Crossing borders, genres and languages, LAPKAT is a unique DJ project mixing spoken word with global beats.
The “DJ chill littéraire” from Australia creates tapestries of sound and story, weaving words into music, and celebrating what unites us – the telling of stories, the singing of songs and poetry. Spoken word artists, poets, storytellers, cantati, chanteurs, griots, MCs, stories old and new, lost and found treasures, voices from around the globe mixed with music ranging from folk traditions to new cross-cultural collaborations. Minimal beats made for slow dances, passionate voices and a stream of social consciousness.
Language as music, dancing to poetry.
LAPKAT is Lisa Greenaway – a veteran of Australia’s spoken word scene, radio DJ / producer, spoken word publisher, ex Triple R FM (‘Howlings in the Head’ and ‘SubText’) ABC (RN, Triple J) ‘Going Down Swinging’, and Dialectic Radio (Uber Lingua). The LAPKAT project draws on Lisa’s extensive collection of spoken word and performance poetry gathered through two decades of working with the Australian and international community of poetics, as well as music gathered from worldwide connections with the producers enriching our world right now with global cultural collaborations.
LAPKAT has been playing live since 2010, with residencies in Melbourne at Horse Bazaar (Uber Lingua), Pure Pop Records (Señor BBQ), Ferdydurke (Nostalgia for an Age to Come), and as resident DJ for the 2011 Overload Poetry Festival. Other festival performances include Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2012, the Summer Renaissance Festival and Renaissance Easter Festival 2012, and Peats Ridge 2012. Also in 2012 LAPKAT played in Berlin (the Headful of Bees label showcase at Lovelite, part of Berlin Music Week, and ‘The Poetic Groove’ at KingKongKlub), Paris (‘Spoken Word in Paris’ at Au Chat Noir) and Brussels (the Warrior Poets after-party for the Elles Tournent/Dames Draaien festival, and International Day of Peace Groovalización after-party at Bouillon Kube).
In October 2012 Lisa began presenting the monthly podcast ‘La Danza Poetica’ on Groovalizacion web radio, taking the explorations deeper into the many worlds, one world poetic groove. Streaming live on the first Sunday of every month at 12:00 CET (22:00 AEDST) the show is also available as a podcast from http://www.groovalizacion.com/rubrique55.html.
~ lyrical and poetic, kinetic ambient, truth ~
The LAPKAT project aims to create open spaces for listening to the voices of poets – our visionaries, our prophets, our conscience and our humour. LAPKAT is a part of a wider exploration of poetic language and cultures of aural storytelling. This blog shares my journeys in story, language and music. I love to hear from poets, spoken word and hip hop artists, storytellers, working in all the world’s languages. You can send me sounds via my SoundCloud dropbox (>) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org …
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