MAP Studio Cafe, London


Words as Music

  • Date: 10th February 2018
  • Time: 19:00
  • Location: A magical evening to exploring how words can become music...
  • Venue: Words as Music

Please join us for a magical evening to explore how words can become music. Tot Taylor, Lev Parikian, Jessica Duchen and Miranda Gold will be reading from their work and discussing the transformative potential of Literature that approaches – and often captures – the visceral power of musical forms.

Writers are always pushing against the limits of language – compressing, stretching, layering meaning – always confronted by its limitations as well as its possibilities. If so much of our experience is beyond language, what can writers draw from music to communicate the visceral and unconscious? As Virginia Woolf once said, ‘Words don’t live in dictionaries, they live in the mind,’ Perhaps we could say they live in the body too.

This is certain to be a lively evening so bring along any questions of your own, a touch of irreverence and an open heart. We’d love to see you there!

Tot Taylor:
A songwriter/composer, author and art curator (at Riflemaker in Soho). Tot has written music for the National Theatre and composed scores for film and drama series.
His curated artists have exhibited at Tate and MoMa, Pompidou Center and Frieze Art Fair. His debut ‘music novel’ THE STORY OF JOHN NIGHTLY – about the rise and fall of a genius – has just been published by Unbound

Lev Parikian:
A conductor and writer. As a conductor, he spends his time waving his arms at musicians in the hope that sounds will materialise; as a writer, he spends his time staring at a computer screen in the hope that words will materialisey Unbound with a cover by the artists Bob & Roberta Smith

Jessica Duchen:
Author of five novels, two biographies, various stage works for musicians and actors and the libretto for Roxanna Panufnik’s opera ‘Silver Birch’. She was classical music correspondent for The Independent for 12 years. Her latest book is ‘Ghost Variations’, a historical novel based on the true story of the Schumann Violin Concerto’s 1930s rediscovery.

Miranda Gold
Her first novel, Starlings, reaches back through three generations to explore how the impact of untold stories about the Holocaust ricochets down the years. Before turning her focus to fiction, Miranda took the Soho Theatre Course for young writers, where her play, Lucky Deck, was selected for development and performance. She is now crowd funding with the award winning Unbound to publish her second novel, A Small Dark Quiet. In her review for The Tablet, Sue Gaisford described Starlings as 
a strange, sad, original and rather brilliant first novel, illumined with flashes of glorious writing and profound insight, particularly into the ways in which we attempt to reinvent ourselves.

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Start 7pm Admission £5
Or call for tickets– 0207 916 0545