Sound, Image, Word, Motion

Last night we (DEC) performed as part of the Oxford Improvisers Oxfringe event at The Old Firestation.  The evening, convened by Malcolm Atkins was informal and inspiring with its mix of the Improvisers’  first class musicians, poets Gavin Selerie and Vahni Capildeo and visual artists and dancers from the  DEC group.  The first half the poet’s words (spoken, pronounced, declaimed, performed) were met with musical comments, sensitive and delicate .  Poet and musicians fluidly alternating with or accompanying each other. We were treated to a range of sounds from subtle percussion to rhythmic,  melodic or haunting vocals, electronic crackles and pulses, breathy pipes, crunching plastic, wind, brass,  keyboard and violin phrases.  In the second half, DEC took the floor (and wall).   This felt like a good session and despite the added element of words/poetry was not as cluttered as I’d feared it might be.

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