Slam Poetry + Symphony Orchestra at Brisbane Powerhouse!

Yes, you read correctly… Slam Poetry + Queensland Symphony Orchestra!

Controversial stories through spoken word and the sounds of Queensland Symphony Orchestra – what a combo! Slam Poet and renowned wordsmith Luka Lesson will team together with the incredible Queensland Symphony Orchestra – for a one night only as part of the 2018 WAVE Festival on Friday 20 April 2018.

An Australian poet of Greek heritage, Luka Lesson has a way with words and will apply his unique blend of performance poetry and lyricism, dissecting the legacy and effect left by Major General Lachlan Macquarie on the Australian communities, in a collaboration with acclaimed composer and music-maker Gordon Hamilton (the composer-conductor behind the smash hit collaboration of Tom Thum + Queensland Symphony Orchestra).

Who is Luka Lesson?
Luka Lesson is an Australian writer, spoken word performer and cultural changemaker of Greek heritage with seven years of international touring, 15 Writers Festivals, 10 years of workshop experience and over a decade of writing under his belt. As a performer he embodies the lineage of oratory performance, captivating audiences with a musicality of storytelling, and earning accolades from some of the world’s most respected poets and speakers.

Is there anything he can’t do?
We forgot to mention that when he isn’t spreading his genius spoken word on the stage, he is working with young people to develop their confidence and encourage them to use spoken word as a tool of empowerment and improve self-determination.

Wait, there’s more…
Luka Lesson holds First Class Honours in Indigenous Studies and has taught alongside academics at Monash University. He also holds a Masters of Sound Design from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.



If the incredibly talented Luka Lesson isn’t enough to get you to the Brisbane Powerhouse on Friday 20 April – listen to this… In her first collaboration with Queensland Symphony Orchestra and kicking off the night is a brand new work by classically trained, rock star composer Heather Shannon; who is known for her ARIA award-winning work with hit music sensation The Jezabels. Wrapping up this phenomenal night out is American composer John Adams’ contemporary classic Chamber Symphony, written back in 1992.

This musical brilliance and cultural combination is guaranteed to be filled with controversy, character and damn good music – something not to be missed.

Luka Lesson with Queensland Symphony Orchestra – Part of the 2018 WAVE Festival
Brisbane Powerhouse
Friday 20 April 2018 – 7pm