Requiem: Techno Poetry in Bahrain

Get the scoop on a new type of DJ and techno night in the Brazil Lounge

Requiem: Techno Poetry in Bahrain

A new kind of party has come to town, combining music, art and poetry. Requiem: Techno Poetry, taking place this month, is the beginning of a movement of artists looking to express themselves through the decks. This time, local DJs Sandra Knight, Captain Tea and Ali Bakhtiar are interweaving techno tunes with their favourite poetry. Bakhtiar tells us what we need to know…

It’s an intersection of art forms…
“It is primarily an electronic music event, but I’m particularly excited about the integration of poetic and lyrical elements. We’ve begun by collecting pieces of poetry and literature that have had an impact on us and we are recording small vocal samples that we can integrate into our DJ sets. The emphasis is on short lines of poetry that can deliver a punch and convey ideas and emotions that complement the sonic experience we’re attempting to produce.”

It’s more than music…
“There will also be visuals/projections of the curated texts, which will be calibrated with the music. On the visual arts side, we’re bringing in prints, which we’ll use to redecorate the venue.”

It’s the first of its kind…
“This will be the first time in Bahrain – to my knowledge – that any event will seek to incorporate techno, poetry and art in one evening.”

It’s about self expression…
“The Requiem: Techno Poetry series was born because, as techno DJs and event organisers, we often find that our nights are very intense, dance-heavy affairs, focused on percussive and rhythmic elements. I felt that something was lost in the rumble of drums and hi-hats, and that there was space for an event that delivers the energy of high-intensity techno, but still provides the melodic and musical resonance of deeper genres... The concept has evolved to one of total expression. Each of the three artists will be curating both poetry and art that has had an impact on their lives, and people will be able to see, listen to, and touch things that have touched us as artists. I think that’s just fantastic.”

It’s just the beginning...
“We’re all very excited about what we can do within these new expanded boundaries. It’s not just about music anymore. It’s not just about performing anymore. It’s about expression – as an individual, as an artist, as a performer. The scope of what you can do and say about yourself is so much greater. I can also see us doing similar mixed-media events but for genres other than dark techno and deep tech.”
BD5 (entrance). Thursday November 17, 8.30pm-2am. Brazil Lounge, Adliya (36 370 261).

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