- Paper Magazine
- American Theatre
"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,
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
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.
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"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
- Baltimore City Paper
"Keckler quietly captivated the crowd."
"Downtown It Boy."
- The L Magazine
"Joseph Keckler is the real deal and I can't recommend
- BlackBook Magazine
"The kind of gifted one-offs that people assume are
everywhere in New York but are actually as common as
- 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."
"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