Luka Lesson

Luka Lesson

Luke Haralampou, aka Luka Lesson, is a spoken word and Hip-hop artist of Greek heritage from Australia. Over the past four years Luka has released two full length albums (Please Resist Me, 2012 + EXIT, 2014) one Greek + English language EP (Πέρασμα|Passage, 2013), and a powerful collection of poetry entitled ‘The Future Ancients’ (2013).

With four years of international touring, 14 Writers’ Festivals, 8 years of workshop experience and almost ten years of writing under his belt, Luka has written commissions and performed for the likes of The Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe (NYC), The National Gallery of Victoria (AUS), Trinity International Hip-hop Festival (USA), Greece’s pioneer Hip-hop group ‘Active Member’, South Africa’s ‘OneBlood Festival’ and China’s most celebrated living poet Xi Chuan in Beijing. He is also the Australian Poetry Slam Champion of 2011 and Melbourne Overload Poetry Festival Slam Champion of 2010.

.

Academically Luka holds a first-class honours degree from Monash University and has taught side-by-side with Indigenous educators and staff at the Centre for Australian Indigenous Studies. He has co-ordinated and spoken at symposia relating to cross-cultural awareness and recently completed a Masters of Sound Design (Poetry Performance) through the Victorian College of the Arts. As a workshop facilitator Luka has assisted thousands of people worldwide to write and perform their work, many for the first time

Please LIKE Luka Lesson’s FB Page
Send Luka Lesson a Message

Facebook Page Posts


WELCOME TO PARADOX with Pablo Molina

Roll up, roll up
welcome to the circus
enter through the gates
prepare to leave the surface
the first presentation’s well beyond the earth
the planets will play trapeze
the stars are getting nervous

Shine for a minute
as the people arrive
get the crowd in position
align all the spotlights
this bearded lady’s got permission to speak
this strong man’s ready to master the ceremony

Roll up, roll up
hold on to your hats it’s
time to see the planets turn upon their axis
time to see the actors
revel in the action
the puppets try and change the whole planet with their factions

Roll up

let me put on my mask

just to reveal to the people all I hide in my heart.

I’m making diamonds from coal

redefining my craft

to give you something to hold

give you some kind of love.

I’ll give you all that I am
as I’m holding my pen
I put my stress and my strength beneath this circus tent

I have practiced every placement
put chalk upon the pavement
the rabbits in their hats
and left my sweat up on these stages

I’ve juggled all the haters
set fire to their phrases
now I know it’s time to let my lions out their cages

But I won’t jump through your hoops
I balance along the lines to redefine the truth
use all my nine lives till my time is due
the who’s who of Houdinis shooting right through the roof

I’m pursuing my purpose
persecuting my burdens
the curvature of the earth
is turning into a circus

They say it’s us versus them

I’m just focusing on my verses

They try to get us trapped in that box
it’s not welcome to paradise
it’s welcome to paradox

// WELCOME TO PARADOX //

So everything is paradoxical
optimal health isn’t found in your hospital
making money normal
ethics becoming optional
and horrible people are being following like they’re oracles

Those with monopolies
suffer moral poverty
those with the power
only preaching their hypocrisies

Those that have less
have more to share
those that have more
have more to protect

But I know
they try and lie and fight the truth
the pied piper’s alive trying to hide the proof
my mind’s eye says it’s high time we fight for the youth
align with the youth
redesign with the youth

There’s companies taking over democracies
and the most powerless?
well, they keep them under lock and key

They try to keep them trapped in that box
it’s not welcome to paradise
it’s welcome to paradox

//

Shot by Eric in Chiapada Diamantina, Brazil.
Edited by AFTR Productions.
All instruments played / looped live by Pablo Molina
Lyrics by Luka Lesson
... See MoreSee Less

1 day ago

Comment on Facebook

Muito bom !!!!

Gostei da segunda voz Pablo Molina

WELCOME TO PARADOX with Pablo Molina // Share this video now.

Shot in Bahia, Brazil.
Edited by AFTR Productions, Melbourne.

Lyrics:

WELCOME TO PARADOX

Roll up, roll up
welcome to the circus
enter through the gates
prepare to leave the surface
the first presentation’s well beyond the earth
the planets will play trapeze
the stars are getting nervous

Shine for a minute
as the people arrive
get the crowd in position
align all the spotlights
this bearded lady’s got permission to speak
this strong man’s ready to master the ceremony

Roll up, roll up
hold on to your hats it’s
time to see the planets turn upon their axis
time to see the actors
revel in the action
the puppets try and change the whole planet with their factions

Roll up

let me put on my mask

just to reveal to the people all I hide in my heart.

I’m making diamonds from coal

redefining my craft

to give you something to hold

give you some kind of love.

I’ll give you all that I am
as I’m holding my pen
I put my stress and my strength beneath this circus tent

I have practiced every placement
put chalk upon the pavement
the rabbits in their hats
and left my sweat up on these stages

I’ve juggled all the haters
set fire to their phrases
now I know it’s time to let my lions out their cages

But I won’t jump through your hoops
I balance along the lines to redefine the truth
use all my nine lives till my time is due
the who’s who of Houdinis shooting right through the roof

I’m pursuing my purpose
persecuting my burdens
the curvature of the earth
is turning into a circus

They say it’s us versus them

I’m just focusing on my verses

They try to get us trapped in that box
it’s not welcome to paradise
it’s welcome to paradox

// WELCOME TO PARADOX //

So everything is paradoxical
optimal health isn’t found in your hospital
making money normal
ethics becoming optional
and horrible people are being following like they’re oracles

