Poetry Electric: Just Riffing, Poetry on Tap

March 01

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Monday at 7PM EST

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Curated by William Electric Black

Just Riffing: Poetry on Tap is an ongoing collaboration between poet Daniel Carlton and bass player Steve Whipple, tap dancer Alex MacDonald, and Asha Griffith. Featuring pairings of performers from the poetry, tap, and jazz communities.


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About the Artists

Daniel Carlton is a Harlem based actor, playwright, storyteller, poet, teaching artist, director.
Driven by passion, Asha Griffith is way more than just a Tap Dancer, but an International performer, recording artist, and all around creative force.As an Artist, her versatility has led her the opportunity to choreograph for four-time Grammy award winning musician, Esperanza Spalding, work with Hilary Swank, Solange, and partner with some of our most beloved brands--including Pharrell Williams' Billionaire Boys Club brand and Converse.Asha is a guest dancer in Dorrance Dance's Nutcracker Suite and had the pleasure of dancing in Maurice Chestnut’s “Beats, Rhymes, & Tap Shoes”, an ode to A Tribe Called Quest. She continues to teach, choreograph and perform across the globe while directing Tap Water Dance Academy-a NJ based mobile training program for Beginner to Pre-professional tap dancers. 
Alex MacDonald is a NYC-based tap dancer, teaching artist, and choreographer, whose work has taken him across North America, Europe, Australia, Southeast Asia, and West Africa. As a Fulbright scholar, he received his M.A. in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick in Ireland. A patient and intuitive teacher, he is currently on faculty at Steps on Broadway, Alvin Ailey, and Montclair State University.
Steve Whipple, a native of Tokyo, Japan, is a highly in demand jazz bassist in the New York scene. He has shared the stage with the likes of Gregory Porter, Lady Gaga, Donny McCaslin, JD Allen, Tim Warfield, Donald Harrison, Lew Tabackin, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Bernard Perdie. He has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio, Jazz à Vienne with Postmodern Jukebox, the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival with Matt Parker Trio, and at Rifflandia with the Xylopholks. His most recent project is Double Bass Double Voice, in partnership with vocalists Nancy Harms and Emily Braden, which released it’s first album in early 2017.