"I couldn't help but wonder how love was like a bag of potato chips. You know it's no good for you but you don't stop craving it" Shivram Gopinath.
WHAT'S GOING ON?
5 crazy artists ignite a match to light a rare concoction of psychedelic music and spoken word. Get a ticket below to get an exclusive album and support their performances at Atman Festival, Sri Lanka and Luminate Festival, New Zealand in 2019.
If you have some spoken word pieces that you would like to try with music, why not come present your own material with the musicians. We've also got some funny one word games to play with you.
5 pm to 8 pm on Sunday 9th December 2018
The venue is at Al Capone's where Live Music and the Most Affordable Drink Prices come together on Orchard road. There is no dress code and there is a limited capacity. Address is 545 Orchard Road, #02-01, Far East Shopping Centre, Singapore 238882.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
Spoken Word Goddess
Deborah Emmanuel (b.1988) is a Singaporean poet, multidisciplinary artist and speaker. As a poet she has been so privileged to feature at festivals like the Barcelona International Poetry Festival, the Makassar International Writers Festival and the Queensland Poetry Festival and to win competitions in Singapore, Germany and Australia. Her work has taken her across oceans, from the spiritual settings of Bali and Kathmandu to the vibrant cities of Berlin, London and New York. Her powerful spoken word has even toured alongside people like Anthony Anaxagorou and Sarah Kay.
Deborah’s first collection, When I Giggle In My Sleep, was published by Red Wheelbarrow Books early 2015. Her creative non-fiction work Rebel Rites, was self-published with a well-funded Pozible campaign in 2016. After the success of that, Deborah decided to release her third book Genesis: Visual Poetry Collection in 2018 with the same independence. When not making poems, she can be found making music with her diverse projects Wobology, Mantravine, The Ditha Project, and with DJ Kiat. Sometimes she works to devise and perform theatre. Her most recent work moves poetry into the physical body to be performed without words. She has also started making visual art as a new way to experience metaphor.
Spoken Word Master
Shivram Gopinath is a writer and spoken word performer. His poetry has been heard at the Singapore Writers Festival, Jaipur Literary Festival, Borobudur Writers and Cultural Festival, Neon Lights and more. His most recent work is Mein Shaayar to Nahin (I Am Not A Poet) - a collaborative project that combines spoken word and music from Tamil and Hindi cinema as a way of exploring the Indian experience in Singapore. He conducts poetry workshops structured around identity and community at the Haque Centre of Acting and Creativity, and is the 2015 and 2016 Singapore National Poetry Slam champion.
Spoken Word Goddess
Texas-born Afro-Latina poet, performance artist, and dancer Arielle Cottingham is an internationally touring whirlwind. With a theatre degree and the 2016 Australian Poetry Slam Championship under her belt, she explores the interplay between the spoken word and the body, incorporating elements of dance and physical theatre into poetry to create multidisciplinary short works that she has toured through Australia and Southeast Asia, from the cafes of Singapore and Malaysia to the Sydney Opera House. Her work has appeared in Pressure Gauge Press, The Red Corner Audio Journal, and Black Earth Institute's About Place Journal. Her debut collection, Black and Ropy, was published by Pitt Street Poetry in 2017.
Carnatic Slide Guitarist Extraordinare
Isuru is a guitarist and session musician based in Singapore. His playing is influenced by various genres of music, ranging from the blues to Indian classical music. He is also an exponent of Hindustani and Canartic slide guitar, currently being mentored by the Grammy nominated Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya and Guru Lazar Thurakkal Sebastine. Isuru has shared the stage with renown Singaporean and international artists that have resulted in numerous live and televised performances.
Music Producer of Mantravine
Rupak is a multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, event organizer and educator who has played for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in big local festivals like Neon Lights, Live Loop Asia, Night Festival, Baybeats, Music Matters and at international festivals in Germany, New Zealand, France, Hawaii, Sri Lanka, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and India.