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 15th August.
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 collabs!
Get a flavour of the night by watching our collaborations with some brilliant poets at previous Open Collab events below:
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)
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?