COPUS combines poetry, jazz, theater and philosophy to engage in social reflection
Think of Copus as a blending of Maya Angelou and Esperanza Spalding. We call it Renaissance Funk. Original material with a positive message; Rap without violence, Hip Hop with a degree, Jazz with lyrics, Classical with a beat.
Copus has presented quality poetry and music productions across the US at stellar/legendary venues including The Bitter End and Feinstein's 54 in NYC, SFJazz Center and 1015 Folsom in SF, The Cutting Edge Festival in NOLA, and The Courthouse Arts in RI.
Recent awards include - Best Social Justice/Peace Song (2021 W.A.M Awards), Best Spoken Word Music Video (2021 Clouzine Magazine Int'l Music Awards) and 2 nominations from Hollywood Music in Media Awards.
Formed by renowned poet Royal Kent and ASCAP award-winning composer Wendy Loomis, the core ensemble is rounded out by bassist Patrick Mahon and drummer Levon Washington.
The new COPUS project entitled "The Dilemma" drops Summer '22!
“COPUS could become legendary...” ~Michael Allison
What is Spoken Word Poetry?
A broad designation for poetry intended for performance.
Though some spoken word poetry may also be published on the page, the genre has its roots in oral traditions and performance. Spoken word can encompass or contain elements of rap, hip-hop, storytelling, theater, jazz, rock, blues, and folk music.
(Illustration by Francesca Mahaney, Pratt Institute)