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Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music

 

"One of the great experiences of my life."
- The New York Times

Presented over two weekends, this critically-acclaimed, bedazzled mashup of music, history, and theater will be presented in two distinct 12-hour parts.

Part I

Saturday, June 2, 2018
1776 - 1896

Part II

Saturday, June 9, 2018
1896 - Present

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"24 hours doesn’t feel like enough."
- Melbourne's The Guardian

Unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, this epic 24-hour performance art concert exorcizes the social history of the United States—240 years in the making and 24 hours in the telling. It is a spectacular pop odyssey with over 24 musicians and more than 100 local performers, including burlesque performers, a choir, a marching band, knitters, and acrobats. The audience itself is essential to the performance with deeply touching, oftentimes hilarious, and immersive moments that build to a delicious illustration of our nation’s diverse and sometimes dysfunctional story, reinvigorating a distinctively American sense of possibility.

The only scheduled presentation of the complete 24-Decades on the East Coast, this epic event (hailed as a Ring Cycle for the 21st Century), will be presented as two 12-hour parts, the longest presentation segments since Taylor’s historic 24-hour marathon performance in Brooklyn last fall. Tickets can be purchased individually for the two 12-hour parts, or audience members can purchase the full 24 hours to see the pièce de résistance in its entirety— an experience that The New York Times called “one of the great experiences of my life.”

"Worried about the future of American theater... Look to Taylor Mac."
- San Francisco Chronicle

Taylor Mac is a New York-based theater artist, playwright, actor, singer-songwriter, cabaret performer, performance artist, director, and producer whose many talents combine in the spectacular A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC. Taylor recently won the 2017 Edward M. Kennedy Award for Drama inspired by American History, the 2017 MacArthur Foundation 'Genius' Grant, and was a 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama. A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC had the distinct honor of being included on an unprecedented three New York Times “Best of…” lists in 2016: Performance, Theater and Classical Music.

 

 

“If the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom, then Taylor Mac, whose works are overstuffed with music, dance, ingenuity, verve and glitter eye shadow, should be counted a contemporary sage.”

- The Guardian

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"A must-see for anyone who wants to see a kinder, gentler society."
- Huffington Post

Local and National Artists Performing with Taylor Mac

Tangle Movement Arts
Tangle Movement Arts is a circus arts company with a contemporary twist, whose performances mix traditional circus like trapeze and acrobatics with dance, theater, and live music to tell a multi-dimensional story. Tangle’s work is devised collaboratively by its all-female ensemble, and reflects individuals of diverse identities, with an emphasis on queer and female experience. Based in Philadelphia, Tangle has been a Philly FringeArts Festival favorite since its inception in 2011.

Matt Cappy
New Jersey native Matt Cappy is a critically acclaimed trumpeter who has played with Michael Jackson, The Roots, and Jay Z. Cappy attended the highly regarded Overbook High School in Pine Hill, NJ and is an established and beloved Philadelphia-area jazz musician. 

Martha Graham Cracker - Dito van Reigersberg
Dito van Reigersberg has been hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer as the “Drag Queen King of Philadelphia” for his vixen drag alter ego, Martha Graham Cracker. A 2015 Kimmel Center Theater Resident, van Reigersberg is a cultured force of nature. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and co-Founder of Pig Iron Theater. 

Aisha Dossumova
Violinist Aisha Dossumova is an international prize-winning musician. The Temple University graduate has toured and performed in many countries including Austria, Italy, France, United Kingdom and Russia. Dossumova has been a member of iPalpiti Chamber Orchestra since 2004.

Alexandra Cutler-Fetkewicz
Alexandra Cutler-Fetkewicz is a classically trained violinist who holds a tenured position with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, an esteemed Resident Company of the Kimmel Center. Fetkewicz is also the CEO and Founder of Philly Music Lab, and performs regularly with Opera Philadelphia, the Academy of Vocal Arts Orchestra, and The Philly POPS. She has shared the stage with John Williams, Branford Marsalis, and Jill Scott. 

