A Year of Life Writing Event
This event is free and open to the public. Please arrive early as seating is limited.
Often treating his own life as a found text of sorts, Joseph Keckler transposes lived experiences and observations of contemporary life into strange and often humorous stories, monologues, videos, torch songs, and operatic arias. In this concert presentation, he will introduce the audience to highlights from his body of work, combining fragments of classical text and music with elements of autobiography. He will also perform and read excerpts of a new work that meditates on the voice and playfully skewers televised singing competitions.
Joseph Keckler is a singer, writer, actor, and interdisciplinary artist. His most recent performance piece, I am an Opera, was commissioned by Dixon Place. Other performances have taken place at South by Southwest, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Merkin Hall, Joe’s Pub, and BAM Fisher. Keckler was recently featured on WNYC Soundcheck and BBC America’s The Nerdist. The recipient of a Franklin Furnace Grant and a Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work from New York Foundation for the Arts, he has been awarded multiple residencies at MacDowell and Yadoo. Composer Aleksandra Vrebalov has been commissioned by ASCAP to write a song cycle for Keckler, which will premiere in 2015. He is currently working on a new EP and collection of essays.The Village Voice named Keckler “Best Downtown Performance Artist, 2013."