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 Open Collab live stream will be on Saturday 20th February.
who are we?
We are Charlie + Jake a multi-instrumental live-looping duo from Bristol, UK. Through a combination of musical improvisation, atmospheric field recordings and soulful vocals, we transform the poetry into sonic pictures of memories and moments.
The Open Collab project grew out of our work as Echoes and Edges with poets Gillie Harries, David Punter and Tim Vosper. Together we released an album of music and poetry collaborations which you can listen to here: echoesandedges.co.uk/glory-in-the-bone.
As a duo, we have been creating and performing jazz-infused original music at places like Ronnie Scott's, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and the Bristol Harbour Festival. We were also the house band of the week on BBC Radio Bristol.
We love exploring and experimenting with new ways to combine spoken word and improvised music. Find out more about what we do here: charlieandjake.co.uk
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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 Open Collab right here! We'll be going live on Saturday 20th February at 7pm (UK), so set yourself a reminder and we'll see you on the live stream.
In the meantime, you can watch back January's Open Collab below and get excited for another exciting show of poetry and music collaborations to come!
what does everyone else think?
“Amazing collaboration project” - Adam Crowther (BBC Radio Bristol)
“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!
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.