call for submissions
We want to create a sonic world around your poem.
what do we need from you?
We want you to record yourself performing your poetry or prose and send it in to us. We'll then improvise and respond to your spoken word live on stream, adding musical accompaniment, vocal loops, found sounds and recordings, and whatever else we are inspired to add!
Our next live stream open collab will be on Saturday 21st November.
The night will be totally improvised and totally magic and we can't wait to create a whole universe of music around so much lovely poetry!
who are we?
We are Echoes and Edges, a collective of poets and musicians based in Bristol who have been working together for 3 years on creating ideas that merge spoken word with improvised and composed pieces of music.
Through a combination of musical improvisation, atmospheric field recordings and soulful vocals, we transform the poems into sonic pictures of memories and moments.
Echoes and Edges is a collective of 3 poets: Gillie Harries, David Punter + Tim Vosper and 2 musicians: Charlie Frances + Jake op den Brouw, collectively known as Charlie + Jake, a jazzy live-looping duo in their own right.
Watch our previous live streams and listen to our debut album here: echoesandedges.co.uk/glory-in-the-bone
watch some previous collabs!
Get a flavour of the night by watching our collaborations with some brilliant poets at previous Open Collab events below:
You can watch Echoes and Edges Open Collab right here! We'll be going live on Saturday 24th October at 7pm, set set yourself a reminder and we'll see you on the live stream.
what does everyone else think?
“I really felt like you properly got the whole vibe of my poem and the combination of your music and the words was somethings much greater than the sum of the parts” - Barry Hollow (poet and contributor)
“I was blown away by the incredible performance yesterday… really brilliant project… Such a great project. You are fine musicians and it was a pleasure to be a part of it” - Philip John (poet and contributor)
“So beautiful! I couldn't have imagined better music for my poem. Such beautiful, magical music and singing guys, and wonderful pieces of work. Enjoying so much.” - Bronwen Evans (poet and contributor)
“You’re so clever, beautiful holding and weaving of everyone’s gifts… an enlightened and glorious evening in lockdown - clearly unleashing creativity in abundance” - Ceri Baker (poet and contributor)
“Your live stream last night was fantastic. What a wonderful thing you’ve created. Poets are always looking for interesting ways to share their work and you guys have created such a unique platform. I really think that this is the beginning of something very special for the creative community so thank you.” - Mark de Lisser (poet and contributor)
“You are both the absolute loveliest people, and I’m so happy I was part of your creation. It also helped cure a lot of the quarantine induced loneliness I’ve had lately and I’m feelin’ extra gooood” - Laci Harmon (poet, songwriter and contributor)
There are a few ways you can help us out and support the things we do to make the monthly Open Collab shows a reality!
We encourage people to buy their online ticket for the next show over on our Ko-fi page:
This lets you donate in multiples of a coffee (or £3), and our suggested contribution for an online ticket is 2 coffees.
If you love what we're doing, you can also consider supporting us on Patreon using this handy little button below!
Pledging a contribution each months also gives you access to some Patreon Pal perks, including an exclusive post-show behind the scenes live stream, as well as other Patreon-only content.
We're so grateful to all the support we have received so far: 100% of the money kindly given to us goes directly back into making the Open Collab project bigger and better than ever before. We've been able to connect with poets and performers all around the world and we are always working to remain creative and collaborative during this tricky lockdown time!
We've tried to answer any questions you may have, if you have anymore please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions for each month's Open Collab close one week before the event to give us time to listen to each wonderful piece given to us and select the programme for the show.
The deadline for November is Saturday 14th November at 7pm BST.
We welcome poets and writers from all over the world to submit their poetry to our evening of magical music and words and we'd love to hear from you too! How does that sound?