International Poetry ReIncarnation

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ReIncarnation Biographies #27: John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke

The twenty seventh and final person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is the iconic punk poet John Cooper Clarke.

John Cooper Clarke shot to prominence in the 1970s as the original ‘people’s poet’. His ongoing career has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents.

Today, JCC is as relevant and vibrant as ever, and his influence just as visible on today’s pop culture. Aside from his trademark ‘look’ continuing to resonate with fashionistas young and old, and his poetry included on national curriculum syllabus, his effect on modern music is huge.

His influence can be heard within the keen social observations of the Arctic Monkeys and Plan B. These collaborations mean that John has been involved in two global Number One albums in the last two years.

John has been a regular and dedicated contributor to New Departures and the Jazz Poetry SuperJam/Poetry Olympics bandwagons since 1980.

His latest show, touring across the UK and the USA this year, is a mix of classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, honest-to-goodness gags, riffs and chat. Don’t miss this chance to witness a living legend at the very top of this game.

Get your tickets for the evening’s star-laden performance here: The International Poetry ReIncarnation

ReIncarnation Biographies #26: Patience Agbabi

pic by Lyndon Douglas

pic by Lyndon Douglas

The twenty sixth person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is the poet Patience Agbabi.

Shortlisted for this year’s Ted Hughes Poetry Prize, Patience Agbabi is a sought-after poet who celebrates the written and spoken word. She read English at Oxford, has an MA in Creative Writing from Sussex, and has lectured in Creative Writing in several UK universities. Her fourth collection, Telling Tales (Canongate, 2014), is an exhilarating, multicultural remix of The Canterbury Tales.

Mining the Middle-English masterwork for its performance as well as its poetry and pilgrims, her boisterous and lyrical collection gives one of Britain’s most significant works of poetry thrilling new life.

“A pilgrimage of punks, badasses, broken hearts, beat poets, silver-tongued fixers, town criers, beauties, sinners.” – Jeanette Winterson, on Telling Tales

“Agbabi is a fine poet, and her linguistic wit carries satirical fire” – Daily Telegraph

Get your tickets for the evening’s star-laden performance here: The International Poetry ReIncarnation

ReIncarnation Biographies #25: Steven Berkoff

Steven Berkoff

Steven Berkoff

The twenty fifth person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is the actor, director and poet Steven Berkoff.

Steven Berkoff was born in Stepney, London. Among the many adaptations Berkoff has created for the stage, directed and toured are The Trial and Metamorphosis (Kafka), Agamemnon (after Aeschylus), and The Fall Of The House Of Usher (Poe). He has also directed and toured productions of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus (also playing the title role), Richard II (for the New York Shakespeare Festival), Hamlet and Macbeth as well as Oscar Wilde’s Salomé.

“I’ve been writing poetry for years and I’m putting together my collected poetry in one huge volume, called Poetry for the Working Class. Slightly ironic title to distance it from poetry about brooks, trees and flowers. I’ve written some dramatic poems, one on the Warsaw ghetto uprising in 1943, called ‘Uprising’. One about the Blair Years, called ‘Albion’ and one about the horrific 9/11 tragedy called ‘Requiem for Ground Zero’, which I have also performed at the Edinburgh Festival. What I feel about my poetry is that it should be performed; I’m pleased to be able to read some of them for the current poetry festival.”

Get your tickets for the evening’s star-laden performance here: The International Poetry ReIncarnation

ReIncarnation Biographies #24: Cecilia Knapp

Cecilia Knapp

Cecilia Knapp

The twenty fourth person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is the poet Cecilia Knapp.

Cecilia Knapp is a writer, poet and performer. She has been performing her words for the last four years around London and the UK, at festivals including Secret Garden Party and Bestival. She’s taken three shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, been published in several anthologies and made work for the BBC. Her debut Spoken Word play Finding Home will premier at the Roundhouse in May before it embarks on a festival tour. The show explores her relationship with her hometown of Brighton, her family, her relationships and how she positions herself in the world as a twenty-something.

Get your tickets for the evening’s star-laden performance here: The International Poetry ReIncarnation

ReIncarnation Biographies #21: Michael Horovitz

Michael Horovitz

Michael Horovitz

The twenty first person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is the poet, activist, visual artist and Poetry Olympics torchbearer Michael Horovitz.

Michael Horovitz founded New Departures publications & Live New Departures bandwagons in 1959 when still an Oxford undergrad. ND#1 published the first excerpts from Burroughs’s then still uncompleted Naked Lunch to appear in Europe. From hanging out with Beckett, Stevie Smith, the Beats et al in the ’50s to his last three years’ collaborations on song-poems & music with Vanessa Vie, he has been practising & preaching poetry worldwide all these years.

