In the lounge SING LIKE A MAN Matt Shapiro

About This Show

”Sing Like a Man” explores the intersection of masculinity, vulnerability and desire by accessing vocal tonalities that are atypical in popular music. This means the inclusion of polyphonic, broken, guttural, animalistic, and otherwordly sounds into the palette of vocal expression. This piece seeks to reveal the vulnerable masculine heart hiding beneath the cultural clichés by embodying and exaggerating them before stripping them away completely. Musical elements are spare and completely without amplification, consisting only of vocals and upright bass. Featuring the music of Elvis Costello, Lana Del Rey, Neil Diamond, and others.

about the artist

Matt Shapiro Praised for his “Brilliant nigh-on angsty vocals” by DJ Magazine, Matt is a Montreal-born singer-songwriter- actor living in New York City. He has 3 albums to his name and has had songs featured on TV shows including Melrose Place, Web Dreams, Charlie Jade, and 15 Love. Matt is a graduate of McGill University and The Neighborhood Playhouse, and most recently studied physical theatre and extended voice at the Grotowski Workcenter in Brzezinka, Poland and the Centre Artistique Roy Hart in Thoiras, France. Halls of White, a house music collaboration with DJ-producer Tone Depth, was released by Noir Records in November 2016 and hailed as a “remarkable vocal tune.” Matt’s 2015 album Metaphysical is currently available on iTunes and across streaming platforms.

Jonathan Stancato Lauded as “ingenious” by the New York Times, Jonathan is Co-Artistic Director of Stolen Chair, the 4-time Drama Desk-nominated theatre company he founded with Kiran Rikhye in 2002. He has directed 15 original works for Stolen Chair, including their live silent film, The Man Who Laughs, and spoken-word opera, Potion: A Play in 3 Cocktails. He regularly teaches Inside Voice, his approach to multi-octave, multiphonic singing at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and here in NYC at Judson Memorial Church.  He has trained with Thomas Richards & the Grotowski Workcenter, Richard Armstrong/Roy Hart voice, Joseph Chaikin, Anne Bogart & SITI Company, as well as in the techniques of Jacques Lecoq.

Thursday, April 27 at 7:30pm

Free Admission

Estimated Runtime
30 minutes

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Co-conceiver and “The Man”

Matt Shapiro

Co-conceiver, Vocal Coach, and Director

Jonathan Stancato

Arrangements and “The Bassist”

Sean Cronin

Assistant Director and “The Woman”

Malena Pennycook

Photo credit

Sophie Mathewson