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World Poetry Celebrates the Enchanting Alchemy Sound Project!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show  with Producer and host Ariadne Sawyer, co-host Neall Ryon, Sound engineer Victor Schwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe, welcomed two special guests David Arend and Sumi Tonooka from the Alchemy Sound Project, (www.alchemysoundproject.com)  celebrating their new CD , the exquisite Future Explorations a special tapestry  creation of music, with many different melodic threads. Also featured were three E-poets,Mahmood Jan, from Afghanistan, Caroline Nazareno from the Philippines  and Yuan Hongri from China. To hear this informative and lovely program CLICK HERE!

Further Explorations, the excellent new project from Alchemy Sound Project featuring five extraordinary composer/performers: Sumi Tonooka, Erica Lindsay, Samantha Boshnack, Sumi Tonooka, and Salim Washington.

The five core members of Alchemy Sound Project were brought together by the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, a program initiated by the American Composers Orchestra and the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University to encourage jazz composers to explore writing music for the symphony orchestra.





Double bassist and composer David Arend performs classical, jazz, hip hop, singer/songwriter and electroacoustic music, exploring hybrids in his compositions. Photo credit: Bryon Malik.

David’s music has been performed by jazz combos such as Alchemy Sound Project, chamber ensembles, soloists, DJs, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Academy Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, West Point Woodwind Quintet and members of the San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Nashville Symphony.

David has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Carlos Santana, Bobby McFerrin, soloists such as Mark O’Connor, Joshua Bell, Renée Fleming, Gidon Kremer and Lynn Harrell, and is a member of the Oakland Symphony directed by Michael Morgan. A passionate commitment to new music has led David to work with influential composers such as Ornette Coleman, George Crumb, Thomas Adés, John Harbison, Chen Yi, John Psathas, Tan Dun and George Tsontakis, and next generation composers such as Jack Perla, Mason Bates, Marisol Jimenez, Jonathan Newman and John Mackey.

Hip hop and electronica club appearances include Envision Festival and Bamboo Bass Festival (Costa Rica), Roter Salon and Zu mir oder zu Dir (Berlin, Germany), Cryptoportico at the American Academy (Rome, Italy), Beyond Samsara (Los Angeles, CA), The New Parish (Oakland, CA) and San Francisco’s Mezzanine, Ruby Skye, 111 Minna, John Colins, Varnish, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The De Young Museum.

A graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music) and The Juilliard School (Master of Music), David held a fellowship for four summers as solo bassist with the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble under director George Tsontakis. Primary double bass mentors include Eugene Levinson, Scott Haigh and Albert Laszlo.



Sumi Tonooka has been called a “fierce and fascinating composer and pianist” (Jazz Times), “provocative and compelling” (New York Times), and “continually inventive, original, surprising, and a total delight,” (Cuadranos de Jazz, Madrid). Photo credit: Karen Sterling.

During a career spanning more than 30 years that has taken her from bases in Philadelphia & Boston, to New York & Seattle, Tonooka has been developing a body of work that surprises and delights audiences – quietly piling up accolades from jazz writers and fellow musicians.Her recent activity as a composer includes receiving the Music Alive: New Partnership

https://www.newmusicusa.org/grants/music-alive/Tonooka is also a recent recipient of the 2105 Artist Trust award and received the Carl & Jini Dellaccio GAP title to compose a new jazz chamber work Driftwood.

In addition to her symphonic and chamber works, jazz recordings and performances, Tonooka has composed over a dozen film scores, including the Academy Award-nominated Family Gathering by Lise Yasui and Daring To Resist by Martha Lubell, aired on PBS. She is also featured in A Note of Hope, released in 2011, a full-length documentary from Citygate Films on the youngest victiims of HIV/AIDS in Africa. She toured West Africa as part of a sextet featuring her musical compadre of two decades, jazz violinist John Blake, Jr. Their recorded output includes A New Beginning: Live at The Village Gate, Kindred Spirits (as a duo), and the Traveler featuring Boris Koslov on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums. As a member of the Rufus Reid Quintent, Tonooka appears on the CD and DVD The Rufus Reid Quintent: Live at the Kennedy Center (Motema). The group appeared at Dizzy’s Club Cocoa Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York in 2007 for the release performance.

Tonooka’s career has been chronicled on several highly regarded jazz books, including Living the Jazz Life by Royal Stokes, ln The Moment by Francis Davis, and Madame Jazz by Leslie Gourse (all on Oxford University Press). As a professional response to an inherent void within the music industry, Tonooka, along with alto saxophonist Chris Burnett and tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay, co-founded the Artists Recording Collective (ARC), an internationally recognized brand and professional recording label. She now divides her time between her responsibilities as the Chief, Public Relations Officer for ARC, composing and performing for an increasingly widespread audience of jazz aficionados. In his liner notes to pianist, composer and educator Sumi Tonooka’s fifth CD, Long Ago Today, journalist Russ Musto restated his praise from thirty years ago:”…it has been a pleasure to hear her blossom into one of the most talented musicians of her generation.


World Poetry Presents Doc PenPen, Philippine Visual Poetry!

Visual Poetry

SHOCK ME! SHOCK YOU! That is Doc PenPen’s visual poetry. It burgeons forth as the whole schmear of FoxP2 from nadir to zenith aspects of life aggrandizing with philosophy . A bulwark between bestiality and humanity. A total alleviation and regeneration of humanness. Reasons unabated. Time halts and marks a history in the making of a great man– awarded as ”Father of Philippine Visual Poetry”. Soon, unstoppable, the Final Awarding Ceremony will be in Glendale, California on June 2012.

