Mozaic Creations, a nonprofit organization that promotes creativity through community and fellowship, plans to release its first spoken word album at 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 28th, at The Good Hurt, 12249 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles.
Spoken word is a performance style of poetry founded by the Beat poets of the late 1950s and early 1960s, says Nickie Black, executive producer of the album. With this album, “the main focus is to get this new style of music out there,” Black says.
“Having grown up in Venice, I knew the old (Beat poets) so I’m trying to bridge the gap between the old school and new school of spoken word,” he says.
The album features 11 spoken word artists, including Mike the Poet, Bess Kepp, Sarah Cruse, Blackbird, Marc Marcel, and Bus stop prophet.
“Every one of the artists has their own open mic club and are popular people in Los Angeles,” Black says. “These are the pioneers in the new genre of music.”
One track in particular, Blackbird’s “Bravado,” stands out to Black as the epitome of spoken word.
“[‘Bravado’] is a consummate example of what spoken word is — it’s not hip-hop, the musical backdrops are more eclectic, and we’re not shackled to one style of music,” Black says.
And while some have hip-hop influences, others do not, Black says. “This is spoken word set to music with beats and bongos,” he says.
Mozaic Creations hopes to reach out to people with this album, giving the artists maximum exposure while also generating a community project.
“Our goal is to create a community center for the arts,” Black says.
The album release event includes live art, poetry, and performances by some of the featured artists on the album, including Bess Kepp, Blackbird, Bus stop prophet, JBiZ, Ordell Cordova, Sarah Cruse, Mike the Poet, Philharmonic, and more.
A $5 donation is requested, although not required.
Information, (310) 795-0953.