you must fly from the nest

To learn on your own is usually what’s best

For I have taught you all that I know

And I still watch with pride as you grow

Life’s lessons do not always come with ease

Sometimes, you must coax them and tease

And still to fall flat upon your face

Yet to rise up and get back in the race

That’s all you’ll ever need to know anyhow

So hug me once, my son and then you must go 

Barry Plamondon (C) All rights reserved by author.