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World Poetry Celebrates the Talented Nancy Braithwaite!

 

Ariadne’s Notes:

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe radio show, 100.5 FM on October 24 from 1-2 pm PST had a fascinating show with star co-host Diego Bastinutti and the amazing Victor Schwartzman tech engineer. Calling in at 1:10 pm PST from Italy  was Pasquale Verdicchio  who is teaching for University of California , San Diego program on poetry and walking.

Calling in at 1:30 pm PST, from the Netherlands was Nancy Braitwaite, world renowned clarinetist from the Netherlands about a new beautiful CD: Onions, in Paradise composed by Edith Hemingway  who is in her nineties. Nancy spoke about the creation and collaboration in the making of this new CD.

Right after the show, several listeners in the studio were interested in listening to the CD and one found it on I-Toons to listen to on the way home. It is also available on Amazon and many other platforms.

Great response! Another great musician from Braitwaite and Katz!

To Paradise for Onions - Songs and Chamber Works of Edith Hemenway

Peaceathon Poems by Krishnasankar Acharjee, India, Richard Doiron, Canada  and the next installment of the long Peace activist poem Davy Fidel, Nigeria. Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Diego Bastianutti, Tech Victor Schwartzman, special volunteer Sharon Rowe with her new More Big Bessie Stories.

To listen to this special show , CLICK HERE!

Nancy Braithwaite

Internationally renowned clarinetist and educator Nancy Braithwaite has performed throughout the USA, Europe and China.  As a soloist, she has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, Savannah Symphony Orchestra and others in works by Mozart, Nielsen, Von Weber and Rossini.  In addition, she has  been very active in chamber music with repertoire encompassing more than 300 works. 

Braithwaite studied with Stanley Hasty at the renowned Eastman School of Music graduating with the highest musical distinction, the Performers Certificate.  

While studying for her master’s degree at Northwestern University with Robert Marcellus (former principal clarinetist of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell), she worked as his teaching assistant in both clarinet and chamber music. In the USA she furthered her study with Larry Combs, former principal clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  In Europe she earned a chamber music degree with the renowned violinist Eli Goren, former leader of the Allegri Quartet and Melos Ensemble and concertmaster of the BBC Symphony, and continued her clarinet studies with the internationally acclaimed Belgian soloist, Walter Boeykens.

At the age of 23 she won the position of principal clarinetist with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra.  While there she was also chosen to participate in summer festivals in Spoleto (Italy), Maine (USA) and Tanglewood (USA). In addition she performed for several seasons as principal clarinet of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the training orchestra for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, while a student at Northwestern University.

Since moving to The Netherlands , Nancy has made a number of radio recordings, toured throughout much of Europe and China and performed as guest artist with Camilli Quartet, Raphael Quartet, Goffriller Quartet, Spinoza Quartet, Engadin Quartet and Trio Microcosmos in works by Mozart, Brahms, Hindemith, Bliss, Keuris, Howells and von Weber.  Numerous composers have written works for her ranging in instrumentation from solo clarinet to octet.

In recent years Nancy has performed extensively as a member of the Rietveld Ensemble (violin, clarinet, cello and piano ), Selima Trio (soprano, clarinet and piano), La Rondine (winds and piano), Trio Canteloube (oboe, clarinet and bassoon), Arto Ensemble (mezzo soprano, clarinet, violin, viola and cello), Emmelos Ensemble (octet with strings and winds), Trio Clara (clarinet, viola and piano), Frühling Trio (clarinet, cello and piano), Rondine Winds (wind octet) and regularly gives recitals with piano.

Braithwaite is founder and artistic director of the series Kromme-Rijn Concerten in Bunnik in which the Arto Ensemble functions as the core group performing with a wide variety of guest artists.  In addition, she founded a concert series in Utrecht with the Rietveld Ensemble in 2014 which has now expanded with a repeat of the series in Amsterdam and The Hague.

In 2015 Nancy toured China giving master classes and recitals in four major Chinese cities and in March 2016 she  visited China again both as a jury member for a major clarinet competition in Beijing and to give master classes and recitals. In 2016 Nancy gave masterclasses as  Erasmus exchange Professor  at the Conservatory of Castellón de la Plana, Spain   and in April 2017 she gave masterclasses at the conservatory of Malaga, Spain in another Erasmus exchange.

  In October 2016 Braithwaite was  a jury member for the clarinet competition on the Clarinet and Saxophone Association on Great Britain during their 40th anniversary celebration and she performed in the evening Gala Concert of   this event.

Nancy is Professor of Clarinet and Chamber Music at the Rotterdam Conservatory (Codarts)  The Netherlands.

