Launching late July/early August
‘The Collected Smirks of Santo Cazzati’ is Melbourne Spoken Word’s first single-artist issue of Audacious. Featuring a range of pieces from the colourful and quirky voice of Santo Cazzati, a fixture of the Melbourne poetry scene.
Pre-ordering the CD also grants you entry to the launch of ‘The Collected Smirks of Santo Cazzati,’ details to be confirmed.
Cover Photos: Michael Reynolds Mastering: Mandy Petit
Santo Cazzati is a spoken word artist. The son of Italian immigrants to Australia, he emerged from past lives as a classical concert pianist and avant-garde jazz musician to teach at an elite Melbourne private school which must remain anonymous in order to protect those concerned. He performs in a range of styles, from fast rhythmical delivery to slow atmospheric meditation, often with a strong world music influence and critical ironic distance.
He is the winner of the Shelton Lea award for best solo performance at The Overload Poetry Festival in 2012. He is the former host of House of Bricks Spoken Word, and is a presenter on 3CR Spoken Word as well as a co-host of The Owl & Cat Readings. He has featured all over Melbourne and Australia including at The Spinning Room, Passionate Tongues, The Dan, Melbourne White Night, Speed Poets and Keep Left.
Audacious Issue Two was released in January 2016, our second issue took a little longer than expected to follow our first but it has a great range of voices, from various parts of Melbourne, an international guest, Bill Moran and national renowned spoken word artist Omar Musa.
Buy: (We encourage people to buy the issue via our own online store or from us in person or at events to support the continued publishing of Audacious and to support paying the artists) Physical CD via our Online Store Digital Download via our Online Store iTunes Google Play Spotify Amazon Brunswick Bound Collected Works From Benjamin Solah, in person at various gigs Melbourne Spoken Word events
Editor: Benjamin Solah Assistant Editor: Amanda Anastasi Mastering & Recording: Armand Petit Recording: Jacky T Cover image by John Englezos
Bill Moran Omar Musa Soreti B Kadir Declan Furber Gillick Tara Wyllie Ian McBryde Gabriela Georges Dom Cochrane Carmen Main Peter Murphy Jeltje Fanoy Brendan Bonsack Cherry Murphy Rowan White
Following the release of Issue One of Audacious in April 2015 and Issue Two in January 2016, we’re happy to announce plans for Issue Three and Four in 2016 including our first single artist issue and the opening of submissions for Issue Four.
Issue Three of Audacious features ‘The Collected Smirks of Santo Cazzati.’ The colourful face and musical voice of Santo Cazzati has been a regular fixture of the spoken word and poetry scene since 2006. The son of Italian immigrants, he entered spoken word from a past life as a concert pianist and avant-garde jazz musician.
He has featured at most of the regular gigs around Melbourne and interstate including The Dan, Passionate Tongues, Babble, The Spinning Room, La Mama Poetica, Eltham Courthouse, Bar Stanza, West Word and the Melbourne Poets Union as well as The Melbourne Writers Festival and The Queensland Poetry Festival. At The Overload Poetry Festival, he won the Shelton Lea Award for Best Solo Performance. He was the ‘Poetry Jockey’ of House of Bricks Spoken Word and is now one of the MCs at new gig, The Owl and The Cat Readings, as well as a founder and one of the hosts of 3CR Spoken Word.
Issue Three marks our first ever single artist Issue and we hope that this new project will open up more opportunities for spoken word artists to be published. We plan to release the Issue in the coming months.
We’d also like to announce the opening of submissions for Issue Four of Audacious, hopefully due out before the end of the year. Issue Four is the first issue that will edited and selected by the Melbourne Spoken Word Committee, including Benjamin Solah, Amanda Anastasi, Anthony O’Sullivan, Kendra Keller, Sam Ferrante and Arielle Cottingham. Work will be selected from the pool of open submissions, with some pieces commissioned, as well as featuring the 2015 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize winner, Steve Smart and 2015 Slamalamadingdong Season Finals winner, Jo
Audacious Issue One, released in April 2015, features a wide range of voices, from suburbs spotted around Melbourne, plus a visitor or two.
Buy: Physical CD via our Online Store Digital Download via our Online Store iTunes Google Play Spotify Amazon Brunswick Bound From Benjamin Solah, in person at various gigs Melbourne Spoken Word events
Editor: Benjamin Solah Assistant Editor: Anthony WP O’Sullivan Mastering: Armand Petit Recording Consultant: Jacky T Cover image by Di Cousens.
Emily Weitzman writes artichokes and eats poems. The recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, she is spending the year traveling the globe, teaching, performing, writing, and learning about communities and cultures through spoken word and poetry. Raised in New York, she graduated from Wesleyan University, where as a competitor and coach, she was a four-year member of the award-winning Wesleyan University slam poetry team. The team won awards, including “Best Writing” at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in 2012, and Emily won individual awards such as “Best Female Poet,” “Funniest Poet,” and “Best Persona Poem.” The first half of Emily’s yearlong journey as a Watson Fellow has brought her to New Zealand, Australia, Nepal, India, and Sri Lanka. As a teacher, performer, artist-in-residence, or observer, Emily has collaborated with various spoken word organizations across the globe.
Brendan Reed Dennis
Brendan Reed Dennis has been turning heads and blowing minds in Melbourne since his arrival in January 2014. From dingy Melbourne bars to the Sydney opera house, Brendan has left audiences in a poetry induced state of existential crisis. As one of the younger writers in the Melbourne poetry scene he prefers the term ‘prodigy’ to ‘young poet. He is the the man with the golden tongue and it has earned him the title of Victorian State Poetry Champ