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Talk in a bit (record launch and tour)

May 2018

9th May: Cafe Oto, London

10th May: Canada Water (The Albany) London


MASTERCLASS: Sound Poetry with Hannah Silva and Tomomi Adachi.

FREE! 10th May Canada Water Theatre, 6-7pm

 How can we transform our bodies into musical instruments? Can we write purely with sound? With gesture? Can you literally play the shirt on your back? Tomomi Adachi and Hannah Silva lead this introduction to sound poetry and electronics. We explore how gesture and the textural sound of words can enable us to compose and improvise as sound poets. We will introduce our work with infra-red sensor shirts, programming, voice and loop stations and explore how technology can enable us to ‘write’ with our bodies. A workshop for poets, musicians, performers and people interested in ‘writing’ with vocal sounds and gesture.

FREE and open to ALL who are interested  Just show up for 6pm start. Canada Water theatre.

Questions —silva_danca@yahoo.com….

11th May: Norwich Arts Centre (Norwich and Norfolk Festival)

15th May: The Basement, York. 

Record Launch – Talk in a bit by Hannah Silva

“The vocal acrobatics of musician and writer Hannah Silva test the physical limits of language” The Wire

“I’m really quite blown away by what I’m hearing of this woman’s work…” 
- Verity Sharp, Late Junction BBC 3

Talk in a bit is the debut record by Hannah Silva, an award-winning writer known for her innovative and virtuosic vocal performances. Made during a week of improvisation at the beautiful La Sauna Recording Studio on Lake Varese, Silva’s lyrical tapestries are woven together with the acrobatic drummery of Swiss percussionist Julian Sartorius, the electronic virtuosity of Italian composer Luca Martegani and the noise distortions of Swiss cellist Zeno Gabaglio. This short tour reunites Silva and Martegani, and adds percussionist and winner of the Suisa Foundation Jazz Prize Lionel Friedli to the mix, presenting their truly original sound, experimental yet accessible: a marriage of music and words, atmospheres and grooves, technology and grit. The result is a raw and powerful sound, where drums, vocals, electronics and cello are treated as liberated objects smashing and weaving into each other with tremendous yet elegant force, transforming the semantic tapestries of Silva’s poetry.

This special event also introduces a short duet Pluto is a Planet! as Silva teams up with Japanese sound poet, Tomomi Adachi, who has designed infra-red sensor shirts enabling the vocal virtuosos to collide sounds and meanings through gesture.

Pre-order Talk in a Bit: https://humankindrecords.bandcamp.com/releases

Listen: https://soundcloud.com/humankindrecords/talking-to-silence-1-mix-1

Supported by The Arts Council England. Development supported by the Artists’ International Development Fund. Produced by Humankind Records.

Past work  – SCHLOCK! tour


8th Oct 2017: So: to Speak festival, Southampton
6th May 2017: COLOGNE GERMANY 2 performances at ‘Acht Bruecken’
Autumn 2016: LONDON 3 week run at Rosemary Branch theatre SCHLOCK! LONDON RUN
4th March 2016 DERBY  theatre
8th March 2016: OXFORD Fire Station
29 Oct- 1st Nov 2015: MUMBAI, INDIA Literature Live!
10th-11th Nov 2015: DEPTFORD, LONDON, the Albany
27 Oct 2015: LIVERPOOL Unity Theatre, Liverpool
14 Oct 2015: PLYMOUTH The House, Plymouth University
23 Sept 2015: NORWICH  Norwich Arts Centre
4th July 2015: PARATY, BRAZIL Flip 2015
21 MAR 2015 NEWCASTLE Live Theatre
12 NOV 2014 BIRMINGHAM mac
8 NOV 2014 ALDEBURGH Poetry Festival (premiere)
14 OCT 2014 WARWICK Arts Centre (Excerpt)
8 OCT 2014 LONDON CPT (Excerpt)