Love Poetry Under the Stars

Monday 14 February 2022 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM (UTC+08)

FAAWA Amphitheatre
Claire Copse, Swanbourne. WA 6010

Bring a picnic and enjoy an evening of romance, music and poetry with your special person in an unique setting. Featuring Danijela Kambaskovic-Schwartz (with Serbian choir Izvor), Avalon Jack, SoulReserve and Jesse Gordon PLUS open microphone opportunities (register on the night). Gates open at 6pm, event commences at 7pm. Please note: this is an outdoor venue so bring a rug, cushions (or low chairs), mosquito repellent, etc.

Cost: $20 Regular/$15 WAPI members and Concession Card holders (plus booking fee).

To Purchase tickets, click on the following link: https://www.trybooking.com/BWVXS

Limited door sales and Poetry d’Amour anthologies available for purchase (EFTPOS available).

If you are concerned about Covid or are unable to attend in person, you can participate in this event via Zoom. To book your place click here (tickets are $20/$15 plus booking fee).

Featuring:

Avalon Jack

Vocalist Avalon Jack was named after the hit song Avalon as recorded by Brian Ferry from the band Roxy Music. So, it’s no surprise that Avalon has followed in her father’s footsteps in taking her singing talent to the stage. Avalon Jack has performed as a soloist for the United Nations 70th Anniversary Concert, West Australia’s San Nicola Festivals and as a member of the Martini Lounge Trio.  Avalon is currently recording an EP of original songs co-written by Richard Braham who is accompanying on piano tonight. 

Avalon is influenced by vocalists such as Julie London, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Nina Simone and has a love of 1940s and 1950s fashion and romantic ballads

Danijela Kambaskovic-Schwartz

Danijela migrated to Australia from the Former Yugoslavia in 1999 and writes in Serbian and English. Her poetry has been translated, anthologised and published in periodicals in Croatia, United Kingdom, Poland, Russia, France, Belgium and, of course, Australia. She has authored four books and many refereed articles in the field of history of ideas and is currently tinkering with a completing a novel draft. 

She is proud of her former students, some of whom are working in the best universities in the world, and some are here in the audience tonight. 

Danijela will read a few poems from her collection of love poetry, Internal Monologues, published by Fremantle Press in 2013.

Danijela is also a member of the amazing Serbian vocal ensemble, Izvor (which means “The Source”), conducted by Dragana Jerinic. Together, they will perform a few traditional Serbian love songs.

photo credit; Josh Wells Photography

Jessie Gordon

Jessie Gordon is a very sun-shy red-headed singer, songwriter and poet who brings her love of old-world roots music into the 21st Century. She has toured Australia, America, South East Asia, Germany, France, Spain, Poland and the UK. She is also a 20-time Fringe World Music and Cabaret Award winner. Her original music is a combination of soulful blues, harmonic gospel and joyful swinging country. 

She has also recorded nine albums, including two with Mark Turner (Best Friends 2019 and Live at Kidogo 2021), an original album (A Work of Friction 2018), two intercontinental albums entitled Berlin Nights (2017) and Unknowable Journey (2020) with Berlin band Ginger Blues, the latter of which won the German Blues Award for 2020, and most recently the eponymous Sassafras (2021).

Her poetry is the basis for all of her song writing and for this evening of Love Poetry Under The Stars Jessie will be sharing her poetry through songs of jubilation, heartache, adventure, and celebration. 

SoulReserve

SoulReserve is an ardent writer and a wistful poet. Her poetry explores love and its tumultuousness, fantasy and zest in nature, and allegories that provoke thought and evoke tender feelings. Her published works appear in Across Vast Horizons, Poetry d’Amour – 2019 & 2020, Letters To Our Home, Recoil 12, Brushstrokes, Blue Bottle Journal, Burrow Journal, and Creatrix.

As part of Love Poetry Under the Stars, SoulReserve will be presenting a love poem that speaks of the idea of love across different cultures. The presentation of this poem will be stitched with media clips of small readings in different languages by native speakers. The beautiful clips will be interspersed throughout the presentation together with emotive images that convey meaning. 

Even the audience will play a part. People will participate by noting their favourite lines from the poem or by contributing their own lines inspired by it. At the end of the show, a crowd created collage “mega” poem will be revealed that is developed by putting selected lines together.