Conversations began in the basement of the Poetry Cafe in London’s Covent Garden with myself, Randolph Matthews (Vocals, Percussion), Henrik Jensen (bass), and Mauricio Velez (percussion and lautist). We were all fascinated with the way poetry and music were virtually one language if we as the artists allowed ourselves to be open to the processes of how music and poetry sonically danced together. Over the year of my poets residency at the Poetry Society we held workshops with fellow poets and musicians and developed a, not necessarily new approach to collaboration but a very dynamic and explorative one.
Since, ‘Conversations: Verse In Dialog’ has become a mission and jettisoned me in to a hungry space of exploration where being a part of, or even watching the act of dialoguing art-forms intensifies a storytelling experience, and collaborating with artists and audiences who want to come along for the ride can be all immersing and invigorating. ‘
“It’s My Life Innit? – Autobiographical Moments that Changed Lives” was the next event in partnership with Apples and Snakes Poetry Organisation in 2009. Then “To Intimacy and Beyond – exploring intimacy in the 21st century” happened in parntership with Apples and The Albany Deptford.
TO INTIMACY AND BEYOND
THE NEXT CONVERSATIONS PROJECT: TO INTIMACY AND BEYOND
Its been in the making for the last 5 months. The great thing about To Intimacy is the investment that everyone involved has dedicated so much to make it a blinding event.
The technical team at the Albany have been on board form the top and have a fantastic lighting, stage and sound design. So big thanks to Fiona, Ben and Dave.
Sophie Brady is the right lung of the project. As the producer of To Intimacy her input has been priceless as her belief in the project in its entirety. Sophie has embraced the projects big picture objective and of the possibilities for participants who want to explore their creativity through “Conversations”.
Today we had a tech meeting and everyone is starting to feel the excitement of the night. It’s going to be special….
The love of inspired and improvised multidisciplinary dialogue can focus purpose. There is so much to learn in the processes of spontaneous play, natural response, truisms and profound insights to artistic personalities are revealed and by pushing the vessel of the story to be a clearer channel, the clearer the waters of the stories will run.
Creating ©V:iD cic was a result of one of these moments and I am truly grateful for the three musicians who held a common belief, whose openness and skills ignited the conversations flame.
“… there is true complicity between all the performers on the stage and the excitement of the unexpected is electric. As an audience you feel that a space has opened up for true dialogue, a real exchange of passions and ideas… What emerges is a new art form, that is not quite song, not quite poetry, not quite jazz but the point where all three meet in conversation.” – Antonia Windsor, journalist for The Guardian newspaper.
CONVERSATIONS PROMO FILM
Thanks to Abi Idowu and Orville