design: nazik dakkach

creole continuum is available on LP, CD, and for MP3 download at: www.howlarts.net/kaie

the album was released on september 5th, 2014 with howl! records. video from the launch is available at: www.kaiesharp.ca


personnel: martin heslop (contrebasse), jason sharp (bass & baritone saxophones), ted strauss (piano, organ), brahja waldman (drums, alto saxophone), kim zombik (voice), tyler fitzmaurice (recording, mixing), dimitiri condax (mastering).

design: kevin lo

vox:versus was recorded in 2010 at hotel 2 tango, montréal. v:v incorporates sound poetry, sound collage, and improvised conversation between poem and instrument.

word sound system #2

"when there is abstraction it is balanced by concrete words; where words are foregrounded there is abstraction in the mix – there is always a recognizable linguistic element to ground." -steven ross smith

dust my doom

personnel: martin heslop (contrebasse), jahsun (drums), stefan christoff (piano), kim zombik (vocal), dj andy williams (soundscapes), zeke (sound collage), jason selman (trumpet), radwan ghazi mounmeh (recording), graham lessard (mixing), harris newman (mastering).

vox:versus was launched at the suoni per il popolo festival, montréal, 2011.

photo: pablo riquelme

lettrism, dub, sound poetry, jazzoetry, voconoise, speech,

to perform - operate, function, work, act, go, run, percolate, perk, tick, play, be effective, have effect, have free play &/or

scream &/or syncopate consonants &/or feed back thru the amplifier &/or fast-speak &/or recite &/or chant &/or mangle language &/or stylize gibberish &/or utter in tied tongues &/or blow air thru the holes in vowels &/or issue isery thru the mouth &/or lament and gnash teeth &/or polemicize ire &/or

photo: mariel rosenbluth

make utterance - speech, language, talk, speaking, discourse, comment, parole, palaver, prattle, gab, chin music, chin, jaw, lip, yap, gaff, words, accents, chatter, conversation, elocution, utterance, articulation, vocalization, locution, phonation, breathing, voice, tongue, vocable, vocal, word, remark, statement, crack, delivery, subjoinder, accent, &/or

presence &/or body and sound &/or diaphragm &/or

L _ L L _ L LL from Jason Sharp on Vimeo.

please visit: www.kaiesharp.ca

kaie kellough and jason sharp have collaborated since 2011, performing in experimental music, jazz, and literary milieus. their work inhales varied elements, such as lettrism, noise, reading, improvisation, installation, and exhales both acoustic and electronic sound.

photo: pablo riquelme

"sharp’s bass saxophone provided drones and feedback-like distortions of sound, as kellough explored, distorted, and pulled apart words and their meaning, occasionally reducing them to their original phonological sounds as during the final piece RAIL, all performed with a rhythmic intentionality. the result created massive arches of musical tension, as language and musical syntax fragmented and reassembled."
- tyler versluis, for musical toronto

smtWTFs from Jason Sharp on Vimeo.

they have performed at the cluster festival (winnipeg), the innovations en concert series (montréal), the suoni per il popolo festival (montréal), the bruissements du cercle series (montréal), and onomatopoeia (toronto).

photo: mickey boston kovacks

photo: terry lim

navette is a chapbook published in 2015 by shape & nature press (greenfield, massachusetts). it contains a conceptual walk and a work of short fiction. the walk visits familiar montréal landmarks that double as passages along a migrant's journey. the story is one of revolution and flight in which a nameless youth, the child of haitian immigrants, comes of age during the 2012 student strike. the brutal duvalier régime and the space shuttle challenger haunt the family's memory, while a future blurred by social unrest, language politics, vintage congolese recordings, and interstellar space engulfs their city.

navette is available through shape & nature press.

maple leaf rag was published in 2010 by arbeiter ring publishing.

mlr is a dynamic, jazz-and-noise-infused riff on canadian culture. its concrete, written soundscape explores belonging, dislocation and relocation, and national identity from a black canadian perspective. this collection of poems syncopates the page and scores speech.

