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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

Zena Edwards is “Raising Game” – EP Xtra

Due to popular demand, ©V:iD brings you Zena Edwards collection of poetry and music in “Raising Game” extended EP.

“This is a selection of my favourite spoken word and music collaborations over time . I’m proud of them all and thought it was time to have them compiled so I  can look back on them as a  personal legacy  as I move into 2012. I’m have some brilliant collaborations in the pipeline so I’m  very excited. The title raising game is to remind myself that I although this  is a selection I am proud of, I expect much more from my creativity in the near future. I feel I have more to offer.”Zena Edwards

You can go to Bandcamp have a listen and download the extended EP of 9 quality tracks for £7 or download individual tracks for your selective listening pleasure. Your feedback is most welcome please email at conversationsvid@gmail.com  to leave feedback  and to get on the mailing lists for all her performances and creative projects as well as links to poetry and music downloads, links to blogs sites. Enjoy!

LAB SESSIONS and TECH RUN for TO INTIMACY

Present: Maxwell Golden, HKB Finn, Zena, Matt and Kelly, Nigel, Rapahel, Jon Speedy, Thebe, Ben, Jason Yarde, Leeto Thale.

Everyone came in ready with a zingy energy to create and we began with a jam session in which the theme tune for the night came about. Thanks to a freestyle from our emerging spoken word artist Raphael Blake. “Intimacy- we’re getting into it!”

From this point the  exploration of the theme began. Many people spoke about how hard they found it talking about intimacy- just where to start –  but as we progressed  using rhythm exercises, word games breaking off into duos and experimenting with hot-seating, people found rhythmic and lyrical ways  to take themselves out of their comfort zones using their craft to explore the theme. Freestyle also meant there were no rules or set etiquette for how artists spoke about it.

One exercise involved a duo between a poet and a musician. Some really intimate work came through this exercise and also inspired us to look at how we could make creative use of the Albany performance space. What was exciting was observing poets and musicians dotted around the building and the Albany garden adding a vibrancy of the building with the sparks of creativity around them.  Talking, experimenting, blitzing the possibilities.

Jason Yarde not only brought his numerous saxphones but brought sampling gadgets galore and was tweaking this and blipping that and the journey of intimacy into the future was under way. Ben on bass had a very calm grounding effect to the session. Cheryl on drums stepped in at the last minute and brought a solid yet feminine feel to the sessions.

Kelly and Matt had a couple of technical issues with the lighting  as the film drew needed more light to do their job but with negotiation  a happy medium was finally met. By the end of each day, everyone had a good idea of what they would be performing on the day.

When it came to the tech and dress run everyone was on tender hooks a little, feeling the pressure of the conflict of the show being structured and free at the same time but then as the day progressed it became clear that the faith in the free flow energy of  “conversating” (if that’s word) using our art forms and the new language devised form the fusion of our art forms would bring the whole performance to life.

THE NEXT SHOW – 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….
intimacy flyer hard copy back

©V:iD – Conversations: Verse In Dialog

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What we do.
We create. We collaborate. We advise and mentor. We celebrate.

©V:iD (or seevid) is an artist-led grassroots social enterprise arts and consultation company producing arts initiatives, arts  in education projects and artists support.  providing creative services rooted in Live Writing and  the Spoken Word in collaboration and dialog with other art forms such as film, dance and visual art. As an organisation, its mission extends to artist embedded community engagement and  inter-generational creative campaigning and Arts Activism.

©V:iD provides a bridging service between institutional and alternative arts education platforms

©V:iD places equal value on process as much as on production output

©V:iD is dedicated to the arts, as tools for  exploring equality, social justice and sustainability.

©V:iD’s core strategies are promote the building of bridges between cultures, generations and communities.

©V:iD values the next generation or re-imaginators, visionaries and artists, and  offer artists mentoring,  inter-generational arts project development and ‘diversity in the arts’ project consultancy in an evolving arts climate.

How we work
By harnessing the innovative inter-generational power within communities through the arts and concept of reigniting, emboldening and regeneration community spirit

by offering pedagogical insights into learning about literature and art forms such as movement and visual media as learning tools engaging with the world at large.

by evaluating and logging current creative conversations being had in and about the arts industry, its infrastructure and culture and ‘diversity policy in practice’.

by  re-inforcing the sustainability of the results of all ‘bridge work’, i.e the valuing the models formulated form processes of combining art forms from, by and for diverse groups and communities of all backgrounds age groups and abilities.

by being a cultural producer and supporter of storytelling and the stories we live by’ to highlight, contribute to and champion local and global  movements toward equality and justice

The Mission Statement

  • to champion positive change though the arts
  • to use all artistic devices of storytelling as alternative and supplementary education
  • to raise awareness and forge new narratives through the arts
  • to create crucial and necessary space for the arts to flourish  for re-imagining an equal world
  • to create crucial and necessary space for the arts to serve community in a focused and sustainable way

CV:iD is an all inclusive organisation.

 

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