We’ve lined up a bountiful feast of delightful performances inspired by Eastern culture to share with you all. From DJs to poets, comedians to musicians, we’ve got something to tickle your every fancy.
So without further ado we’d like to announce…
*drum rolling sounds*
Stand up comedian and creator of ‘I’mMigrant!’ Ishi is a sentient being born to tickle, play and sing to the moon. Skipping along on the comedic yellow brick road, dancing through rain, snow, sun and wind, rainbow lover, unicorn rider. She is exploring the theme of migration, belonging and identity. One day she hopes to do a cartwheel and learn to ride a bike. Current art forms:- stand up comedy, dance, theatre, occasionally poetry and paint splashing.
Shruti Chauhan is a British Indian poet and performer based in Leicester. She has won slams internationally in Chicago and Mumbai, and has performed at Royal Albert Hall, Rich Mix, the US Embassy’s American Centre in New Delhi, the Green Mill in Chicago, and at poetry festivals and events across the UK.
Mystical rhythms and mythical chasms melding the shimmering blims of the hang drum with the slumbering strums of the ukulele, speckled with percussive thwacks and lucid language. Mythm, Carise Zangerle Murray and Jenny Hibberd, fused fuzzings in late 2014 and commenced musicalizing ‘pon the stage at the end of 2015. Joined by rhythm, linked by magical thinks, Leicester based duo Mythm hope to bestow trinkets of adventure through their sonic voyages.
Gypsy popper and full on hiphop funkster, specialising in blending & scratching alternative music of all forms together for people to dance and be happy too. Resident DJ at House of Verse, Candydust & Canned heat @ The Basement. Can also be seen regularly DJing at the Cookie and Anerki. Other accolades include being winner of the basement DJ battle, cypher DJ in the Clarence Street Collective and of course being “the DJ” in Dan Nicholas’ comedy show “Posterboy”.
“my light projection uses moving water, oil and colour. Natural forms develop as a circulation mixes the elements. In common with clouds, these shapes are transitory. In common with clouds, this sometimes reminds me . . . of . . . everything”
Hari Trivedi is a local Leicester artist who has been playing since childhood. He is always innovating and experimenting new mediums of expressing music through sound and media. This is the 5th Indian summer festival performance for him. He is currently a senior student of Pritam Singh of Birmingham. He has played around the world and accompanied a variety of artists from Indian classical, devotional, western classical, theatre production and new age fusion. His main focus in teaching tabla is based on clarity, tone and letting the students think creatively.
Neil Donoghue has been playing the Sitar since he brought his first one back from Jaipur in 2001. He started lessons shortly after and has been playing shows in Leicester, Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, Nottingham and elsewhere in the Midlands over the years.
Hello there, Homeless Shakespeare here to let you know about my second album “WAVES” coming out on December 28th…
It won’t be released like the conventional album though. This time round, it has 30 tracks for you to choose 10 from. These will all be available to listen to on my Bandcamp before December, so you’re not choosing your tracklist blind! The music, in true HS fashion, drifts through a bipolar ocean of rhythm & blues, jazzy hip hop, chilled folky tunes, grungy dirt-rap, orchestral electronica, gypsy jazz rap, funky soul, nonsensical and deep lyrical content, and obviously a bit more (I don’t want to give too much away). Basically, there’s plenty for you to choose from.
One of the more popular tracks, Burrowed In (which you can expect a music video for by the end of the year) is actually featuring on a Leicester Music Compilation album! Very exciting stuff, it’s gonna have around 30 tracks from 30 different bands and artists across Leicester, on two CDs. Siobhan Mazzei, The Brandy Thieves, Goldwater, Swinging Laurels, Red Bears, Out of Karma… So many incredible names on this project! And the artwork particularly looks awesome. So keep your eyes out for that. For now, that’s enough digression, back to WAVES…
Now, if you’re familiar with my first album, I do lots of CD designs…
(Sorry about the Watermarks. It’s easy enough to obtain and use my music, not gonna make the artwork as easy)
Though, after Politicalility, I realised it’s too time and resource consuming to hand draw each CD, so this time I’m going to duplicate a selection of designs each bunch – the first will be the chameleon, the vulture, and the elephants. As well as choosing your tracklist, you get to choose your design too! This option won’t be forever though, next year when I get working on my first full rap album, I’ll be appropriating tracks to designs (theme for theme, so on so forth).
