Friday, October 9, 2009

Poetry & Music in Dunedin

Seven Dunedin Poets,

Emmanuelle Gomez, The New Self

and AJ Sharma

Circadian Rhythm, Dunedin

Saturday 10 October 2009

Poetry from 8pm, music from 9:30

$5 cover charge

From the Press Release:

Circadian Rhythm Café is excited to present a rich and varied evening of live poetry and music with readings by seven Dunedin poets and musical performances by Emmanuelle Gomez, The New Self and AJ Sharma.

From eight o’clock, seven disturbingly outstanding and diverse poets illustrating the word-hoard of literary talent that Dunedin has coveted in recent decades. The selection of writers reading their work have all published widely in New Zealand and overseas, exhibiting both international literary success and a fierce loyalty to home.

Readings will be given by:

Rhian Gallagher

Pamela Gordon

Marita Hastings

David Karena-Holmes

Sally Ann McIntyre

Richard Reeve

James Saville

Alluring songstress, Emmanuelle Gomez (vocals/piano), returns to the stage to perform songs from her recent EP, Vegetarian Savage, and debut new material. Gomez fuses folk-dub and pop melodies with theatrical tendencies, and captivates audiences with crystal-like vocal tones as she soars from sweet highs to rich lows through carefully crafted songs.

The New Self is an intense and expressive acoustic 2-piece featuring Laurence Smith (vocals/guitar) and Ed Wilson (mandolin). Smith and Wilson use the minimalism of their approach like a razor. Musical discordance and wide dynamic shifts support purposefully delivered lyrical melodies which focus their songs and weave emotive images around themes such as love, greed, faith and addiction.

AJ Sharma (vocals/guitar) is one of Dunedin’s most highly regarded musical craftsmen. With a career spanning 17 years, and recent album releases on Powertool Records and Nextbestway, Sharma’s music possess an ethereal beauty and entices you into a brooding lyrical journey full of emotion and intimacy. His performances are delivered with tenderness and honesty, and are not to be missed.

Event organiser Laurence Smith says, “Saturday night provides opportunity to sample some of the diversity and talent in the Dunedin arts scene. Combining poets (kindly organised by Richard Reeve) and songwriters seems natural, and will hopefully provide new and interesting experiences for the audience and artists themselves”.


Mary McCallum said...

ooh - wish i could be there - break a leg!

The Paradoxical Cat said...

Thanks Mary, it was a great evening - a really interesting variety of poets :-)