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Christylez Bacon | Progressive Hip-Hop Artist
Christylez Bacon (pronounced: chris-styles) is a GRAMMY® Nominated Progressive Hip-Hop artist and multi-instrumentalist from Southeast, Washington, DC. As a performer, Christylez multi-tasks between various instruments such as the West African djembe drum, acoustic guitar, and the human beat-box (oral percussion), all while continuing the oral tradition of storytelling through his lyrics.
In 2011, Christylez began a cross-cultural collaborative concert series in Washington, DC, “Washington Sound Museum” (WSM). WSM is a monthly intimate celebration of music featuring guest artists from diverse musical genres with Christylez Bacon and his progressive hip-hop orchestra. Since WSM’s inception, Christylez has collaborated with artists from various cultural backgrounds, ranging from the Hindustani & Carnatic music of India, the contemporary Arabic music of Egypt, and the music of Brazil
With a mission towards cultural acceptance and unification through music, Christylez is constantly pushing the envelope – from performances at the National Cathedral, to becoming the first Hip-Hop artist to be featured at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, composing and orchestrating an entire concert for a 12-piece orchestra commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institute, or recording a Folk/Hip-Hop children’s album. He is the recipient of multiple honors awarded by the Washington Area Music Association including 2013 Artist of the Year, and the Montgomery County Executive Award for Excellence in the Arts, and has even been honored as a 2012 “Library Superhero” by Friends of the Library, Montgomery County.
Beatbox Remix Series
In late-2019, Christylez began the Beatbox Remix Series as an online extension of his mission towards cultural acceptance and unification through music. During this season of social-distancing, Christylez transitioned the collaboration from being physically close in collaboration to connecting virtually with musicians around the world using his first instrument, the human-beatbox
Washington Sound Museum
In 2011, Christylez began a cross-cultural collaborative concert series in Washington, DC, “Washington Sound Museum” (WSM). WSM is celebration of music featuring guest artists from diverse musical genres with Christylez Bacon and his progressive hip-hop orchestra. Since WSM’s inception, Christylez has collaborated with artists from various cultural backgrounds, ranging from the Hindustani music of India, the traditional music & dance of Ireland, and the music of Brazil.
Dunkin Donuts Collaboration
Sometimes you get calls to create five instrumental compositions using nothing but Dunkin’ Donuts cups and straws for a commercial campaign. This is what happens…
NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA COLLABORATION
Christylez Bacon & Wytold presenting their Hip-Hop/Classical fusion program, Remixing The Classics, with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC to a sold-out audience.
TED Talk: Reinventing Hip-Hop
Christylez Bacon displaying his unique and multi-faceted form of story-telling at TEDxPennQuarter.
MUSIC, WORKSHOPS & PERFORMANCES FOR YOUNGER AUDIENCES
With 4 years of teaching creative-writing in DC Public Schools before becoming an full-time performance artist, Christylez Bacon offers a series of workshops and performances for younger audiences. Here’s a Christylez remixed version of a well-known nursery rhyme.
Christylez Bacon has expanded his music the world of theater, applying his unique skillsets and timbres to a variety of plays.
- Folger Shakespeare Theater – District Merchants by Aaron Posner
- Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company – An Octoroon by Branden Jacob Jenkins
- The Kennedy Center – Louise/the Bears by Karin Serres of Vincennes, France.
- Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company – We Are Proud to Present… by Jackie Sibblies Drury.
IN THE PRESS
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