Cynthia Hopkins
Philadelphia’s Cynthia Hopkins is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who sings and plays the accordion, guitar, piano, and the musical saw. As a musician, Hopkins has self-produced five full-length albums. She has performed with the South Carolina Philharmonic and the Augusta (Ga.) Symphony Orchestra since 1998. 

Doug Hirlinger
Doug Hirlinger is a multi-faceted musician whose diverse history includes extensive experience as a drummer, composer, educator, and producer. Hirlinger is a current Kimmel Center Jazz Residency artist and recently premiered his new work entitled “Dear Philadelphia,” a musical commentary on gentrification in Philadelphia neighborhoods. 

Dan Nosheny
Dan Nosheny is a member of the West Philadelphia Orchestra. He is a highly sought after multi-instrumentalist in Philadelphia who has been featured on tuba, accordion, sousaphone, and baritone. He has recorded with Gordon Gano and Brian Richie of the Violent Femmes on their solo projects.

Yared Portillo
Philadelphia-based community activist and jarana musician, Yared Portillio, is a voice for immigration activism and community building in the U.S. During protests, Portillo punctuates chanting by strumming a jarana – a small, eight-string instrument, patterned after a 16th century, Spanish guitar. Portillo is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Toshi Reagon
Critics consider Toshi Reagon one of the most compelling performers on the modern-rock scene. She opened for Lenny Kravitz on his first world tour and graced the stage with performers including Ani DiFranco, Elvis Costello, and Meshell Ndegeocello. 

Korey Riker
Korey Riker is a well-known saxophonist, composer, producer, and former Kimmel Center Jazz Residency Artist based in Philadelphia. He has toured with John Legend, Freddie Jackson, Eric Robertson, and others. His next release “PTSD Volume 2” is due out this summer. 

Camden Sophisticated Sisters/Distinguished Brothers
Camden Sophisticated Sisters is a non-profit organization disguised as a drill team. Its mission is to motivate, educate, and empower youth through step dancing, drum corps, and performing arts.

Samuel Thompson
Chamber violinist Samuel Thompson appears regularly with the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and the Delaware Symphony. He has performed with the Harrisburg Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Peabody Concert Opera and Washington Dc’s Great Noise Ensemble. Thompson is currently a member of the Colour of Music Virtuosi, a 20-member chamber orchestra comprised of African-American instrumentalists from across the United States. 

Larry Toft
West Philadelphia Orchestra member, Larry Toft, plays the trombone and baritone horn. The Temple University graduate is well versed in traditional Jazz, Bebop, Avant‐Garde, Salsa, Reggae, Rhythm and Blues, Funk, Classical, and Balkan Brass Band styles. He has performed with notable musicians such as Johnny Pacheco, Jimmy Heath, Lalo Rodriguez, Jon Faddis, Dave Burrell, and Marshall Allen. Toft has his own 1920s Hot Jazz group, Red Hot Ramblers. 

Urban Bush Women
Jawole Willa Jo Zollar is an American dancer, teacher, choreographer, and founder of the ground-breaking ensemble Urban Bush Women in Brooklyn, NY. Urban Bush Women, uses live music, a cappella vocalizations and movement to interpret the religious traditions and folklore of the African Diaspora. She will be joined by ensemble members Chanon Judson and Love Muwwakil.

Dan Zanes
Grammy Award-winner Dan Zanes was the founding frontman of the popular 1980s folk rock band The Del Fuego’s. For the last 15 years, he has toured with his own band Dan Zanes and Friends, sharing handmade 21st-century social music with enthusiastic crowds of kids. Time Magazine calls him “the family-music genre’s most outspoken and eloquent advocate.”

FAQs

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Taylor Mac

Creator/Performer/Co-Director

Matt Ray

Music Director/Arranger/Pianist/Vocals

Machine Dazzle

Costume Design/Performer

Niegel Smith

Co-Director

Jocelyn Clarke

Dramaturg

Mimi Lien

Set Designer

John Torres

Lighting Design

Jawole Willa Jo Zollar

Choreographic Consultant