Café Koi fuses poetry and music

Monthly event Expressions hopes to strengthen arts community

Photos by Izzy Ahmed

For those who love both music and poetry, Expressions is a humble blend of the two.
On the last Monday of every month, Café Koi, 1011 1 St. SW, hosts the event— where a spoken-word artist and musician are each given 30 minutes to perform.
Café owner Frederick Tamagi says he hopes this event will help bridge the gap between music and poetry
"We're evolving it into a community where spoken-word and music can be fused together and grow into new things beyond just beat poetry or hip-hop."
Tamagi also says the "mood" of the cafe and support from the community, helps to encourage closet poets and musicians that often have stage fright.
The night provides artists the chance to step out of their comfort zone, and gives others the opportunity to simply listen. The event is free, but donations in support of the artists are always encouraged.
An open-mic begins the night at 8pm, where eight slots are open to anyone wanting to share their thoughts.
This month's feature performers were poet Delcio Manual, and musician Jeremy Park. Photos were taken Monday, March 25.