Dedicated shit-stirrer & Poetry Olympics torchbearer, Horovitz has published over forty books, the most recent of which, A New Waste Land, was welcomed in The Independent by D.J. Taylor as “A deeply felt clarion-call from the radical underground”, & “A true scrapbook and songbook of the grave new world” by Tom Stoppard. He recently recorded with Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Paul Weller for Gearbox Records, & is about to bring out recordings of his William Blake Klezmatrix band & a double disc DVD of the joyous POEM 2012 marathon in the QEH which featured many of tonight’s performers at the top of their games.

Allen Ginsberg pronounced him a “Popular, experienced, experimental, New Jerusalem, Jazz Generation, Sensitive Bard”, whilst Vogue dubbed him “The worst-dressed poet in Britain”.

Michael will be speaking about the impact of the first International Poetry Incarnation after the afternoon screening of Wholly Communion. To book tickets, click here.

Get your tickets for the evening’s star-laden performance here: The International Poetry ReIncarnation

ReIncarnation Biographies #19: Salena Godden

salena - window 5.4MB copyThe nineteenth person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is the irrepressible Salena Godden.

Salena Godden has been described as ‘The doyenne of the spoken word scene’ (Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 3’s The Verb);  ‘The Mae West madam of the salon’ (The Sunday Times) and as ‘everything the Daily Mail is terrified of’ (Kerrang! Magazine). Her pamphlet of poems, Under the Pier, was published by Nasty Little Press in 2011. An anthology of poetry Fishing In The Aftermath, Poems 1994  – 2014 was published in July 2014 with Burning Eye Books.  Her literary childhood memoir Springfield Road was successfully crowdfunded and published in October 2014 by Unbound Books.

She’s known as The General of The Book Club Boutique, London’s louchest literary salon. The Book Club Boutique currently resides at Vout O’Reenee’s in East London. Salena is the lead singer and lyricist of SaltPeter, alongside composer Peter Coyte.  She appears on BBC radio as a guest on various shows including Woman’s Hour, Click, From Fact To Fiction, The Verb, Saturday Live and Loose Ends. She recently featured on NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’ in the US.  Salena Godden works with award winning radio producer Rebecca Maxted, writing and presenting BBC radio documentaries. Try A Little Tenderness – The Lost Legacy of Little Miss Cornshucks was made in Chicago and aired on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service throughout 2014. This followed the success of Stir it Up! – 50 Years of Writing Jamaica which was also for BBC Radio 4.

Get your tickets for the evening’s star-laden performance here: The International Poetry ReIncarnation

ReIncarnation Biographies #16: Peter Lemer

Peter Lemer

Peter Lemer

The sixteenth person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is the musician Peter Lemer.

Peter made his recording debut as a leader (Local Colour) in 1996, the band including Jon Hiseman, John Surman, George Khan and Tony Reeves. A year in New York followed, which included extensive jamming, gigging and study. Coaches included Jaki Byard, Paul Bley and Bass guru David Walters. He also studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music with Tommy Rajna and Sven Weber.

Since then has worked with his own Quintet/Trio/Duo ( with Billy Thompson), Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Annette Peacock, Harry Beckett, Gilgamesh, Baker Gurvitz Army, Seventh Wave, Harry Beckett’s Joy Unlimited, Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, Mike Oldfield, In Cahoots, Miller/Baker/Lemer and countless others. For many years he recorded and toured with Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia. He has just completed a new album with Pepi Lemer, back2front, which is now on sale.

At the Roundhouse, Peter will be performing as part of the William Blake Klezmatrix band, a poetry & music collaborative formed to perform William Blake’s most lyrical texts, & also excerpts from his longer works.

As well as versions of Blake lyrics, the band – which at the Roundhouse will feature Annie Whitehead on trombone and vocals, Peter Lemer on piano, & Michael Horovitz on anglo-saxophone & other voicings – also performs diverse jazz poems, klezmer & other folk music and song, plus jazz, blues, calypso, settings of the poetry of Ginsberg, the Bible, et al, plus original compositions & improvisations.

Get your tickets for the evening’s star-laden performance here: The International Poetry ReIncarnation

ReIncarnation Biographies #14: Sasha Mitchell

Sasha Mitchell

Sasha Mitchell

The fourteenth person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is the  singer Sasha Mitchell.

Sasha has been a professional performer since the age of 16. She toured many times with her father, Adrian Mitchell, one of the original performers at the Albert Hall 1965 Poetry Incarnation, singing songs from his plays and poems set to music by Mike Westbrook, Pete Moser, Andy Roberts, Richard Peaslee and other composers. She is a voice coach and continues to perform Mitchell’s work both for adults and children. She has sung at the Albert Hall, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The National Theatre, The Tron, and the Tricycle, but is proudest of making them laugh and cry at The Leeds Working Men’s Club!

She currently works with Tender, Resonance Voice Trainings and The Helen Bamber Foundation.

