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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.


World Poetry Celebrates Tara Kimberley Torme!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show welcomed the talented and courageous poetess Tara Kimberley Torme on March 30, 2017 in the studio of CFRO, 100.5 FM with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Anita Aguirre Nieveras, super tech Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer and dog sitter of Willow, Sharon Rowe. A beautiful e-poem by Monsif Beroual from Morocco was read.

  Jazz music featuring violinist/mandolinist Jason Anick and pianist Jason Yeager‘s first project as co-leaders, United, is out  (March 10, 2017) on Inner circle Music, promoting their delightful new CD UNITED.

  Source: Braitwaite and Katz.

To hear this interesting show: CLICK HERE!








Tara Kimberley Torme writes: “I was born in Montreal, Quebec
I moved to Vancouver, BC in March 1992 shortly before I turned 15 years old
I have been writing poetry since I was around 8 years old
I have written over 150 poems since childhood
I received my B.A. in English from UBC in May 2001
I received my publishing diploma from Langara College in June 2006

In 2006 I self published a book of my poetry called A Series Of Short Stories and Poems under the name of T K Torme which is available at amazon.com

I am currently working on editing all of my older poetry as well write several newer ones for myself for future publication

I have several poetry books that I am currently working on at the moment – it is a long process as I write poems that suit my current mood state and eventually I will decided which collection of poetry I am going to put them in.”
Tara Kimberley Torme.

Featured Poem:


He comes out

Final race


Men’s 200 M

To win gold


7 Olympic gold

To his name


Here to collect

Two more gold


De Grasse runs

In lane 4


The crowd roars

At Bolt’s name


He takes his hand –

Shushes the crowd


Gun sounds off:

Bolt in lead


Flash of red shoes

On the lane


He wins the race

With ease:


Bolt 200 triple

Going for 9 gold

De Grasse wins silver


De Grasse and Bolt –

Two great runners:


DeBolt will always live on

Forever. Olympic history


A piece of Bolt

Lightning strikes


Little brother from Canada

Best race already written


Victory lap for Bolt

With Jamaican and Brazil flag


By: T. K. Torme (C) All rights reserved by the author.


World Poetry Celebrates Saxophonist Jon Irabagon from the US!

Ariadne’s Notes: On Thursday, March 3, 2016, The World Poetry Café Radio Show (CRFO 100.5 FM with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon, plus engineer Victor Swartzman welcomed the talented musician Jon Irabagon in a fascinating interview of music and poems. It was so interesting to hear about Jon’s love of music, life and his upcoming tours. Also, the featured e-poet was Monsif Beroual from Morocco with a powerful poem called “Hollering.” To listen to the special show: CLICK HERE!




Saxophonist Jon Irabagon is a subverter of the jazz form,” declares Martin Longley in his Irabagon feature in the August issue of The New York City Jazz Record. “He’s a revolutionary who’s secretly messing with the changes. He might be dismantling the music’s mechanics from the inside, but from the outside he can frequently persuade a crowd that he’s an old- school practitioner. There are few players who can so deftly stride from postbop to free improvisation, avant country to doom metal and then wander from chaotic collage-spraying to sleek-blowing fluency.”www.jonirabagon.com

The winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition, Irabagon has since topped both the Rising Star Alto Saxophone and the Rising Star Tenor Saxophone categories in the DownBeat Magazine Critics’ Poll and been named one of Time Out New York’s 25 New York City Jazz Icons. Jon was also named 2012 Musician of the Year in The New York City Jazz Record. An integral member of such high-profile ensembles as Mostly Other People Do The Killing and the Mary Halvorson Quintet, as well as an established bandleader in his own right, his list of current projects includes the bands Bryan & The Haggards and Mike Pride’s From Bacteria to Boys as well as a longstanding partnership with legendary drummer Barry Altschul and Dave Douglas’ new quintet.

For Perpetual Motion, a project of Moondog arrangements, Jon (along with French saxophonist/clarinetist/composer Sylvain Rifflet) has been awarded a French-American Cultural Exchange grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, with generous funding from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Institut Français, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, and Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique (“SACEM”).  In addition, Jon has received a 2012 Mabuhay Award by the National Association of Filipino-Americans and a 2014 Philippine Presidential Award.

Jon’s own record label, Irabbagast Records, has currently released five of his efforts, including I Don’t Hear Nothin’ but the Blues Volume 2: Appalachian Haze (with Mike Pride and Mick Barr), Outright! Unhinged (with Ralph Alessi, Jacob Sacks, John Hebert and Tom Rainey) and It Takes All Kinds (featuring Mark Helias and Barry Altschul), and most recently, the dual release of Behind the Sky (featuring Tom Harrell, Luis Perdomo, Yasushi Nakamura and Rudy Royston) as well as Jon’s first solo saxophone recording.