Lou Ice and AVzounds
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Pink Punk Poetry is a collaboration between Swedish performance poet Lou Ice aka Louise Halvardsson and AVzounds (UK). The raw coming of age poems blend well with an experimental sound-scape of lo-life beats and samples.
Lou Ice is known for ”throwing her poems at people” and brings her punk attitude up on stage, creating her own rhythm. The themes of her poems deals with identity, friendship, love, loss and going your own way. There's often a subtle balance between being serious and being funny. By among others she's influenced by Patti Smith, Joolz Denby, John Cooper Clarke and Jonny Fluffypunk.
Between 2004 and 2012 Lou Ice was very active on the poetry scene in Brighton & Hove. She has also performed in places like London, Edinburgh, New York, Berlin, Phnom Penh and all over Sweden where she now makes a living from her creative work.
Speak by Hans Ostrom and AVzounds
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There are certain voices that draw us closer in, that have an aura of intrigue and Hans Ostrom’s is one of these. His voice has a steady authority that persuades us subtly of the truths within the words he reads, words he chooses carefully, whether his own or those of others.
The social and political themes of the poems are clear, but Hans does not shout at us or harangue us, he speaks without drama, always delivering at the same level, confident that the words he reads will always be more important than any performance of them.
Speak is the first album by AVzounds and we are proud to have been able to work with Hans Ostrom, so we hope you enjoy listening to his voice as much as we have enjoyed putting music around it.
AVzounds is a non-profit Company-In-Community music project who aim to work creatively with the community in Teesside, one of the most socially deprived areas in the country.
We are hoping to work with young people leaving care as well as young offenders, particularly women, whose experiences are under-represented in music and media. Marginalised voices will be heard, especially those who may have never written or performed anything previously.
Music can be a focus and a way to express ourselves and this project can provide a creative outlet for those who feel that their voices are either never heard or ignored because of their gender or background.
Those who get involved with the projects will be required to self-promote and share their work through social media networks which will hopefully attract other voices wanting to be heard. This gives everyone complete control over how and where the results of the projects are promoted.
We can connect with other spoken word performers who we can work with to facilitate these projects but the biggest impact will be from helping others to find their voices. In the longer term, to be able to reach out to others in similar circumstances and to other spoken word performers and musicians to bring them together for new projects. We can develop a network of performers and musicians who can give others the chance to realise that they have something of value to say.