Beyond Poetry : Xelís de Toro & Alejandro Vargas + Natalia Figueroa & Sofia Vaisman-Maturana + M. Gallego. Thursday 9th November 19:30

The UK launch of the project Máis alálá, a reworking of a Galician book of poetry of the 1920’s (‘From four to four’ by Manoel Antonio) using improvised and experimental music and alternative poetics and vocals. The project-album was recorded in The Rosehill studios in Brighton and co-produced with the publishing house Axóuxere in Galicia.

Alejandro Vargas (synth and percusion)  is an award winning Cuban pianist
Xelís de Toro (vocals and movement) is a awarded writer and performer

Doors 7.30 | music 8pm | £8 cash (£5 concession)

Three invited guest poets will also perform in the evening:

Natalia Figueroa (Chile, 1983). Bachelor, MA and PhD in Literature at Universidad de Chile. Her poetry book “Una mujer sola siempre llama la atención en un pueblo” (Chile, 2014; Spain, 2017), won the Best Poetry Book Prize in 2015 awarded by the Minister of Culture in Chile. In 2021 she published her second book of poems, “Experimentos acerca de la repetición de los días”.

Sofia Vaisman-Maturana is a poet and improvising ‘cellist from Santiago, Chile. After graduating in Music Composition from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, she has had several profesional premieres of her work such as: ‘Anuari’ for Orchestra at the Netzahuacoyotl hall (Mexico City, 2014) and ‘Un puro en el Bellas Artes’ for classical guitar (Valparaiso, Chile) in 2016. She has also composed for theatre. She’s part of the London Improvisers Orchestra and has played improvised music in London and Chile.

Montse Gallego is a multidisciplinary artist and founder of the Hundred Years Gallery. She began writing short stories in the early eighties and her poetry has been developed in her notebooks since the nineties, both as silent but permanent supporters of her foremost painting practice. In 2012 she started an experimental project based on automatic poems which was later recorded and edited by herself as a voice-sound-collage series titled Las Naves de Antofagasta. Her first ever selection of poems in the form of a book, Al Final del Tiempo, was finished in Paris in January 2020, and printed and hand bound by herself during the first months of the Covid19 plague.

Readings of original texts by Montse Gallego and in translation by Jill Rock and Mary Lemley

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