Five young artists bring their unique blend of spoken word, poetry, music and visual art to life
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Today is National Poetry Day, and with that, comes the release of an innovative new concept driven by some of the biggest, boldest and brightest young change-makers in Britain. Curated by musical and visual artists Lyrix Organix, UnFOLD is a project that works to recast words and emotions with a string ensemble, percussion and visual art. Lyrix Organix, founded by Dan Tsu and later joined by Nathaniel Sobhee, are restless experimenters of live performance, music and art. Imagine them as the crazy scientists; playing around with bubbling concoctions of visual concepts, rhythm and rhyme. Partnering with global artists and festival stages, they have played host to Kate Tempest, Akala and Ed Sheeran across Glastonbury and the Rum Shack. More importantly, however, they devise and implement vital youth education programmes (through events, social action, music, poetry, etc) with iconic venues such as the Roundhouse, the British Council and BIMM London. Their latest labour of love is UnFOLD. And to mark the occasion of National Poetry Day, UnFOLD have released EP2 - a short collection of tracks (and accompanying visuals) from the cream of the UK’s spoken word and poetry crop. Existing in a realm between linguistic experimentation and visual illustration, EP2 traverses spoken word, electronic instrumentation,
nu wave jazz and classical. But more than that, it is relatable to audiences young and old. While an older audience can identify with its technical and classical elements, identifiable lyricism and ballsy experimentation reach out to young people.
Sophia Thakur kicks off EP2 with ‘Dance’; a vibrant, grime-meets-dancehall track with contemporary classical string breakdowns and a full-bodied visual accompaniment. Sophia talks of foes dressed as fake friends stealing your “magic”, global warming and politics, citing the country’s turbulent socio-economic situation in particular: “The politics of man is always ugly / And Britain is testament to that”. With this critical analysis comes bursts of colour (“I insist you must dance! / Move, and be moved by the wisdoms of those before us / Tap along to the cadence of their laughter”) in a back-and-forth, pushing and pulling into and against our beautiful and beaten existence.
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