She endorses the Uebel Superior clarinets and is a member of the Silverstein Inspiring Pro team endorsing the  Silverstein.

World Poetry Celebrates Pasquale Verdicchio!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Cafe radio show, 100.5 FM on October 24 from 1-2 pm PST had a fascinating show with star co-host Diego Bastinutti and the amazing Victor Schwartzman tech engineer. Calling in at 1:10 pm PST from Italy  was Pasquale Verdicchio  who is teaching for University of California , San Diego program on poetry and walking. A good portion of the show was in Italian, a special treat for our Italian listeners. It was great to understand part of it since it has some similarities to Spanish. Part of it was how it is to have roots in various countries. Also he read his lovely poetry and talked about the art of translating which is a talent that he shares with Diego Bastinutti and Tommy Tao as they try to be part of the character of  poet who wrote the poem translated. 

Second caller was the incomparable Nancy Braithwaite, clarinets  and world renowned musician who was calling in from the Netherlands about a new CD Onions in Paradise composed by Edith Hemingway who is in her nineties  and will be featured next.

Peaceathon Poems by Krishnasankar Acharjee, India, Richard Doiron, Canada  and the next installment of the long Peace activist poem Davy Fidel, Nigeria. Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Diego Bastianutti, Tech Victor Schwartzman, special volunteer Sharon Rowe with her new More Big Bessie Stories.

To listen to this special show , CLICK HERE!

 One of his many books: Devils In Paradise: Pasquale Verdicchio: 9781550710274 …http://Devils In Paradise: Pasquale Verdicchio: 9781550710274 … https://www.amazon.ca › Devils-Paradise-Pasquale-Verdicchio https://www.amazon.ca › Devils-Paradise-Pasquale-Verdicchio

Author and translator Pasquale Verdicchio emigrated from Italy to Vancouver, with his family, as a young teen. He has published in English the works of poets Giorgio Caproni, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sergio Atzeni, Alda Merini, Andrea Zanzotto, and most recently Vivian Lamarque’s The Golden Man (Ekstasis Editions, 2016). His own poetry collections include The House is Past (Guernica, 2000) and This Nothing’s Place (Guernica, 2008). He teaches at the University of California, San Diego, and returns to British Columbia frequently.

Poem:

My children

whisper

sounds of blossoms

in my ear; blue skies.

clear seas,

baby’s breath,

the memories.

My children whisper

sounds of blossoms

By Pasquale Verdicchio  (C) All rights reserved.

World Poetry Celebrates Matilda Miraka !

  • Photo by Matilda Miraka from her village in Albania.

Ariadne’s Notes: on October 3, CFRO 100.5 FM  World Poetry Cafe radio show in Vancouver, BC, Canada celebrated the first peace poet Matilda Miraka with her poem on peace, from Elbasan, Albania.  This is our 21st year on the show with 129 countries listening in at times.

***Due to the radio show not being archived, I am unable to provide the link but will read her poem again next week.

 

  • Photo by Matilda Miraka from her village in Albania.

Matilda Miraka, 23 years old.Education: High / Degree: Bachelor (Bachelor)Literature and Albania language Masters degree: For literature and Albania language teacher.
Mother tongue: Albanian Other: English, Spanish.

Entertaining activities: ” I’ve been part of a lot of national and international competitions for poem an essay. I won most of them. In Trieste, Italy (“Castello Di Duino XIII edition” I was one of the winners) for 3 times. (Equipped with a certificate and coup) Participating in the “World Youth Forum right to dialogue X edition” (equipped with certificate.”

PEACE

I find peace inside my spirit!

inside reason, inside positivity

I? I love myself and life

I don’t want to die even when my soul is in pain

even when my body is sick

even when my family is suffering

You know why?

Because I have to be strong for myself and for them

Because I believe in God, my creator I’m just a creature

Created just to be tested in this life

We cannot be happy all our lives.

But you know what?

We can, we can be quiet

But how to do this?

I find peace in my god and yours. My family, my loved ones

They want me to be good and I will be.

Dear human beings, lookup, is there a big sky or not? Do you feel small too?

Look down at you, down at your feet? Do you see the earth or not? You’re so small, so small that you don’t have to worry.

You are a temporary human being on earth so enjoy it all sun, rain, wind, hail river stones, storms, seasons, flowering, snow, leaf fall winter, animals, cats, dogs, birds.

Enjoy it please take a deep breath and enjoy it, embrace the soul with peace

but most of all dear human beings be good, do good things to be remembered for good

One day you will die.

Remember you are a temporary human being so you find peace, find peace and be good.

You will really be happy.

Matilda Miraka (C) All rights reserved by the author.