The album will be launched at The Soundhouse on 28th December ’17. So far, we have hobo-blues maestro Dr. X and his array of home made guitars and the stylish rock’n’roll punks Jitterz on the line up, with more to be announced! It’ll be a measly £6 entry (for 5 acts and a 2am close), or you can bring clothes and/or tinned food to donate to homeless support organisations or free entry!
Whether you be someone involved in performing arts or not, I feel as though this is a valuable lesson which could be carried over and utilised in every day life. Be it with your job, relationships, or problems that may come up on your journey through life.
There was a spell where I was tired of doing gigs. After doing roughly 2 gigs a week over a 6 month period, it left me deflated, and it was showing in my performances. I lost confidence in my art and myself as I felt disconnected to what I was performing. Art is always changing, flowing, and growing along with your character.
It was only with my last few performances that I realised what I was lacking. It was the way in which I approached the performance. I found that I stopped meaning my words. It was only when I stopped trying to sing or spit what I was presenting to the audience, and just SAY it, I found myself again.
“The audience, the world, and most important of all, yourself, deserve to have your art presented with your conviction and emotions.”
It’s deeper than singing or rapping; you’re presenting a part of you. A part of you that only YOU could ever present. Once you realise this and apply it to your mind set, you will find yourself being able to apply the passion you would often beat yourself up over following a lack-luster performance, transmitted through your words.
The audience, the world, and most important of all, yourself, deserve to have your art presented with your conviction and emotions.
You’re a step closer to being who you want to be with every performance. With all the hours you spend refining your craft and your ability, you owe it to yourself to ensure each performance is a memory for everyone present. Mean what you present, and present exactly what you mean!
We at House of Verse are always looking for new and exciting events to offer the public. KAI kitchen & bar have opened their quaint space for us to host an open jam, with guided meditation, acoustic music, rap, comedy, and a band. Y’know, a real House of Verse line up.
Aside from this, there are 4 open mic slots, which you can claim from 3:45 onwards. We’ve got brand new house mates performing, as well as experienced House of Versers, so come say hi and welcome the new comers!
For it’s 37th reincarnation, Leicester’s eclectic artist collective will be making its way to the South Coast for an event which is fated to be Brightonnes of fun…
Consisting of 21 performers including beatboxers, rappers, spoken word artists, DJs, comedians, musicians and many more, this incredibly diverse and continuously evolving variety event takes energy and entertainment to another level, providing not only a great evening of entertainment but simultaneously allowing audiences to be a part of the ever-growing HOV community.
Brighton Fringe is England’s largest Arts festival, drawing a vast array of performers from across the globe and squeezing them into many beautiful venues within the city.
This year promises to be the biggest and best yet, with events being held at all hours in order to appeal to every character that happens to find themselves wandering around in search for stimulation for both body and mind!
Of course all sensory cravings will be catered for at the delightful Marwood Bar & Coffeehouse, which will be serving up multiple helpings of arts workshops, scrumptious sides of rhythmical jams and a huge dollop of live performance, along with their own delicious menus of food, coffee, cocktails and craft beers.
The House of Verse team cannot wait to get on the road and are more than excited to meet as many people as humanly possible.
If you spot us out and about flying the House of Verse flag in some format, come over and say hello, hang with us at or outside the events and let’s engage in wonderful friendships.
Very few of us bite, and the ones that do have been cleared of anything infectious.
Sat 3rd & Sun 4th June @ Marwood Bar & Coffeehouse
11am-12pm: Drumming workshop
1-2pm: Beatbox/Freestyle workshop
3-4pm: B-Boy workshop
5-6pm: Open jam
7-10.30pm: Live variety show