Lisa Greenaway: Creative sound artist and producer, DJ, broadcaster, from Melbourne, Australia, collaborating with poets and musicians on spoken word and music recordings, and with visual artists film and theatre makers on installation works, sound design and poetry film.

DJ LAPKAT: World music / world spoken word DJ, mixing languages, stories and music from around the planet.

 

Lisa Greenaway has been working with poetry and spoken word, music and audio arts for over two decades as a sound artist, performance writer, producer and broadcaster. Trained as a specialist audio arts engineer at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Lisa combines technical finesse with an intuitive ear for the rhythm and melody in everyday sounds, spatial awareness and the construction of atmosphere, weaving compelling stories with voice, music and abstract sound.

As DJ LAPKAT, Lisa creates lyrical, kinetic mixes of global rhythm and melody, multilingual poetry and story. Spoken word artists, poets, storytellers, griots, hip hop emcees, cantati, chanteurs ... stories old and new, lost and found treasures, voices and languages from around the world mixed with music ranging from folk traditions to the cross-cultural collaborations of the global bass movement. Minimal beats made for slow dances, passionate voices and a stream of social consciousness.

LAPKAT presents a monthly podcast, 'La Danza Poetica' which is broadcast on Radio Groovalizacion and Chimeres Greece. Featuring poetry, hip hop, folk traditions and global beats, LDP is a deep exploration into the many worlds, one world poetic groove. 



How many spoken word DJs can you name?…exactly. Assuming you know of none or very few we think you only really need to know about one: LAPKAT ... The way in which Lisa mixes languages, cultures and sounds is a form of poetry within itself.
— Poejazzi

Detailed bio

Lisa Greenaway has been working with poetry and spoken word, music and audio arts for over two decades as a sound artist, performance writer, producer and broadcaster. Trained as a specialist audio arts engineer at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Lisa combines technical finesse with an intuitive ear for the rhythm and melody in everyday sounds, spatial awareness and the construction of atmosphere, weaving compelling stories with voice, music and abstract sound. Lisa’s two decades of work with spoken word and oral storytelling infuses her work with a distinctive, subtle narrative understanding. 

From the innovative poetry/soundscape productions of 'Howlings in the Head' for Melbourne’s Triple R FM in the 1990s, and her spoken word/radio art program 'SubText' on the same station; through her work with pop-poetry, audio arts and radio drama at the ABC; as editor of spoken word journal 'Going Down Swinging' and co-founder of the Word Wrestling Federation poetry slam series; Lisa’s focus has always been on the art of oral storytelling and language within the context of sound/music listening experiences.

As a spoken word artist Lisa collaborated with producers, musicians and poets throughout the 1990s-2000's - including David Macken, Phil Wales, Trevor Brown and Richard Watts - performing around Australia in festivals and venues and on radio, as well as producing many live events featuring spoken word artists, songwriters, mcs, musicians, visual and sound artists. 

Lisa has produced sound works for theatre and live performance, including Short & Sweet Sydney, Next Wave Festival, National Young Writers Festival / TINA, The Bridge festival, Experimenta. Recently Lisa collaborated with artists from Timor Leste, Bangladesh, Indonesia, India, Argentina and Sudan on performance and installation works for the Women of the World (WOW) festival's "Women, Art & Politics" residency, and composed spatial soundscapes for three White Night Melbourne installations – ‘IDEATION’ (2016), 'The Night Garden' and 'The Seadragon's Lair' (2017).

Lisa also works in Melbourne and Europe as DJ LAPKAT, producing collaborative tracks and live mixes that incorporate multilingual spoken word and poetry, archival cinematic samples and sounds with minimal bass, electronic and folktronic music from around the world. She has created special, thematic mixes for events such as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, State of Design Festival, Elles Tournent/Dames Draaien festival Brussels, among many others. LAPKAT presents the global monthly radio show La Danza Poetica for Groovalizacion Radio and Chimeres Greece, also podcast on iTunes and other servers.

DJ Lapkat is the critic for those who have none, the DJ for those who have none. Her committed explorations have brought the world of spoken word poetry and music into united perspective. She is a force of nature. Gathering all the sound branches of the poet tree. May it continue.
— Tanya Evanson, Banff / Mother Tongue Media

Collaborating with poets and storytellers, radio, labels, DJs and producers around the world, LAPKAT not only mixes up the existing, but is actively working to extend the reach of the recorded story and bring the essential spoken word art to a greater global audience.