"Explorations into the fluidity of national and linguistic boundaries, and a creative tension between the visual and auditory, as represented on the page through multiple experiments in form, readability, and mixed media artistry, only serve to heighten the book’s emphases on cultural amalgamation and the mutable nature of a people’s and a place’s identities." - r cohen, 2011

erasures diasporas is a series of visual imprints that explores the loss, acquisition, and migration of languages (and also dialects, créoles, pidgins, vernaculars, utterances, articulations, syllabics, vocal codes) through the african diaspora.

the imprints were made using old letraset. the letters had long ago been rubbed off, and the plastic sheets had become rippled and textured. ink and/or acrylic paint was spread over them. they were then laid onto large sheets of paper and pressed/rolled using a glass guitar slide.

erasures diasporas - one imprint was published as a limited edition leaflet by no press, august 2013. an excerpt from this series was published in the literary journal yellow field, issue 9, buffalo ny, 2014, and another in matrix magazine, winter 2015, issue 100.

each imprint emerges from nothingness into noise, and, as im)migrants and people of color do daily, balances presence with negative space.

published in yellow field, issue 9

distress signal from kaie kellough on Vimeo.

these no-fi voideos are simple experiments in fusing audio, text, and moving image. they form a continuing series that is going somewhere unknown. distress signals, futile outcries against technology, tantrums, ballads, and other expressions will continue to be incorporated into this series.

sprint from kaie kellough on Vimeo.


september 5th, 2015: toronto
cprg (contemporary poetry research group) microtalk series "play" w/ john liberty, lillian allen, jenny sampirisi, david james brock, john bell, liz howard

september 12th, 2015: montréal
shape & nature press launch of navette (chapbook)
w/ julie mannell

september 17th, 2015: st catharines (ontario)
border blur reading series
w/ jacqueline valencia, natalee caple, andrew mcewan

september 25th, 2015: st catharines (ontario)
visual poetry vernissage: the assembly line of babel
w/ eric schmaltz, manticore

september 27th, 2015: montréal
wired on words and music performance series

october 22nd, 23rd, 2015: st catharines (ontario)
harriet's legacies conference: race, historical memory, and futures in canada, brock university

november 8th, 2015: kingston (ontario)
tone deaf festival w/ nobuo kubota

november 25th, 2015: montréal
atwater poetry project w/ oana avasilichioaei


june 6th, 2015: ottawa
ab series w/ wayde compton

may 27th, 2015: montréal
between the pages literary program (taping for broadcast)

april 30th, 2015: montréal
qwf presents: ricochet readings, atwater library

april 1st, 2015: montréal
résonance reading series

march 28th, 2015: montréal
mile end poets festival

february 9th, 2015: montréal
concordia university, digital texts & typography course, guest

november 4th, 2014: montréal
ckut 90.3 fm, 12:00pm, interview on the kitchen bang bang law

october 24th, 25th 2014 : barcelona
barcelona international spoken word festival

october 15th, 2014 : victoria
canadian festival of spoken word

october 1st, 2014 : montréal
résonance reading series, café résonance

september 5th 2014 : montréal
creole continuum, kaie kellough record launch w/ jason sharp

june 14th 2014 : toronto
oise & house reading w/ bronwyn haslam, laura broadbent, michael nardone, steve giasson, mat laporte

may 29th 2014 : montréal
hyena subpoena, catherine kidd book/cd launch

may 9th 2014 : toronto
ACROSS reading series

may 8th 2014 : toronto
onomatopoeia, w/ jason sharp

april 26th 2014 : montréal
howl! arts festival panel on art and gentrification

april 2nd, 3rd 2014 : calgary
calgary international spoken word festival

march 30th 2014 : ottawa
ottawa versefest

march 22nd 2014 : montréal
friends of freedom, café résonance

march 1st 2014 : winnipeg
cluster festival w/ jason sharp

live performance

sound po w/ multiple microphones
calgary international spoken word festival, 2014

poetry gabriola festival, gabriola island b.c., 2010

sound poetry performance
on edge reading series, emily carr university, vancouver, 2012

audio / text

audio. published in continent. issue 4.3, 2015. intangible arcitechtures.

international monetary funk
recorded at the banff centre for the arts, published in boulder pavement, issue 6, language, 2012

dedication to a tan nation:
podcast by d'bi young for badilisha poetry exchange, 2012


art threat
interview with poet michael lithgow for art threat, april 2011

10 or 20 questions
interview with rob mclennan for 10 or 20 questions, august 2011


signifying the tradition
by camille martin for influency salon / rogue embryo, august 2011

an inquiry
by raphael cohen for doveglion press, january 2011

chewing through poetry
by zoe landale for canadian literature, december 2011

rhymes and resistance
by vincent tinguely for rabble, july 2010