Broadcasting from New Westminster and Vancouver, BC, Canada with great thanks to tech Kerry Buckner,The World Poetry Radio Show, CFRO 100.5 FM , 1-2 PM PST on May 31, celebrated Melanie Simms and Roxanne Health. They were unable to call in because their cell phone cards were not able to connect with Canada.
However, I read their bios and then went on to read poems from the World Poetry Peace E-Anthology on this site. If you want to read the poems and poets featured , the names and poems plus the page numbers will be listed here: Addena Sumter-Freitag, pages 175-177. Wida Tausif. Pages 180-181, Cheng Yousha, pages, 197-199. Ljupce Zahariev , 201. Also great thanks to Carol Knepper who did a great job of editing and all the others who worked on this free e-anthology of peace for the world.
LAVENDER MEMORIES- 1 was read from a poet Amita Sanghviamita who is on tour from Oman who has been launching her new book. She is on the faculty from Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman. She says: ‘I recently launched my poetry book at Indian Embassy, Oman. I am traveling to Vancouver for a week- 19 th to 25th of June. Can I present my poems and the book? MY BOOK IS LAVENDER MEMORIES AND OTHER POEMS AND CENTRAL THEME IS PEACE AND HEALING .”
Melanie Simms is an award winning author with over two hundred publications of poetry and short stories. She is the author of two poetry books, Remember the Sun (Sunbury Press) and Waking the Muse (Outskirts Press). She is included in numerous anthologies, and recent publications include The Galway Revew (Ireland), Adelaide Literary Magazine (published out of New York and Lisbon), and Blood And Thunder Literary Journal (University of Oklahoma). She is the recipient of a Vermont Writers Studio Scholarship, and finalists in the Adelaide Literary Competition (for poetry and short story writing) and the Richard Savage Award (Bloomsburg University). Her B.A. degree is in Creative Writing from Bloomsburg University and her MFA is currently in progress. She has two new books in progress; Alien Prophecy (her first science fiction novel) and a new collection of poetry (Poetry and Medicine) a collection that focuses on healing and medicine.She has appeared on numerous radio and television programs for the arts.You can learn more about Melanie Simms at www.poetmelaniesimms.wordpress.com
A poem for Dr.Moshin Wazir, Geisinger Oral Surgery.
I opened my neck
Bared the wounds of my life,
As your scissors
Cut me free.
It was a necessary surgery,
Yet as you snipped,
Stich by stitch
Switchblades and murders,
Mafia and threats from beasts of the night
Hovering at my bedside
To devour me.
I even feared
You might be one of those rogue doctors
Killing patients on rounds.
A bible lay at the bottom of my bed
Trying to remind me of a long lost god,
But through your kindness, I found salvation.
You rescued me
Healed me with your modern amulets and medical wisdoms,
Sent the demons back to Hades,
And brought me to the light
Like a priest on Sunday morning,
Inviting me to drink
From the wine of life.
Melanie Simms. (C) All rights reserved by author .
Author biography: Roxanne Heath’s interests and ambitions have changed many times over the years, but the one constant has been her affinity for fiction. Her primary hobby in childhood was writing stories, and the habit continued well into her high school and college years despite pursuing a degree in science. Her favorite genres to write are those that dabble in mythology, fantasy, and paranormal horror. She can be found on her website www.roxanneheath.com, but is more easily reached via Twitter and Facebook under the handle @rheathwrites
Ariadne’s Notes: On May 17, 1:30 PM PST, the World Poetry Cafe , 100.5 FM , CFRO welcomed the talented drummer, composer and musician , Phil Haynes to the show. We were celebrating his two new CD’s, No Fast Food’s Settings For Three and My Favorite Things which to me felt like a breath of much needed freedom. in this world. Our sound engineer Victor Swartzman especially enjoyed the slow Star Track theme which was played at the end.The CD’s are at www.cornerstorejazz.com/shop Sales are used to help others create their CD’s. You can reach Phil at : philhaynes.com
Drummer/Composer Phil Haynes Explores ‘60s Rock Classics and Bold New Territory on Two New Recordings available June 1, 2018
A veteran artist based in New York for 25 years, drummer/composer Phil Haynes is featured on more than 70 releases from numerous American and European record labels. His collaborations include many of the seminal musicians of this generation: saxophonists Anthony Braxton, Ellery Eskelin, and David Liebman; trumpeters Dave Douglas, Herb Robertson, and Paul Smoker; bassists Mark Dresser, Ken Filiano, and Drew Gress; keyboard artists David Kikoski, Denman Maroney, and Michelle Rosewoman; vocalists Theo Bleckman, Nicholas Horner, and Hank Roberts; violinist Mark Feldman, and the composers collective Joint Venture. His current projects include the romantic “jazz-grass” string band, Free Country; the saxophone trio No Fast Food; bluesy power organ unit The Hammond Brothers, featuring young B-3 master Paul Bratcher; and the classic piano trio Day Dream, a cooperative with Yamaha artist Steve Rudolph.
