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Tongue Fu presents
Thursday 22 February
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In a nutshell
Incredible spoken word, reimagined live with improvised music from some of London’s most versatile and quick-thinking musicians and VJs.
Created and hosted by poet and musician, Chris Redmond (BBC R1,2, 4, XFM, CBBC, SKY Arts), it is a riotous experiment in live literature, music and improvisation.
Chris Redmond and guests smash all kinds of spoken word together with genre-defying improvised music and films, from the Tongue Fu Band and design studio CR&D.
Tongue Fu is one of the UK’s leading spoken word shows, asking poets, comedians, rappers and storytellers to re-imagine their material live with brand new soundtracks created by some of London’s top improvising musicians.
What to Expect
Tongue Fu is part show, part experiment with well crafted words at it's core. It is about artists taking risks together. There is no rehearsal. Performers give musicians and VJs a small hint of what their piece is about, someone starts playing and they see where the collaboration takes them. The music can jump anywhere from weird folk, Brazilian rhythms, experimental jazz to hip hop. Sometimes all in one track. It’s lively and completely fresh each time.
Chris Redmond - spoken word poet, storyteller and Fu founder, published by Burning Eye with a sideline in music making for the likes of Improbable and the BBC. ‘…a wordsmith wizard’ The Poetry Book Society
Hollie McNish - Ted Hughes Prize winning, Youtube smashing, parent championing super poet who is also co-host on BBC Radio 4’s The Verb.
JJ Bola - slam winning poet (with three collections to his name) and novelist, whose first novel, No Place To Call Home was published in 2017.
Hannah Jane Walker - Fringe First winning poet and theatre-monger whose super smart poem-conversation-participation-shows perform to rave reviews around the world.
What people are saying
‘Spoken Word magicians’ - The Guardian
'Tongue Fu is at the high end of the scene' - Time Out
'The leading spoken word show' - Metro
Why does Rich Mix matter?
'Rich Mix has been our home in London for eight years. It has helped us and many others grow, and has been instrumental in the rise of quality spoken word in the capital.'
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Things you should know
Suitable for ages 16+
This event is wheelchair accessible.