Ariadne’s Notes: An exceptional World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and first time host Neall Ryan welcomed the talented musician and composer Isis Giraldo to the show. The music from her new CD Padre was played for the first time on the air! The first launch of the CD will be on Thursday, March 12 in Vancouver. Go to her website for more information. isisgiraldomusic.com Also featured, E-poem by World Poetry Canada International Advisor Dr. Hadaa Sendoo from Mongolia. To hear the show and also listen to a number of her powerful songs:
Isis Giraldo Poetry Project
“En grises edificios incineran sus vidas, ejércitos amorfos en absurdo ritual, día tras día, tras día”
Ruben Dario Giraldo
“I read these words for the first time a little over a year ago. These are my fathers’ words, words that got me to ask questions like, who was my father and how did the social and political atmosphere of Colombia shape his artistic voice? How has growing up in Canada, after moving from Colombia at the age of ten, shaped my artistic voice? I explore these questions by creating a palimpsest of words and music. For the three years, I have been building a project called The Isis Giraldo Poetry Project. The compositions draw inspiration from my background in classical music, jazz, and from the rhythms and sounds of Colombia, where I lived until the age of ten. They are also inspired by the poetry of my late father,
Ruben Dario Giraldo, a Colombian poet who did not have the same opportunities for artistic development and expression that I have living in Canada.
By re-contextualizing my father’s poems within the framework of my own musical voice, I seek to explore the link between him and myself. My father’s poetry exists alongside my compositions, illuminating both the connection between two artists of different backgrounds, generations and disciplines, as well as the space between them. Within the improvisatory setting of performance, this multiplicity of meaning gains more layers.
As each musician brings his own voice and experiences to the performance of the compositions, the words exist over a constant mobility of sound.
The ” Isis Geraldo Poetry Project had a successful couple of years. With the support of the Canada Council , we have had the opportunity playing in various local festivals such as L’Off Festival (2013), Mile End Poetry Festival (2013-2014), POP Montreal (2015) and well as our first international tour and festival at Medejazz in Medellin Colombia (2013). We are very happy to have finished our first full length album entitled “PADRE” which we will be launching at the beginning on March 2015 both in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver.
We are driven to keep pushing the music forward and after having played and toured with our music for over three years. I feel it is time to document and market the music by having an album that represents what the project is all about. As a composer/ band leader/ and pianist I feel ready to make my music be heard and to share my music with a greater demographic.
Thank- you for your time.”