Jaypix took the photos for All Together Now #6 on August 19, 2017 at the Burren in Somerville, MA. Below are photos of rapper REX MAC, comedian Lamont Price, tango dancers Tim Rabin and Darcy Hackley, and musicians Garrett Michaelson, and Tara and David Tresner-Kirsch.
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.
“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
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.