Shakespeare to Hip-Hop
The Shakespeare Time-Traveling Speakeasy is a musical and literary concert focusing on the background, mysteries, works, and impact of William Shakespeare. The Speakeasy uses American musical forms (blues, jazz, hiphop, country, etc…) as backdrop for stories, poems, songs and humor relating to “the Cat from Strat” (Stratford upon Avon, that is). Imagine a walking-tour through 16th century London narrated in “beat poet” style. Or, an Elizabethan sonnet liberated from the cage of its page and soulfully sang. Or, picture a verbal smackdown between characters from Shakespeare’s plays that you, as a member of the audience, will get to judge! Whether you are scholar or novice, student or teacher, Shakespeare lover or loather, the Shakespeare Time-Traveling Speakeasy will engage you and give you a new appreciation for “The Bard”.
Literary performer Regie Gibson has lectured and performed widely in the U.S., Cuba, and Europe. As a representative of the U.S., Regie received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. He and his work appear in “love jones”, a feature-film based on events in his life. Gibson has been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, various NPR programs, nominated for a Boston Emmy, and has been a featured presenter for several TEDx events. He’s served as a consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts, James Madison’s Montpelier and is Poet-in-Residence for Mass Poetry. Regie has performed with & composed texts for, The Boston City Singers, The Mystic Chorale, the Handel+Haydn Society, and is a recent recipient of a 2017 Brother Thomas Fellowship for Artistic Excellence from The Boston Foundation.
Marlon Carey is a Poet Educator Actor Communicator Entertainer. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, NC. Carey has taught Poetry and Creative Writing workshops in schools for several years in the New England Area. He has appeared in When Mahalia Sings, with Mixed Magic Theatre, Sortilegio with Brown University’s Rites and Reason Theatre, and Take Me Out with 2nd Story Theatre in Warren, RI.
Graham English is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and jazz-trained keyboard player who specializes in vintage keys, synthesizers, and Hammond B3. He’s an audio expert and the best-selling author of Logic Pro X For Dummies. Graham has shared the stage with rock legends Cheap Trick, and jazz legends like Grover Washington Jr. and James Moody. He trains and coaches creative professionals at Logic Studio Training.
Drummer and percussionist, Matt Steinberg, has been sought after for gigs in varying genres in New England for two decades. Matt started his career in Burlington, VT playing with Old Jawbone and the steel drum group PanAshe. While at Berklee School of Music, Matt performed with Tony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker and Mohamad Kalifa Kamara’s Kaliba Jazz. Most recently Matt has performed with the award-winning world music group Atlas Soul, The Mystic Chorale led by Nick Page, and the Regie Gibson Project. A stay-at-home parent, Matt balances a busy performance schedule with caring for his daughter and son.
Bassist, composer, and the leader of The Alison Keslow Group, Alison Keslow began playing piano at the age of 4. By age 19 she picked up bass and started playing rock, blues and later jazz. After attending Berklee School of Music she continued studying and composing. Alison performs as an active musician and has appeared on many recordings, independent releases, movie soundtracks and more. Alison’s newest album release is “Bass Dharma”.
Can’t get enough Shakespeare? Join other enthusiasts at the Athenæum’s Shakespeare Discussion Group for readings and discussions every second Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.
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