Meet Tom Bianchi

Tom Bianchi

Tom Bianchi performs for All Together Now #7 on September 30, 2017 at the Midway Cafe.

Armed with a 4 string bass a quick wit and an entertainment value that is uniquely all his own, Tom Bianchi as a solo artist or a band leader never lets and audience down with his ability to eclectically adapt to any situation. Each 24 Hour Tom performance is like a unique recipe. The ingredients are one part musicianship, one part host and storyteller, an eclectic mix of songs, add some humor and improvisation, mix well and enjoy. www.24hourtom.com

Tom Bianchi has made himself a well known icon of the music scene in Boston area as well as all throughout New England. Sharpening his teeth as a subway musician, and as part of the prestigious Quincy Market Street Performer’s program, he has played stages from the humble Park Street Train Station to historic Club Passim in Harvard Square and The Somerville Theater on many occasions.

Meet Wo Chan

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Wo Chan performs for All Together Now #7 on September 30, 2017 at the Midway Cafe.

Wo Chan, aka Pearl Harbor, is a poet, writer, and drag artist. They have performed their work at Dixon Place, New York Live Arts, VOX Populi, and the Architectural Digest Expo. Wo is a standing member of Brooklyn-based drag/burlesque alliance Switch n’ Play. Wo holds honors from Kundiman, Lambda Literary, and the Asian American Writers Workshop. They are currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at NYU.

https://www.instagram.com/wochanofficial

Meet Darcy Hackley and Timothy Raben

Darcy Hackley and Timothy Raben perform for All Together Now #6 on August 19, 2017 at the Burren.

Darcy Hackley started dancing tango in 2009, while she was working as an archaeologist in Cairo, Egypt. She brings fifteen years of classical ballet and movement training to her dance, as well as a love of tango music. She has danced, taught, and organized tango events in Europe, the Middle East, and North America. Currently based in Providence, Rhode Island, Darcy is a tango organizer as well as a doctoral candidate in Near Eastern Archaeology.
Timothy Raben first explored Argentine tango one dreary evening in New England while suffering from the pangs of boredom. The unique mix of music, movement, and human connection sparked a new love. Pretty soon you couldn’t keep him from the dance floor: learning, practicing, and exploring tango. After many years in New England, dancing all over North and South America, Timothy relocated to Kansas where he now lives, researches particle physics , and teaches tango.

Artists Quotes

“There is no complete leader and follower and dancing doesn’t need to look fancy to be extremely rewarding. Simple things done collaboratively can be more bountiful than any amount of running and jumping around.”  -Tim Raben

“Collaboration between different genres is how art evolves and grows. It’s how to push boundaries and keep things novel.” -Tim Raben

“Dance is one of the most collaborative forms of expression– the fun is in responding in real time to your partner and to the music and to everyone around you.” -Darcy Hackley

 

Meet David and Tara Tresner-Kirsch and Garrett Michaelsen

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As a tango music trio, Garrett, Tara, and David explore eclectic artistic influences united by dark, immersive grooves that veer between creepy and sensual. Tara and David Tresner-Kirsch have been making music and dancing together for two decades, since their teenage years. Together with Garrett Michaelsen, they have contributed to several projects establishing a live tango music scene in the Boston area, including the Tango de los Muertos festival, the Boston Tango Jam, and Orquesta Atípica.

Meet REX MAC

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REX MAC is a Filipino-American Boston based musician, organizer, and journalist. Since 2012, Rex has built a discography of entirely self-produced projects on love, solitude, and self-empowerment. Offstage and outside studio, he is a contributing writer for Boston music blog Know Your Scene. Monthly, he hosts his own monthly hip hop showcase, Sonic Bloom, at Cambridge’s Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery. Currently, he is quietly at work on his second album, which will see an official commercial release in Spring 2017.
rexmacmusic.com

Artist Quotes

“I personally love hip hop for its ability to disregard taboos and redirect pop cultural conversations. In the past 3 years alone, look at what Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” did to encourage talk on race relations..what Solange’s “A Seat At The Table” did to highlight self care, what Frank Ocean’s “Blond” did to explore gender fluidity. Personally, it’s given me more courage to speak about mental health.”

Q: What’s an assumption people make about hip hop that you think isn’t true?
A: Hip hop is stigmatized by this idea that it’ll invite disrespectful, rowdy crowds to your doorstep. This past year alone, I’ve caught wind of 3 Boston venues who’ve decided to no longer allow hip hop in their space. Yes, it’s a youthful sport. It may get abrasive or angsty at times. But it’s unified and communal. For all of the backlash hip hop gets for its praise of drugs, violence, and misogyny, it carries a lot more spiritual and political value than people realize.

