Music + Poetry : Natalia Figueroa, Emily Suzanne Shapiro & Sofia Vaisman : Poetry In The Groove. Friday 30th July

Join us the last Friday of July in this experimental gig, where outstanding artists will be performing improvised music and reading poetry!

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. She translated from the modern greek Το τραγούδι της αδελφής μου and Ημερολόγια Εξορίας, both from Yannis Ritsos, and Με το πρόσωπο στον τοίχο, from Miltos Sahtouris. In 2018 was published her research “Ideologías excluyentes en la literatura chilena” (Exclusionary ideologies in Chilean literature). She is a co-organizer of the Female Writers Meeting “Islas nuevas”, of “Poemas para náufragos y viajeros”, both in Chile, and of the international women’s meeting “Mount Sappho”. In 2021 she published her second book of poems, “Experimentos acerca de la repetición de los días”.

Emily Suzanne Shapiro is a bass clarinet and clarinet player dedicated to exploring and creating new music. Originally from Canada, Emily pursued her studies across the country, at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Academy of Music, Concordia University and the Domaine Forget academy. Emily has a special love for the sound and scope of bass instruments and constantly pushes the limits of what she can do on bass clarinet.
Alongside performing contemporary music on bass clarinet, Emily is involved in many other musical endeavours. Composing and improvising are central to her career, and she has been an active performer of Balinese gamelan for 10 years and has also explored jazz and electroacoustics. She is always seeking out new artistic experiences to enrich and motivate her work.
Outside of music, Emily loves gardening, running, drinking whisky and making friends with animals

Sofia Vaisman-Maturana : born in Santiago, Chile 1993. Is a poet and composer, she has a MA in Music Composition, King’s College of London (2019), she has had several profesional premieres of her work such as: ‘Anuari’ for Orchestra at the Netzahuacoyotl hall (Mexico City, 2014) or ‘Un puro en el Bellas Artes’ for classical guitar (Valparaiso, Chile) in 2016. She has also composed for some theatre plays such as ‘Bariona, Or, The Son of Thunder’ written by Jean-Paul Sartre, and ’Alegria’ written and directed by Roxana Gomez. As a cellist, she has had formal and informal education since the age of 12, becoming familiar with various kinds of repertoire. She’s part of the London Improvisers Orchestra, the Lonely Impulse Collective, and has played in several improvisation gigs around London and Chile. She has published two poetry books: ‘Pasillos de tiempos precoces’ (2015) and ‘No le pongaos nombre a lo nuestro’ (2018), she was awarded with the Victorina Press Poetry Award in 2018. Currently she is a PhD candidate in Music Composition at KCL of London.

15 minute open mic at the end of the gig, previous registration required! Doors 7:30 | performance 8pm | entry £8

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