This month I started a three-month artist residency at Seattle’s Town Hall along with scholar-in-residence David Mitsuo Nixon.
From the first time I performed a spoken word piece before a book reading at Town Hall like 12 years ago, I’ve always loved the building’s architecture and atmosphere. Especially the main room, which used to be a Christian Science church. There’s a north-facing atrium with 3-story high ceilings and daylight so soft you can lay your head on it.
In addition to attending and hosting events in this historic space, I get a key to the building so I can do things like write in complete silence after hours, take ill photos, and record vocals with incredible acoustic textures in the main room without using that “large hall reverb” plug-in. While I will be working on my own individual art during my stay, the Town Hall folks were cool with allowing me to integrate all my current collaborative projects (Blue Scholars, Rappers W/ Cameras, The Bar) into the residency, which concludes with a conclusionary presentation of my work on April 28.
I would like to invite the whole city of Seattle to join me at the following events at Town Hall:
February 28: Paul Muldoon: Poems That Double As Rock Lyrics (attending)
March 1: Youth Speaks Grand Slam (hosting)
March 5: Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman: The Science of Competition (attending)
March 21: Rappers w/ Cameras At Town Hall (hosting)
April 28: Conclusionary event (hosting/performance)
Visit the Town Hall Seattle website for more info and a complete schedule of dope events you should check out.