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Science, Love and Revolution
by David Lee Morgan

UK and BBC Slam Poetry champion David Lee Morgan spits rhythm, rhyme and intense lyrics over music tracks composed by Michael Harding of Animat.

MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)
3680 rue Jeanne-Mance, bureau 103., Montreal, Quebec H2X 2K5

JUNE
10 Ven*Fri – 17:15
11 Sam*Sat – 21:00
12 Dim*Sun – 18:15
15 Mer*Wed – 23:59
18 Sam*Sat – 14:45
19 Dim*Sun – 20:00

TIME OUT LONDON ***** I am awed by Morgan’s passion, his humorous yet enraged intellectual appraisal… An energetic, clever, passionate survey of human life.

THE SCOTSMAN **** One of those rare, passionate performances… bristling with energy and interesting ideas. If you want a bracing crash course in how to “read history… with a f***ing blowtorch,” look no further. A driving score by Michael Harding, supplemented by a smattering of saxophone solos from the poet himself, manages to complement the text without competing with it.

LITRO ARTS MAGAZINE He was brilliant. I’ve never seen someone transform so powerfully and fully…. He spits out the words of sacrifice, suffering and revolution, of wisdom and enlightenment. What he says is radical, is political, but it’s also wise.

SCIENCE, LOVE AND REVOLUTION
“Is it all over? What’s left of the communist ideal, now that the great revolutions of the last century have been defeated?

SCIENCE, LOVE AND REVOLUTION features spoken word pieces developed through performance on the London spoken word scene over the years immediately following the Arab Spring.

London attracts people from all over the UK and from all over the world, different poetic traditions, musical traditions, different philosophies, religions and politics. The spoken word scene became a forum, kind of an international university – and a wake up call for me. I felt challenged to think about my deepest beliefs.

SCIENCE, LOVE AND REVOLUTION was first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 and then featured at StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, and at The Vibe Gallery in London.

REVIEWS of SCIENCE, LOVE AND REVOLUTION:
TIME OUT LONDON ***** I am awed by Morgan’s passion, his humorous yet enraged intellectual appraisal… An energetic, clever, passionate survey of human life.

THE SCOTSMAN **** One of those rare, passionate performances… bristling with energy and interesting ideas. If you want a bracing crash course in how to “read history… with a f***ing blowtorch,” look no further. A driving score by Michael Harding, supplemented by a smattering of saxophone solos from the poet himself, manages to complement the text without competing with it.

LITRO ARTS MAGAZINE He was brilliant. I’ve never seen someone transform so powerfully and fully…. He spits out the words of sacrifice, suffering and revolution, of wisdom and enlightenment. What he says is radical, is political, but it’s also wise.

David Lee Morgan was born in Berlin, grew up around Seattle, and for the last thirty years has been based in London, England, travelling all over the northern hemisphere as a performing poet and musician. He was the first Western street musician to tour East Germany and Poland in the year before the Berlin wall came down. He has won numerous slam poetry competitions, including the London, UK, and BBC Slam Poetry Championships. He has featured at many poetry festivals and events including StAnza (Scotland), Lingo (Dublin), the Seattle Folk Arts Festival, and the Isle of Wight Festival, where he opened for Fleetwood Mac (sadly, not on the same stage). He is a longstanding member of the Writers Guild, and holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Newcastle University.

Michael Harding, who composed and produced the music for the show, is known for his work in the duo, Animat, which has released music on the Big Chill, Dubmission and Bloodsugar labels and has appeared on numerous compilations. It has remixed tracks for Pitch Black, Banco de Gaia and Deep Dive Corp, and their music has appeared in multimedia projects at Tate Britain and New York’s Leverhouse Gallery. Animat appears regularly at arthouse cinemas, festivals and other venues across the UK with their unique ‘soundtracking’ interpretations of weird and wonderful films. Michael Harding was also the main songwriter, co-vocalist and multi-instrumentalist in cult independent band 1000 Mexicans.

SCIENCE, LOVE AND REVOLUTION, the book, is now available on Amazon: click here

Translations are available for free. Translations currently available (more coming):

Arabic

Portuguese

TEN SONGS: a selection from the hundreds of songs i have written

let’s play FOOD SECRETS: a sort of a computer game about food and shame

Here is the full 1.5 hour show of the 2014 BBC Edinburgh Slam

WHICH I WON!!!!! (…although you could never tell from the bbc website.) My first poem, KONGO, is 32 minutes in. http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ejh38g/acts/a286v2#p025zj22

 

other artists: spoken word that amazes me

cool music 

5 Responses

  1. Kirsty Heggie

    Dear David

    I love you
    & what you do.

    Kirsty

    03/09/2014 at 10:47 pm

  2. popped in. Must spend a bit of time, Mike

    06/11/2014 at 2:29 pm

  3. yassine gheribi

    Hello,
    I met you in Tunis at the world social forum, and I very liked your poems. Can I ask the lyrics of the one called “what is to be done” please
    I very enjoy this one in particular
    Thank you
    Kind regards.

    Yassine

    02/04/2015 at 11:59 pm

  4. Konstantin

    Have seen you at the Fringe: intellectual, profound, rhythmic. Touching!
    A Highlight at this Festival. Thank you!

    23/08/2015 at 1:53 pm

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