8PM at the Thirsty Dog, 469 K’rd
Guest Poet: James Crompton
BOOK LAUNCH “Birth of Spring”
This is James Crompton’s third book following “The Leaves Of Autumn” and “In The Dead Of Winter”. He has been a regular reader at Poetry Live over many years and has several poems published in various journals including Live Lines
, Tongue In Your Ear
, Blackmail Press
, The Ascending Current
and Vision Magazine
and has been included in The International Society of Poets’ annual Best Poems and Poets Anthology
. He is a past student of Albert Wendt and Robert Sullivan. James is also a musician and actor.
In writing about the everyday, many of his poems also have a spiritual, philosophical or contemplative aspect to them; sometimes with a touch of wry humour; sometimes more serious in nature. He has been a proponent of many spiritual practices which inform his writing. He also has a BA, majoring in English Literature, with First Class Honours in Drama and a strong grounding in Classical Studies.
‘But CVs mean little where the heart is concerned.
His poems leave no stone unturned.’
Guest Musician: Miho
Japanese-born New Zealander Miho Wada leads her pocket-sized jazz orchestra on flute and saxophone, performing her unique style of music described in the media as “Afro-Cuban flute meets J-Pop”. Growing up in the seaside town of Miyazaki, Japan and later Christchurch, New Zealand, she seamlessly blends stylish contemporary jazz with her unique pan-pacific flavour.
After completing her Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance at the University of Canterbury, she moved to London for further study at the Trinity College of Music. She worked for the National Orchestra of Malta in Valletta for a short time before deciding to challenge her creativity and explore other musical possibilities.
Miho’s talent was spotted by Nigel Kennedy at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, and she later performed jazz trio concerts with him across the UK. Subsequently she started composing original material while playing jazz, latin, salsa, rock, pop, ska and other world music. During her time at the Trinity College of Music she performed around London with Noel Billingsley as Florestar flute and guitar duo. They performed at many venues including the Tate, the National Portrait Gallery, BMW headquarters, and for Gordon Ramsay’s book launch. She also worked as a session musician in London and as a touring musician across Europe.
Miho developed a strong passion for Cuban El Son music and in 2008 she studied in Havana with members of Sierra Maestra and the Buena Vista Social Club, spending a further two months in Santiago de Cuba and training under members of Kotumba and Sones de Oriente.
In 2009 Miho recorded “The Passenger” with Iggy Pop for a series of TV adverts in which she played flute and piano. The adverts later won the Grand Prix Prize at the Cannes Film Festival as well as several other international awards. She has also performed with Jarvis Cocker in London and toured around the world with Ska Cubano, including main-stage performances at WOMAD festivals and Tanja Latina festival (Morocco). While touring for WOMAD she was lucky enough to be mentored by Seun Kuti on saxophone.