Ariadne’s Notes: On January 11, at 1:30 PM PSA , CRFO 100.5 FM we welcomed the talented dynamic duo of Digs Lewis and Paul Bolotin to the World Poetry Cafe Show. Music composers for films, they opened a fascinating world of musical compositions in film. We had received several questions from young musical composers that are just starting out and wanted to get into film. Dig and Paul kindly answered their questions and gave tips about starting out. In the show, they also talked about their upcoming compositions for three film with a special messages. One listener commented: ” I never thought much about the music-this was one of the most fascinating interviews I have heard on the show.”
I would like to thank Osiris Munir of 15 minutes for bringing such a wealth of wonderful guests to our show.
Dig Lewis: Dig was a child prodigy and became an accomplished Violin, Viola and Cello musician at the age of 13 in Detroit Michigan, where he played on some of the earliest of Motown’s famous R&B sound tracks. He followed this remarkable accomplishment by serving as a junior concert master for the Detroit Symphony orchestra for three years, while concentrating his attention toward composing and conducting a diverse variety of musical scores. During this time he conducted orchestrations and concerts for notables such as Frank Sinatra, and the Pointer Sisters. He is an alumni of the University of Arizona and also attended Wayne State University and the University of Detroit. As his career evolved Dig continued to develop his skills as a musician gaining respect among the elite members of the R&B community, and was named among the top 10 bass players in the nation by both Downbeat and Bass Player magazines. He worked on numerous recording sessions as a studio musician and toured extensively with major performing artists such as Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Jack McDuff and John Mellencamp. As time progressed, Dig became seriously interested in pursuing his true love in music which is composing. Over the years he utilized his unique and formidable composing skills, both electronically and “live” to make film scores come to life.
Paul Bolotin: Paul began his early youth learning to master the accordion, followed by the drums and bass. He worked his way through college playing in local bands and taking a variety of assignments at Warner Brothers and Capitol as a studio musician. He earned a Masters Degree at UCLA where he majored in Business Management with a minor in music, specializing in film scoring. Shortly after graduating he went to work for Motown Records in Southern California as a musician in their 16 piece orchestra, which was the house band for all of their artists’ live concert performances, including Jackie Wilson, Etta James, the Four Tops, the Olympics, Roy Head, Jimmy McCracklin, etc. After a rewarding stint with Motown, Paul spent several years on tour with various headliners including the Righteous Brothers, Sonny and Cher, Little Richard and Tina Turner. In recent years Paul has dedicated himself to developing his skills as a composer and has completed many successful projects. He is a dedicated professional who is intensely focused on “hitting the mark” with every composition.
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 Cafe Radio Show was honoured to welcome the noted poet, author, songwriter and artist Synn Kune Loh on January 4th, 1-2 pm PST on CFRO 100.2 FM. He is one of the unsung heroes of this time dealing with a disabling disease with creativity, grace and love. His new book is a fascinating account of his journey and how the game of Ping Pong helped him in so many ways. World Poetry would also like to thank him for his support of our society., sharing his creativity in so many events. Thanks also to super tech Victor Swartzman and special volunteer Sharon Rowe and the music of Mark Zaleski. A special E-Peace Poem by YIOULA IOANNOU PATSALIDOU FROM CYPRUS!
On January 11, 1-2 PM CFRO, another hero Kevin Morris, a blind poet from England, Dig Lewis and Paul Bolotin. Stay Tuned!
Synn Kune Loh is a visual artist, a painter, a poet ad a song writer.
He is the author of a book of poetry titled “A Journey to Camatkara,”
and a CD, “Return to the Boundless Light.” He was born in China and grew up in Hong Kong.
He received a BA in psychology from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, U.S.A.
While studying for his MA in Cultural Psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario,
he took a trip to Paris and discovered his passion to make art. He went to the Ontario College of Art
and began a career as an exhibiting artist. His early paintings were abstract landscapes, followed by themes that stem from a metaphysical content.
His poetry has an unique expression that is both touching and inspiring. Diagnosed with early Parkinson’s Disease, he used Ping Pong as a healing
agent, and wrote a book titled “Ping Pong, Parkinson’s, and the Art of Staying in the Game.” The book has been by Silver Bow Press in January, 2018 and will be launched at the Lipoint Centre in Richmond , BC. January 13th from 2-4 pm along with an exhibition of his retrospective art exhibit. Free, all are welcome to attend!