Q: What drew you to hip hop?
A: My father. He loved Parliament, the Blackbyrds, and Earth Wind and Fire..the fun, funky side of old school R&B. So naturally, when west coast rappers repurposed those grooves over rap drums, he bought their albums. I just happened to be in the car when those CDs were played, and the rest is history.

Q: What drives you to create?
A: My need to build relationships and let you know you’re not alone.

Q: What’s one thing you’ve learned over time?
A: I’ve learned that you need people. Google the Austin Kleon coined term, “scenius.”

Meet Lamont Price

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Lamont Price has appeared in “Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s Election Special” from Funny Or Die (available on Hulu), Funny Or Die’s Oddball Comedy Tour, and National Public Radio’s “Bullseye with Jesse Thorn.” A Comedy Central “Comedian to Watch,” Price has appeared with numerous national stars such as Dane Cook as well as “Opie and Anthony” regulars Rich Vos and the late Patrice O’Neal. He’s a regular at the Boston Comedy Festival, as well as the Hampton Beach (N.H.) Comedy Festival.

Artist Q&A:

Q: What drives you to perform comedy?
A: There’s a certain adrenaline to performing live that you can’t get from any other part of life and making people laugh with an original thought is almost better than weed.

Q: What’s something you’ve learned over time?
A: Making yourself truly happy is the only sure way to sincerely make anyone else happy.

Q: What can you share about a mentor or idol that has influenced your work?
A: I enjoy watching my idols in comedy, music etc., but I don’t just enjoy watching them perform – I enjoy that they enjoy what they’re doing. It’s not work. They’re having fun. I strive to be that carefree when I grab a microphone.

Q: Since this is a multi-disciplinary show, what are your thoughts on collaboration between artists from different genres?
A: Comedy and music is a beautiful marriage. Finding the right creative beats, comedic timing is a wonderful thing to watch as well as take part in. I’ve been lucky enough to do both.

Meet Felice Ling

 

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Just Felice performs for All Together Now #5, May 27, 2017 at the Lily Pad.

If she looks familiar, you might have seen her working on the streets of Harvard Square. Occasionally funny, often awkward, and always astonishing, she has performed in Memphis, Chicago, and Cambridge. Before she was a street performer, though, she was a magician performing in her family living room nearly every Thanksgiving for fifteen years. She’s not flashy, she’s not snazzy – she’s Just Felice.
http://www.justfelice.com/

Artist Quote

 “Magic gets people to question everything that they know about the world – at least for one moment, however fleeting it is. That’s what magic does: it creates moments of astonishment.”

Meet Jenee Halstead and Mark Lipman

Jenee Halstead and Mark Lipman

Mark Lipman and Jenee Halstead have been sharing the stage for years as singing partners on each other’s original music. The idea of collaborating on a project together had been floating around for a couple of years, and they’re bringing it to life in a set that will combine story-telling, song, and elements of expressive movment. Together they are exploring the worlds of activism, desire, queer identity, the wounded healer and what it means to be an artists and a human in a world that want to commodify and control the human experience.

Chances are, if you’ve ever seen Mark Lipman play, your emotions have been stirred from the moment he opens his mouth to sing. His music is a combination of soulful, evocative, soaring, gritty vocals set to songs that are at once highly personal and familiar. If you detect something expansive and mysterious in the music of Jenee Halstead, a freedom that owes no debt to place and time — or even genre — you understand where she’s coming from. And where she’s headed … deeper into the essence of song.
https://www.marklipmanmusic.com/
https://www.jeneehalstead.com/

Meet Zayde Buti

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Zayde Buti is a performance artist and musician who writes, produces and performs weird art music (http://www.zaydebuti.com/music.html). He also produces and performs in even weirder music videos (http://www.zaydebuti.com/videos.html). Zayde has performed live in venues across New England and has made street performances throughout the Boston area. http://www.zaydebuti.com/

Artist Quote

“Performance art can drive people crazy.”

Meet Poor Eliza

Poor Eliza
Poor Eliza (Jane Park) is a Boston songwriter who loves to explore themes from her Tennessee upbringing with the sounds and rhythms of alt-country and indie-rock. She has played all over the Boston area, and is excited to try new things and meet more artists! Her latest self-released title “Ghost Town” is the tale of a townie who never leaves their hometown.