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UNFOLD is an acclaimed live concept led by some of Britain’s most vital young poets – inviting them to recast their words with a string ensemble, percussionists and visual artists.
A curated experience that transcends spoken word, contemporary classical, jazz’s new wave and electronica. It sounds like Kate Tempest fused with Ezra Collective.
UnFOLD lies in the space between language, music and illustration. From the team behind Lyrix Organix (Rum Shack – Glastonbury, British Council, Roundhouse).
With headline shows at Brighton Festival (at invitation of Kate Tempest), Roundhouse and Love Supreme Festival; collaborations with London Symphony Orchestra and recent solo performances at Lovebox already under their belt, UnFOLD embarks on their first UK tour with a spellbinding 60 minute live production featuring 3 spoken word artists + full band + animations – every show is a one-off experience.
This show will feature:
Chloe Florence is a founding member of Shutdown Collective, part of Roundhouse Poetry Collective, Longlisted for the Outspoken Poetry Prize & Vault Festival New Writers Award Winner (her play ‘White Trash’ premiered at Vault Festival as part of VNWA Showcase)
Bristol-based Solomon OB is on the cusp of becoming a major force in spoken word. A National Slam champion (2016) and featured on BBC One, Evening Standard and won ‘Best British Spoken Word Artist’ (BBE Awards).
A poet, model and motivational speaker with over 14K+ YouTube subscribers and two TED Talks under her belt, Sophia Thakur is emerging as one of the most captivating and vital female voices in spoken word.
Prerana Kumar’s poetry revolves around identity, love, loss and occasionally a healthy dose of nyctophilia. Winner of the Say Owt Slam 2018 and the Liverpool Headliners Slam (Episode 5).
Poet, playwright and fortune-teller Kim Deyn is the President of Durham University Poetry Society and a member of the Writing Squad. They have been shortlisted for the Terry Kelly Poetry Prize, the West Yorkshire Playhouse “Airplys” competition and was 2017 captain of the award-winning Durham University Slam Team.
Fahad Al-Amoudi is a spoken word poet and captain of the Durham University Slam Team. Fahad is also the lead vocalist/writer for the Poetry Experiment, a band that blends spoken word with hip hop, neo soul and jazz inspired instrumentals.
Tonight’s performance contains a special commission as part of Art 50, a scheme commissioned by Sky Arts to explore the notion of British identity in the wake of Brexit.
Support comes from jazz-drummer and electronic music producer Tim Doyle’s recent project, Chiminyo, a one-man live show building up detailed dancescapes with arpeggiating chords and thumping bass lines.
8pm: Special guest poets from Durham University
9.05pm: Lyrix Organix UnFOLD feat. Chloe Florence, Solomon OB & Sophia Thakur
Please note timings are subject to change
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