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HKB Finn and Leeto Thale – Conversations performances

The objective of Conversation performances is to expose an audience to a high quality musical, spoken word and visual experience. How? True to any conversation, the freedom to contribute with an opinion on a theme allows the audience to be taken on a genuine journey as poets, visual artists, musicians and dancers respond to each other; with movement, lyricism, instrumental soloing and selective imaging.

Also, our shows work in a way where an organic dialogue between the artists on stage and the audience create a sense of community. Using clever poetic and musical gaming the audience becomes integrated into the performance itself. Don’t be afraid. You’ll be enjoying the vibe. You won’t even know its happening.

Importantly, many professional artists are constantly looking for places to develop and generate work they can add to their repertoire. Conversations provides them with a rehearsal space to experiment new work with others and a platform to share. Its important to stress that the artistic emphasis of Conversations is to explore creative process, enhance the collaborative relationship between the art forms and generate new and exciting work.
However, from a commercial perspective, the process in performance is the product. Sounds risky, but that’s why it works!

Albany Conversations: It’s My Life, Innit? – Sept 2009

REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK

“… 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 artform, 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

“Thought provoking, relevant, and a great way to spend a Friday evening.”

“Creative and Fun!”

“Original and exciting, great vibe.”

“Great concept, perfectly executed.”

“The vibe , the respect, the poetical and musical talent, the incredible improv, this is the most brilliant night!”

“Inspirational and then some.”

“Brilliant mixture of very talented people.”

“Nice Vibe, innovative performances and audience participation.”

“Everybody worked as a team and ended up producing some real, beautiful art.”

“The talent filled me up with the food of music and poetry of Love.”

“Liked the freestyle, the combination of music, spoken word and audience involvement.”

” It wasn’t just a poetry event, it felt more like a poetry/song performance and I liked the fluidity.”

” I love spoken word and this was a well put together production.”

“Great, creative teamwork on stage that still engaged the audience.”

“Inspiring, dynamic and expressive.”

“Refreshing, inspiring, entertaining.”

“Interesting and stimulating.”

“To put poetry and music like that was great to hear.”

” Excellent performances and good ideas.”

– Audience Responses


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Past Conversations’ Team

This crew of people were prepared to go out on faith to follow an idea of a pursuing a fresh way to create. Sometimes being a working artist, you can find yourself in a groove where your art can become stifled as you try to pay the bills. “Conversations”was an opportunity for them to meet like-minded creatives, to experiment with new ways of generating and exploring that elusive creative energy and then to share the process with an audience. It proves to be a fulfilling experience and we team up again for Conversations – To Intimacy and Beyond in September 09

Click image to get to know them better.

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Maxwell Golden – Wordsmithery is his joy and misery. Theatric MC with street class

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HKB Finn – Afro Spoken Herb Artist Extra-Ordinaire

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Zena Edwards – Spoken Word Songtress with Passion

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Leeto Thale – Soul-full Spoken Word Masterchef

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Samira “Lucid” Arhin-Acquaah – Fluid Lyricistic Word

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Soweto Kinch – Saxophonist virtuoso and Wordsmith-meister

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Jason “Yardestick” Yarde – Saxophonic complexities made easy

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Jessica Lauren – Cinematic keys

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Jon Speedy – guitar talking in tongues

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Sam “Blue” Aguard – Smooth Touch Drummer

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Larry Bartley – Double Bass earthing us all

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Thebe Lipere – Master Drummer calling

Cheryl Alleyne – The Beat Mama

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YOUR MUM VISUALS – Kelly Budge and Matt Williams, Optic Stimulation, The VJ Queen and King

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Orville “Kungadred” Edwards- Film, The All Seeing Eye

Images on this page of Maxwell, Leeto, Larry and Thebe taken by NAMVULA.

Conversations – Verse In Dialog: Inception

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. ‘

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Conversations @The Albany, 7th Nov 09

TO INTIMACY AND BEYOND

CONVERSATIONS @ THE ALBNAY: 24TH SEPT ’09

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

See Full Conversation Workshop program

CONVERSATIONS TV

Conversations TV is now Live!

CONVERSATION TV LOGO

It is a blogspot dedicated to showcasing

the  innovative  fusion o f verse in dialogue

with other arts forms so you can browse through

posts of poetry with animation, dance, music and film.

Click, take a look, be inspired.

Write to us at  conversationsvid@gmail.com (subject: conversationsTV) to share your work.

Security – The Film

Making  the Security, the live performance film was a truly inspiring part of the project and an exciting venture to undertake. The innovative Gary Tanner whose vision of performance and theatre opened my eyes to the multi-dimensional possibilities of spoken word and film. Yet again “Security” was a tool to inspire. We called a super talented young film maker Peter Nwabuokei to take part in the filming day and it was an intense and fulfilling day for all. The collaboration was a brilliant.

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