¿Unique? They say Doc PenPen’s poems are “one of a kind”? The deconstructionists would definitely lay siege to the Machiavellian play of his ” is, Is, IS, ‘s, ITS, its, i!I?¿, ‘ . ” , “:~:” and all his repetitive style. A real transgression. His originality is pure. These may appeal like AGS ( Awful Grammar Syndrome) and egregious to the eyes but in reality, these are broad transcriptions and annotations of hard truth, self, world, and universe where visual phenomena have been integrated. His visual interpretations from spermatozoon to great barrier reef of ideas would untangle the paucity and plethora lifestyle in the society. A premise remain to be questioned. Later, this shall remain unquestioned.

Don’t you want to know what is in his mind? Doc Pen’s visual poems require non-marginalized apprehension. It requires, it carves, it challenges our highest level of human consciousness that had been shaped by our own unique heterogeneous environment and personality—our own distinct world. His poems out-boxed what’s inside the box– penetrates the nephesh state of beingness; At the end —wide range of views about mankind are truly unearthed. One may ask: “But am ‘I’ respected?”.

The anthology of his visual poems cast a wide net over real experiences and his total identity. A valuable talk to carry on. The fifty original and conceptualized crafts provide a view of mysteries—the alchemy of avant-garde. One must not just read it as a verse—one must discover that there is something “new” to “it”?

Nothing is humane but one and who? The artistic pathologist’s fovea and his ”messy explorations” in visual poetry are crenellating to innovation and experimentation that augments genuine discoveries of truths about the realities of human existence. Do our arrogance can be balanced and subdued by truths to make one knees fall into real and true humility? It is not about the famed facet of the artist hands but the gratification through the ”unexpected therapy” for those who thirst and hunger for true, real and compassionate world.

A genre-bending sense of wide-open possibilities though sensed as literature’s dross. The one-man zeitgeist with his bayesian experiments had conquered the metamorphosis of syntax to humane abundance! As expected, this will be subjected to an intriguing interrogations. One would probably say, there is nothing ordinary here. But to one who post a real challenge to reveal the concepts and essence of his poems, I am sure this is what one would say: “he had made ordinary things extraordinary”.

Doc PenPen is not absolutely a Prize-Pulitzer winner visual poet. He is not. Absolutely not. But one thing is sure: his works encompass life and death!

The obliterating distinctions between “purism” and his ”relative truths” are not iconoclastic images and ideas, rather a plot that embraces all—-whatever race, color, status and belief you belong. His visual poems will explicitly and implicitly present concepts of assemblage. The cutting edge of his “healing poems” is the springboard of his innovations— Doc Penpen’s living monument through time.

Caroline Nazareno (c)

Award for Visual Poetry!



World Poetry Proudly Presents Caroline Nazareno from Canada!



Oparin & Caroline


World Poetry was honoured to welcome a talented poet and World Poetry member  Caroline Nazareno to the World Poetry Cafe Radio Show on CFRO.  Guest host Oparin Ortiz and host Ariadne Sawyer  who was doing double duty as a last minute “insta-tech”. To listen to the show which included a visual poem by Doc Pen Pen and e-poems by Alaha Ahrar and Lini Grol, click here.

 Bio: Caroline Nazarreno, AKA Ceri, a contessa of her dreams coming to reality, has been reading on World Poetry Night Out New Westminster and a featured poet at Word On The Street. Another ”poetic belt” was counted when her poem ”the song my heart sings” was featured in KIRAZ HABERTRAK Magazine in Turkey, where respected Turkish poets, writers, filmmakers, musicians and literary editors were featured monthly.

Finding her feet, she will also be igniting her broadcasting prowess as a co-anchor of Manny Calpito’s OFW INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND SCHOOL OF INVENTORS-Canada through his Internet Television (OTUSA.TV) at Glendale, California. His philanthropic missions have already reached Philippines, Japan and Hongkong.

She does a lot of volunteering at organizations including TELUS SCIENCE WORLD, Vancouver International Marathon and Richmond Multicultural Concerns Society where she received a Special Recognition of Dedication and Service as a Valuable Volunteer.

ang simula  sa wakas
sa kalye ng buhay
sa silong ng langit
batid ang bagong araw
ang liwanag at kulay ng umaga
ang tanghali ng siphayo’t pagkukubli
ang aliwan ng dapithapong makulimlim
lingid sa nakapinid mong salamin
ang bakas ng nakabibinging katahimikan ng gabi
hinahabi ang bawat sandali saanman
mula sa sinapupunan
sa moog ng pagmamahalan
sa tunay na lilim ng kalayaan
hanggang sa himlayan
ng kapayapaan
mula sa aking sarili

( English version)

The Beginning at the End.

through the streets of life
under the infinite sky
the daylight unfolds
the lucid neon lights of the sunrise
the midday of concealing and grief
the tapestry of dusky downfalls
the reflection of the deafening night
from the shadows of gloaming slumber
the time of life speaks anywhere-everywhere

from the womb of innocence
to the harbors of compassion
to the shelters of immense freedom
of a sanguine vagabond
until the tomb of peace
is happening within
and beyond me

~ceri naz 11/07/11

where peace can be

million years of ifs and buts
eloquently circulating in many tongues
crossroads of meanings read aloud
but found meaningless.
unheard. unseen. unrealized.

should it just be a theme to write about?
a blockbuster movie to queue up
should i play the role
of a gladiator
a hero
a warrior
a prize fighter
a soldier.

and broadcast a nation address
”now is the total absence”
of combats, of chaos, and bloodshed
does it mean safe and sound?
when my brothers are homeless and dead?

always been a missing piece
it’s nowhere.
the ceasefire
is in the heart
of human race.

Caroline Nazareno (c)