Presented by: Learning From Performers
Tickets: Admission free (tickets or RSVPs not required); seating first-come, first-served, subject to venue capacity.
How to get tickets: Admission Free: No Tickets Required
Related event: 4-6 PM: Beatboxing Workshop (participants welcome; no previous experience required.)
Illuminating one of the most neglected musical genres, Chesney Snow (actor, beatboxer, poet, musician and songwriter) and Rich McKeown (President, KoolKidz Television & Publishing LLC) return to Harvard for a beatboxing workshop/conversation and performance. Last year, Snow and McKeown—executive producers of the documentary “American Beatboxer” American Beatboxer—were joined by director Manauvaskar Kublall to screen the film, which highlights the growing beatboxing scene in the U.S. This year, their focus is on the international community. Joining them will be Alem, the world beatbox champion; Dharni, the two-time Grand Beatbox Battle champion; and Pepouni, the creator of swissbeatbox.com, one of the foremost beatboxing channels. Together they will host the workshop, discuss the art of beatboxing, and participate in a jam & performance afterwards.
CHESNEY SNOW is a Drama Desk award-winning actor, beatboxer, poet, musician and songwriter based in Brooklyn. He starred in the Primary Stages’ off-Broadway hit “In Transit,” which received the most nominations of any Off-Broadway musical of the 2010-2011 season. He is co-founder of the World Beatbox Association, producers of the American Beatbox Championships, a national beatboxing battle in New York City and the Shanghai International Beatbox Competition in China. Snow performed and collaborated on music and sound composition with Bryonn Bain’s Hip Hop theater performance “Lyrics From Lockdown,” which has played at Brooklyn Museum, Harvard University, The Ford Foundation and the National Black Theatre. In November 2012 he co-wrote several songs with Polish electro-funk band Laki Lan for their album “Armanda” (EMI Music), and recently recorded with world music star Zap Mama and was a special guest artist for MTV’s “Unplugged Kayah” in 2005. As a stage actor Snow has performed regionally with the Delaware Theatre Company, Southwest Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare Sedona, as well as in numerous off-off Broadway productions. New York stage credits include Lynn Rosen’s “Back From The Front” directed by Giovanna Sardelli, “Golden Boy” directed by Frank Licato, and “Burn This” directed three-time Emmy Award winner Bill Rapaport.
RICH McKEOWN is founder and president of KoolKidz Television & Publishing LLC, which has garnered over 80 Film Festival selections and awards throughout the U.S.A., Canada, Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. The company brings fresh, intelligent programming to today’s sophisticated children, with a mission of instilling pride and knowledge of self, particularly for children of color, with high quality programs. KoolKidz Television & Publishing produces work appealing to both children and adults. An accomplished musician and producer, McKeown was the creator of “Kung Fu Lee,” his first work, which was nominated for Best Music Video at the 2005 H2O [Hip-Hop Odyssey] International Film Festival, and until 2011 he was the sole composer and producer of all the KoolKidz soundtracks. Three years ago he joined Fullee Loaded Productions as a full partner, writer, producer and head of Business Affairs and Marketing, bringing his 15 years of experience working for publishing and entertainment giants Prentice Hall/Simon & Schuster, Sony Video, Boosey & Hawkes, Bertelsmann Music Group and HBO.
Alem was born in France to a musical family. He started practicing the guitar at the age of six and discovered the drums five years later. Instinctively he always imitated the rhythms vocally, which is how he discovered beatboxing. Since 2006 he has won many beatboxing battles, finally becoming the beatbox world champion in 2015. He has also collaborated on several musical projects which allowed him to expand his stage experience. Today he hosts educational workshops in schools, associations and music schools.
Born in Singapore, Dharni is a revolutionary beatboxer who transcends different genres of music through beatboxing. With just one mic he is able to rock almost any crowd. He has reigned as “The Emperor of The Mic“ and recently was the first person in history to ever win the Grand Beatbox Battle Championship two times in a row, in 2013 and 2014. He was also a 2015 Beatbox Battle World Championship Judge. Recognized as one of the best beatboxers in the world, Dharni has performed in different parts of Europe and throughout the world. He has opened for artists like Black-Eyed Peas, Kanye West, Jin, Lady Gaga, Flux Pavillion and Mariah Carey.
swissbeatbox showcases beatboxing video clips from the best and newest beatboxers from across the globe. Services include organizing, promoting, and filming some of the biggest international beatboxing events, as well as the production of dedicated promotional videos for artists and beatbox teams. Swissbeatbox’s YouTube channel Swissbeat's youtube channel is one of the biggest online video archives of professional beatboxers, has more than 170,000 subscribers with approximately 60 million total clicks. Swissbeatbox is about supporting artists, and continually pushes both the upcoming and established vocal musicians while scouting for the newest talent to help inject fresh energy and styles into the growing community. Swissbeatbox is now considered one of the benchmarks in professional beatboxing, and welcomes other artists to help further develop the beatboxing scene with new material.