Joseph Keckler | "Shroom Trip Opera" - Italiano (

Joseph Keckler | "The Ride" Music Video

Joseph Keckler | "The Ride"
(Live on WNYC's SoundCheck)

Joseph Keckler | "Alterpiece"

Joseph Keckler | "I Put a Spell on You"
(Live at Joe's Pub)
- Paper Magazine
- American Theatre Magazine

 "One of the finest performances in years...
an unmatched range, endless and flawless...
The intimacy of Jeff Buckley with the
swagger of Freddy Mercury.."
- Alternative Blog, Netherlands

Joseph Keckler is a singer and writer. He is currently artist-in-residence with Times Square Alliance. He was the 2015/16 artist in residence at University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design. Keckler recently made his off-broadway debut portraying Feodor Chaliapin in Dave Malloy's Preludes at Lincoln Center. His song "City" was recently commissioned by BAM as part of The Civilians' Rimbaud in New York, a piece in which Keckler also appeared.

Keckler's past performance pieces include Human Jukebox at La MaMa and I Am an Opera, a Dixon Place commission for which he was named “Best Downtown Performance Artist” by The Village Voice in 2013. ASCAP has commissioned Aleksandra Vrebalov to write a song cycle for Keckler, using texts by former US poet laureate Charles Simic. Keckler recently performed at the reopening of the Goethe Institute in New York and his concerts and performances have been presented at SXSW, Joe's Pub, The Stone, The New Museum, Performa, and many other venues. Keckler's work has been featured on BBC America and WNYC. Awards and Residencies include a NYFA Fellowship, Creative Capital, MacDowell, Yaddo, and Times Square Alliance. He sometimes writes about contemporary art for VICE and other publications. An anthology of his work will be published in 2017/2018 by Turtle Point Press.

Select Press Quotes

"Tantalizing... dynamic... with magnetism and poise so high that he seems to have been born onstage."
- The Village Voice

"Charismatic, with a smoky, resonant baritone. He can get laughs from an audience merely by laughing."
- New York Times

"Unusual among his milieu... a thrillingly deep, bass baritone multi-octave voice that occasionally veers into a soulful falsetto."
- Interview Magazine

"The consummate interdisciplinary performance artist."

"An arresting display of vocal control and disarming wit, but Keckler is just warming up.... a tour de force of deconstruction."
- Baltimore City Paper

"Keckler quietly captivated the crowd."
- Artforum

"Downtown It Boy."
- The L Magazine

"Joseph Keckler is the real deal and I can't recommend anyone more."
- BlackBook Magazine

"The kind of gifted one-offs that people assume are everywhere in New York but are actually as common as hens' teeth."
- Manhattan Users Guide

"Extraordinary range, richness and malleability, as he sings from low baritone to glass-shattering falsetto."
- The Irish Times

"Although this writer and performer can flip styles as though responding to a switch, take on myriad voices, and draw on an extensive musical repertoire, his vocal skills are just one aspect of this gifted storyteller.... disarmingly articulate."
- Backstage

"Mesmerizing... an utter joy to watch... a craftsman in the truest sense... you can hear Keckler's words, his voice, his soul, reaching for the sublime."
- New York Cool

"Keckler commands the stage with erotic bravado, launches into dramatic monologues and embodies so many different personae that you can't help but wonder whether he's possessed by spirits or if his body cannot help but channel all of the voices in his head. Sensual, cathartic, overwrought and deeply philosophical, his psychotic twists and turns can bring his audience either to tears (from laughter) or to a numbed silence."
- New York Press

"A finely honed sense of the absurd."
- Irish Theatre Magazine



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Select Press Articles

Joseph Keckler Shares Operatic Overtones and Tales at Pangea
- Stephen Holden, New York Times

Best Downtown Performance Artist 2013 - Joseph Keckler

- The Village Voice

From a Tricylcle to Many Vehicles

- New York Times

Exclusive Video Premiere and Interview: "The Ride" Joseph Keckler
- Interview Magazine

Performance Art: 'I Am An Opera' A Deconstructionist's Dream
- BOMB, July 5, 2012

Joseph Keckler Is On Our Radar: The Experimental Opera Singer And Performance Artist On His Upcoming Project I Am An Opera
- Huffington Post

I am an Opera: Smooth Operatic (Theater review)
- The Village Voice

"I Was Born an Opera. Society Has Just Got to Deal With That"
- L Magazine, April 10, 2013