Mellow Baku performs during Tilt at the Kings Place Festival 2009 - she returns this year!
Curated by Melanie Abrahams, arts entrepreneur and producer
Tilt presents three infectious evenings of entertainment, stimulation and wordplay, with events that show how spoken word can complement, rub against and enhance other art forms - on this occasion live art, comedy and carnival.
Luke Wright, Laura Dockrill, Zena Edwards, Charlie Dark, Mellow Baku
Mellow Baku weaves rich musical prose relating stories of transformation, consciousness and relationships. From musical beginnings in a commune where she learned songwriting and guitar, she is inspired by the messages of conscious Reggae, the ethos of Jazz, and experiences of personal faith. She has worked with many artists including Jean Binta Breeze and Michie One, at venues including the Barbican, Jazz Cafe, North Sea Jazz Festival and the Knitting Factory in New York.
Charlie Dark is a dynamic writer, producer, DJ and performer specialising in poetry and the communication of stories. With a reputation for fusing the boundaries of wordplay, music and imagery he has instigated and hosted numerous music and word happenings including Blacktronica at the ICA, Rice and Peas and activities for the Red Bull Academy. He is founder of the urban Nike-supported running club Run Dem Crew and continues to perform and DJ actively.
Laura Dockrill is a poet and illustrator from South London cited as ‘one of the Top 20 hot faces to watch for 2009' (Elle). She has performed all over the UK on radio and TV including Radio 1 and News Night, and at festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude and Reading and has supported Kate Nash, Martha Wainwright and Phil Jupitus. Author of Mistakes The Background and Ugly Shy Girl, she is writing a book of poems and short stories. She is curator of the groundbreaking Word Orchestra and this year is writing and directing a show, launching her greetings card range, Snatches, and performing a debut children's show, GLUEMOUTH.
Luke Wright has been described as ‘the best young performance poet around', (The Observer) and ‘visceral, poignant and riotously funny' (The Scotsman). He is host and curator of Latitude's Poetry Arena and a resident poet on Radio 4's Saturday Live. His Valentine's Day special on Channel 4 attracted over a million viewers. His debut collection is called High Performance.
Zena Edwards is a poet and performer who uses song, movement and global influences as a jump-off for her words. She fuses poetry and music, incorporating traditional Africaninstruments (kalimba and kora) and digital technology to create her own sound tracks for poems and stories and has performed worldwide. She has written, performed and toured acclaimed one-woman shows including Security and Broken Words, and produced work for BBC radio and short films for Sky Digital. She has produced two CDs, entitled Healing Pool and Mine 4 Life.
Curated by Melanie Abrahams
Recipient of a ‘Women to Watch 2010' award for her work in literature and the arts, Melanie Abrahams has been the vision behind a number of groundbreaking spoken word projects. She has developed initiatives to support writers and producers, and has founded two companies over ten years, renaissance one and Tilt (‘Spoken Word Pioneer, C4'). She curates, writes and presents actively and is developing a new spoken word festival. www.ontilt.org.