Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show was honoured to be a partner once again with the Heart of The City Festival! For our special show, we re-visited the memories and history of Hogan’s Alley in Vancouver and featured the well known poet Ghai Aweida from the Thursday Club in the downtown eastside. Also e-poets Mamta Agarwal from India and Chinese poet, Chinese Poet Yuan Hongri, story by Sharon Rowe and Poetic News. Still in membership drive right now: Please become a donator or member by going to www.coopradio.org , clicking on membership at the top and contributing what you can. This will help us stay on the air.
Ghia Aweida is a Lebanese Canadian poet of Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese descent. She is a faithful member of Thursdays and is a self-published a number of chapbooks, a full-length poetry book, My Spiritual Journey and is published in several Thursdays anthologies, the latest anthology is From the Heart of It All.
The Heart of Art Like an artery pulsating in a world shun off waiting to feed and nourish the curious cells far away from it renewing energy at the centre of its lover, the centre of its city giving and taking of its experiences with another heart nearby, spreading its love of creation throughout the city into its suburbs with the newcomers with the citizens with other artists with one another with our hosts. The city returns its tired blood exhausted from old art through the veins of its existence to the heart of its creation purify its veins absorbing and emitting new ideas and drinking in fresh juices sprinkling particles of spunk further into the suburbs through the capillaries into the thumb arteries that hold the pen to write on the pages telling stories of life or the brush to paint upon the canvasses painting the stages of life and creating mural after mural filling studio and gallery walls further nourishing the heart willing to reach out and teach willing to help teach its young
renewing the city with every moment as sweet as the music playing as precious as the sage burning its scent awakening the senses in the days of its celebration. The heart beats still long after the festival dies down.
Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe radio show, January 18, 1-2 PM PST, CFRO , 100.5 FM, with host and producer, Ariadne Sawyer, MA, guest host, Elaine Woo, sound engineer, Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer, Sharon Rowe welcomed the exciting musical collaboration of the talented Andrew Lion and Ruthie Dineen with their new CD, Eternal Life, Jeff Buckley songs and sounds, produced by Negative Press Project. This is a beautiful CD and a tribute to Jeff Buckley. They are planning a tour up the Pacific Coast and we hope to be able to hear them in Vancouver! Also, on the show was poetry from Mamta Agarwal and Elaine Woo plus a peace e-poem by Belloussaief Abderrazek from Tunisia. *Great thanks to Braitwaite and Katz.
Andrew Lion is a Bass Player/Composer and Blogger/Podcaster. He performs as a freelance bassist in Jazz, Pop and Rock settings.
Pianist/Composer Ruthie Dineen was born in Fairfield, CA and began playing piano at an early age. She comes from a vibrant, expressive family, and explored her own creativity through music, studying and playing both jazz and classical music throughout her childhood and into adulthood
During her college years at UC Berkeley (grad. 2004) and while studying abroad in Chile and later living abroad in Costa Rica, music remained central in her life through both study and performance.
After completing her graduate studies in Social Work (grad. 2009), Dineen decided to focus professionally on music performance and community arts (she is currently the Deputy Director of Programs at East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond, CA) ruthiedineen.com
Andrew Lions along with Ruthie Dineen are celebrating their new CD Eternal Life, Jeff Buckley songs and sounds, produced by Negative Press Project.
Co-led by bassist Andrew Lion and pianist/keyboardist Ruthie Dineen, the expansive electro-acoustic ensemble brings a supple textural palette to Buckley’s material, transforming his emotionally wrought, show-stopping vocal vehicles into strikingly beautiful instrumental settings. Erasing distinctions between jazz and chamber music, rock and instrumental pop, NPP expands Buckley’s legacy by tapping into his beatific lyricism.
Negative Press Project is a seven-piece electro-acoustic jazz/indie-rock–inspired original music collective. Co-Directed by Andrew Lion and Ruthie Dineen.
“I was pleased to host the Negative Press Project recently and they delivered an enjoyable show. It was high in adventure and exuberance, with a variety of original charts and a sweet front-linehorn section. They made odd meters sound not so-odd and their writing was never predictable. They give hope for the future of creative music.”
The World Poetry Café welcomed the talented Koyali Burman , World Poetry Canada International Cultural Ambassador, in a fascinating interview on the arts, dance, poetry and healing with a focus on Kathak dancing and hand Mudras. Also featured was World Poetry Director Alaha Ahrar with a inspirational message, Poems by Mamta Agarwal , a story by Sharon Rowe, Creative Rocks Tips, by Ariadne Sawyer all under the expert controls of Victor Schwartzman , the sound engineer.
Koyali is a graduate from the University of British Columbia. Besides her rising professional career, Koyali is an accomplished Kathak dancer a North Indian classical dance form. From a tender age of 3, she was fascinated to Kathak dance form. She has also learnt Rabindra Nritya and Mohiniyattam dances. She has received awards and featured in numerous Television, stage performances and radio interview in India and Vancouver.
Being the Cultural Ambassador of the World Poetry Canada International she is creating awareness in Vancouver of glorious Indian classical dance and focusing on exploring connectivity with Kathak, poetry and therapeutic value of one of the Indian dance form. If poetry could come to life, you’d find Koyali Burman dancing and teaching.
She has also reverence for global learning and development and fortunate to have worked with some of the well known women like Frances Ferreira who share her interest in international development.
Koyali also does Healing Workshops in the Vancouver, B.C. Canada area.