May 23rd, 2022 8:30pm Stage
Show Yourself, A Benefit Residency: KAYE, Alex Wong & Dylan Adler
Celebrate the stories of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) artists through music and conversation in this residency that runs during AAPI Heritage Month and benefits The Quiet Voice Fund. Tonight, hear from KAYE, Alex Wong, and Dylan Adler as they lift their voices and show themselves to New York and beyond.
Can’t come in person? Virtual tickets also available at Keepsake House
Alex Wong creates music to help people remember who they are and show themselves to the world. He has always had a complicated relationship with his own memories, unable to remember his own childhood birthday parties yet possessing many vivid, sensory memories from dreams, places he’d never been, and what seemed almost like isolated vignettes from another life. That dissonance led to the songs on his latest album, “The Elephant and the Seahorse.” As he looked closer at his memories from the past, he was forced to acknowledge that he had been “hiding” his identity as a second generation Chinese-American for much of his life. Memories of being told to downplay his ethnicity in school, social groups, or in the mostly-white music industry, assimilate to white culture, speak with no accent, and keep himself small rushed to the surface, along with waves of shame and anger for buying into this conditioning. A lot of deep questioning followed, which he chronicles for the first time in his song “Show Yourself.”
Alex is a Latin GRAMMY-nominated artist and producer known for his work with Delta Rae, Vienna Teng, Melissa Ferrick and Morgxn, among others. Alex’s music has been featured in movies including “The Last Song” and TV shows including “True Blood.” Alex has toured all over the world, performing at festivals like Coachella, Outside Lands, and Corona Capital, in arenas in Mexico City and theaters in Europe and Japan, and on NPR’s Mountain Stage.
As the former frontwoman of the critically acclaimed New York-based group San Fermin, KAYE (Charlene Kaye) has played network television and has toured with St. Vincent, Arctic Monkeys, alt-J, and others. She recently released her newest full-length album “Conscious Control,” which earned praise from Rolling Stone, NPR, FLOOD Magazine, and more.
Dylan Adler is a comedian, actor, writer, and musician based in New York City. He performed musical comedy at the New York Comedy Festival, Asian Comedy Festival, and was featured in the New York Times and Vulture. He was also featured on Hulu in the series “Eater’s Guide to the World.” He performed sketch comedy as an actor in Maude Night at UCB and was featured in the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival as well as in Vulture Magazine, Elite Daily, and the NY Post. Dylan is the co-composer of the musical “Goodmorning New York,” which played Off-Broadway at the Players Theatre in 2020 and at the NY Musical Theatre Festival.