Wow Talks showcase innovators who demonstrate creativity and passion in their field, making a living doing what they love. Come and join this discussion on Music and Sound, and discover how these imaginative individuals are pushing the boundaries of what's possible.
Confirmed Speakers / Performers:
Lail Arad - Singer / Songwriter
Lail Arad’s first album Someone New was released on French label Notify Music in 2011. Having spent the last two years touring across Europe and having been hand-picked to perform with the likes of Devendra Banhart and Herman Dune, she is now sowing the seeds for her next record in London, her hometown. You catch her at the start of a new chapter – new songs, new haircut – a limbo bimbo stripped down to her guitar.
Kwame Kwaten - Musician /
Record Producer / Manager
Kwame Kwaten is an artist manager and music industry consultant at ATC Management where he looks after Brit Award nominee Rumer, Master Shortie and Kerry Leatham among others.
Gareth Esson - Singer / Songwriter
Gareth is one of London's brightest new musical talents. Describing his sound as 'Acoustic Soul', Gareth uses music to tell stories that are compelling and imaginative.
Nate James - Soul Singer / Songwriter
James released his debut soul album Set the Tone in 2005 which won him two MOBO Nominations for Best Newcomer and Best R&B Artist.
ILana Lorraine - Singer / Songwriter
ILANA has written since the age of 11. Her inspiration comes from "the harmony of her upbringing" and Jewish musical family line. She gently blends Jazz, Soul & Reggae Qualities into her own kaleidascope where her Jewish roots infuse, sometimes concluding in Klezmer flavoured jazz blended with a soulful quench of reggae twang.
J'Nay - Singer
X-Factor finalist John Adeleye first became known in the music industry under his stage name J'Nay. As a solo artist, he won a Music of Black Origin Awards for Unsung Artist of the Year for his song "Soul Glo"
Aysedeniz Gokcin - Classical Pianist
Having trained at the Royal Academy of Music, Aysedeniz mixes uses her clasical training to create brilliant re-interpretations of rock songs.
Rafe Offer - Co-founder of Sofar Sounds
Sofar Sounds hold intimate secret gigs in peoples living rooms across the world. The gigs are donation based and have two rules: you are quiet during the music, and you stay until the end. http://www.sofarsounds.com/
WOW Talks is a growing community of people from different disciplines and cultures who are committed to pursuing their unique dreams and aspirations. By sharing experiences, insights and asking thought provoking questions we look to open minds, enrich each other and inspire more people to follow their heart and make a living doing what they love. Our events take place around the world in select venues, with 7 speakers and 1 or 2 performers, linked by a theme.
The format: up to 9 minutes per person; keep it personal, focus on one key perspective and finish with a question. What is unique about WOW Talks is the focus on the personal perspective and the story behind each person. WOW Talks allows for a unique insight into what matters to people, WHY they do what they do and what led them to make those choices. Speakers are willing to open up, be honest and share their intimate journeys. With WOW Talks we aim to leave people inspired, intrigued and open to new possibilities – for themselves and others. People from all backgrounds and professions are welcome to speak; Artists, Designers, Musicians, Storytellers, Dancers, Performers, Editors, Entrepreneurs, Curators, Social Activists & Pioneers, Scientists, Producers, Authors, Journalists, Teachers, Innovators, Trend Leaders and more.
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Inspiring people to make a living doing what they love
WOW Talks is a social enterprise that delivers engaging live events and digital content to inspire people to reconnect with their WHY – their purpose - so they can attain greater fulfilment in their professional lives.
Using a unique format of multiple short talks, WOW Talks events create an insightful, entertaining and inspiring experience. The events feature people from different industries, cultures and disciplines who are committed to creating a life doing what they love most and who share their personal stories and Words of Wisdom (WOW).