Performance at Colourscape

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One thing about poetry is that it certainly opens up horizons in more ways than you know, not just the words themselves but a whole journey. Poetry takes you to places, literally! On Sunday 13th September 2015 I was very lucky to be invited to read my poetry at the Colourscape Music Festival staged at Clapham Common in London. I performed in collaboration with Sound-artist David Stevens who, remarkably via the bespoke software he created, samples my words as I read them live and instantly creates an atmospheric background upon which my poetry is layered. David’s sampling is on the fly and the sound created  is influenced by my delivery and intonation. I feel very fortunate to have taken part in this festival which ran for a number of days and is in its twenty sixth year I believe. Definitely a big milestone in my poetry journey for sure and it follows my having a piece exhibited in the International Exhibition ‘Poems Places and Soundscapes’ held at The Cube Digital Gallery in Leicester last year.

Follow your dreams I say, and you never know what may happen next. I realise that lots of the enjoyment gained from poetry is from the process of it, the creation, the journey itself and not just the poem in itself, the whole thing is poetry. I performed readings of two different poems three times that afternoon, each one lasting ten to fifteen minutes. It was brilliant to be alongside fellow poets Bo Meeson, Cathy Broome and vocal innovator Jon Michel-Van Schouwberg and a privilege to work with David Stevens who is also a composer and freelance sound engineer. A wonderful experience altogether.

If you ever get the chance to experience Colourscape then I really recommend it, I have never seen anything quite like it and you can get lost in the myriad of chambers experiencing colour in a whole new way. The performances are all relayed by loudspeakers placed so that they are heard inside Colourscape wherever you are,even if you are not in the performance area itself. It makes for a unique audio-art and visual experience like nothing else. Below are some photos of it.

Preparing to read poetry
Preparing to read poetry
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Vocal Improvisation set to music, itself performed in a spontaneous unrehearsed delivery to compliment the performer.
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Inside the amazing Colourscape.
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Again inside Colourscape
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Waiting for a performance.

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