Those with monopolies
suffer moral poverty
those with the power
only preaching their hypocrisies

Those that have less
have more to share
those that have more
have more to protect

But I know
they try and lie and fight the truth
the pied piper’s alive trying to hide the proof
my mind’s eye says it’s high time we fight for the youth
align with the youth
redesign with the youth

There’s companies taking over democracies
and the most powerless?
well, they keep them under lock and key

They try to keep them trapped in that box
it’s not welcome to paradise
it’s welcome to paradox

//

Shot by Eric in Chiapada Diamantina, Brazil.
Edited by AFTR Productions.
All instruments played / looped live by Pablo Molina
Lyrics by Luka Lesson
... See MoreSee Less

1 day ago

I’m honoured to have my poem ‘Yiayia’ included in Solid Air, edited by the great David Stavanger & Annie Te Whiu

Thank you both for your trust in my work and commitment to the art-form. Amazing collection!

Also my mum took this photo and my dad did the featured Grecian pebble outdoor tile fresco. Opa. 🇬🇷 👵 #familyaffair
... See MoreSee Less

1 day ago

I’m honoured to have my poem ‘Yiayia’ included in Solid Air, edited by the great David Stavanger & Annie Te Whiu 

Thank you both for your trust in my work and commitment to the art-form. Amazing collection! 

Also my mum took this photo and my dad did the featured Grecian pebble outdoor tile fresco. Opa. 🇬🇷 👵 #familyaffairImage attachment

NAIDOC week is the single most important, powerful, beautiful & healing week on the ‘Australian’ calendar. I hope all my great First Nations friends, crew, artists, people I call family, had a strengthening week of connection and community. Love you all. ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago

Melbourne/Naarm peoples. Last night really was just too much. Such a vibe.

Next Sunday the tour kicks of at Bruns Mechanic Institute

Workshop at 11am
Show at 6.30

Tickets via www.lukalesson.com.au or through the Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival. www.mswpf.com.au

📸 Brendan Bonsack
... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago

Melbourne/Naarm peoples. Last night really was just too much. Such a vibe. 

Next Sunday the tour kicks of at Bruns Mechanic Institute 

Workshop at 11am
Show at 6.30

Tickets via www.lukalesson.com.au or through the Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival. www.mswpf.com.au

📸 Brendan BonsackImage attachmentImage attachment

Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance - WAR
Happy NAIDOC luv WAR fam
... See MoreSee Less

5 days ago

🔈. ⌨️. ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

🔈. ⌨️.

Comment on Facebook

WHOA 🥰🥰🥰

Always amazing- thanks Luka !

🔥

I hope one day you give your heart to someone and they will hold it tight as if it's their own. I hope one day you wake up and have something or someone to live for. I hope one day you can go to bed smiling without a worry in the world. I hope one day the battle is over and you've won. I hope one day you meet someone who makes you realize how beautiful you truly are.

+ View previous comments

WELCOME TO PARADOX live at Bankstown Poetry Slam last week.

Tickets on the sale for the national tour now via www.lukalesson.com.au/welcome-to-paradox-tour
... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Comment on Facebook

So Good Luka! Keep them coming

Gifted🙌🏼

Jannali Doncaster

Claire Low

Excuse me, top fan coming through here 🤣 . This is great! 🔥

Dude......... you are talented. I can hear some of that put to music.

+ View previous comments

Build on it 🧱 ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Build on it 🧱

Comment on Facebook

Tristan Sather

The ‘Welcome To Paradox’ tour hits Melbourne, Brisbane, Byron & Gold Coast in a first run of shows this July, with more cities & dates to be announced...

We’ve booked some killer venues to hold both intimate live shows and a series of public writing + performance workshops.

Melbourne July 21
Brunswick Mechanics Institute
Show & Workshop
(collab with Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival)

Brisbane July 26
Powerhouse
Show only

Byron Bay July 27
The Byron Theatre
Show & Workshop

Gold Coast July 28
Dust Temple
Show & Workshop

Tickets to both shows and workshops available via www.lukalesson.com.au/tour

#WelcomeToParadox

📸 @jeffandersenjnr
🎨 @listentothegraphics
... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

The ‘Welcome To Paradox’ tour hits Melbourne, Brisbane, Byron & Gold Coast in a first run of shows this July, with more cities & dates to be announced... 

We’ve booked some killer venues to hold both intimate live shows and a series of public writing + performance workshops.

Melbourne July 21
Brunswick Mechanics Institute 
Show & Workshop 
(collab with Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival)

Brisbane July 26
Powerhouse 
Show only

Byron Bay July 27
The Byron Theatre 
Show & Workshop

Gold Coast July 28
Dust Temple
Show & Workshop

Tickets to both shows and workshops available via www.lukalesson.com.au/tour 

#WelcomeToParadox

📸 @jeffandersenjnr 
🎨 @listentothegraphics

Comment on Facebook

Zac workshop

U r back!!!!!😍😍

Hanan Abdi Ibrahim

Is this an over 18’s performance, I’d like to bring my son to the Byron performance on July 27 🙏

Can't find any workshop info on this link it doesn't load Luka?

Tristan Sather

Wonderful! I’m in Brisbane now! 💜

Oh bummer. I’ll be traveling back from Spain as you perform your last one. Let’s hope I do get to see you sometime this year and dive into paradox with you!! Sending love from Denmark

🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

Jaia Gee Cee

Amber Williams

Are you sure this is at Brisbane Powerhouse?

Bel Skii remember this guy?

Mercedes Holland - Power house show?

+ View previous comments

Load more Posts

Facebook Photos

Youtubes

Leave a Reply