Get your tickets for the evening’s star-laden performance here: The International Poetry ReIncarnation.

ReIncarnation Biographies #13: Pete Brown

Pete Brown

Pete Brown

The thirteenth person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is poet, singer and Cream lyricist Pete Brown.

Beginning professional life as writer and performer of his own poetry aged 19 after meeting Michael Horovitz, Pete was always in love with music. He joined Michael’s New Departures group in 1961, by 1963 they had their own residency at London’s famed Marquee Club, working with musicians such as Dick Heckstall-Smith, Graham Bond, Stan Tracey and Bobby Wellins.

In 1965 Pete took part in the Albert Hall Poetry Incarnation, alongside Ginsberg, Corso, Ferlinghetti, Adrian Mitchell and Horovitz. He also toured briefly with Ginsberg and later with Robert Creeley. In 1966 Pete was asked to write lyrics for the newly-formed Cream, and went on to write such hits as “I Feel Free”, “White Room”, “Politician” and “Sunshine of Your Love”. In ’67 he cut his first demo as a singer, along with some of the members of his own Jazz/poetry group including John McLaughlin. The same year his first book of poetry, “Few” was published.

A year later he was signed with his band the Battered Ornaments to the new EMI Harvest label. He was then on the road with his own bands, including the well known Piblokto, for nearly ten years. Phil Ryan, his current musical partner, joined the latter band in l970. When Cream broke up Pete continued working with singer/bassist Jack Bruce, contributing lyrics to most of his recorded output.

Driven out of music temporarily by the onset of Punk, Pete, encouraged by Martin Scorsese, took up screenwriting, at the same time undertaking nearly six years of singing lessons. Seduced back into music in the new role of record producer, Pete also worked in the studios as both percussionist and backing singer. He began working with Indy bands and jazz groups, and progressed to working with such as Peter Green and Jeff Beck.

In 1993 Pete and Phil formed the Interoceters, his longest lasting band. Phil eventually had to leave to look after his ailing wife, but Pete carried on until 2010 when he and Phil reunited and formed their current 9-piece blues and soul band, Psoulchedelia.

During this period Pete also toured widely in Germany as guest singer with the Hamburg Blues band, alongside Maggie Bell and Chris Farlowe. In  2010 Pete published his autobiography, “White Rooms and Imaginary Westerns”. In 2015 Jack Bruce’s final solo record “Silver Rails” was released, with most of the lyrics by Pete.

A feature documentary by young director Mark A,J, Waters has just been completed, and should be released this year. Pete and Phil’s current record, “Perils of Wisdom” was released in 2014 on the Repertoire label. Pete continues to write songs , screenplays and produce records, and to perform both as poet and singer. Young blues/rock artist Krissy Matthews’ album “Scenes from a moving window” , produced and co-written by Pete, is currently in the Amazon charts. Pete’s goal is to continue touring for as long as possible. He plans a new book of poetry and a best-of lyric book.

Get your tickets for the evening’s star-laden performance here: The International Poetry ReIncarnation

ReIncarnation Biographies #12: Vanessa Vie

pic by Lubka Gangarova

pic by Lubka Gangarova

The twelfth person in our series of introductions to performers taking part in International Poetry ReIncarnation at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th May 2015 is the Spanish singer/songwriter and artist Vanessa Vie.

Singer-lyrist & artist Vanessa Vie was born in Aviles, Asturias, Northern Spain in 1973.

From 1993 she committed to the practice & study of the Visual Arts and, in 1995, one of her drawings was used  for a Hard Rock Cafe Barcelona t-shirts limited edition. Before long, music, performing arts and poetry would become the centre of her activity. Alberto Arango from the National Cuban Opera, and jazz maestro Don Kemonah, who had moved from London to Spain, were among her various influential teachers.

In 1997 she co-formed, with folk and classical double bass player Ignacio Pozo, her first pop-rock band Ithaca, which dissolved in 2000. In the same year Vanessa resolved to live & work in London, largely in consequence of reading the works of William Blake.

In 2005, with her ex-husband, rock musician Ian Montlake, Vanessa co-formed the alternative-rock band Rockatron, which dissolved in 2009.

Since then she has presented Happenings inspired by the work of poets (including Dylan Thomas and Rumi), and on occasion inspired by the work of visual artists such as Sheila Seepersaud-Jones, and has exhibited her own Visual Art, and used it to illustrate her Words and Music and that of others.

In 2012 Vanessa met poet, artist and iconoclast Michael Horovitz, whose encouragement, inspiration, and active partnership go on feeding her muse. The duo’s renditions of their own, Lorca’s, Blake’s, Emily Dickinson’s and others’ lyrics and poetry have become a staple of Michael’s Jazz Poetry SuperJams.

Get your tickets for the evening’s star-laden performance here: The International Poetry ReIncarnation

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