My Favorite Things (1960-1969) takes on The Beatles, Hendrix, Coltrane, James Brown and more with “jazz-grass” string band Free Country with Hank Roberts, Jim Yanda, Drew Gress
No Fast Food’s Settings For Three sparks inspired improvisation
from bassist Drew Gress and NEA Jazz Master David Liebman
“[No Fast Food is] ridiculously good — One of the two best trios since the legendary Elvin Jones.”
“Just like Jack DeJohnette or Bob Moses, [Haynes] is broadening the beat by means of a significantly melodic component. You don’t have to be a prophet to foresee a great future.” — Heinrich Oehmsen, Szene
It’s not that he has anything against whiskers on kittens, mind you, but these are a few of drummer Phil Haynes’ favorite things: creating in the moment with old friends, who just happen to be some of the most inventive improvisers on the scene; digging deep into the rich musical legacy of the 1960s; navigating original compositions that offer tricky surprises and wide open spaces, just perfect for inspired spontaneity. With a wide-ranging pair of new releases featuring his bands Free Country and No Fast Food, Haynes gets to indulge all of those faves alongside an amazing crew sure to make you forget any dog bites or bee stings. Both are due for release on June 1, 2018 through Corner Store Jazz.
My Favorite Things (1960-1969) concludes a trilogy by Haynes’ free-wheeling “jazz-grass” string band Free Country, where he’s joined by longtime collaborators Hank Roberts (cello and vocals), Jim Yanda (guitar) and Drew Gress (bass). Released over nearly two decades, the band’s three albums encompass nearly the entire history of American popular music in their own irreverent, stripped-down fashion: their 1999 debut focused on pre-1900 tunes from the Revolutionary War to Stephen Foster; The Way the West Was Won took on the first half of the 20th century, with cowboy songs and Hollywood movie soundtracks.
The concluding chapter narrows the focus to a single decade, but what a decade: over the course of two discs, the quartet takes on everything from John Coltrane, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix to Burt Bacharach and the theme from Star Trek – as Haynes himself puts it, “you’ve got everything from schmaltz to the highest art.”
Beyond the fact that the ‘60s were the formative years for the band’s members, the decade is so ripe for extensive reinvention because, Haynes explains, “It was our last cultural revolution. This is the last decade that everybody agrees on, so this is a look at that psychedelic, diverse musical landscape. We face many of the same questions now that we faced then, and it will be interesting to see if there’s another social revolution.”
If there is, Free Country is here to provide the soundtrack. With Roberts’ wry baritone, the knotty interaction of the strings, Haynes’ loose-limbed, evocative percussion, and a profound conversational spark forged over decades of collaboration and the magical live sound born of recording in the round, the band captures the spirit of the 1960s with the urgency of now. “The ‘60s had this great American outpouring of creativity,” Haynes says. “There was music that everybody shared: Santana and The Beatles knew about A Love Supreme, from Hendrix to what Bernstein did on Broadway, everything was changing. This band focuses all those things into one sound.”
Haynes – My Favorite Things, Settings for Three On the opposite end of the creative spectrum, No Fast Food, with Gress and NEA Jazz Master David Liebman, was formed as an outlet for Haynes’ compositions. The trio’s third album, Settings For Three, is their first not recorded in concert but carries the electricity of their live performances into the studio. As the straightforward title implies, the intent was simply to provide fodder for the three musicians’ estimable improvisational gifts, or as Haynes puts it, “I wanted to give the guys some new settings to play in and also familiar territory to romp in.”
