Jazz Ready: 15 Minutes (more or less) of Unexpected Pleasure.
By La Sirena Magdalena
Life is jazz: unexpected poems for those who think they don't like poetry. Sometimes you'll hear the poetry of music, theater, story. Unexpected guests in unexpected times. Always original! Often premieres. Your host: Magdalena Gómez, Poet Laureate of Springfield, MA
When many hear the classic song, "Cat's In The Cradle" they think of Harry Chapin. The lyrics to this Gold Record were written by his wife, Sandy Chapin. Learn more about her in this episode of Jazz Ready!
Afghanistan in the House! Yusuf "Yoshi" Misdaq reminds us that love, joy, and beauty can emerge even in times of horror. He shares a cut from his new album released today and a story from a recent trip to his homeland, Afghanistan, and how it influenced the music.
Diego reads two of is poems from the anthology, "BULLYING: Rebuttals, Confessions, and Catharsis." Co-edited by María Luisa Arroyo and Magdalena Gómez. Skyhorse Publishing, NYC, 2012. Multicultural. Intergenerational, and multi-genre.
Living history here, in memories and music, from one of the world's most respected musicians, who you might be hearing for the first time. This episode is part of the education we can give ourselves: to learn, to heal, to feel.
You will experience three selections of an interdisciplinary theater work inspired by the work of Farid ud-Din Attar. Featuring Composer, Graham Haynes; Vocals, Haleh Abghari; Lyrics, Ruth Margraff; Choreography, Peggy Choy.
From Wikipedia: Ernesto Cardenal Martínez (20 January 1925 – 1 March 2020) was a Nicaraguan Catholic priest, poet, and politician. He was a liberation theologian and the founder of the primitivist art community in the Solentiname Islands, where he lived for more than ten years (1965–1977).
Marian Woodstock, whose story was featured in Episode 33, shares true stories for animal lovers, in her own voice. She also brings us a song written by Paul Francis Webster and made famous by Johnny Mathis.
A devoted and relentless activist and highly accomplished writer, D.Dina Friedman is a witness to the treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers at the U.S. border between Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico. Also at a child "detention" center in Homestead, Florida. Dina speaks out in true story and true poems.
*Note from Magdalena: Matamoros is an unfortunate name of racism, murder and hate, "Kill Moors" so named by Spanish invaders. In Western Massachusetts we too hold onto the names of murderers to represent us. May that day soon be over.
Barson is the protégé of the late Fred Ho (Episode 92). Barson and a number of other artists invite us into an excerpt of his "Mirror Butterfly: The Migrant Liberation Movement Suite" as performed at the Kennedy Center in 2019.
Many of the artists you have heard on Jazz Ready have a Fred Ho connection. Now its time you hear one of his works. Later this summer Jazz Ready will offer a tribute performance for Fred in honor of his birthday.
Visual Artist and Poet, Yasmin Hernandez, shares original poetry. This episode is aired in solidarity with all Black Lives and in memory of the executed. Jazz Ready Artists are United in Solidarity: Black Lives Matter. There was and will never be an episode 78. And we will never be able to get it back.
Masaru Koga and his fellow musicians, bring us the sound of "Perseverance" in the most unexpected and life-giving ways. Koga is joined by Daveed Behroozi, piano; Tim Volpicella, electric guitar; Ken Okada, bass; Bryan Bowman, drums; and Jimmy Biala, Percussion. Remember to share the Jazz Ready link with those you love and all you wish to uplift. The volunteer Jazz Ready artists give their all to us - share the love!
In this episode, composer, vocalist, poet and multi-instrumentalist Pan Morigan offers us a special gift created specifically for our Jazz Ready global community. The episode is slightly longer than usual, as we honor all people around the world who have died at the hand of violence. This work honors the dead while inspiring the living. Pan Morigan has travelled the world as an artist, including touring with Bobby McFerrin's, vocal ensemble, "Voicestra."
Descansen en los brazos de una improvisación bilingüe creada y presentada en El Bronx, por Poeta, Urayoán Noel.
Listen and rest in the arms of a bilingual improvised performance created in the South Bronx by Poet, Urayoán Noel.
Embracing and Protecting Cultural and Historical Memory in Chaotic Times. A writing prompt follows the poem, the title cut from the 2004 CD, Amaxonica: Howls from the Left Side of My Body. Rotary Records. Warren Amerman. Co-producer and Engineer.
Episode 52 and Ign!te the M!c is back in the house! Zoe is 16 years old, with a trajectory of work that defies the few years she's been on the planet. Give a listen; give some love. You will say you knew her when....
Western Massachusetts is a land of artists and many of them land in Springfield at Ign!te the M!c at the Bing Arts Center, where magic always happens. We loved them Live and now they're back, connecting us, defying distance.
3.18.2020. This is the first in a series. As the Poet Laureate of Springfield, Massachusetts, I want to share what will uplift, encourage and inspire you with poetry from around the world, and some of my own; magical stories from everyday life; a conjuring based in love and positive thoughts for real life.
6.12.2020. I am thrilled to say that I was soon joined by other artists, and together we have created the Jazz Ready Global Community, along with our beloved and devoted listeners. We will continue until we can all hug in person again.