Join us for a Philadelphia musical collaboration like never before! @Maxwell_swan and local musicians to transcend into a new artistic realm fusing music, art, and nature together in Mono//Poly V at the @KimmelCenter. More info @Kimmelcenter.org
VERSATILE PHILADELPHIA MUSICIAN AND PRODUCER
MAX SWAN PRESENTS MONO//POLY V, A UNIQUE MUSICAL COLLABORATION SPOTLIGHTING TOP PHILADELPHIA ARTISTS
ON THE KIMMEL CENTER CULTURAL CAMPUS APRIL 20, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, February 22, 2018) – Philadelphia saxophonist, vocalist, producer, and past Kimmel Center jazz resident Max Swan and Philadelphia’s own DJ Royale join together with various local artistson Friday, April 20, 2018 at 9:00 p.m. in the SEI Innovation Studio to perform MONO// POLY V. MONO//POLY V is a musical collaboration derived from both monophonic, a singular music line, and polyphonic, a music line featuring various notes played in harmony. It is a Philadelphia-based pop-up gathering led by DJ Royale that fuses together music, art, and nature. In this special one-night-only collaborative performance, Swan and Royale team up with Philadelphia artists Mic Stewart and Alita Moses to bring the outdoors and nature together with the concept of the mono/poly sounds.
“It is very gratifying to see a past Kimmel Center Jazz Resident transcend to new artistic heights,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “As a performing arts center that prides itself on being an incubator for new work, helping artists grow, and providing diverse performances for all audiences, it is indeed special to host this versatile experience which spotlights the talents of four unique Philadelphia artists.”
Max Swan channels influences from the likes of Stevie Wonder, James Blake, Donny Hathaway, Michael Brecker, and Lenny Pickett. His musical stylings vary from nothing-but-jazz, to everything other than jazz, and all stops in between. Starting as an alto player in weekly jam sessions, Swan began to expand to opportunities in hip-hop production, as both bandleader and producer, playing with many artists and groups in the Philadelphia area. Over time, the saxophone he’d lay on tracks led to supplementing keyboards, arranging string and horn sections, and eventually laying vocals on his newer music. He has received accolades for his current sound and became a Kimmel Center jazz resident last spring. During his residency, Swan collaborated with Donte Neal to create MONO//POLY, aimed to showcase artists’ music in non-traditionally arranged ways, unique to each set, and backed by Swan and the Band.
DJ Royale has nearly 20 years of experience behind the turntables and continues to inspire listeners with an ear for class. Starting with humble beginnings, Royale’s dedication to the craft has enabled him to play for dynamic audiences big and small. Performing in diverse venues from large-scale nightclubs, to art-niche gatherings, his music has moved bodies from Rome to Havana, and allowed him to perform alongside legends like Jazzy Jeff, Lil Jon, The Black Eyed Peas, Koll & The Gang, and has gotten him an invite to the White House. Despite his success, his Philly roots continue to influence his soulful and rhythmic style.
Alita Moses is a Philadelphia vocalist who has been taking the New York City music scene by storm. Only 23-years-old, she has earned a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Vocal Performance at the University of the Arts, won the 2014 Shure Montreux Jazz Vocal Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and performed with many international greats. While her career started in jazz, her versatility and inspirations have led her to the neo-soul scene, giving her opportunities for performances such as singing with rapper Vic Mesa on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and allowing her to astound audiences with grace, soul, and musical maturity.
Mic Stewart is a Philadelphia vocalist who first gained national recognition as the 2012 winner of the freestyle battle series “Red Bull EmSee.” In 2013, he released his debut album PEACEWORLD – a genre-pushing hip-hop manifesto that received critical acclaim from music writers in Philly and beyond and broke into iTunes’ top 20 indie rap charts the first week. Since his debut, he has maintained a consistent output of freestyles, demos, and EPs, with musical styles ranging from angsty and thoughtful to manic and euphoric, steeped in an ever-evolving small town kid meets big world narrative.
Other featured upcoming performances at the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus include: Deepak Chopra (March 15, 2018, Merriam Theater), Celtic Woman: Homecoming Tour (March 22, 2018, Academy of Music), Regina Carter: Simply Ella (March 24, 2018, Perelman Theater), Brit Floyd Eclipse World Tour 2018 (April 6, 2018, Academy of Music), and Martha Stuckey: Due To The Sensitive Nature (April 12-14, 2018, SEI Innovation Studio),
MAX SWAN PRESENTS: MONO/POLY V
SEI Innovation Studio
April 20, 2018, 9:00 p.m.
This is a designated BYO performance. Acceptable forms of BYO are 6-pack of beer and/or 750ml bottles of wine only; no liquor or open containers are permitted. Limit of one (1) 750ml bottle of wine OR one (1) six-pack of beer per two guests. Corkscrews and rolling coolers are not permitted. Ice, cups and corking service available at venue at no cost. All BYO Night guests are subject to lawful ID checks and bag checks at the manager’s discretion.
Tickets are on sale now and start at $10.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at www.kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling 215-790-5883. See www.kimmelcenter.org for more information.
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center Campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2017-2018 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit www.kimmelcenter.org.
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