LAPKAT live performances include residencies in Melbourne at Horse Bazaar (Dialectic Sessions/Uber Lingua), Pure Pop Records, Señor BBQ, Ferdydurke, and as resident DJ for the 2011 Overload Poetry Festival. Other festival performances include Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2012, the Summer Renaissance Festival in 2012/'13, Renaissance Easter Festival and Peats Ridge 2012. Also in 2012 LAPKAT played in Paris, Berlin (Headful of Bees/Berlin Music Week) and Brussels (Groovalizacion/Warrior Poets/Elles Tournent/Dames Draaien festival), and began the 'La Danza Poetica' podcast for Radio Groovalizacion. In 2013 Lisa travelled to Ibiza, Spain, as resident DJ for the Chilli Rooms Studios Ibiza, playing at Restaurante es Boldado on the island. 

Back in Melbourne in to begin a Masters in Applied Linguistics and Languages at University of Melbourne, across 2014-15 LAPKATwas resident DJ for the Tuesday 'Jazz in the Attic/Voices in the Attic' music/spoken word nights at Ferdydurke, Melbourne, as well as playing various feature sets around the city including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Multicultural Arts Victoria's 'Emerge' Festival, and at the Queensland Poetry Festival (Brisbane). Across 2014-15 she also produced special mixes and programs for Triple R FM and SBS Chill digital radio in Australia, Laid-Back Radio (LDBK) in Belgium, Latin Bass Mexico Records in Mexico, and the 'c i r c e' project in Athens, Greece.

In July 2015 Lisa travelled to Greece and Spain, playing DJ sets in Athens and in Ibiza. LAPKAT released the track "Nailing Remembrance" with Hazara poet Farkhonda Akbar on the Multicultural Arts Victoria album "Visible 10", performing with Farkhonda at the Melbourne Festival August 2015. She also produced a track "Water for the Spirits" featuring the voices of the Women of the Great River project, for inclusion on the album "VOX" - part of the ongoing 'c i r c e' collaboration - and remixed the VOX album for exhibition spaces in Athens, Greece, in December 2015 and for release on 7MNS records in January 2016. 

Throughout 2016, Lisa worked collaboratively on projects including the track "Advance Australia Fair" with poet Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, the audio/visual installation "IDEATION" at the State Library of Victoria for White Night Melbourne 2016, "Finish Line" special audio/visual installation commission with ProjectionTeknik for State Library Victoria, and a documentary mix for Footscray Community Arts Centre. She also created an hour-long cut-up tribute to David Bowie for the "Fuck You, Cancer" benefit in Melbourne. LAPKAT DJ gigs included Candy Royalle, Tanya Evanson, and the Rockin' for West Papua benefit.

In early 2017 Lisa produced spatial soundscapes for two major installations at White Night Melbourne - "The Night Garden" and "The Seadragon's Lair". She also took part in the Women of the World (WOW) festival's "Women, Art & Politics" residency producing sound for live performance and a one-hour sound installation, working with artists Lena Caminha (Timor Leste), Sadaf Saaz (Bangladesh), Fitriani Dwi Kurniasih (Indonesia), Heather Horrocks (AUS), Mallika Taneja (India), Ahmarnya Price (AUS), Leticia Caceres (Argentina/AUS) and Bigoa Chuol (Sudan/AUS). With production taking up most of her time, DJ sets have been few in 2017, but LAPKAT emerged in May for the Slamalamadingdong Grand Final poetry slam at Melba Spiegeltent, and in October for a special tribute to Allen Ginsberg.

In 2018 Lisa collaborated again with Farkhonda Akbar, and with filmmaker Jutta Pryor, on a poetry film for "Nailing Remembrance." In January 2018 "The Night Garden" poetry film screens in the official selection of the International Video Poetry Festival in Athens Greece.


LAPKAT / LA DANZA POETICA project note

Image: "creating" by Andrew Topel

Image: "creating" by Andrew Topel

With the LAPKAT project my aim is to create open spaces for listening to poets, storytellers and languages from around the world. This is a global exploration of poetic language and oral storytelling, a person-to-person, contemporary, collaborative journey into the stories and voices that unite and the cultures that define. A celebration of the resurgence of oral storytelling - as slam, as spoken word, as hip hop - in global 'pop' consciousness, with a mind to the origins.

My blogs and radio shows share these explorations in story, language and music and my own developing journeys in production and collaboration. I love to hear from poets, spoken word and hip hop artists, storytellers, working in all the world's languages. Get in touch!