The opening track, “El Smoke,” takes its name and inspiration from a different group – Haynes’ collective quartet Joint Venture, where he and Gress are joined by saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and trumpeter Paul Smoker. Of course, No Fast Food make it utterly their own, ranging from the atmospheric to the rhapsodic over the track’s ten minutes. Haynes has written lyrics for the second tune, “Joy,” though they’re not sung on the recording. No matter, as Lieb and Gress seem to have absorbed the composer’s poetic meaning, which looks at the many different sides of joy, from the outwardly ecstatic to the more profound and complicated.
“There’s joy as we know it,” Haynes says, “but then there are all these other shadow aspects of joy. I really appreciated how the guys played on it because they reveal those different depths: not just that first expression but then all the ripples that happen beyond that.”
Speaking of multi-faceted, the blues offers an endless supply of variations and possibilities, and that’s certainly the case with the wide-open “Blue Dop.” High-spirited and grooving in this rendition, it’s a piece that suggests myriad approaches and changes each time the trio launches into it. The onomatopoeic “Whack Whap” shows off the mirth and humor that the three can share, a wild avalanche of sounds and sonic surprises.
“Longer Shorter” pays homage to Wayne Shorter, taking the legendary saxophonist’s composition “Pinocchio” as a starting point. The hard-driving, sharp-angled tune nods toward Liebman’s history with Miles Davis and Elvin Jones while spotlighting his singular approach to the soprano. The ballad “String Theory,” which kicks off with Liebman conjuring fluttering bird calls on flute, is a vehicle for Gress’ poignant arco emoting. To close the album, “Shramba” takes a different twist on the samba, progressing through all twelve keys over Haynes’ rollicking rhythmic bed.
Through the simultaneous release of these two thrilling albums, Haynes provides a study of two facets of his expansive musical personality. Both are wildly inventive and thrive on the personal interactions of the musicians involved, but where My Favorite Things is subversively accessible, Settings For Three is an enticing challenge. “You’ve got one group where the universe is the option,” Haynes says, “and another group where the microcosm is the universe. They’re very different kinds of playing yet you look for freedom in both.”
Ariadne’s Notes: On May 17, 1:30 PM PST, the World Poetry Cafe , 100.5 FM , CFRO welcomed the talented dancer and award nominee, Koyali Burman to the show. She spoke about our upcoming World Poetry Event on May 27, 2-3:30 pm at the Vancouver Central Library which features the unique coming together of two strong cultures, Indigenous and Pan Asian Indian classical dance . Also featured on the show were Alaha Ahar , poems, a story by special volunteer, Sharon Rowe from her popular Big Bessie Stories.
Our second feature was the wonderful Phil Hayes celebrating his two new CD’s He will be featured next.
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World Poetry arts advocate is Koyali Burman has been an exponent of Indian- classical dances- Kathak. She began learning dance at the age of three in India. She received acclaim as “Sangeet Ratna”(M-Muse) from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata and winner of numerous regional awards in India. Koyali Burman has a professional degree from the University of British Columbia. Besides her professional career she enjoys she enjoys performing and teaching dance to multicultural communities and expanding the cultural boundaries with dedication to excellence. She has supported the local artists with projects from her professional arena.
Exploring Connectivity with Indian classical Dance & Poetry:
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.
Building Bridges by Finding Commonality and Celebrating Differences:
First Nations and South Asian Culture -She understands various cultural richness around us. “There is a lot of commonality between our dances, but we rarely explore it…. hence I am exploring with finding commonality and celebrating differences between indigenous and south Asian culture through dance, poetry and music”.
Providing Leadership in Community Building and Economic Development through Art:
Koyali Burman as an arts advocate, she has created a priority working with the local non-profit organizations, credit Union, businesses and associations in developing an economic development plan for the diverse local artist community in the Joyce-Collingwood area.
Koyali Burman’s vision and mission is to foster/encourage/strengthen multiculturalism throughout BC by increasing awareness and appreciation of various forms of arts such as dance, music and poetry through professional dance/music and poetry presentation and community-based programming.