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From the Lips to the Moon

Poetry and Music

22/07/23 4pm


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Join us for an evening of poetry and music, with From the Lips to the Moon, created by Pouya Ehsaei (music, electronics) and Tara Fatehi (vocals, poetry). With performances by Jabbaristan on tanbur and percussions, and poetry by Dzifa Benson, Momtaza Mehri, Maureen Onwunali and Silai.


From the Lips to the Moon is an unusual music and poetry performance. An immersive space made through the synergies of words, melodies, languages and beats. Created by electronic musician and composer Pouya Ehsaei and performance maker and word trickster Tara Fatehi, From the Lips to the Moon is a regular music and poetry night in London where they invite other poets and musicians to join them in creating live improvised performances. Expect riveting live music, mind-bending beats, fierce poetry, absurd texts and goosebumps.

Pouya Ehsaei is a London-based Iranian musician, sound designer, producer and curator. His practice is based on experimenting with different compositional techniques and exploring the possible applications of sound as a matter. Pouya has closely collaborated with many jazz, classical and folk musicians from around the globe. He is the band-leader of Ariwo and co-founder of club night Parasang.

Tara Fatehi is an artist, performer and writer from Tehran based in London. Using performance, text, video, movement, voice and mediums-in-between, Tara’s work forefronts mistranslation, ambiguity, disjunction, playfulness and unfinishedness. Alongside numerous international performances, exhibitions and published works, her book Mishandled Archive is published by LADA (2020). www.tarafatehi.com

Djabbar (Jabbaristan) was born once upon a time in East Turkey ‘Urfa’ into a Kurdish Sufi family. He began his musical journey in West Turkey focusing on traditional Kurdish, Arabic, Anatolian, Gypsy & Balkan music and later developing his own fusion style. Busking in Istanbul led him to London and India. In 2011, he started playing with “The Turbans” in London which led him to tour globally.

Dzifa Benson was born in London to Ghanaian parents and grew up in Ghana, Nigeria and Togo. She is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist whose work intersects science, art, technology, the body and ritual which she explores through poetry, prose, theatre, libretto, performance, curation, video, installation, immersive technologies, essays and criticism. She has read and performed her work in many contexts such as Tate Britain, the Dissenters Chapel of Kensal Green Cemetery, BBC Contains Strong Language, the Royal Festival Hall, King’s Place, and in Italy, South Africa, France and Norway.

Momtaza Mehri is a poet and independent researcher working across criticism, translation, anti-disciplinary research practices, education, and radio. She is a former Young People’s Poet Laureate for London and Frontier-Antioch Fellow at Antioch University (Los Angeles). A former Columnist-in-Residence at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Open Space, she has also completed residencies at St. Paul’s Cathedral and the British Library.

Maureen Onwunali is the former Roundhouse Poetry Slam champion, and self-proclaimed ‘notes app poet’. She uses spoken word as a means of exploring identity, society and her place in the world.

silai, of pukhtunistan, is wind and storm. she collects from all that is around her, piecing together fragments as they emerge. her poetry is part trance, part rhythm and part gift from the collective unconscious. she is both artist and witness; both lettered and unlettered.

1 & 3. Photo by Jemima Yong
2. Photo by Hydar Dewachi


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