Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe, CFRO 100.5 FM, welcomed the creator of Kindness Films, Tarek Mounib and his new movie Free Ticket to Egypt . He called in at 1:30 pm PST to talk about his new film which will be featured at Vancity Theater in Vancouver, August 4, at 6:45 pm followed by a Skype Q and A with him.
I was so impressed with the amazing work that Tarek is doing to bring people from diverse backgrounds together through his film and site. Coming up in September is Take The Pledge found on the site. I encourage everyone interested to go to the site, see the movie and do what you can to help the world to heal and to make a difference.
Also on the show was Ruth Kozak reading poems from one of her books about Alexander the Great. Sharon Rowe of Big Bessie fame had a new story and the e-poem by Paramananda Mahanta from India read by Victor Schwartzman.
Free Trip to Egypt takes audiences on a remarkable journey, in which an unlikely group of travelers to the Middle East find themselves transformed by the power of human connection.
Tarek Mounib, a Canadian-Egyptian entrepreneur living in Switzerland, is troubled by a world that seems ever more divided and polarized. In response to increasing levels of anger and hatred towards “the other” on American social and broadcast media, he resolves to reach out to the very people who fear his culture, with an intriguing idea.
With the aim of trying to build mutual understanding, Tarek travels across the United States in order to find Americans who feel threatened and offer them a Free Trip to Egypt.
#PLEDGETOLISTEN TO “LOOK ME IN THE EYE” Inspired by Free Trip To Egypt, musicians Glen Philips and Jason Karaban come together for inspirational new song.
Our E-Poetry of the Week features a tribute to Nelson Mandela for the last day of Black History Month.
Icis C. Benjamin hails from the beautiful island of Antigua in the Caribbean. Lived in the U. S. Virgin Islands for twenty four years where she worked with the Department of Education as an English teacher.
He was a brave and valiant soldier Who fought hard to rid apartheid Though arrested and thrown in jail With all he got vigorously he tried Imprisoned but he kept a level head Not knowing how long he would be there For the people he stood firm without falter Giving them hope so they’ll have no fear. Committed no crime, yet he served time Because he stood by his beliefs Incarceration allow time to strategize To his followers freedom brought relief. When elected for the role of president Many around the globe-that day-rejoiced It was the moment they’ve been awaiting A neutral, dedicated, and powerful voice. He led his people in the way entitled And his rule didn’t include greed When the time devoted came to an end He took his leave and bowed out indeed. His retirement was of a quiet life style Spending quality time with his family On occasions his name circulated, but Keeping a low profile made him happy. Then his health started to deteriorate Causing thousands to be concerned Many took time from busy schedules For any update in which to be learned. December fifth two thousand thirteen The sad news reached listening ears Of the passing of a great world’s leader Bringing to their faces streaming tears. He fought for justice and gained respect Differently–others now view South Africa The time has come for his lengthy rest So sleep on our brother, Nelson Mandela!
~icb~ is in Central Florida where writing poetry, cooking, traveling, and spending time with my grandchildren are dear to my heart!” (C) All rights reserved.
Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show on Feb. 23, 2017, at 1:40 pm PST , CFRO, 100.5 FM,welcomed the amazing pianist and composer Satoko Fujii who phoned in from Japan featuring her unique new album promoting peace.
The World Poetry Team: Ariadne Sawyer producer and host, guest host, Ruth Kozak and super engineer Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer Sharon Rowe . Also, presented were Fauzia Rafique and Icis Benjamin with her e-poem.
With each new orchestra album, pianist-composer Satoko Fujii deepens and refines one of the most startling and singular concepts in large ensemble free jazz today. Peace (January 27, 2017, Libra Records), the fifth album with her 15-member Orchestra Tokyo, is no exception. A tribute to the late guitarist Kelly Churko, the recording features special guests drummer Peter Orins and trumpeter Christian Pruvost with whom Fujii and her husband Natsuki Tamura perform in the collective quartet KAZE. Together these friends and colleagues create one of the most personal of Fujii’s 18 (!) big band albums.
Peace, a tribute to the late guitarist Kelly Churko, who played on Fujii’s Zakoplane and also her First Meeting set, Cut the Rope (Libra Records, 2009), starts with noise music—something Churko loved. The tune “2014” (the year Churko died) opens the album with what sounds like ghost breezes blowing through a spooky house. Then the chattering begins—the guess here it Natsuki Tamura working his trumpet magic, unaccompanied, then in duo with one of the set’s two drummers five minutes into the thirty-three minute tune. Then the orchestra enters, in a loose, surging, melancholy segment that cuts off sharply, giving way a stuttering, squawking trombone interjected with low-in-the-mix vocal proclamations leading into a spirited trombone/tenor sax conversation. There is also a section that sounds like a stroll through a working construction site: jack hammers pounding, power saws singing.
Peace features a pair of guests from one of Fujii’s wilder ensembles, Kaze: drummer Peter Orins and trumpeter Christian Pruvost. Provost combines his powerhouse percussive propulsion with that of the regular Orchestra Tokyo drummer Akira Horikoshi’s. It results in some explosive moments. And Orins, combined with Tamura, leads the orchestra’s brass sound into levels of density and strangeness not often heard.
The Natsuki Tamura-penned “Jasper” is a different sound, washes of horns pulsing over a drone, building to a crescendo then tapering down to relative peace. And the tune “Peace” is anything but peaceful. It opens as a riot, then moves into a segment that sounds as though they put a microphone up against a jar full of hornets, after somebody shook the jar. And the closer, “Beguine Nummer Eins,” sounds almost mainstream, in a boldly pastoral way.
The pre-Peace spin-through of Fujii’s previous orchestral outing says that the composer took more than her usual risks in putting this sound together. It has an audacity and powerful joy of creation that rises, ever so slightly, above her best orchestral work.
Albums are available on Amazon.com
Sources : Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo: Peace – allaboutjazz.com and Braithwaite and Katz.