America / Amerika
Friday 1st May
Shayshahn 'PhearNone' Macpherson, hip hop violinist and spoken-word artist, joins us all the way from The Bronx, New York City, to launch WoW Fest 2015.
Musician, rap artist, actor, all describe the many talents of Shayshahn MacPherson. This highly versatile artist has mastered the viola, violin, djembe and Dun Duns (west African drums), pioneered a unique sound of classical 5-string violin with contemporary rap lyrics, and round out his performance skills through theatre and drama.
From the age of 11, this Bronx New York native has performed in multiple venues, including his most memorable appearance in Carneigie Hall. Phearson has played djembe for companies like Harlem School of the Arts and Jewels of the Nile. He also uses his wide reaching musical abilities to and creativity as a founding member of hip-hop and recording performance groups like Planet Ubiquity, N.Y.C.E and Earthman Experience.
As an actor Shayshahn has appeared in several feature films such as ‘Fighting’ starring Channing Tatum and Day Night Day Night by Julia Loktev. He also works with New York based theatre companies and performs internationally and across the United States with Classical Theatre of Harlem.
In addition to his busy performance schedule, Shay finds time to pass along his 20 years of artistic experience to youth in the 5 boroughs of NYC as an after school director and as an adjunct professor at Bronx Community College.
ShayShahn has worked with many talented people which include Khari Cain (Grammy Award Winning engineer and composer), singer Bobby Valentino, singer Angie Stone, actress Tamara Yuni, actor Andre Deshields, actor Earle Hyman, actor Ty Jones, Director Alfred Preisser, Singer Eryka Badu, Spoken word artist ‘Mums’ and drummer Max Roach to name a few.
ShayShahn can also be seen in music video’s like Rah Digga’s ‘party and bullsh**’ and is the voice of Zingy ringtone commercials.
Shay continues to expand his skills and creative energies across artistic disciplines. Currently, he is DJing and playing his violin weekly in many venues in Brooklyn, New York City.
8pm till Late. Leaf, 65-67 Bold Street, L1 4EZ
TICKETS HERE: £6/£4 The Philharmonic Hall 0151 709 3789